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#1 jake21

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Posted 26 December 2017 - 05:41 PM

Purchased a new 2T hard drive and hoping to put my ever expanding, out of control DVD movies on the external hard drive. Need some ideas/help with the following:

 

I have about 500+ DVD movies in the DVD format of VIDEO_TS, and AUDIO_TS folders, also a goodly assortment of AVI type file format video. What I would like to do, is move the DVD's to the external hard drive and hopefully come up with a way to play on the Television directly from the external hard drive. It looks like an organizational nightmare. Would I generate folders Alphabetic ( Folder A, B, C, etc. ) and then move each movie DVD into the correct folder, etc.?  Is there a better way? How would I print a searchable data file of the contents? My Samsung TV has an external USB port, is there some program, etc. to do all of this. Just have so much space tied up with the DVD's ....time to shrink all of this down.

 

Welcoming some thoughts, direction, etc. before I begin the task.



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Posted 28 December 2017 - 06:18 PM


What I would like to do, is move the DVD's to the external hard drive and hopefully come up with a way to play on the Television directly from the external hard drive.

Not likely you would be able to play your videos directly from an external drive hooked up to the TV via USB. Check your TV owners manual for info. You'll most likely require another device, such as this rather expensive unit: https://www.amazon.com/WD-TV-Media-Player-WDBYMN0000NBK-HESN/dp/B00JXFM75Y  or, like me, you could have a dedicated computer [HTPC] connected to your TV via a computer's display port or HDMI cable with your external drive connected to the computer via USB. Your videos would be viewable via Windows Media Player Classic [my preferred video player] or VLC by simply dragging/dropping the Video TS folder onto the player. I always rename the TS folders first to the name of the video. Drop them all into a single folder & you'll have a continuous alphabetical listing, easily scrolled through [I wouldn't bother myself with doing folders A B C etc, it'll just slow you down]. Set the folder view to Details. Easier than trying to locate a DVD off your shelves. The Audio TS folders BTW aren't needed [they're always empty] & can be tossed. 

 

I have an inexpensive wireless mouse/keyboard combo connected to the computer. I've used an old Win7 laptop in the past but now am using a dedicated low profile HP 8300 computer, I bought used for $125 running Win10. Just be sure the computer has a Display Port or HDMI available. I can kick back on my recliner, watch my movies, YouTube, surf the internet, read my email etc all on the big screen.

 

In the past I've used this freeware to print out folder contents: https://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptdirprn but you may not need it with a video folder that is alphabetically set up.

 

It's hardly what I'd call an 'organizational nightmare.' It's all really pretty basic stuff. Don't feel intimidated.

 

Windows Media Player Classic included with: http://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm

 

A bit easier, VLC Player: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

 

MS Wireless Keyboard/Mice combos: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=wireless+keyboard+mouse+combo+microsoft&rh=n%3A172282%2Ck%3Awireless+keyboard+mouse+combo+microsoft

 

Logitech Wireless Keyboard/mice combos: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=wireless+keyboard+mouse+combo+logitech&rh=n%3A172282%2Ck%3Awireless+keyboard+mouse+combo+logitech

 

Let us know how it goes, jake21.


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Posted 30 December 2017 - 11:20 AM

Superb directions, with links.....Fantastic help. I"ll slowly begin the process. To be sure, I should rename the TS FOLDERS the same name as the video and placed in one FOLDER? Just want to make sure on this point before I start the process of moving the videos to the Hard drive. SO....I would generate a folder called MOVIES and in that folder I would place the TS folders after renaming them the Movie Title,.....

 

Again...tip of the hat for the time you have taken to spell this out...it seems pretty daunting at first glance....hopefully I'll get the hang...

 

Do you recall the model number of the HP low profile....you are using.

 

Thoughts?


Edited by jake21, 30 December 2017 - 11:25 AM.


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Posted 30 December 2017 - 11:51 AM

The above information is definitely above my pay grade.  What I have done to "copy" movies onto a hard-drive is to use either Digiarty's WinX's DVD Ripper Platinum or anything similar in power to create MP4s onto a hard-drive, internal or external.  Since I do not know what you will be using, I can't advise you further.


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Posted 30 December 2017 - 05:26 PM

All my videos are in a single folder. Name it Movies, Video, whatever makes sense to you.

 

Don't know what software you're using, but it should allow you to rename the Video TS folder at some point prior to creating the finished product. Though it is a minor issue renaming after the fact. 

