Ripping DVD off disc for Media Server

dvd-to-media-server

A media server is a program, such as iTunes or Windows Media Center that enables you to “broadcast” your videos to other computers and media extenders like Apple TV, Xbox 360, etc. Say you have a movie on DVD, you can try to rip DVD off disc for Media Server for enjoyment everywhere you like.

Ripping a DVD movie to media server can seem complicated, but it’s actually pretty simple. There are a lot of ways to do it and a lot of different programs out there, but our favorite method uses a program called Brorsoft DVD Ripper. It’s easy to use, it’s available for Windows, Mac, and it’ll convert your DVD file into compatible formats for any media server with the best quality.

Instructions: Ripping DVD to Media Server

STEP 1. Import DVD movies

Insert your DVD disc to the drive, then launch the DVD ripping software and click the “Load Disc” button to have the DVD content imported. You can also add VIDEO_TS folder, DVD ISO files are the source files for converting.

STEP 2. Decide output format

Click Format bar and choose MP4 from Common Video, which can be recognized by popular media server like Plex perfectly. MKV is also a good choice; as a container format it takes whatever you give it.

STEP 3. Advanced Settings

With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original DVD while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.

STEP 4. Start converting DVD to media server

Hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert DVD/VIDEO_TS/ISO to Media Server compatible video files.

Once the conversion is finished, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Then add the DVD rips to your media server’s library. With some DLNA servers that’s as easy as placing them in a specific directory. Once loaded DVD rips into your media server, you should be ready to watch your own private movie collection whenever you want. Enjoy!

How to Rip Netflix DVD to Apple TV 2/3/4

Q: “I just thought of something…would it be possible to get a Netflix account, get a DVD is the mail, pop it in your computer, RIP it on a hard drive, and put it on an Apple TV media player?”

You may as the above user wanna rip and copy Netflix DVD to your computer so that you can watch it some other time or transfer it to your Apple TV for playback. You are definitely right being here! Just keep on reading to find out how to rip Netflix DVD to Apple TV within clicks.

To get the work done, you need to get some help from third-party software. The best program I can recommend for handling Netflix DVD discs is Brorsoft DVD Ripper . It takes everything from the DVD, including the chapters, extras, and subtitles. With decent decrypting capability (removing CSS Copy-protections and DVD region codes including the latest DVD discs), high quality video output and considerate backup solution and specific format templates for versatile PMP devices (iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Xbox, PS3, Android tablets and phones, etc), Brorsoft DVD Ripper ranks top on the DVD ripping, conversion and backup application list.

If you are a Mac user, you can use the equivalent Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac to rip and copy Netflix DVD to Apple TV on Mac (El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion included). This guide uses DVD Ripper for Window screenshots. The way to save Netflix DVD to Apple TV on Mac is the same. Just make sure you get the right version according to your situation.

Rip and Transfer Netflix DVD to Apple TV easily and fast

Step 1. Import Netflix DVD movies

After downloading, install and run the program. As you can see, you can add the DVD movies you want to rip by clicking the “DVD disc” button on the main interface.

Step 2. Choose output format

Click on “Format > Apple TV > Apple TV 3 Dolby Digital Pass-through (*.m4v)”, this profile is just what you need. This format will ensure you 1080p quality with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through.

Step 3. Start converting Netflix DVD movies

Click the “Convert” button on the main interface to start converting Netflix DVDs to Apple TV friendly video. After conversion, hit the Open button to locate the output videos.

Step 4. Transfer Netflix DVD rips to Apple TV

The last step is to import the output files to iTunes and then sync to Apple TV for playback. Enjoy.

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Uploading XAVC to YouTube with best quality

XAVC is not a fresh format yet. You can easily access XAVC videos from Sony PXW-F5, PXW-F55, PXW-Z100, FDR-AX1, etc camera/camcorders. After editing these files, ever tried to upload XAVC to YouTube for sharing with more people? If so, you are in the right place. In the following paragraphs I will teach you how to get XAVC files onto YouTube.

