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Converting media, AKA 4k/Blu Ray discs, to Hard Drive?

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Hello, what are you folks using to record your blu ray discs onto a hard drive or into a “cloud”? 

 

I am just now starting to consider recording all my discs onto some type of hard drive with cover art and movie information.

 

Have any of you gone through this process? If you have, I would love to hear from you.

 

I know 4k discs will take up a ton of room but with the affordability of modern hard drives, it seems within reach of the average home theater enthusiast.

 

Thoughts? 

 

 

Something like this would be ideal:

 

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My theater includes a custom built HTPC which has a 4-Bay Sans Digital TowerRAID unit attached via ESATA connection.  It currently has 12 TB of storage but is capable up expanding to 16 TB of storage and I can double the capacity with a second unit.  I have a considerable collection of hundreds of blue rays and DVD's that I am adding to weekly that I want stored on my hard drive array.  My choice is based on the facts size of my collect and my desire to rip and store only uncompressed files that I rival the original in picture and sound all at my finger tips.  

 

You need three key applications to achieve your goal. 

1. A Ripper/Encoder this program is able to read/decode the media you want to store and then write the read/decoded information to your hard drive.  I've used many programs in the past but my favorite inexpensive one is "MakeMKV beta".  You can download at http://www.makemkv.com/download/ I've used it for years and have no complaints.  It's quick and easy to get great results every time. Another great one if you don't mind paying is AnyDVD HD.  I used it all the time back in the day before RedFox got a hold of it and jacked up the price.  There are a few other great programs out there that do way more but I just want a straight rip of the media into a "MKV" container for storage on the array.

 

2.  Next you'll need app to help you manage and organize your media files.  This app should also gather meta data about the media, rename when needed and organize the ripped files into a structure and naming convention that a media front end program such as Kodi (which you are showing as an example) can understand, navigate, and display within a media player's API.  The resulting structure makes it easy locate and play media files on PC enabled devices.  I've used both Media Center Master http://mediacentermaster.com/ which is a stand alone app that works with Kodi, or XBMC and Media Companion https://sourceforge.net/projects/mediacompanion/ which is a fully integrated Kodi solution for this purpose and found them both very capable.

 

3. Lastly you need a front end application that will navigate the file structure onto which you've saved your media files, Identify the files as to nature (movie, TV, Podcast etc.) and with this data create, modify, import, build and display the resulting database in a way you can deal with.  I use Kodi (formerly XBMC) it is "a free and open source media player application developed by the XBMC/Kodi Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium. Kodi is available for multiple operating systems and hardware platforms, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet."  I run this on my HTPC and smart enabled AV devices.

 

I've ripped a few hundred Blu-rays so far and I'm in the process of updating the HTPC for 4k video and gaming 

 

Here is a picture of my HTPC eSATA attached storage array in my Pioneer rack

 

 

If you want more info let me know

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Thank you very much for the information! Looks like I have some research to do, when I get home tonight..

 

I knew I wasn’t the only one out there, looking to convert their physical media. Hopefully this thread can be referenced by others, who are looking to do the same. 

 

 I also want the exact same video and audio quality, otherwise I’d just continue to insert the discs. I am happy that you are uncompromising about this also!

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Do you really get the exact same quality video and audio by doing this?

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2 minutes ago, TMatt said:

Do you really get the exact same quality video and audio by doing this?

 

I believe that it is possible but so haven’t had a chance to dig into it very deep. I was planning on visiting an upscale audio shop, that’s local to me, this weekend to pick their brains on the subject.

 

If there is any drop in audio or video quality, I will just insert the discs, like I have been doing all these years. I just really love the idea of having all my movies on a huge HD, with cover art and movie information at my fingertips. 

 

 

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On 5/23/2019 at 12:10 PM, TMatt said:

Do you really get the exact same quality video and audio by doing this?

Yes the method I described extracts decrypted files from the disc your are ripping at full quality in both audio and video and writes them to your hard drive

 

This is a conversation covering your question on Reddit 

MakeMKV (the software) doesn't encode/transcode anything it just rips and strips encryption. A MakeMKV rip will be exactly the quality of the source material, no more no less.

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