iMac as storage unit

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Sturgeon boy, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. Sturgeon boy macrumors member

    Sturgeon boy

    Sep 28, 2013
    is it possible to copy my existing blu rays and dvds onto my late 2013 imac so i can watch them on my tv down stairs through apple tv ?
    i quite fancy getting rid of big piles of films up into the loft but still having them available to watch through my mac then the apple tv like a sort of digital library
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    you can, but it is a painful and slow process.
  3. CH12671 macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2013
    Southern US
    Not difficult at all. A couple of programs you will need:
    1) Handbrake to rip the DVD
    2) VLC to decrypt the DVD
    3) (optional) metaZ to add metadata to the digital file (i.e. the clipart, actors, ratings, release date, etc.)

    One other step for blue rays
    1) Make will rip the blue ray into an MKV file with this program, then use handbrake to convert this MKV file into an m4v file for itunes

    Once you have the m4v file, simply drop it into the "automatically add to itunes" folder and it will be added to your library, and filed appropriately.

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