Well, as far as I know, there’s not going to be native support for XAVC codec on YouTube. XAVC can support 4K resolution (4096 X 2160 and 3840 X 2160) at up to 60 frames per second (fps) and uses MXF as the container format. Generally speaking, YouTube accepts video files in FLV, AVI, etc formats. So, in order to upload XAVC to YouTube, the first thing you need do is to convert XAVC to YouTube supported video formats. What’s more, to add XAVC to YouTube for displaying correctly, we also need to set the proper video resolution, frame rate…

How to achieve the goal? Fortunately, Brorsoft Video Converter comes out to help you fulfill the task. This video converter app can be used as a professional 4K XAVC Converter. With it, you can fast convert XAVC, XAVC S videos to YouTube compatible format with a proper resolution like 720p( 1280×720), 1080p(1920×1080), 2160p(3840×2160). Plus, with the built-in video editor, it’s freely for you to trim the videos into multiple segments with short duration as you want. If you are Mac users, please get the Video Converter for Mac. Download the program now and follow the below guide to convert XAVC for sharing on YouTube.

How-To| Convert XAVC to YouTube friendly format

STEP 1. Download, install and run the XAVC to YouTube Converter; click “Add Videos” icon to load your source XAVC files. This video converter also supports XAVC S as source files.

STEP 2. Click Format bar to select an output format. To share your XAVC recordings on YouTube, .mov, .mpeg4, .avi, .3gp format from Common Video are all the proper formats.

STEP 3. You can press the Settings button to adjust the video size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, etc to optimize the quality.

Note: For 4K XAVC/XAVC S to YouTube, the highest video resolution is 3840×2160. And the common frame rates for YouTube include: 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, 60 frames per second.

STEP 4. Click Edit button and you can trim, crop or adjust the XAVC videos with the built-in video editor to get the very part and effect of the movie you want. Besides, by clicking the Split icon in the main interface, you can cut your files according to time length and file size.

STEP 5. Hit the convert button; it will start converting Sony XAVC for uploading to YouTube.

After the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for playing and showing with YouTube at your will. Enjoy.

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How to get smooth playback of Blu-rays(ISO) on WD TV

Still stick with my WD TV for movie enjoyment. And recently, am thinking of whether this player can play back my Blu-ray or or ISO backups I have made of my Blu ray drives. The idea being I don’t have to lug the Blu-ray disc all over the house… have them laying around and get scratched.

Through hours’ searching online, I got know that WDTV will not recognize Blu-ray or those ISO files without me having to do something. The best way is to convert Blu-ray/ISO to MKV, MP4 with a Blu-ray ripping tool I guess.

Well, Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper is the tool I’ve been used for nearly one year. It should be the app helping me finish the Blu-ray ripping task.

Reviews: With it, you can convert the commercial Blu-ray movies and ISO/IFO as well as DVD files to MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, MPG, etc. for playing on WDTV. In addition, it provides hundreds of video presets for portable devices like Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2/3, Acer Iconia Tab, Toshiba Thrive, Nexus 10, Nexus 7 (2), etc. If you are on Mac, turn to Blu-ray Ripper for Mac. Don’t hesitate to get it now and follow the easy steps below to make your Blu-rays playable anywhere on WDTV or WDTV Live.

How to rip Blu-ray/ISO to WD TV/WDTV Live playback format:

Step 1: Run the  best Blu-ray to WD TV Converter and click Blu-ray disc icon to load your Blu-ray or ISO movie files.

Step 2: Choose your desired output format for WD TV, like MKV, H.264 MP4  and more. Here just set H.264 MP4 for example.

Tip: By clicking the “Settings” button, you can modify the video/audio parameters like 1920*1080 (Full HD 1080P video resolution), which can help you get the ripped Blu-ray movies with high quality

Step 3: Select subtitle and audio track language you like from the “Subtitle” and “Audio” options. If you like, you can also check “Only show forced subtitles” to make it possible for playback HD videos with forced subtitles on your WD TV.

Step 4: Hit the Convert button to start converting Blu-ray movies to WDTV video.

After a short conversion, you will get the ripped Blu-ray files. And then you could stream Blu-ray movies to WD TV for HD playback. Enjoy.

P.S. The WD TV Supported Formats

Subtitles: SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI
Audio: MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digitat, DTS
Video: AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264),M2TS, WMV9

How to convert TiVo to Plex Media Server

I have a PLEX server in the house. Download some TV shows from my TiVo and I want to stream them via Plex for playback. As far as I know, Plex can’t handle TiVo format. Native video support is typically (but not always) limited to the MP4 container, H.264 video encoding, and AAC audio. So I am looking for a software program that will convert TiVo shows to Plex Media Server compatible file type.

TiVo is an encrypted video format, that’s why few media players can play it well and some freeware can’t handle it. To get the work done, I found more than one people recommend Brorsoft Video Converter to encode TiVo to Plex.

