Getting .dvdmedia to play on Windows...

gianthobbit

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So I been ripping my local libary and have managed to network my iMac (with a 2 TB external HD will all my movies) to my windows laptop that is by my TV. Problem is it does not know how to handle .dvdmedia files. I use Boxee for some items but it gets confused on what item to play. I was super pumped to see it pull in all the artwork etc but it cant figure out what to do with it. The only way I can figure it out so far is to use VLC player via explorer but its really clunky.

What is the best way to get this to work using a "HTPC" setup that I can use from my coach. Is there a setting or plugin for Boxee? Should I use another software solution?

Thanks much!
 

Intell

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.dvdmedia files are just folders with an extension. To get Boxee to play those you need to create a zip archive of them then point Boxee to the directory that holds them all.
 

gianthobbit

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.dvdmedia files are just folders with an extension. To get Boxee to play those you need to create a zip archive of them then point Boxee to the directory that holds them all.
So on my Mac just zip the .dvdmedia "folder". Will that effect playback on the Mac side ( thinking of getting Mac mini h as htpc).
 

Intell

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If you are also using Boxee on the Mac then no. If you are using DvD Player then yes. DvD player can only play from the disc, an ISO of the DvD, or a .dvdmedia folder. Boxee can play from a disc, an ISO of a DvD, or a zipped folder containing the DvD media files. The best thing to do would be to make them all ISOs. I'm not really sure how to do this efficiently.
 

gianthobbit

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Hmm I really like the simplicity of RipIt but is there a better option that can rip right to .iso then? Is there a way to automate the process otherwise?
 

Intell

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I rip my DvDs with Mac DVDRipper Pro. It can make them into an ISO format and it takes about the same amount of time as Ripit.
 

gianthobbit

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I rip my DvDs with Mac DVDRipper Pro. It can make them into an ISO format and it takes about the same amount of time as Ripit.
Well I really am not a fan of MTR, gave it a try today... RipIt is such an easy program, I will have to search for a way to convert them into .iso (a pain) or automatically convert to .zip folders (still a pain). I thought I had such a great system.

Time to dump this laptop and get a mac mini i think.
 

gianthobbit

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Can't zip the folders, too large for zip days to use .rar. Will that still work?
 

rockerium

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This problem is one of the simplest problem to solve... In windows anyname.dvdmedia will open as any other folder, inside should be VIDEO_TS folder, open it, then there will be many files with file extensions *.IFO, *.BUP, *.VOB; you can open any of these files with Windows Media Player, it will open the entire movie, don't worry about it. For the first time you have to double click the file, then Windows will prompt you to open the file with a program or search in internet to a proper program, just click on Open With... then select Windows Media Player or whatever media player that can play DVD movies. Now, if you open the .VOB file with Windows Media Player, all files like this in the entire system will be opened with Windows Media Player the next time you open them.
 
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