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    I have a huge book shelf full of kids dvds, I have bought over the years. we no longer have a working dvd player that I know of............

    I was hoping to put them on a hard drive that is directly plugged into the tv to watch them.......... is this ok,

    The mind is going blank currently on the logistics and practicalities of this, but it saves the pile of dvds being strewn around my house by grandkids.....

    if this post gets deleted or closed I totally understand...... not something I usually do....

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    Default Re: Risky question :D

    Are you asking how to do it, or is it legal to do it ?

    Basically unless you have a huge amount of storage you'll need to do whats known as format shifting (ripping). A DVD may be anywhere from 4.7 or 9.4 GB in sizing if direct copy you will also have the same structure as the original. Normally people who rip DVD's /Blu-Ray will save in a different compressed format, Eg: MP4,AVI,MKV or a variety of others.

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    Default Re: Risky question :D

    I guess a bit of both.............. but that is not permitted on here.

    But because I own the dvds I can do this ? I dont intend getting rid of the dvds, just think a small hard drive hiding behind the tv is better than a stack next to it........ the toddler has no appreciation of a dvd disk that can fly thru the air like a frisbee.
    or even the plastic covers..... so packing them into a box out of sight seems better
    Im not trying to be difficult it just comes naturally.

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    Default Re: Risky question :D

    https://www.consumer.org.nz/articles/copyright-law

    This seems a reasonable rundown - looks like. technically no for your DVD's (but yes for music CD's - go figure).

    No one will be kicking down your door though, so a Handbrake could be employed surreptitiously ...
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    Default Re: Risky question :D

    Handbrakes functionality is different by default under Windows and Linux, it won't rip directly in windows unless you add the library for that. A bit of googling should sort that out.
    I use DVDfab personally to do something that may resemble what you're asking, it's a paid program but I didn't buy the suite just the particular tool I wanted. It's very quick and easy and does everything in one step, worth paying for to me at the time.
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    Timely. Give Away Of The Day today WonderFox DVD Video Converter 15.1 Will rip and convert.

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    Default Re: Risky question :D

    Quote Originally Posted by beetle View Post
    I was hoping to put them on a hard drive that is directly plugged into the tv to watch them.......... is this ok,
    Friend of mine used to do it all the time. Every single one he bought. he was fussy, he'd keep the originals pristine in their cases, and use the ripped ones.
    So yes you can, it would be far more practical.

    There are a variety of softwares out there, I can't remember his favourites, and don't own dvds so can't suggest one.
    Might take you a bit of time is all.
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    Default Re: Risky question :D

    I use MKV which I paid for. I then have to convert the .mkv file to .mp4 (I use iSkysoft - paid for to convert) so a single DVD will take a little while to convert onto the PC and then be copied to an external HDD.

    I have a Sony TV which basically will only read .mp4 hence the convoluted way of doing things. You should check the TV's specs to see what formats your TV can read. Also bear in mind that the external HDD will need to be formatted to Fat32 so the TV can read it.

    I would suggest that you should concentrate only on your favorite DVDs first as I think you may well get a little tired of converting too many.
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    Default Re: Risky question :D

    DVD's are often encrypted . You need to bypass/crack that encryption to do want you want. Thats where it becomes less than legal :-)

    Thats just FYI, a bit of useless info :-)
    Any program you use for this sort of thing is a bit on the dodgy side legally.
    Not that anyone cares anymore though . And you do have original disks .

    The other option is to make ISO's of those DVD's , many programs can play direct from the ISO
    ISO's will be huge in size (up to 4Gb) , but that may not really matter given how big external Hard Drives are now

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    Default Re: Risky question :D

    totally confused..................

    suggestions for the best simple method ? time is not a problem............. $$$ maybe the problem.

    its to be used on a veon tv.
    Im not trying to be difficult it just comes naturally.

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