Hi all - new here today, but used to look at the vcdhelp.com about 15 years ago and found it very helpful.
I'm looking for advice on a network media player or NAS set up that I can rip my DVD / Blu-Rays to so that I can access them from my Smart TV.
I want to be able to rip the movies and keep the chapter / navigation points. The initial menu and chapter choice would be great too (I'm not bothered by extras). Almost like using the old DVD Decrypter / DVD Shrink but putting it on the network to be accessed by the TV.
I had a quick skim of the threads but couldn't obviously see anything - if anyone could post a couple of links that would be great.
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TVs don't understand how to use the DVD files and folder structure or the Blu-ray files and folder structure so you can't keep the menus.
Check your TV manual to see if it will play MKV files and how it expects subtitles to be presented for MKV. MakeMKV can produce you an MKV with the chapter points. I haven't yet seen any Smart TV media players that are able to display SUP or PGS subs, which means if you want subtitles, you will probably need to convert them from their native SUP or PGS format to SRT. Many TVs also want the subtitles in the same folder with the MKV file and not muxed into the MKV.Ignore list: hello_hello, tried, TechLord, Snoopy329
JustinUK-In the future use a more descriptive title rather than 'newbie here,help me" etc.I changed the title this time.I think,therefore i am a hamster.
you need a htpc that plays files from the pc.. your tv is just a display.
Last edited by usually_quiet; 13th Oct 2019 at 15:25.Ignore list: hello_hello, tried, TechLord, Snoopy329
i use chromecast or firetv devices hooked up to smart tvs, as all tvs are as dumb as a box of rocks when it comes to playing video files. even with those networked devices i install vlc on them to be the actual video renderer. vlc has network access and can play files off any "shared" local network device. even so i rip all blurays and dvds to "movie only" for compatibility.--
"a lot of people are better dead" - prisoner KSC2-303
I use my ps3 to play my mkv files with no issues.I think,therefore i am a hamster.
Another matter to consider is audio. Even if a tv could process blu-ray disc-structures and/or read mkv files, you may run into issues when you want to play tracks that contain later generation formats that may have lossless high resolution audio, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X etc.
Chances are that your tv will not be able to decode those and/or to forward the bitstream to a HDMI receiver.
When you use something like Plex you can configure the audio output in the settings.
Buying a separate network-mediaplayer is IMO the best solution in case you want to be able to play the latest audio formats via a surroundreceiver (that has support for these audio formats, of course). Especially for non-4K content they are cheap nowadays.
Last edited by Ennio; 14th Oct 2019 at 18:33.