Hi, I'm a newbie to this forum and don't know where to ask, so please forgive me if I've posted in the wrong forum :o
Here is my problem: my 2-year-old son likes to mess around with the DVDs we bought for him and it wouldn't be hard to figure out what would happen when the DVDs got scratches all over them. My DVD player has been used for several years and wouldn't play some of the DVDs sometimes (partly due to those faulty discs and partly hardware problem I guess) So instead of purchasing another DVD player/recorder and a bunch of the same DVDs, I'd like to preserve the original copies and perhaps make copies into a harddisk based media player so that I won't need to worry about my son damaging the discs while he can continue to enjoy watching his favorite shows...
I have a home network setup and I'm thinking of getting one of those media players with built-in harddisk and network connection, so that I could convert DVDs to some digital formats and transfer them onto the player for viewing; so my questions are:
Any recommendation on which player to get? What should I look for when choosing one?
Which file format is best to preserve the original content in the DVDs (video quality, menus, subtitles, audio channels etc.)? Which is the smallest in file size?
What software do I need to do the conversion? What are the minimum requirements to run those?
Thank you all!!