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Joeag45 01-30-2014 10:00 AM

How do I digitize my dvd's
I want to start digitizing my DVD collection, over 500 of them. I would like to create digital copies of them and put them on my home network. How can I go about about this task?
What type of programs do I need to decode and digitize a DVD?
What's the average file size of a movie?
I'll be using my Mac Mini(mid 2010), 8 gigs of ram, 1TB HDD, OS Mavericks.
I'm planning purchasing a couple of external hard drives to store them on.
Any advice would be appreciated.

Disclaimer : these copies would be for personal use only.

vansmith 01-30-2014 10:59 AM

However much personal copies makes sense, the circumvention of copy protections is a prohibited topic around here. Thus, if these are commercial DVDs, there's not much we can help you with. Are these commercial DVDs with copy protection or are these personal DVDs?

Exodist 01-30-2014 11:10 AM

@OP. Like Van mentioned. Its a no no subject, not that we wouldn't mind giving you advice. We love giving advice, its just we wouldn't want to the forum to become known for telling people how to circumvent copy protection.

That said, there are commercial software for this in the world for purchase. I assume when you purchase that software it pays for the decryption codec. And if you google for it, or just look on Newegg or Amazon you will quickly find what your looking for. Now I don't use this hardware/software so we can't help you with it also.


chas_m 01-31-2014 03:10 AM

This blog adheres to US law, and under US law making digital copies of commercial DVDs is illegal, even for personal use, or backup, or a million other good reasons. Sorry.

PS. Canada scores one over the US in this regard ...

RadDave 01-31-2014 11:13 AM

Well, one exception is the Universal Digital Copy which may be disc-based (part of a DVD or BD purchase) or as a DL w/ the voucher code w/i the disc case - this permits putting a purchase on your computer and also portable devices. Unfortunately, not all DVD/BDs come w/ this extra feature and most older DVDs were made before this was even an option.

Now I own about 700 commercial optical discs (nearly 200 of these are BDs) - I've gotten many vouchers but had no big need to want the digital copies of my purchased movies, so cannot advise as to how useful this process may be nor whether these digital versions can be transferred to 'say' a network drive for home streaming? Dave :)

vansmith 01-31-2014 12:32 PM


Originally Posted by chas_m (Post 1564964)
PS. Canada scores one over the US in this regard ...

Unfortunately Bill C-11 closed that loophole unless you meet one of a few criteria (like national security). Source. Here's something a little more readable (non-legalese).

Joeag45 01-31-2014 02:56 PM

WOW ! I most certainly did not mean to open a can of worms on this subject. I have no intentions of breaking any laws and all the videos I own are legally purchased commercial ones.
I'll just keep them in the book case till somethings change. Thanks for the input guys.

chas_m 02-01-2014 12:09 AM

Doesn't look like they did, actually:

"Bill C-11 creates new "personal use" exceptions which, subject to certain conditions, will allow individuals to record television programs and copy music for later use (otherwise known as "time-shifting") and move content from one format to another (otherwise known as "format-shifting") without infringing copyright. These exceptions are conditional. For example, the copies and recordings may only be used for the individual's private purposes and the copies cannot be given away. This is an example of Bill C-11 modernizing the current Copyright Act in order to give consumers confidence that they may conduct everyday activities such as transferring music from a CD to a laptop to an iPod without infringing copyright."

I imagine a court will ultimately decide, but I can tell you without a court's help how the majority of Canadians feel about any attempt to intrude upon "personal use" rights.

chscag 02-01-2014 01:52 AM


I imagine a court will ultimately decide, but I can tell you without a court's help how the majority of Canadians feel about any attempt to intrude upon "personal use" rights.
You would get the same from most Americans regarding how we feel about our copyright laws.

vansmith 02-01-2014 09:16 AM

All of that can't involve copy protection circumvention though (as I understand it). As noted in this document:

Bill C-11 protects technological protection measures by making it an infringement of copyright to break, or “circumvent,” an access control lock. Also, certain new exceptions from copyright infringement for time-shifting and format-shifting will not apply if either an access-control or a copy-control lock is broken. This means that content distribution and software companies will have new legal tools (beyond contract terms) to effectively protect the creative content they produce and sell.
I wish people would have enough of a voice but I imagine that because this received royal assent recently (ish), it's going to take time to mount a legal challenge (which, like you, wish would happen).

bobtomay 03-01-2014 05:44 AM


Originally Posted by Ravikaleova (Post 1570138)
Yes, I also face same problem, Can anyone share the solution or suggestion about it.

As stated at the beginning of this thread - in post # 2 - the discussion of the circumvention of that encryption is not permitted here.

This thread is now closed.

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