Can't watch movies in Windows Media Center

Hi,

A few questions:

  1. I download my movies from the DVD to an external HD, using the DVD to DVD function, “Movy only” and ticked the box “create dvdix.xml…”. But I can watch the movies only in WMP but not in WMC. Why is that?

  2. What is an ISO file and when shall I use that function for. Is that to get a unique icon of the cover of the dvd?

Many thanks for your help

[quote=Fanfan;2256158]Hi,

A few questions:

  1. I download my movies from the DVD to an external HD, using the DVD to DVD function, “Movy only” and ticked the box “create dvdix.xml…”. But I can watch the movies only in WMP but not in WMC. Why is that?

2[B]. What is an ISO file and when shall I use that function for. Is that to get a unique icon of the cover of the dvd?[/B]

Many thanks for your help[/quote]
A .iso is a Common CD or DVD disc image format based on the ISO-9660 standard; contains exact duplicate of data on a disc; used for making copies of CDs and DVDs; includes the data saved on the disc as well as the filesystem information, such as directory structures, file attributes, and boot code.

ISO files are useful for duplicating or backing up CDs and DVDs because they copy every bit of data exactly from the disc; this is different than copying all files from a disc because the disc header information is lost in the process; an ISO file can be used to restore a disc exactly to the original version. It has nothing to do with the unique icon of the disc cover.

Understood. Thanks!

Found the answer for the first question: http://apcmag.com/how_to_play_ripped_dvds_on_vista_media_center.htm

You can also Rip the DVD to a video file that you have codecs installed for. This will produce much smaller file sizes. I use this and use an app called Media Browser. When the files are named appropriately, Media Browser finds and downloads the movie cover/ poster synopsis and other info. It looks really sharp, and has lots of features to choose from to customize it to your liking.

http://www.mediabrowser.tv/

I use a video bitrate of at least 1500kbps and usually more like 2000kbps.