i3 dvd writer-Ap4ktv

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I haven't read the guide via mac rumours -though a url might help.
What's the simplest way of copying a few movies from DVD writer to Ap4k t.v.
Do I need to find my ITunes library on win10 laptop -what do I use to transfer them to Ap4k t.v. And once transferred will they show in library with covers.
I'm planning ahead before purchasing external dvd writer, or is it best to save up for blue ray writer though I'm not sure if the movies I want are bailable via blue ray.
E.g. movies one of which is on iTunes-so I can purchase =The girl with the dragon tattoo -no copy required.

DVD rips I'll purchase the Movies :-
The Girl who played with fire
The Girl who kicked the hornets nest.

Thanks in advance for any guide, I have seen apps such as Plex though have never used them as yet.
[doublepost=1538293267][/doublepost]In addition to earlier request.
I've since searched and found all three movies are available for purchase on blue ray.

Is it an option to purchase external blue ray writer and transfer to Ap4k t.v..
 
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For DVD-s: best tool to rip - Handbrake or MakeMKV.
DVDs use MPEG-2 video encoding, so you’ll need to convert them to H.264 (or H.265) for aTV compatibility.
Once converted, I use Subler to fetch and populate metadata to have them look like on iTunes store.
MakeMKV can only rip, so you need to convert as next step.
Handbrake is able to rip (but only DVDs!) and convert in single tool but you will need to find the decss module to decrypt DVD. It is not included in the HB download.
Finally you just copy resulting m4v file to iTunes library.

Alternative would be to switch to alternative players that can play back either full DVD image (retains menus and extras etc) or ripped MPEG-2 video inside MKV container.
Plex and Infuse come to mind as first candidates. Both will fetch metadata from internet on the fly.

PS these days I would not spend a dime on a DVD writer. Get a Bluray writer. BDXL writer is more expensive and less useful as ripping UHD blurays is still not very convenient.

Use a simple USB external HDD as your storage. SSD is too expensive (per Megabyte) to archive big static files.
A NAS could run a Plex server inside its box, otherwise you will need to have a computer running, as Plex media server or simple file server (Infuse can use shared folders and connects to Plex server)
 
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For DVD-s: best tool to rip - Handbrake or MakeMKV.
DVDs use MPEG-2 video encoding, so you’ll need to convert them to H.264 (or H.265) for aTV compatibility.
Once converted, I use Subler to fetch and populate metadata to have them look like on iTunes store.
MakeMKV can only rip, so you need to convert as next step.
Handbrake is able to rip and convert in single tool but you will need to find the decss module to decrypt DVD. It is not included in the HB download.
Finalky you just copy to iTunes library.

Alternative would be to switch to alternative players that can play back either full DVD image (retains menus and extras etc) or ripped MPEG-2 video inside MKV container.
Plex and Infuse come to mind as first candidates. Both will fetch metadata from internet on the fly.

PS these days I would not spend a dime on a DVD writer. Get a Bluray writer. BDXL writer is more expensive and less useful as ripping UHD blurays is still not very convenient.

Use a simple USB external HDD as your storage. SSD is too expensive (per Megabyte) to archive big static files.
A NAS could run a Plex server inside its box, otherwise you will need to have a computer running, as Plex media server or simple file server (Infuse can use shared folders and connects to Plex server)

Thanks I'll search for BDXL writer- and some discs .
Is there any copy movie to my laptop as part of the wrting to blue ray disc only noticed external hdd required.

Thanks pritiv8 -Think I'll purchase hardware 1st before trying software stage.
[doublepost=1538300274][/doublepost]Does Blue Ray writer have to be BDXL -as BRXL seem more affordable -drive+disc's

Is BRXL an entry level option.
 
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@priitv8 Thanks

Found a drive and it's BDXL not too expensive -Asus SBC-06D2X-U Slim USB 2.0 BDXL CD 6x RW External Blu-ray Re.
<£70 U.K. pounds.
Haven't searched for discs yet

I take it BDXL are re writeable or are there any particular discs I should be purchasing.

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I since found another in stock as I rethink the previous was a reader not a writer.
Asus Slim USB 2.0 BDXL CD 6x RW External External Blu-ray Burners
£80 U.K. pounds approx
 

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Since reviewed as I thought BDXL was the format to purchase, though seems it's maybe not the best.
Think I'll find an inexpensive writer/discs.
 

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Since reviewed as I thought BDXL was the format to purchase, though seems it's maybe not the best.
Think I'll find an inexpensive writer/discs.
Part of the UHD ripping trick is to find a supported drive. There are just a few.
This is the source of information, you'll need to rip UHD blurays: https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=16832
On top of that, you need the individual decryption keys. That process seems to go also via that forum.
 
