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Old Mar 23rd, 2008, 05:42 PM   #1
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Storing 1000+ DVDs online with Apple TV, making a poor man's Kaleidescape system

Hello everyone!

I'm contemplating something that I would like some advice on. I'm thinking of ripping my 500+ DVD collection to a network-attached hard drive, so they can all be online and easily accessible through an Apple TV. Basically, I want to create a system similar to the Kaleidescape, without the $50,000+ pricetag!

Does anyone currently have a system that is set up in this manner? Any resources that you can point me to in regards to how to properly rip the movies? On the real Kaleidescape system, the DVDs are stored at 1:1, so there is no quality loss. It seems that with H.264 there are much more efficient ways to rip discs but still maintain 95% - 100% of the original quality with lower file sizes. Will a program like HandBrake allow me to rip the discs while preserving all the chapter information? Will I be able to copy extra features such as audio commentaries and behind-the-scenes documentaries without making the backup process a custom thing for each specific title?

If anyone is doing this currently, I'd love to hear more about your experience and setup.

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Old Mar 23rd, 2008, 07:23 PM   #2
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I don't have as many DVDs as you, but we share the same goal. This is my library so far...



1. I use MacTheRipper to get the DVD content on my Mac
2. I use the Elgato Turbo.264 to encode said content
3. I import and tag content into iTunes

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Will I be able to copy extra features such as audio commentaries and behind-the-scenes documentaries without making the backup process a custom thing for each specific title?
It's all in the ripping process. Both MTR and HandBrake will let you extract whichever content you want. Go ahead and experiment and have fun!
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It's hard to believe that someone who owns 1000+ DVDs is poor, before or after buying them.
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Time Capsule will do what you want (at least it does it for me.) I've ripped my library of 221 movies to it, and can access it anytime I'm connected to the internet with my mac. Just need a static ip address (or a dynamic DNS service).
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I don't have as many DVDs as you, but we share the same goal. This is my library so far...

1. I use MacTheRipper to get the DVD content on my Mac
2. I use the Elgato Turbo.264 to encode said content
3. I import and tag content into iTunes


It's all in the ripping process. Both MTR and HandBrake will let you extract whichever content you want. Go ahead and experiment and have fun!

How fast does the Elgato encode? I use Handbrake to rip and convert (2 passes) and it takes about the actual length of the main feature.
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How fast does the Elgato encode? I use Handbrake to rip and convert (2 passes) and it takes about the actual length of the main feature.
the other question would be what the quality is like b/n the 2? I only used HB so i have no idea.

i'm interested in this thread b/c i'd like to do the same with my collection - but i don't have many dvds....maybe under 100.

to the OP's question, with HB, you have to rip the special features etc... individually. The chapters for the main feature are definitely kept just fine.

Even if you went with just the main features at about 2 GBs each (give or take a few hundred MBs depending on the final quality output), you're going to need some massive HDs. You're almost better buying a home server with RAID set up. I don't think a 4 TB lacie or mybook type of external exists, but that would be the ultimate set up. Of course, if you own the DVDs, you may not care about having a raid as you can re-rip (but it would take a wee bit of time doing that

best of luck. I need the appletv and a widescreen tv first

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How fast does the Elgato encode?
You can read about my experience here or from Elgato.
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I'm in the same boat as well as I'm about to start ripping my movies to iTunes and buying an AppleTV to serve them and the music to my HT system. I plan on buying a large external drive and dumping them all to that so I guess i'll have to move my whole iTunes collection to the new drive right?
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Where are you storing all your movie data Bjornbro?
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Where are you storing all your movie data Bjornbro?
One of the four bays in my Power Mac has a fresh 320GB Seagate Barracuda hard drive just for my iTunes media.
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