What is the best and fastest way to digitize my DVD collection?

GM December 7, 2011
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I am downsizing drastically and would like to have my collection at the touch of a button, either on laptop hard drive or onto external one.

I have been recommended ISO DVD, but it seems more like a burner. DVD Shrink? A bit lost actually…

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  1. HappyPig0
    July 24, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I used http://www.DigiRAW.com to get all mine digitised to Mp4.... just under 1000 completed in 2 weeks and with metadata. Love viewing my whole library on my Apple TV, so easy and the dvds packed up out of the way. I recommend them for the Uk.

  2. Alice
    February 28, 2012 at 7:47 am

    I have tried Handbrake and Wondershare DVD ripper. They are both great! You can try them.
    Handbrake
    http://handbrake.fr
    Wondershare DVD ripper
    http://www.wondershare.com/pro/dvd-ripper-platinum.html

  3. Daniel J
    December 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    GM my good friend, here is what I have discovered:
    (I literally have all programs/software you can think of: CladDVD, HandBrake, DVDFab8, DVD Shrink, Img Burn, Make MKV, Magix Movie Edit, AnyDVD, DVD decrypter. and i still have all of these)I struggled with this for a while myself. I knew multiple ways to do it, and I have done it for multiple formats. I wanted to import all my DVDs (about 200) into my HTPC server via Windows Media Center. I finally found the answer with an add-in that does the compressing, formatting, etc. for you:                 'Auto Rip N Compress' http://madeformediacenter.com/m4mc/app.aspx?id=849f978d-f206-4d6a-a503-fad1c1a86dcb

    If you use Windows Media Center, even better.  If not, It still can work pretty simply.  Once you get the initial set up done (about 5-10 min.) all you reeally need to do is switch discs to rip. 

    You don't even need to hit start once the program is open..

    It may take a little tinkering, but it will work. I love it. Goodluck

  4. Daniel J
    December 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    GM my good friend, here is what I have discovered:
    (I literally have all programs/software you can think of: CladDVD, HandBrake, DVDFab8, DVD Shrink, Img Burn, Make MKV, Magix Movie Edit, AnyDVD, DVD decrypter. and i still have all of these)I struggled with this for a while myself. I knew multiple ways to do it, and I have done it for multiple formats. I wanted to import all my DVDs (about 200) into my HTPC server via Windows Media Center. I finally found the answer with an add-in that does the compressing, formatting, etc. for you:                 'Auto Rip N Compress' http://madeformediacenter.com/m4mc/app.aspx?id=849f978d-f206-4d6a-a503-fad1c1a86dcb

    If you use Windows Media Center, even better.  If not, It still can work pretty simply.  Once you get the initial set up done (about 5-10 min.) all you reeally need to do is switch discs to rip. 

    You don't even need to hit start once the program is open..

    It may take a little tinkering, but it will work. I love it. Goodluck

  5. Daniel J
    December 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    GM my good friend, here is what I have discovered:
    (I literally have all programs/software you can think of: CladDVD, HandBrake, DVDFab8, DVD Shrink, Img Burn, Make MKV, Magix Movie Edit, AnyDVD, DVD decrypter. and i still have all of these)I struggled with this for a while myself. I knew multiple ways to do it, and I have done it for multiple formats. I wanted to import all my DVDs (about 200) into my HTPC server via Windows Media Center. I finally found the answer with an add-in that does the compressing, formatting, etc. for you:                 'Auto Rip N Compress' http://madeformediacenter.com/m4mc/app.aspx?id=849f978d-f206-4d6a-a503-fad1c1a86dcb

    If you use Windows Media Center, even better.  If not, It still can work pretty simply.  Once you get the initial set up done (about 5-10 min.) all you reeally need to do is switch discs to rip. 

    You don't even need to hit start once the program is open..

