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Put camcorder movies on DVD, how to put on external hard dri

by tablpa / December 1, 2017 9:08 AM PST

I have recently put hundreds of hours of home camcorder movies on about 70 DVDs. Would like to know the easiest way to transfer these to an external hard drive. Can I just copy and paste? I would like to copy them to 5 external drives to give to family members. Once one external drive is done, can the entirety be copied to the other 4 external hard drives? I would like to do this as simply as possible, but would like for them to be able to play the external hard drive in a computer or TV. I am not too concerned about titles, labels, etc as I have them all in chronological order and will be printing a booklet with all topics/dates in it. Thank you in advance for any advice in doing this. Already have the external drives and would like to get them done by Christmas.

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Re: DVD to HDD
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 1, 2017 10:59 AM PST

Playing the result on a PC won't be a problem, in whatever way you do it, either as individual movies in some folder (with your favorite player) or from a mounted iso-file.

Playing them from a hard disk on a TV might be more difficult, depending on the software of the TV. Be sure to try it on different types of smart TV owned by your family members. Here I would connect my laptop via HDMI to a not-smart TV, used as a monitor, and that works on smart TV's also. Playing with an app on the TV is a different story.

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Here's what I use. CDBURNERXP. Why and How!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 1, 2017 11:15 AM PST

First here's where I get two apps to make this too easy. Why Ninite? Read

OK, here's the recipe.

1. Use CDBURNERXP to rip (save) the Video DVD to the .ISO file. Here's the tutorial:

2. Use VLC Player to play that ISO. Not much to write here as I let VLC Player be associated with VLC Player. This way the menus and everything just work.

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