questionshow do you manage your digital movies? (size/etc)


I use Handbrake and DVD43 to rip my DVD's and usually get around 5-7gb per DVD. I rip them at a high quality b/c what's the point of lower quality rips? If you're good enough about swapping out movies on your tablet, then space shouldn't be an issue unless you watch a bunch of movies when you're away from home.

I use Plex Media Server to stream to my Roku on my tv and the quality looks pretty good.

Might as well rip at the highest quality you can, unless storage space is an issue.

Blu-Ray rips are gonna be big, btw.


Well I've usually carried about ten or fifteen on a 32gb thumb drive, so space was tight, now planning to load up the 500gb HDD, so I suppose space is better. Just was checking since in wasn't fully expecting quite that much.


@spikedknight: I'm gonna hijack this thread for just a second to remind everyone to backup your data.

Imagine having to re-rip all those movies, not to mention losing the irreplaceable stuff. Family pics, movies, your music collection...backup hard drives are cheaper than data recovery experts.



@rprebel: true true. I suppose I should turn my current 1tb drive into media storage and pick up a new 2tb for primary back up. I have 3 drives for back ups currently (system image, music, photos), plus all of my music on Google music.
But agreed, never too many back ups, and the videos will swell data sizes dramatically.


I have a very large DVD and Bluray collection -- about 4,000 of them.

Do not have them all ripped. What I'll do is take the few I plan on watching in the next couple weeks and then rip them to a device similar to a Roku -- a generic Popcorn hour device. Then, I'll watch it and immediately delete it off the hard drive. No sense keeping it available to watch forever because I have many more movies I'm going to watch that week.

I'm currently in the process of having a Highlander (the series) marathon. I rip one season at a time and put it on the drive. They get ripped in full resolution. Even for the tablet, I can store several episodes on external MicroSD cards. Too bad for those of you with a device like an iPad that only has internal memory storage.


I had completely mastered organizing my digital movie collection on a Drobo with 6TB of free space, before moving to Brazil.

Since I only think it's worth acquiring high-definition movies, this gave me enough space for around 500 movies and 30 complete TV series.

Here's what I did that worked really well (for the movies):

1. Make a folder called "Movies"
2. Make a folder for each movie I have, with the date afterwards (for example: "Spider-man (2002)")
3. Place the movies in their respective folders, noting the resolution of the file (whether 720p or 1080p). Example: "Spider-man [1080p]"
3. Download the freeware "Media Center Master" -
4. Run Media Center Master, which will download metadata, as well as movie posters and backdrops for every movie, putting them in their respective folders.
5. Apply some plug-ins to windows media center, and you can browse your movie collection just like you're viewing netflix, but with more control.


I had to smile and reread @rprebel: 's post because the movies are backed up on disk.

But yeah back your family photos!


I torrent majority of my movies now as I can get Blu-Ray rips everywhere so I burn everything off.
Got a Blu-Ray burner and clear it off every week or so. I have STACK of burnt DVD's and Blu-Rays.


@cengland0: Are you watching them on a portable device? I was just wondering why you don't just watch them in their native format.

I have about 10TB in external drives that I save media files on, and back up my computer files. When I am making a portable e-copy of a movie to watch on my tablet while traveling, I choose a lower res so I can carry more files, as I don;t feel like my tablet needs extremely high res to be enjoyed and I'd rather have more selection. When I am on a 3 week trip, it's hard to guess how many movies I may watch or what I might be in the mood to see, so I usually take quite a lot of media files with me.


I'm finding digital copies that come with some bluray/dvd combo packs extremely convenient. Specifically, Ultraviolet copies work well for me because I can access those streaming through my PS3. itunes copies are good because they are backed up and if anything ever happens to my pc I can always redownload them.


@moondrake: The device is not portable and is connected to the TV via an HDMI cable. I use that instead of the original DVD's because I have a habit of leaving disks out all over the place and never put them back. So, it's more efficient for me to rip them, put them on the video player, and then put the disks back all at one time.

An added benefit is once I'm done watching a particular disk (a.k.a. file), I delete it from the player. The next time I go to watch one, I know exactly where I was in the series without having to remember (like Season 2, Disk 3, Episode 4).


Lol, yes, when I travel for work (and that can be as frequent as one week per month or more), I have major insomnia and hate TV, so between the cross country flights and the hotel/time changes, I may watch 5-9 movies/shows on a trip.
While I'm getting some good ideas for home media here, I may keep ripping lower quality movies to keep a thumb drive full of tablet resolution movies and shows, and then start building my home library of true HD copies. (although tablet resolution movies look like poo on the hotel rooms flat screen tv's obviously)

My tablet recognizes my new 500gb drive, I'll test it out and if the tablet can read a consistent movie off of it, well then I guess my answer is there.


@cengland0: Makes sense. Especially on the TV series. One of the things I like best about Netflix is that it remembers exactly where your were in the series and on the individual episode if you have to stop in the middle for some reason. It makes it a really convenient tool for catching up on TV and anime series.


@widmer69: I use handbrake also to put movies on my media center (having kids means movies are watched over and over), but if you want 100% rip quality, maybe look into MakeMKV. It's far far faster and lossless.

To the OP: If you have limited space, your handheld device would benefit from a resize. Otherwise, it should play the high-def "media center" versions just fine. I put a couple of the kids blu-rays (at full resolution) on their Nabi's, and other than having to recode the audio to AAC, they work a treat.

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I have been using AnyDVD to RIP my DVDs/Blu-Rays to my NAS server. I use a Netgear ReadyNAS Pioneer Pro that houses 6 2TB drives giving me a little less then 10GBs of storage after the RAID is created.

I use a device called the Popcorn Hour to stream the files over my network and have never had a problem with slow or stuttering video/audio.

I don't stream much to my tablets so I am not sure what the file size should/would be. Ripping a Blu-Ray to a hard drive is about +/- 40GBs. If you are looking to stream to your tablets check out an app called PLEX Media. It works pretty well for streaming media.


@spikedknight - I'll just add as a note, I see you using HD as a term describing the format you're ripping DVD movies to. DVD's do not hold HD video, so you may be wasting space encoding at a higher resolution than the DVD was originally mastered with.

Personally, I used about 2mbps for video bitrate when ripping DVD's to 720x480 using the H.264 codec, and just copy the AC3 audio bit-for-bit, since it can then give me 5.1 on my home theater receiver. I use mkv as a container format just because it's more flexible and everything I use to play videos supports it.

I don't really watch video on the go, but if I did, I'd just load the mkv as the source in handbrake and convert just that one video to a lower format.


@omnichad: Good point, I have a feeling this is 2 seperate issues on my part:
A) my mis-information on actual terminology,
B) and while I have figured out a way to get it to work, it's probably not ideal.

I'll be rechecking the settings and will start to re-burn some movies.

@coondogg97: and I don't think I want to start storing a ton of blu rays @ 40gb's of space each, that's quite large.....