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    I am interested in how people approach the process of backing up, or replacing, their DVD/CD collection, to a HD. I just began copying some of my collection to HD. No store bought disks, all the disks are disks burned on a computer.
    My goals are
    1) Backup the DVD and toss the disk. I accomplish this by copying it to a portable HD and then backing up the HD to a second portable HD.
    2) I want to easily copy the DVD for trading purposes. So when I copy I copy the VTS folder off the DVD to the HD then I can simply copy it to disk for trading
    3) I want to watch the DVD easily. I can watch it easily with VLC on the computer. To watch it on a TV I extract an mpg and cast it to the TV using Videostream. I am not totally happy with this. I'd like to be able to cast the DVD as it is, but I don't think it's possible.

    That is my experience so far. I am currently exploring options on how to copy my CD collection. Let's have some discussion. It's the weekend!!!
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    As far as #3 goes, I use Handbrake to rip and convert my dvds to mp4, along with any chapter markers. MPC-HC recognizes the chapter markers, so I can navigate thru the chapters during playback.

    As an aside, I never get rid of the original media, even if I have backups. Maybe you could just trade the original disks?
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    Thanks for replying. I have traded many of the disks, but many have been trashed. I like that Handbrake makes chapter points. Is the software hard to use? What does it cost?
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    Originally Posted by kshavo View Post
    Thanks for replying. I have traded many of the disks, but many have been trashed. I like that Handbrake makes chapter points. Is the software hard to use? What does it cost?
    It's not hard to use, and there are guides online. it's also free. You can find it on this site here: https://www.videohelp.com/software/HandBrake
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    You know you've downloaded Handbrake correctly when you see the Pina Colada/Pineapple icon on your desktop. I have NO friggin' idea why that icon was used, but honestly I love it. It's fun, whimsical, and unpretentious (unlike other video crap that people rave about here)
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    I think I know why Handbrake uses a Pina Colada as their logo: Because after getting Virtualdub to actually do the job it was intended to do, you might need 3 of them. My Virtualdub (and yes, I downloaded the most recent, stable version) won't even recognize an mpeg-2 video (which is the entire purpose it was built for). That's like me getting a car, and it not recognizing the engine when I turn the key. How many codecs and bulls---t can a person go chasing after, seriously? I swear they make it like this just to laugh at you behind closed doors.
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    I for one, (I think the only one anymore), backup to iso images. I have had bad luck with MKV imaging. Some b/u's I want full disk, (series with episodes, etc), and, mostly want just the movie. With movies only, the chapters are still there. Copy iso's to smaller hdd & connect to media player connected to TV. Large hdds for backup, not watching. Iso to dvd piece of cake with Imgburn. Dont toss the disks!!
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    Toss the discs? Are you crazy? Just take your time and learn how to use Handbrake properly. Most people get it to spew out a video and think it's a success when it really looks like garbage.
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    I agree with cornemuse. I prefer backing up DVD to ISO image, for it can bring much better quality than mp4 or mkv.
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    Originally Posted by Ollie947732B View Post
    I agree with cornemuse. I prefer backing up DVD to ISO image, for it can bring much better quality than mp4 or mkv.
    MKV and MP4 are containers and can contain the video in its original bit for bit quality by remuxing.

    The primary advantage of an .ISO is that it can retain the menus and original structure of the disc as cornmuse stated.
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  11. Some questions you need to ask yourself"

    1: Are you wishing to reduce the space required or happy to keep the same space as the dvd is using, if so then just copy the dvd to hard drives(s) as it is preferred to have the menus etc, its just nicer.

    2: If not, or you want an automated way of copying dvd's without having to launch software every time I use a simple program "

    https://www.perfectautomation.com/solutions/copy-cd-dvd-hard-drive.html

    it stops sometimes but automatically copies the discs as you insert them

    3: I think Handbrake does not reduce the size so I use TMPG Mastering works 6 and have found it satisfactory.

    The point about keeping the dvd is is more relevant imho for commercially produced disks, I am glad I am creating a NAS with all my burnt discs and have 2 automated backup nas's, as burnt discs seem to damage more easily and some of mine, after about 10 years are showing signs of becoming unplayable.
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