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Copy and Put Your DVDs to a Movie Server

Copy and Put Your DVDs to a Movie Server

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For the past few years, many people have been researching a build for a new home server for personal backups and media streaming. A movie server allows you to quickly view your entire collection on the screen. Large collections can be searched, sorted or filtered by genre, rating, title, actor or other parameters for quick retrieval. When searching some old movies or new released movies on Media Server, it might not update timely to cover the movies. In this cases, you can rent some new DVDs and copy your old DVD collections to Media Server to enlarge your media library on Media Server.

DVD is a physical media that is only limited to being played by DVD player device provided with DVD-ROM. It would be a popularly acceptable way to transfer these DVD collections to a media server for playing more flexibly. To rip DVD to media server, you need a DVD ripping tool.

The DVD Ripping software tools

Handbrake is a free open-source front-end to libavcodec, the leading audio/video codec library. You can use Handbrake to rip DVDs to media server. But HandBrake can’t decrypt protected DVD clips but it works well for converting almost any video files into the MP4 formats that most media servers use. Specifically, Handbrake can import most video formats and transform them into the MP4 and MKV (Matroska video format) containers. Most, but not all media servers and extenders support MP4. Fewer still support MKV. Read handbrake supported files.

MakeMKV is also a popular program and it can decrypt Blu-Ray DVDs to media server. But the drawback is that you only can use MakeMKV to rip Blu-ray and DVD to MKV container for media server. MKV can support multiple video and audio codecs, such as H.264 and AAC audio. In general, containers concern how video and audio data is laid out and what supplementary information is used to describe those A/V streams. It will often meet video and audio playback issues such as video audio out of sync on Media Server when playing MKV files.

Then, Pavtube ByteCopy will be the best choice to rip DVD to a media server. This top-ranking DVD-ripping utility can remove the Content Scrambling System (CSS) or similar built-in protections that prevent straight-up copying and convert DVD to mobile-or-home-theater-friendly format so that you can stream DVD rips via media server on HD TV through media extender. 

Supported Output File Types: lossless MKV, encoded multi-track mp4/mov/avi, H.265/HEVC, H.264/MPEG-4, DivX, XviD, MKV, MP4, AVI, MPEG, WMV, FLV, SWF, F4V, MOV, 3GP, 3G2, VOB, TS, DV, MPEG-2 HD Video (*.mpg), MPEG- TS Video(*.ts), Quick Time HD Video (*.mov), WMV HD Video (*.wmv), Audio-Video Interleaved HD Video (*.avi)

Note: Pavtube ByteCopy version and higher versions have updated to support to rip DVD and Blu-ray to HEVC at up to 30x times ripping speed with NVIDIA CUDA hardware acceleration on the condition that your computer is geared with CUDA-enabled GPU. To figure out if your computer has CUDA GPU, you can refer to this page. So with Pavtube ByteCopy, you can easily and rapidly rip DVD to media server.

Start to Copy DVD to Media Server Supported Format

Step 1: Click “File” to import DVD movies to the software. You can also add DVD Folder, DVD IFO File,DVD ISO Image File to convert. Of course, you also can import Blu-ray to rip to media server for TV.

import DVD

Step 2: When you open the “Format” drop-down list, you can see many output format choices. Considering the most compatibility, HD MP4 is recommended here for its high video quality. You also can choose other video format. If you want to rip DVD and Blu-ray to MKV for media server, it’s OK, too.

HD MP4 video


  1. The output format is preferably in a common format, like MP3 for audio, MP4 for video. The more common format you use, the more devices you can stream to. For example, if you use FLAC instead of MP3 for your music, you can’t stream your DVD rips to your Xbox One via media server. Just keep in mind that not all devices support all formats of media.
  2. 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 3:
Hit big red “Convert” to start to rip DVD to media server friendly format. Once the process ends, open the output folder to locate the DVD rips. Once the videos are converted you can 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. 

The media server and extender Recommended

To stream DVD rips conveniently, you not only need a media server, you also need a media extender. Supported media server are iTunes, MythTV, or Windows Media Center, that enables you to “broadcast” your videos to other computers and media extenders. Supported media extender have Apple TV, the Xbox One and most 2011 and newer Blu-Ray DVD players, such as a Sony BDP-S580, that lets you view video from your media server on your TV.

Most, but not all, of these programs and devices support one version or another of the Universal Plug and Play Forum’s (UPnP) Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA). In theory any DLNA server can transmit to any DLNA media extender.

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