Watching Movies Straight from hdd

vbimport

#1

Hi all. Yes I’m a big time Newbie to these forums and I need some help. I’m looking for the easiest way to copy a dvd (movie which I own) to my hard drive then be able to watch it from my hard drive without having to put the dvd in the optical drive. I have access to Alcohol 120%. Is this possible? Are there any good tutorials explaining how to do this? (I have searched a little and haven’t found anything). Thanks for any help you can provide.


#2

There are numerous softwares that can do this, and can put in on your hard drive in a variety of formats, including divx, avi, mpeg, iso image, etc. Just do some reading at www.dvdrhelp.com and you will find more than you wanted to know.


#3

Probably the simplest way is to create an ISO image with DVD Decrypter (from afterdawn) & when you want mount the image using a virtual drive (alcohol has one) & then play it as though the DVD was in your DVD-ROM.
If you want to rip it down to an avi file , which would be much smaller, then follow Rob’s link to DVDrHelp. There are also some good tutorials on the Video Edit forum here that are well worth a read.


#4

Or you could use something like AnyDVD or DVD43 and simply drag all the files onto your HDD - DVD43 is free but won’t look at some of the newer Sony titles - AnyDVD you can get for a 21 day free trial - then you have to buy it - but will handle most movies out there - and it is updated very, very regularly.