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I have a sizable DVD collection that it's time to rip to the computer. I still believe in owning your media, but the convenience of online services makes it easy to stop caring about these things...

For the arguments about the environmental impact of physical media- I agree, but DRM and "streaming" make it such that only by owning your media can you be assured you'll have it!

My biggest pet peeve are DVD/Blu-Ray companies who choose to put their episodes out of order on the disks.

I'm looking at you Warner Bros. and your Justice League Unlimited Complete Series (among others)!

@emacsen Ripping your media and putting in on a local NAS or server is the best way to start your journey down the datahoarding path 😄

I'd say I watch more content locally than on Netflix on a given week. Although I can't really substitute youtube locally since most of that content is only worth watching once.

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Streaming also must have an environmental impact: electricity for serving packets, cooling of server farms, replacing server parts. I don't know if it matches the impact of printing DVDs and cases, but it's something.

@emacsen I did a bit of ripping in recent years. Here's what I ended up with, as far as tools and methodology is concerned, in case it helps.

CDs: abcde in Debian. There are lots of tools for this. Five years ago, ripping a CD is fast enough that I didn't even bother trying to optimise.

DVD: rip to ISO using dd or gddrescue, then transcode that to save disk space with Handbrake. This allowed me to rip several disks to ISOs during a work day, and then let Handbrake transcode overnight.

@liw @emacsen have you happened to puzzle out a workflow for ripping Blu-Ray discs? I haven't really settled into a groove yet for those.

@gnomon @liw The issue is just the ones that put episodes out of order. I keep encountering this problem.

Sad sad.

@emacsen @gnomon I'd forgotten that. It looks to me like an attempt at making things harder to rip.

Some DVDs for TV shows have lots and lots of titles (episodes) that are either empty or copies of the same episode.

Also looks like some DVDs have intentiontal encoding problems: the dd works fine, playback with a video player going via the menus works fine, but reading the titles directly with Handbrake fails.

Anything to make paying customers regret giving money for a product, I guess.

@gnomon @emacsen I've used MakeMKV (proprietary commercial software) and it's worked OK for Blu-Ray.

@emacsen I feel like if I follow this thread long enough I'll get the full story of your descend into madness as you get into more and more obscure scenarios trying to rip all your media 😂

It gets worse when you get to the DVD's with horrible encoding that takes forever to transcode into something re-playable and you end up spinning up a giant server in some cloud to do it faster 😅

@rune It's not so bad. For DVDs, I'm simply using MakeMKV to rip them. With ~12tb of storage, I can go ahead and keep them in their original form.

For the Blu-Rays, I have decided to run some post-ripping re-encoding.

I don't own any more CDs, sadly. They were lost in a series of bad situations.

@emacsen Ah, that should keep you afloat for a few weeks 😄

Are you doing any kind of RAID or a separate backup?

I can't be bothered to back mine up, but I've had a few disks fail on me, so I always keep redundancy through RAID.

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