Overall, this video app works as the best software to change TiVo into Plex preferred MP4 video with least quality loss. Besides converting TiVo, it can also help you encode/re-encode almost all 1080p/720p HD videos including AVI, MKV, VOB, MPG, MOV MTS etc. to Plex Media Server for streaming to meet your different needs. If you are running on Mac, please turn to its equivalent Mac version Video Converter for Mac. Download it now and follow the tips below to convert TiVo to Plex Media Server easily.

How to play TiVo files via Plex Media Server

Step 1. Load TiVo shows

Launch the ideal TiVo to Plex Converter. Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your TiVo files to the program. (Drag&Drop function is included.)

Tip: When first loading, Brorsoft TiVo Converter will ask you to input your Media Access Key. Simply enter your Media Access Key, and click “OK” to confirm.

Step 2. Select output format

Click “Format” and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, the most compatible video format for Plex.

Tip: Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction. With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality.

Step 3. Start converting TiVo to Plex

Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert TiVo files to Plex Media Server compatible video files with the best quality.

After the conversion, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex Media Server will recognize, play and stream these TiVo recordings beautifully.

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How to Rip 3D Blu-ray for Rift Playback

Q: “I’m at the end of my rope and need help from the VR community. Has anyone figured out how to rip a 3D Blu-ray for Rift? The only 3D rip that worked was an MKV I found on a pirate site, so I know it can be done. I have a legit licensed version of MakeMKV, but when I rip a disc it’s not in 3D. I also tried to play direct from the Blu Ray, but PowerDVD (also legit purchase) says that the Rift isn’t a supported playback device. Any help?”

As you see, there are some guys are facing the troubles when trying to rip 3D Blu-ray to Rift for playback with 3D effects. Actually, MakeMKV can decrypt a Blu-ray disc, but it can’t output a 3D video. To get 3D Blu-ray to Oculus Rift, you will need a professional 3D Blu-ray ripping tool. This kind of software tool general has the power to convert 3D Blu-rays into several formats of 3D videos. Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper is such a tool to help you convert 3D Blu-ray to Rift friendly 3D videos.

The program is easy to use and can help you rip 3D Blu-ray to MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, etc HD media formats. Best of all, this software allows you to fast convert 3D Blu-ray to SBS 3D MKV, MP4 Top-bottom 3D, MP4 Side-by-Side 3D, MKV Top-bottom 3D, which can be played on Oculus Rift perfectly. For Mac users, please turn to Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper for Mac.

Full Guide: Convert 3D Blu-rays to 3D Videos for Rift

Step 1: Install and launch the latest 3D Blu-ray to Rift Converter onto your computer; then click the disc icon to load the target 3D Blu-ray.

Step 2: Choose output format

Navigate the Format bar and follow the path “3D Video > MKV Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mkv)” or “MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mp4)” for ripping Blu-ray to Rift playback.

Tip: If you like, you can click “Settings” to change your target video size, bitrate, frame rate and 3D depth. To get best video quality, you’d better switch them to “original”.

Step 3: After you have done all the settings, return to the main interface to hit Convert button to start 3D Blu-ray to Rift 3D MP4 or 3D MKV conversion.

When the conversion is finished, you can transfer the 3D Blu-ray to Oculus Rift in 3D effects without any hassles.

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How to convert and play H.265(HEVC) on Roku 3

Recently I have some movies coded with H.265(HEVC). When I play one of those H.265 files on Roku 3, I found Roku 3 is incapable of supporting it. It seems that Roku can’t detect H.265 codec natively. So, how to prepare your H.265 videos for playback on Roku 3? Luckily, there’s a workaround that can make your movies playable on Roku 3- convert H.265 to Roku 3 officially supported (H.264 ) MP4 videos.

If you want to stream H.265 to Roku for playback, a professional H.265 converter is needed. Here Brorsoft Video Converter is recommended to make H.265 playable on Roku 3. In just a few mouse clicks, you’ll be able to view the H.265 video clips on your Roku 3 smoothly. Just download the program and follow the tips below to easily make Roku 3 to play H.265 HEVC files.

Tutorial on how to convert H.265(HEVC) to Roku 3 supported file format

1. Load H.265 files to the converter

Download and install the H.265 converter for Roku on your computer. Run it and directly drag and drop the H.266 files to the main windows of this program. You can also add H.265/HEVC videos by clicking the “add” button.

