Dec 6th 2012
Know How... 22
Back up your DVDs
Today, we're taking our DVDs and backing them up. Then we're going to play them on the AppleTV.
- Computer with iTunes
- AppleTV (Why pick the AppleTV? Because it is the most limited. Make a video file that works on it, it'll work anywhere)
- Rip the DVD using DVD Decrypter or MakeMKV. DVD Decrypter will preserve all the menus and special features. MakeMKV will rip the titles in separate MKV files. It costs $50, but it works like a charm.
- Use Handbrake to rip unencrypted DVDs or compress your MKV to an H.264 file compatible with your device. Handbrake has presets for several devices including Apple TV.
- Play around with Handbrake and you'll see settings for audio and subtitles. You can customize your video all you want.
- We suggest adding metadata to your files so it will look pretty. You can use MediaMonkey for Windows or iDentify for Mac. Both are free.
- Import your resulting files to iTunes. You'll have the album artwork and information right in the file.
- Turn sharing on in iTunes in Preferences > Sharing.
- From your Apple TV, choose Computers and you'll see your library.
- Pick the movie you just made.
- The Apple TV can access multiple audio tracks, but not subtitles unless they are burned in.
Quicktip: How to print TO iOS or Android.
- Use ACTPrinter to make your device a virtual printer or simply print a PDF to your cloud storage solution (like Dropbox).
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