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Part of the UHD ripping trick is to find a supported drive. There are just a few.
This is the source of information, you'll need to rip UHD blurays: https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=16832
On top of that, you need the individual decryption keys. That process seems to go also via that forum.
I've gone e-bay bidding route though there's a few active bids and almost 5 days to go.
It is Asus though BDXL , if I get this maybe £50 Uk pounds or less then that's better than +£80

I didn't know of UHD Blu-rays, no requirement as yet though maybe something to consider in future as all my UHD viewing is via Skyq
Found 5xBDXL discs. Via Amazon <£25.
Thanks
 

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Found 5xBDXL discs. Via Amazon <£25.
I don't see much use for them, but that may be just me.
Never tried to feed a self-burned BDXL disc to my UHD BD player.
Once ripped, I stick to storing them streams on a HDD.
Much cheaper and more convenient.
 

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I don't see much use for them, but that may be just me.
Never tried to feed a self-burned BDXL disc to my UHD BD player.
Once ripped, I stick to storing them streams on a HDD.
Much cheaper and more convenient.
I could be mistaken I though BDXL drives could only use BDXL discs.
Some hopeful progress today as Ebuyer will include 10 blank discs if I'm success in writer purchase in a few days.

Got to use i3 laptop as another forum person kindly sent me a blue ray rip.
I since download Plex app-ap4ktv
Plex server -win10
+ convector prog'-dont have the name in front of me.
Successfully converted to get Plex to allow to add to library.
Amazing auto added cover andDD5.1 soundtrack included.

Thanks Pritib8 -1 small step until I try a writer or rom to rip my own purchased blue rays hopefully
 

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I could be mistaken I though BDXL drives could only use BDXL discs.
Some hopeful progress today as Ebuyer will include 10 blank discs if I'm success in writer purchase in a few days.
No, they are fully backward compatible, they read and write CD, DVD, BD and BDXL discs.
UHD Bluray uses BDXL media, but not all drives allow MakeMKV to read them.
My LG BP55EB40 won't even recognise UHD BD disc, for example.
What I mean is that, for me, those writable disc media are of no use.
As data storage - yes. (BTW if you need to archive your bits and bytes for 600+ years, MDISC would be wise choice. Your writer needs to support MDISC though.)
But will they work as home-written UHD discs - I don't know.
The writing function of these drives gets little use these days.
But reading function a lot, if you're into ripping files off your discs and storing them somewhere else.
 
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No, they are fully backward compatible, they read and write CD, DVD, BD and BDXL discs.
UHD Bluray uses BDXL media, but not all drives allow MakeMKV to read them.
My LG BP55EB40 won't even recognise UHD BD disc, for example.
What I mean is that, for me, those writable disc media are of no use.
As data storage - yes. (BTW if you need to archive your bits and bytes for 600+ years, MDISC would be wise choice. Your writer needs to support MDISC though.)
But will they work as home-written UHD discs - I don't know.
The writing function of these drives gets little use these days.
But reading function a lot, if you're into ripping files off your discs and storing them somewhere else.
This is what I'm bidding for and it does support MDISC
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ASUS-SBW...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2055359.m1431.l2649

Thanks the BD mention lowers disc purchase considerably
 

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Search continues. Unsuccessful e-bay bid -£5 difference.
Blue ray writers are very limited in choice, only found one or two external drives.
I'll consider if it's worth buying new from Argos.
 

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US and UK Amazon stores are full of them.
Thanks I didn't have reason to search until successful bid as I no longer have blue ray at home since xboxone+psr4 were sold.
I did notice Mission Impossible;e Fallout is available -though I don't think my i3 laptop will display UHD -unless I find a way to beam it to t.v. Or 4k apple t.v.
In addition to blue ray writer I'll need additional storage soon maybe 1tb hdd in a few weeks
 

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25GB disc rarely fits a 1:1 copy of a blu-ray full movie. You’ll need a 50GB DL disc.
I have no experience with UHD bluray copying. But you shall select a BDXL disc with same number of layers as your original (most commonly 66GB DL and 100GB triple-layer).
 
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25GB disc rarely fits a 1:1 copy of a blu-ray full movie. You’ll need a 50GB DL disc.
I have no experience with UHD bluray copying. But you shall select a BDXL disc with same number of layers as your original (most commonly 66GB DL and 100GB triple-layer).
This isn't going as planned at all -unable to play a DVD movie
Your input can't be opened:

VLC is unable to opPlayback failure:

DVDRead could not open the disc "D:".

Your input can't be opened:

VLC is unable to open the MRL 'dvd:///D:/'. Check the log for details.

en the MRL 'dvd:///C:/WINDOWS/system32/'. Check the log for details.

Cannot verify if this writer is working at all
 

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Reading a disc should not require that much power from a slim (aka mobile) drive that would require two usb ports.
Does the dvd filesystem become visible (is drive D: it)?
 
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