2. Choose Roku friendly format

After the files are added, click Format > Common Video and set output video format as H.264 Video (*.mp4). The reason mp4 is the target format is that by packing the videos in mp4, the file size will be reasonable small and the video quality remains.

Tip: Roku does play MP4 files according to the relevant info in Roku official site. However, Roku just plays the MP4 files with H.264 video codec and AAC audio. Roku fails to play MP4 files with other codec. Click the Settings icon to set the correct video, audio codecs.

3. Start H.265 to Roku 3 conversion

Hit the Convert button to start encoding H.265 to H.264 MP4 for Roku 3 playback.
Once the conversion is finished, click Open button to get the output MP4 files. You can either stream them or transfer the converted H.265 videos to Roku’s SD card or to a USB stick that can be attached to Roku streaming player. Enjoy.

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Play MKV files on Gear VR no sound- Solution

I just ordered a Samsung Gear VR, a virtual reality headset that can be used in our home for 3D movie. Most of my movies are in MKV(downloaded from Internet or some raw Blu-ray rips in MKV). I’m seeking for a way to play MKV on Gear VR with 3D effects. Searching further and widely, I got some clues. If you don’t have idea how to get it done, or play MKV on Gear VR with no sound issue, just read on.

In fact, MKV files in 2D or 3D SBS(Side-by-Side) work on Gear VR, but the audio has to be encoded in AAC or MP3 for stereo. AC3 audio and DTS Dolby don’t seem to work. I’ve re-encode my 3D MKV files to Gear VR more compatible format to get them to play nice. I’m using Brorsoft Video Converter.

It is a yet professional HD Video Converter, which comparatively has better output quality, in particular HD videos and intuitive interface. With it, you can fast convert MKV to Gear VR supported file type like MP4, MKV in .mp3, .aac audio. Best of all, this software allows you to convert MKV to 3D videos such as MKV Top-bottom 3D Video, MP4 Top-bottom 3D Video, MP4 Side-by-Side 3D video, which can be played on Gear VR perfectly. If you are Mac users, please turn to Video Converter for Mac. Now, we will give a detailed guide on the whole process from converting MKV to Samsung Gear VR supported video.

Convert MKV for Gear VR playback without Quality Loss

Step 1. Load video files

Run the best VR Video Converter program and load your source video files MKV into it.

Step 2. Decide output format

Tap on “Format” bar and find “3D Video”, there are a lot of format options for you. “MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mp4)” is recommended for Samsung Gear VR. Of course, “MKV Side-by-Side 3D video”, “MP4 Side-by-Side 3D video” are also supported.

Step 3. Specify video/audio parameters

Click Settings button to adjust video/audio parameters like video resolution, bitrate, audio codec, audio channel. According to my experience, anything over 720p does nothing but turn battery energy into heat, due to the screen resolution.

Step 4. Start encoding MKV to Gear VR

Click Convert button to start converting MKV to Samsung Gear VR friendly video. After the conversion, you can get the resulted videos by clicking the Open button.

Place your video files into the folder named “My Videos” on your MicroSD card for Galaxy Note 4. Now it would be easy for you to watch 3D videos on Samsung Gear VR. Enjoy.

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Blu-ray to Gear VR- Rip 3D Blu-ray for play with Gear VR

Something exciting, the Samsung Gear VR brings a new type of movie experience I’ve never experienced before. I have a few 3D Blu-rays that I would love to watch them with Gear VR. My question is can I play 3D Blu-ray on Gear VR directly? If not, any workable workaround to help me get 3D movies onto Gear VR? A little searching turns up the solution. I’ve tried the way; it works. Now I will share the easiest way to put and play 3D Blu-ray on Samsung Gear VR.

As far as we know, Gear VR supports most conventional file formats like MP4, AVI, and FLV; however, Blu-ray format is not included. To play Blu-ray with Gear VR, first you need to convert Blu-ray to Gear VR supported file type. And if you stick with 3D movie on Gear VR, you can rip Blu-ray to MP4 in side-by-side or top-to-bottom 3D formats. To achieve the goal easily, a professional Blu-ray ripper especially designed for 3D BDs is necessary.

