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Perhaps tommarnk is trying to edit the ISO with another program and may not have CloneDVD. I have both, so im not complaining, but this is probably why they want the ISO from the ripper and not CloneDVD.
My question is - How are these files useful? What are the benefits of having them?
I created an NRG with Nero, and I want to create the more widely compatible ISO file instead.
Can I play this ISO directly from the Hard Disk Drive (HDD)?
If so, does Nero, WMP, Quicktime or any Adobe/Macromedia applications play them from the HDD in the ISO format?
I know I can use them to burn to a disc, but I can do that with the regualr files . . . right?
Well, maybe not HD DVD's and Blue-ray . . . ?
I noticed TDK's HD DVD recordable is now only $9.50. How much is the damn burner? My online movie service ships HD and BR. Is it cost effective yet? not to mention the time spent on the entire process. I don't even burn my regular DVD's anymore. In fact, I just started investing in 500GB SATA HDD's, and I am ripping them to my HDD's to later insert into my Netgear SC101T. (movie only in most cases. I watch the extras once in a blue moon. I need the space.)
I am curious if backing up my movies onto my HDD's in ISO is more functional than the VIDEO_TS folders. My concern is data corruption. What if one or two files in the VIDEO_TS folder become corrupt? I can identify which one by playing each one individually; fast forwarding to see if it freezes. Delete it, and replace it from the original disc. That's one way of doing it.
ISO - I would have to rip the entire movie to the HDD; strip it with CloneDVD (Movie only), and recreate the ISO.
These are my thoughts on these two methods, and that is why I am curious about the ISO. Any advice on the best way to manage an ISO movie library would be helpful.
This method applies to HD DVD's and Blue-ray as well. That NRG file I mentioned earlier, is Full Metal Jacket (HD DVD). 30 GB's. Wow! Is there a way to slim it down to Movie Only?
Thanks, and hopefully my advice was useful for someone new to the Movie Storage era.
I'm not about to tackle all the issues brought up on your post. However, I can tell you this much. ISO is convenient for many reasons. Being one file, you can move it wherever you want on your network rather easily. With Daemon Tools, Virtual CloneDrive, or Nero image tool you can mount the ISO as a virtual drive on your machine...even over a network share if your network is fast enough. Your player software will see it as though you stuck the original in the DVD drive. Nero, ImgBurn, CloneDVD, and many others will all make ISO images. (Yes, even Nero if you know what you're doing will make an actual ISO). Only you can determine if that's easier to maintain than a gazillion directories on your hard drive. With FastMount and Daemon Tools you can literally just double click the ISO you want and have it pop open in your player in seconds. That seems nice.
P.S. One more word about ISO creation. If you want to remove crap from the image, my HIGHEST recommendation is to use CloneDVD in dual layer mode. It can output to ISO automagically without you having to do anything and it will work right from the original disc. So, really, it's not a problem to create scaled down ISOs with zero quality loss.