How can I digitise my film collection in the way I want?

  Benjo36 18:34 22 Mar 2014

I want to transition from DVD to digital content (skipping Blu-Ray) as this is the way the world is going and it will also save a lot of physical space. I wanted to replace my collection with HD content downloaded from a reputable provider that would be presented nicely with a clear image of the video cover for easy browsing from my hard drive - like you might get displayed on any video streaming service. Believing that Amazon Prime Instant would solve all my problems I signed up in the belief that I would be able to download my purchases to my PC hard drive to do with as I please. I should have known better. You have to use Amazon's Unbox Player which means you cannot save your purchases in a relatively universal format, like MP4 (or whatever) to watch under any circumstances. Then again, I could simply rip dvd's to my hard drive but the end result feels tacky - like it's been ripped from a dvd, in fact. There is no cover image and extra's have to be saved seperately (or a lot of effort made to sew them together). Is there anywhere on the planet that I can legitimately download film and television which I can save on a conventional pc or external hard drive in a user friendly manner which will allow me to savour my old DVD collection with pride?

  aquatarkus 14:00 23 Mar 2014

Hi there

Think your best bet at the moment would be to rip your DVD collection to a hard drive using something like MakeMKV, or one of the other DVD / blue ray rippers that are available.

Then use something like Mediabrowser3 XBMC Mediaportal click here of these will then using their built in plugins or add-ons be able to automatically download cover images, actor images, director images hd backdrops etc.

Have a look at the 3 above to get an idea of what can be achieved. Media portal and XBMC can take a while to set up exactly how you want but when set up and configured very impressive.

Regards Aquatarkus


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