I apologize in advance if these questions are too basic, but I’ve just recently decided to digitize my DVD collection and I’m giving myself daily migraines trying to figure things out. First of all, I’m running Windows 7 at home with a WD MyBook NAS hardwired to my router. I have about 500 dvds and want to put them on the NAS to view from the Apple TV, iPad 2, and iPhone 4. I don’t want to have to have my laptop on as that defeats the purpose of the NAS. Ideally I’d like to have the full dvd with menus on the aTV but just the movie on the iPad/iPhone. I’m ok with two different versions of the same movie based on the viewing device. Here are my questions for now.
- What format would you recommend the dvd files to be in on my NAS? Right now I'm converting them to MP4 but I've seen a lot of messages here about people using the ISO, COB, or VIDEO_TS, AUDIO_TS folders.
- Is there a specific folder structure I should follow on the NAS? Someone mentioned being able to group multi-set dvd's (ex. Star Wars, TV series, etc.) together. I'd like to be able to do this.
- What ripper is the best to use on the Windows platform? I've tried HandBrake, Aiseesoft, Aimersoft and another I can't remember. They all seem to take 3 to 4 hours to burn a single dvd. There's got to be a quicker way to do this. At 500 dvds, this is going to take me a year to do at least.
- I'd like to include cover art, description, cast, etc. meta data with the movie. How would I do this?
Thanks so much for your help!