Copies of my own DVDs to my own Media Center

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by swhite1, Jun 4, 2007.

  1. swhite1

    swhite1 Guest

    What the heck do I do to copy my own DVDs to my own Media Center? I was led
    to believe (just watch the advertisements/commercials) this was one of the
    fuctions of VISTA?
    Please someone help me before my laptop becomes a UFnOs...unidentified
    flying new operating system?
    I have read the discussion groups referencing this same question but
    regarding Windows XP. Please tell me, in plain ol' english that 1. I can do
    it and 2. How I can do it. I have copied the audio and video files but when I
    get back to "the movies" aka Windows Media Center there really isn't a clear
    command to play back the dvd I copied. I hope I'm not asking too much here...?

    swhite1, Jun 4, 2007
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    colin Guest

    Having this same exact problem. I have used dvd shrink to rip the dvd but
    how can I play the video ts files in media player
    colin, Jun 4, 2007
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    Buellpilot Guest

    I don't know what commercial you saw that gave you the impression
    that Vista would copy your DVD movies, it doesn't because it is
    illegal in many jurisdictions. Vista does support a DVD jukebox
    which can hold the physical DVDs and load them on request.

    The good news is that you CAN do what you want with very
    little work by tweaking a few things :)

    First you need to transfer your DVD to the hard drive, as mentioned
    previously commercial DVDs are encrypted so you need to excersie
    your rights to fair use... and use a tool called DVD Decrypter to copy your DVDs to the PC.
    (You cant just copy the Video_TS folders you must use a DVD
    decryption tool)

    This will give you a Video_TS folder which contains a copy of the

    The best thing to do is create a parent folder for all your DVDs, perhaps
    called 'DVDs' in that folder create a folder named after the title
    of the DVD and in that named folder place the Video_TS folder
    and its contents. Then simply repeat for all of your DVDs.

    You now have a collection of ripped DVDs :)

    You then need to enable the DVD Library function of Vista Media Center
    with a small registry edit.

    After doing that and rebooting go into the DVD libray and right click
    and add your DVDs folder the the list of watched folders.

    After that you should be in business.... you can manually add DVD artwork
    by downloading the DVD cover and naming it folder.jpg and saving it
    in the folder named after the movie title that contains the Video_TS folder.
    (There are also other ways to get artwork and movie info including cast
    info, but lets see how you get on with all this before moving on!)
    Buellpilot, Jun 4, 2007
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    swhite1 Guest

    I thank you indeed buellpilot. Although it is now quite late for me to sstart
    I will attack in the morning and get back to you. I hope Colin is succesful
    as well. It all almost sounds daunting but I've come through worsse scenerios.
    As far as the commercials I guess we see what we want to see. When the
    actor, athelete, celebraty or even a green animation appear on screen and
    display how their lives are just so complete and organized right there on
    thier HP laptops with Windows Vista you kinda get lost in the smoke looking
    at the mirrors...
    Thanks again for the heads up and I'll be in touch.
    swhite1, Jun 4, 2007
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    swhite1 Guest

    Didn't work! Took a long time to transfer a lot of nothing.
    Here is my guess as to why;
    You write
    transfer DVD to hard drive then,
    use the tool DVD Decrypter to
    copy DVDs to PC (laptop)
    then you backtrack and say
    create a parent directory and
    place the video_ts folder and its contents
    in there...
    wait....what? Am I to copy DVD files 1st
    then use the encription tool?
    I gotta tell you this happened(or didn't
    just as i had expected it would last
    night that's why I called it quits then.
    I am as perplexed as anticipated and
    now must leave it behind whilst I tcob.
    Until later(I'll try again), peace out
    swhite1, Jun 4, 2007
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    Buellpilot Guest

    OK... try again...

    Things to remember.... don't copy anything from the DVD
    to the hard drive yourself by using explorer, the contents
    of the DVD are protected so anything you manually copy
    will be junk!

    DVD Decrypter both decrypts the DVD AND copies it to the
    hard drive. Once DVD decrypter has copied it to the hard drive
    you can move the resulting folder anywhere you like.

    Thats why I suggest you copy/move it into its parent folder once
    DVD decrypter has done its thing.

    Basically what i do is stick the DVD i the drive start DVD Decrypter
    and hit the big button at the bottom, I usually just let it copy the
    Video_TS folder to the the root of drive C: (or whatever drive you want it
    and once DVD Decrypter is finished i move the Video_TS folder into
    my DVD folder structure;

    DVDs - Movie1 - Video_TS
    - Movie2 - Video_TS
    - Movie3 - Video_TS
    Buellpilot, Jun 4, 2007
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    rlith Guest

    Your better bet is using My Movies, available at download
    2.30 pr9. It will not only allow you to monitor folders, it will autodownload
    all your dvd covers, info on the movie, and full collection management. Works
    well with extenders as well.
    rlith, Jun 4, 2007
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    swhite1 Guest

    Here we go again. I guess you can tell I am not thrilled with this process.
    I used the decryptor as instructed. 7.7 gigabytes later I have a huge folder
    sitting on my "c" drive. This Media Center is a toilet bowl. How do I watch
    the [email protected]## movie?
    swhite1, Jun 28, 2007
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    Dana Cline Guest

    Is there a problem with 7.7 Gb? That sounds about right for a 2-hour

    Media Center wasn't really designed to watch copied DVDs...have you tried
    the MyMovies add-in from

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
    Dana Cline, Jun 29, 2007
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    swhite1 Guest

    Thank you so very much 'rlith'. I can hardly believe how easy 'mymovies' was
    to setup on my laptop. It's has copyied all of my Discovery Channels' "Planet
    Earth" series without a hitch. It will take me awhile to take ful ladvantage
    of its capabilitiessuch as, labeling, catorgorizing, etc, but wow what a
    great site it is that you directed me to. Copying is now a seemless operation
    in my Windows Media Center. I do not know or care if I can copy back to a dvd
    disc. That was never my intention. Thank you once again.
    swhite1, Jul 3, 2007
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    swhite1 Guest

    Sorry "tomlives2000" I guess you misunderstood my question. I don't wish to
    make copies I just wanted my dvds in my media center is all...
    swhite1, Jul 3, 2007
  12. Scott, DVDdecryptor leaves out one folder. You will need to create it
    yourself. It is called AUDIO_TS and it will be empty. Your directory
    should look like this:


    Of course the movie directory will reflect the name of your movie, say Tuna
    would be c:\tuna :) I use WinDVD 8 to play movies from my hard drive as I
    am not sure if MCE or Windows Media Player will work?

    Captain Roberts
    Captain Roberts, Jul 5, 2007
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    Jaime Guest

    How is the fact you are trying to do something that is, essentially, illegal
    (copies a DVD) and is also not a function of Media Center, an indication of
    whether or not MCE is a valid product?

    BTW, you watch the movie by putting the DVD in the DVD drive, it's a heck of
    lot easier than the pain you are going through :eek:)
    Jaime, Jul 6, 2007
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