I have had a lot of experience with this in the past backing up my own DVD collection, I can say that I believe the easiest way to backup that type of media is with DVD Fab and download FLV media player. You don't have to virtually mount any image to play your entire DVD collection from your HDD, you just double click!!! It's awesome, and very easy/free to do.
And no... you are definitely not in the wrong place for answers, this is an awesome forum and I have learned so much from it!
PS: I am still have trouble backing up my Audio-Book/CD collection using the same methods as I did backing up my DVD collection, I tried creating ISO images with the "Burn CD to Image" option in IMGburn, which worked, but it came with 2 or 3 sub-files for each Audio-Book that I ripped, plus some guys around the forum said that you cant create ISO's of CD's, only DVD's and Data, so I'm not sure... but at least I can help with DVDs!