I am looking into buying a new PC for my home and was wondering if anyone had some recommendations as far as best setup for ripping DVD to MP4 on my hard drive. I am trying to get all of the movies that we buy for my kids ripped to the HD so I can play with through the blu ray player without having to have all the discs around. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
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What you are looking to do is RE-ENCODE video from a DVD to "something else".
A "rip" is an exact copy of a DVD or Blu Ray placed on your hard drive(after copy protection removal, if necessary).
"MP4" is a container that can contain several different types of video (codecs):
You will need to break out the Blu Ray player's manual to determine exactly which video and audio codecs it will accept.
ok, I want to re-encode the DVD to MP4. I know the player will play MP4 because that is what I have been doing. My question was is there any hardware I should specifically look for when buyng a new PC. CPU, RAM, Video card? What is the most important for "re-encoding"?
CPU -> fastest you can afford
RAM -> 8 GB should be enough
Video card -> for DVD -> X, doesn't matter as long as did displays a picture
What is the most important for "re-encoding"?
If you're like 99% of people, you will have no other backup plans but this one hard drive and when it dies, you will be absolutely shocked as you will have expected the drive to live forever. Your discs will be long gone and you will be SOL.
Think about that as you make your plans.
By the way, anything above 4 GB RAM is useless if you have 32 bit versions of Windows.
One final bit of advice - put that hard drive in an external enclosure with its own power supply. Buy an enclosure by itself if you have to in order to get one with its own power supply. You use a hard drive without its own power supply, then don't come back here crying for help about why your disk drive doesn't work. I cannot emphasize this enough. I do not own any hard drive enclosures that do not come with their own power supplies. You use one without its own power supply, then you ask for problems. Many USB slots on electronics devices like DVD and BluRay players lack enough power to drive larger disk drives that lack their own power supplies.