questionsdo you keep your dvd and blu-ray cases or do you…

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I keep them all in a flip book and toss the cases. I even sort them by genre then alphabetize them but that is the librarian in me. They all fit in two books that i keep in my entertainment center. Not only is is easy to find things, it is easy to move them.

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I keep them. Confession : because I don't want to be bothered taking them out and organizing them.

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I keep them in cases in the hope that the discs won't warp over time. PS I try not to store them horizontally.

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@mybestuser1: Uh oh, why not horizontally? What does that do to them dare I ask?

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I do both. I have an extremely large collection of movies and it's impossible to store them all with the cases; however, I cannot just throw the cases away so I put them in boxes and put them up in the attic.

The disks get stored in envelopes and then those get put into plastic boxes made specifically for DVD's in alphabetical order. I have a box for every letter of the alphabet (except for XYZ) and many of those have more than one box such as the T's and S's which have 3 boxes).

If it's a series of movies with 3 or more like James Bond, The Matrix, or Star Wars, I put those into books. I do that because the series do not always have the same names and would not end up together if you put them in alphabetical order like Die Hard, A Good Day to Die Hard, Live Free or Die Hard.

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I really don't like the book idea because when a friend wants to borrow a movie, I slide the disk out of the book and then have to hunt down an envelope to put it in. I'm also worried about the rubbing on the book when it goes in and out. There's a lot of friction. Unfortunately I don't have a good replacement for this idea.

I lend out so many movies to friends that I used to have a hard time keeping track of which person had which movie. I now have a website that lists all my movies and it tracks if it's in stock or checked out. If you access the website from within the house, it shows the name and date of the person that has it checked out but outside the house it just says "Checked Out."

The website helps me not get the same movie twice but isn't 100% fool-proof because I do have two copies of the same movie. Oops. I also have some on DVD and the same movie on Bluray.

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We tossed them a while back following their discovery by my toddler daughter. It only took one time of finding her pulling them ALL off the bookshelf and inspecting the contents. With alot of our discs being dual sided, they didn't work so well with kid fingerprints all over them. Plus cases piled on top of each other are extremely unstable, borderline dangerous.
All our movies now reside in four attractive binders that are out of kids reach!

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I converted to 7mm cases a little while back because I like still being able to look through the movies instead of just a list and it takes half as much space. We kept a few of the older 14mm cases for if we ever need something like that but most were donated to the local library. They were really happy to have them.

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I also do both. I keep the discs in flip books and box the cases in the garage. I have 2-3,000 DVDs and Blu-Rays, so there is a fair stack of boxes in the garage, but I am not short of space so I am keeping them for now. I get the flip books that are 3-ring binders with removable pages. I don't quite alphabetize, I keep the flip books alpha by letter; all the As, then all the Bs, etc. This way when I want to add a disc I am not scratching them up by moving them all around to make space in the specific alphabetic spot, I just add it to the end of that letter's space, and I can add blank pages to the letter when I need more space for that letter. I used fabric paint to label the books on their spines, "Movies A-C", "TV Series A-E", "Anime A-C", "Whedon", etc. I have about 20 of the 120 disc books right now on a set of shelves in my bedroom. I very rarely lend discs as some of my friends are unreliable, but when I do they have to bring a jewel case with them.

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@cengland0: Is this a public website or something you put together yourself? As in, can I get some of that action? I used to carry around a movie list but it was a PITA to keep track of. That would be much easier.

My solution to the series with differently named discs is that the first in the series wins. All the discs in the series are filed together under the letter of the first one. I do displace other discs to keep series together, but it's easy as I just move the one being displaced to the end of the letter. I also like to keep different versions of the same movie together, so I have the Three Musketeers and the Four Musketeers (with Michael York, the Three Musketeers (the awful Disney version with Charlie Sheen), the Man in the Iron Mask, the Musketeer, the Three Musketeers (silly Matthew McFayden version), the Three Musketeers (terrible animated version) etc all together in the "T" section.

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I rip all my DVD's and then store the DVDs (with cases). I don't even have a DVD player hooked up to my TV anymore. Raspberry Pi running OpenElec connects to my PC and, Voila! Awesome library of all my movies searchable, sortable, and best of all, no touching the disks ever again!

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@embhorn: What program do you use? I used to have a good one, but my laptop hard drive had a meltdown and I couldn't remember the name of it. I bought another that I thought was it, turned out to be a different program and it does a terrible job, jumbles the chapters up at random.