 

The computer I'm using is the small form factor HP 8300 Elite series. Originally came with Win7 installed, but was upgraded to Win10 Pro. It's a pretty decent machine, with an I-5 processor & 8 GB RAM, but I could have gone with any number of other computers with HDMI or a Display Port.  I went with the 8300 because of it's small size. Measures out to roughly 14" wide by 13" deep by 4" tall. It's basically a laptop in a box. Everything inside is easy access. Uses laptop RAM, 2.5 Hard drive, and the case provides plenty of USB ports front & rear, a DVD drive and a rear Display Port. You hardly notice it sitting on the shelf below the big screen.

 

You don't have to go with a 8300. Just get a respectable unit that meets the criteria & will work in your setup. You won't need a thoroughbred, just a good workhorse.

 

I'm lucky in that a friend of mine owns a huge electronic warehouse recycling facility & I have access to mind numbing quantities of hardware at friend prices. And he stands behind everything he sells.

 

Take your time, think it all out & let us know how it goes.


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Posted 30 December 2017 - 05:46 PM

What I have done to "copy" movies onto a hard-drive is to use either Digiarty's WinX's DVD Ripper Platinum or anything similar in power to create MP4s onto a hard-drive, internal or external.

 

I have a copy of Digiarty's. It recently was a free give-a-way, so thought I'd give it a try. It does the job, but slow compared to my Elby Clone DVD software. https://www.elby.ch/en/products/clonedvd.html

 

Roland, and anyone else who may be interested....seems Digiarty's is still available for free till 3 Jan: https://www.winxdvd.com/giveaway/copy-dvd-free.htm?htg-post

 

I prefer to create a 1:1 copy with the Video TS Folder instead of converting/compressing to other formats. Hard Drive real estate is cheap these days.


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Posted 30 December 2017 - 07:16 PM

Great ...just grabbed the WINX from the above link.....I kinda like the FREE stuff....I"ll keep ya posted on progress...thanks again....looking good..think of anything else, gimme a shout.



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Posted 30 December 2017 - 07:21 PM

Great ...just grabbed the WINX from the above link.

 

Out of curiosity, what have you been using?


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Posted 01 January 2018 - 04:24 PM

Starting the process of moving the DVD's to the external......long, long process..between work and day to day..it's gonna take awhile, but all looks good.



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Posted 01 January 2018 - 08:17 PM

While not fast, WinX's DVD Ripper often comes through.  Concerning the DVDs that you own and are making MP4s out of said owned DVDs -- make sure you keep those MP4s secure. else you might run afoul of the fair use/backup use.


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 01:12 AM

While not fast, WinX's DVD Ripper often comes through.

 

I am very happy with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum ... my current project is fun ... I am transferring my old last century home movies from VHS > DVD > Computer (Windows 10) > external drive and USB copies for family and friends. In this process I discovered that some of this old stuff looks horrible partly because we now live in the super digital age and those old videos are analog, as were our old TVs. ??? I noticed WinX has a little box to tick to 'Deinterlace' ??? It does make a difference!!! Linky here which I hope will be of interest: 

 

https://www.winxdvd.com/resource/how-to-deinterlace-video.htm

 

Cheers  :)

 



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 08:35 AM

"...Deinterlace' ??? It does make a difference!!..."  -- violetrose  

Tell me more about your experience with De-Interlace, I want to learn from you  :)


Edited by RolandJS, 02 January 2018 - 10:14 PM.

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 10:10 AM

Excellent.....I'll take a look too....I have similar situation....old VHS conversions....very blurry, .....thanks for the help



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 12:19 AM

:busy: Please, before launching into major time consuming projects, try a few experiments to see if interlacing is an issue with your videos.

Assuming that you are using WinX DVD Ripper Platinum and have VLC media player. NB: VLC has a neat little 'snapshot' feature which allows you to, obviously, take snapshots of individual frames as the video is playing. eg: as the dog leaps into a pond; snap; and you have a separate jpg photo of the big splash!

Experiment:

1) Follow directions to copy a DVD to the computer without any special adjustments.

2) Make another copy of the same video and when you get to step 3, tick the boxes 'Use High Quality Engine' and 'Deinterlacing'.

3) As you play the first video back in the computer use VLC snapshot to take snaps of people, buildings, landscapes. 

4) Repeat with the second video and try to match the snapped scenes as best you can.

5)  Compare the results and see if there are differences.

 

Two links here with some geeky information explained for easy reference:

 https://www.vcodes.tv/to-deinterlace-or-not-to-deinterlace/

http://www.digitalfaq.com/guides/video/capture-interlaced-vs-deinterlaced.htm

 

Have fun! Cheers  :)



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 10:20 AM

VioletRose, I copiedNpasted your post into a text-file onto my hard-drive, thanks!


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