I have tried many of these products, Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper is the best one I have found. As one of the best Blu ray ripping software, the program is easy to use and can help you rip Blu-ray and DVD to Gear VR supported MP4, AVI, MKV, FLV video files easily. Best of all, this software allows you to fast convert 3D Blu-ray movies to 3D videos such as MKV Top-bottom 3D Video, MP4 Top-bottom 3D Video, MP4 Side-by-Side 3D video, which can be played on Gear VR perfectly. If you are running on Mac, please turn to Brorsoft  Blu-ray Ripper for Mac, which allows you to convert 3D Blu-ray to Samsung Gear VR on Mac OS X(Yosemite and Mavericks included).

How to convert 3D Blu-ray to Gear VR friendly content for playback

Step 1. Import 3D Blu-ray movie > Launch the professional 3D Blu-ray to Gear VR converter. Click the button on top left corner to add 3D Blu-ray movie to it. Double click the video, you can preview the movie in the right side.

Step 2. Select output format > Tap on “Format” bar and find “3D Video”, there are a lot of format options for you. “MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mp4)” is recommended for Samsung Gear VR.

Tip: Click Settings to adjust the parameters like video codec, video bitrate, video frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel. Content mastered at 1920×1080 compressed side-by-side 3D should be resampled to 1920×540 resolution full side-by-side resolution.

Step 3. Start to convert 3D Blu-ray to Gear VR > Click “Convert” button, the best 3D Blu-ray to Gear VR converter will start to work. Just be patient, it will not take you long time. After the conversion, click the Open to get the output videos.

Additional Tips: How to add and view SBS 3D video files on your Gear VR

1. On your MicroSD card file directory, navigate to Oculus > Movies > Your Movies.
2. Create a new folder within “Your Movies” and label it “3D”.
3. Import or move your SBS 3D videos into your newly created “3D” folder.

Once you have created your 3D content folder and imported compatible video files, insert your MicroSD card into your Galaxy Note 4 (if it isn’t already), slide the phone in your Gear VR, and put the virtual reality headset on your head. Then:
1. Navigate to Oculus Cinema from the main menu.
2. Navigate to “My Videos” from the Oculus Cinema content library menu.
3. Select the 3D video you wish to view (if you followed the above steps it should have a “3D” label in the upper righthand corner).
4. Choose the cinema mode to begin playback.
5. Enjoy.

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Tips Playing DivX/XviD in iTunes(iTunes 12)

iTunes is the one best integrated on the Mac OS X: if you have iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, it still is a no brainer application. While, the point here is, iTunes is picky for the input file types. You may find it’s impossible to add Divx/XviD to iTunes directly. So, is there any way to play Divx/Xvid in iTunes with ease? A little searching turns up the solution…

One possible solution is that you can use Perian to get these files to play by the default QuickTime on Mac. If you stick with iTunes, you need to convert Divx/Xvid to iTunes friendly format like MP4, MOV. You can get Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to achieve your goal.

Overall, the program can be used as a utility to convert Divx, Xvid to iTunes compatible file format like mp4, mov, m4v with high quality and fast encoding speed. Besides Divx, Xvid files, it can also help you encode/re-encode almost all 4K, 1080p, 720p HD videos including AVI, MKV, VOB, MPG, MOV, TiVo, MTS etc. to iTunes as well as iPhone, iPad, Galaxy Tab, Kindle Fire HD and more media player or devices. For Windows users, please turn to Video Converter.

How to Convert XviD/DivX to iTunes supported video formats

Note: For Mac (Yosemite, Mavericks included) users, just follow the detailed guide to complete your conversion. The way to transfer Xvid, Divx to iTunes (iTunes 12) on Windows is the same. Just make sure you’ve downloaded the right version.

Step 1. Add XviD or DivX files

Launch the  XviD/DivX to iTunes converter, then head to the folder where your source videos are stored. Add the files to the program. Batch conversion is supported.

Step 2. Select iTunes supported format

Since iTunes supports MP4, M4V and MOV formats, you can click Format bar and choose any of the three from Common Video as the output file format. If you want to import Xvid, Dvix to iTunes for playing on iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, etc., you can also directly select a format from decent device preset like iPad.

Tips: If you think the video size this not suitable for your iOS devices, you can first choose any one of the provided type, then change the “Settings”. Please remember the file size is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in bigger file size, and lower visible quality loss.

Step 3. Start converting Xvid/DivX to iTunes

Click the “Convert” button at the bottom right corner; it will start to convert XviD/DivX movies to iTunes immediately.

After the conversion, get the output files by clicking the Open button. Now add the converted files to iTunes library. iTunes will now have no trouble to transfer the XviD, DixV files to iPhone, iPad, iPod, or streaming to apple TV. Enjoy yourself!

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