    It may take a little tinkering, but it will work. I love it. Goodluck

  6. adman79
    December 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    To go straight from a commercial DVD (like movies) where there may only be the one main title you want to grab, a lot of times you can use DVDDecrypter to rip the movie (it also decrypts it as the name suggests).  Then, I use Handbrake to encode it.  I've done over 1000 (I lost count over the past year or so).  If you're doing TV shows (let's say you have one season of your favorite show on DVD), it can be a bit of a pain, as there are multiple titles per disc you're going to want to grab.  For this, I actually make a backup copy of the disc using DVDShrink, burn that ISO to a DVD-RW, then Handbrake can rip directly from the copy, as the encryption should be deleted on the copy. When I started digitizing my collection, I researched formats (at first I was prepared to go with MKV, but found it wasn't as compatible with all players) and decided on MP4, as it is compatible with AppleTV, Windows Media Center, Western Digital's WDTV player, and of course Windows Media Player. I don't use any other devices other than a Blackberry, and MP4 will play fine most of the time in that media player too. An average 1.5 to 2 hour movie tends to be about 800MB, although some people would want better quality.  I use 1000KB/sec for the encoding quality in Handbrake.  It doesn't take up too much space that way, although I have two copies--one to use and the other is purely a backup--I even keep those backup drives in a "Faraday cage" of sorts to protect against static electricity, electro-magnetic pulses, etc.  With a project that takes this much time, I don't want to do it again.  Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  7. GM
    December 10, 2011 at 2:55 am

    so to transform commercial DVDs into film files readily watchable on my laptop, I have all these options? gee! I need to get quickly on to it. thanks guys, you're gems!

  8. Sonny Bass
    December 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    FREEMAKE is not the fastest available, but I use and recommend it due to its versatility and quality.
        http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-windows-software

  9. Mjevolve
    December 8, 2011 at 5:35 am

    hello . 

    have you tried Handbrake - http://handbrake.fr/details.php
    its free , open source ripper and converter with many format support . and it does work .

    you can also try Any DVD http://www.slysoft.com/en/anydvd.html
    or DVD Fab Decryptor http://www.dvdfab.com/free.htm

    and try this one too , 
    its not exactly a dvd  ripper , but one of the best personal movie collection organizers . Coollector http://www.coollector.com/

  10. Sagaliane
    December 8, 2011 at 3:06 am

    I've tried DVD Shrink as I didn't get how to use ISO... but ended up with separate folders for audio and video files.
    What I would like is to have the film in one file ready to play with any/most players (WMP, VLC, etc).
    I do have such films transferred from friends' USBs, but I don't get how they did it in the first instance.
    thank you Mike and Ha 14.

    • FIDELIS
      December 8, 2011 at 8:56 am

      Hello, It has been a long, long time since I use DVD Shrink....If I remember correctly, you could burn ISO with DVD shrink.  You just have to go into settings and instead of selecting to save files to folder, you select ISO.

    • Anonymous
      December 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      You can also use DVD Shrink. Open your first ISO and then click on re-author. Then drag the movie to the upper left window. Then open your second ISO and again click on re-author and drag that movie to the upper window. You will now have title one and title two, you will not have any menus with this method. Videos will play in the same order as when they were joined.

      I think you can combine files with DVDREMAKE
      http://www.dimadsoft.com/dvdremake/

  11. FIDELIS
    December 8, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Hello, it seems to me if your DVDs are commercial, you will have to use a
    DVD ripper that removes encryption regardless of what you try.  DVD Shrink would work mostly on old movies and it can still be found online. 

  12. Mike
    December 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    The fastest and best way would be to simply save an ISO image of the DVD to your Hard Drive. This way you don't lose any quality and time [via encoding] nor functionality like the DVD menu, extras etc. Also most third party video players like VLC can directly play videos from the ISO files. 

    The big downside of this is that it comes at the cost of space. An ISO of the original DVD will most likely be between 3-4GB each wherein an encoded video file at high quality is somewhere between 1-2GB.

    So if you want to make the most of your Hard Drive space you will have to encode which takes a lot of time depending on the quality you want to achieve.

  13. Anonymous
    December 7, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Well you can convert to rmvb, or mov file format, but in the case of rmvb you will need real media player or the real media amternative codec to play with windows media player.

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