DVD to NAS to play on Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by iCrush, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. iCrush macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2010
    I am in the process of moving all my DVD's to be played on my Apple TV.

    I am a PC user, with the desire to become a MAC user in the future.

    What is the best application to use for this? I have about 300-350 DVD's to move.

  2. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Handbrake and a very fast computer.
    iTunes no choice, for dishing it out
  3. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    If you are going Mac soon:

    THIS is the definitive Mac ripping and encoding process using Handbrake. It completely automates 99% of the process and even allows scheduling of the encodes (overnight for instance).

    1) Insert disc
    2) Choose from menu whether it is a Movie or TV show
    3) Choose name of the disc (for tagging purposes...it provides ALL the tagging info including thumbnail image)
    4) Rips onto your drive.
    5) Repeat 1-4 for multiple discs.
    6) Run encoding script...or schedule it to run.
    7) either copy finsihed encodes to iTunes, or have script do it automatically.

  4. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Assuming you are ripping for quality picture (staying close to the DVD quality), each file will probably average about 2.5GB. So you'll probably need about 1TB or more for storage (and ideally a matching backup). You might consider picking up a couple of 2TB drives to cover the future, or think bigger if you believe you'll be ripping BD movies in the future at HD resolutions (much bigger files post-rip)

    External firewire or USB will both work fine. You could also attach a network drive and store the movies there.

    However, you will need iTunes running on a computer somewhere. This is where you'll index the movies so they can stream to the :apple:TV. You don't have to copy them to the Mac internal drive (they can just stay on the external or network drive), but they will have to be in iTunes and iTunes will have to be running while you are watching any of the content.
  5. jgreco macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2011
    Ah, ah, ah! How do you DO that?

    We have a Mac Mini whose sole purpose in life was originally to run iTunes for syncing iDevices, and it happened to be the obvious choice for providing AppleTV2 with a library, since it's always on (amazing low power etc).

    We have many terabytes of NAS storage available. Moving the iTunes library to some space on the network was no problem, but we also want to maintain copies of mp4's in a common directory tree for other non-Apple devices. We CAN afford to eat the space with duplicates (one in iTunes, one not). I've not seen a way to get iTunes to just add media in a directory to the library without also copying it; copying it is a PITA anyways because it takes some time. I kind of expected that there might be a way to avoid the copy, but hadn't really gotten around to figuring it out since it hasn't been a pressing issue.

    I would really love a pointer to how to do this, though. It'd be so cool. Thanks in advance for any clues.
  6. mstrze, Jun 5, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2011

    mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    In iTunes:

    Preferences...Advanced...click off "Copy files to iTunes Media Folder when adding to library". Any added file will remain where ever it currently is and not be copied.
  7. jgreco macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2011
    Awesome! Thanks a bunch.

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