Setting up a Media Server - Help

Discussion in 'AnyDVD HD (DVD issues)' started by MovieMatt, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. MovieMatt

    MovieMatt Member

    I am new to AnyDVD and these formums, so please forgive me if the questions are pedantic.

    I am trying to setup a media server (Windows XP Pro based system). I have copied a couple of my DVDs to the hard drive (Thanks to AnyDVD and Clone DVD using the DVD Files option)). I tried to use media player, etc to play the movies but I received an error.

    What is the right way to store these files on the harddrive (if my end goal is to server them from a harddrive and not to copy them). What software will I need to play them, etc.

    Thanks is advance,

    - Matt
  2. Coaster

    Coaster Well-Known Member

    @ MovieMatt,

    Welcome to the Forum.

    Suggest obtaining a “Real” software DVD viewing program such as Power DVD or WinDVD and not relying on the crap Microsoft Media Player.

  3. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    Do as Coaster suggested.
  4. James

    James Redfox Development Team Staff Member

    ZoomPlayer & NVIDIA PureVideo Decoder (or TheaterTek) plus ReClock.
  5. Clams

    Clams Well-Known Member

    If you're going to be playing them over a higher end display or projection - I'd reccomend TheaterTek as well. If not, PowerDVD is just fine.

  6. G-Omaha

    G-Omaha Well-Known Member

    Save the movies as .ISO files and download VLC, a free viewer. It works great and the price is right... Also, all the files for the movie are contained in one file making it easier to move/manage, when needed.
  7. DrinkLyeAndDie

    DrinkLyeAndDie Retired Moderator

    I'd never heard of TheaterTek before as a software DVD player but thanks for mentioning it. It's impressive.
  8. MovieMatt

    MovieMatt Member

    DVD Viewers

    Thanks for all the feedback. I will definitely check out your recommendations. I am curious about all the files that are created when a DVD is ripped onto the harddrive.

    Right now I am creating a folder for each movie. When ripped that CloneDVD is creating two sub folders (VIDEO and AUDIO). There is noithing in the AUDIO folder, but the VIDEO FOlder contains the VOBs and other files, anywhere from 8 to twenty files.

    Is this the correct way to rip? Will the players see through this?

    Thanks again for your advice
  9. DrinkLyeAndDie

    DrinkLyeAndDie Retired Moderator

    Yes, the files in the VIDEO_TS folder are generally as you describe. You'll have BUP, IFO and VOB files. Note that in some cases with newer movies (ie Saw III, Stranger Than Fiction, etc) you will actually see far far more files. Saw III had 99 VOB files.