How to Digitize DVD and Blue Ray Discs in a Cost-effective and Legal way?

I have a collection of DVDs and Blue Ray discs. I would like them digitized so I can take them with me on my travels (and have a backup just in case). How is the easiest, most cost-effective way to make this happen?

BTW, Many of these are not common and are not found already digitized at Vudu or Amazon.

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  1. Richard Hopkins
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    For what it’s worth, Handbrake has come a very long way. I’ve had really good luck using the defaults, and then only mild tweaking to perfect ripping my anime DVD’s. I love combining this with Plex to enable watching anywhere in the house on any device.

  2. Peter Headley
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    ImgBurn for ripping the discs to ISOs, then Daemon Tools Lite to load the ISO to a virtual optical drive.

    The best part is, as long as you own the physical hard copy, this is perfectly legal.

    • James Chandler
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      Also, some ISO rippers allow you to remove skip blockers, nags, and ads, as well as things you may not want to rip like secondary audio tracks (can save a LOT of space in bulk).

      • Garrett Dew
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        You guys are on the right track. I need to stay legal. The disks are not able to be ripped with handbrake. I assume you have done this with your collection? No issues I need to know about? No extra products?

        • Peter Headley
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          I did it with the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition DVDs when my DVD drive in my desktop crapped out on me. Did the rip on my laptop, transferred the file over via USB flash drive (one disc at a time; those are dual layer DVDs), and go.

          Your mileage may vary, of course. The only real downsides are it eats a LOT of space, and I doubt there’s a way to load and run the resulting ISO files on a smartphone or tablet.

  3. Michael Davis
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    The easiest way I can think of off the top of my head is to rip the movies into good quality Mp4s and put together a simple home server.

    Been using HFS (http://www.rejetto.com/hfs/) as a server for years and while it’s not fancy, it allows me to stream everything I own when I’m away from home.

  4. Oliver Claxton
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    Handbrake works for most, every once in awhile makemkv for crazy DRM file structures.

    • Garrett Dew
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      I just finished a 40 DVD handbrake project. It handles most titles.

  5. Jeffrey
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    Use Makemvk to rip your DVD/Blue Rays, then use Handbrake to make them into m4v, helps compress and playback is still great, use Kodi or plex to manage your files, those are good because they will pull down the metadata for you. FYI, all three of these are on Linux, Mac OS, and windows, don’t take much to time to learn and use.

  6. Donald McClaran
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    I like handbrake, but that was years ago and very simple conversions. There’s probably much better options available. I’ve never used it for DVDs conversion but I use iSkysoft for other codex conversions and it’s got some handy features.

  7. Clay Gordon
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    DVDshrink will make fully functional disk images (tho you may have trouble finding an installer, I think that app is on Google’s ‘shit list’)

    Never tried ripping Blu-Rays, so I’m no help there…

  8. Brian Ott
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    Get a Nimbie. It saved hours of time in the ripping process. From there the software is readily available.

    • Joseph Tribble
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      OH. MY. GOD. That is epic. I know what I want for my birthday!

      • Brian Ott
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        I bought mine years ago, had a problem with it and the customer support was 110% fantastic. IT works with just about every piece of ripping software I’ve ever used with it. Backed up my 500+ DVD movie collection with it, and then did my DJ music with it.

  9. Michael
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    Mac The Ripper is great if you use an OSX – But Handbrake is great if you use Windows.

    • Garrett Dew
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      I think you mean handbrake is great for windows, OSX and Linux…

  10. Joseph
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    Play the movie on your tv. Record it with your iPhone.

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