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@moondrake: The website is visible to the public for anyone that knows the URL but I did write the software myself. I've been writing code for websites (CGI, ASP, Perl, ASP.Net, etc) since 1997. Regular HTML prior to that. This one uses simple ASP and an Access database because of hosting limitations.

My alphabetical ordering is sort of weird:
1. I ignore the word "The" in the beginning when determining where to file it. I do not ignore "A" or "An" though.
2. If it starts with a number like "12 Monkeys" and "101 Dalmations," I file them in numerical order so "12 Monkeys" come before "101 Dalmatians" since 12 is less than 101 even though ASCII sort would put 101 first.
3. I ignore spaces when putting them in order. "Aliens in the Attic" goes before "Alien Vs. Predator" even though ASCII spaces come before the "s" in aliens. "s" comes before "v" is why I do it this way. When you see them in order on my website, those are in ASCII order but I file them differently.

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I purchased a bin to store mine. I couldn't take all of those cases anymore. Still have loads to do, but I need order probably 1 or 2 more bins and plenty of sleeves.

http://www.amazon.com/Atlantic-96635585-Movie-Sleeves-Movies/dp/B001U61FN4/ref=cm_ciu_custimg_t

http://www.amazon.com/Atlantic-74604729-Movie-Sleeves/dp/B002JR2V7C/ref=pd_sim_e_1

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I have a couple of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Case-Logic-DVB-200-Liner-Capacity/dp/B000JJSQ3K

Over 200 movies take up less than a couple feet of width in a closet. There's a full sleeve for the artwork and up to two discs on the back of that panel. We don't fill the binders full so that there's no pressure to bend the discs. We just buy a new binder before it's full.

All of the movies are copied to our media pc in the living room, so we rarely use the actual discs. That's our DVD's. Our blu-rays are still in the cases for now and take up two shelves. Some DVD TV Series are still in the box because I want to keep the box.

We have a couple full-size cases on hand for lending out a movie.

Similar for all our CD's.

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@moondrake: For ripping I use Handbrake under Ubuntu Linux. It's also available for Win and MacOS, but I've only ever used it with Ubuntu.

Some DVD's are trickier than others (I'm looking at you Disney!), but they all rip once you determine the right title number. You can do this by playing the movie and looking to see what the title number is during playback.

I usually rip to H.264 and use an mp4 container. I also set it for audio passthrough, since that allows my receiver to decode the 5.1 audio.

I learned my lesson about not backing up the hard way also. I have a thorough back up plan now, but that's a subject for another thread.

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@embhorn: It's a thread I'd be interested in reading. Thanks.

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@moondrake: @embhorn: I second that notion if you want to start that thread.

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@embhorn: This is why I rip before encoding with Handbrake on my mac. The ripper undoes all the stupid tricks like the Disney films use and other copy protection and it's clear what title to use.

I use Mac DVD Ripper Pro (version 3.x) on the mac. I don't know if there's anything as up-to-date for Linux. The problem is that the studios keep coming out with new tricks, so you need a ripper that's continually getting updates.

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I feel like such a Luddite. I need to skinny down my little collection of maybe 50 movies, but I've never ripped a thing in my life (well, except for hems and seams) and all the above comments might as well be in Urdu. Time to sit down and learn to translate, apparently.

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I keep my cases. I just resold 100 or so DVDs to secondspin.com for $300 (cash not site credit), who only accepts them if you have the original DVD and case.

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@magic cave: You are not alone.
I am very impressed by all the smart setups you guys are posting about. I like movies, but I rarely get a chance to watch that many, so I try to watch new things. There are a few I would want to see again, or that are so cheap I buy and then pass on to friends.
I often wondered if it would be cheaper to buy and just cancel Netflix.
There are so many movies to see and enjoy !

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@flamingonut: nice. that might work for me. I like to see the covers so I keep the cases, which takes up needed book space...

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@bluejester: When You store discs horizontally in a case gravity can affect the disc over time. When the discs are stored vertically there is less surface area exposed to gravity and less chance of warping. I have bought old DVD movies that had warped and while they play they make noise in the DVD player because the disc is deformed.

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@mybestuser1: Are you sure it was a DVD? Based on most of the information on the internet, CD/DVD warping is very rare and only happens if the DVD was stored in a heated environment (possibly as well as being stored horizontally). Regardless, based on what I've seen on the internet it doesn't look like storing DVDs horizontally has ever caused warping trouble for anyone else