[mythtv-users] Importing DVDs to Myth

James Oltman cnlibmyth at gmail.com
Tue Jul 12 17:29:27 EDT 2005

I was kicking that idea around on the list a couple months ago and
specifically cited Kaliedescape.  I think this functionality would be
phenomenal and really add to the MythTV idea.  Right now, I take my
DVDs and use DVD Shrink to just pull out the movie and no other menus,
subtitles (save the English incase I can't understand what they are
saying), and leaving in the DD5.1 audio and if applicable, DTS.  Then
I just save the ISO on my hard drive which is samba'd to my FE and use
xine to watch (xine mounts ISO with the command xine -pfhq --no-spalsh
dvd://%s).  I think it would be fantastic if the functionality of DVD
Shrink could be added in as well.  I don't really care about the menus
etc and they just take up extra space.  I love the rest.

On 7/12/05, Scott <catfather at donpoo.net> wrote:
> On Jul 12, 2005, at 4:43 PM, Dg B wrote:
> >>
> >> Using lsdvd to "unlock" the DVD and then dd to copy it to an ISO
> >> is  by far the easy solution. The downside is that because it is a
> >> bit  for bit copy this method will take up the most space. On the
> >> other  hand, having a bit for bit copy is nice when it comes to
> >> making a DVD  Jukebox and hard drives are cheap, right? :)
> >
> > I'm all for this idea.  Does this process imply that the DVD ISO is
> > imported into the MythTV back-end database?  Also, could we export
> > & burn the DVD ISO easily?
> Yes, I would expect that the MythTV "Import DVD" button I'm
> envisioning would not only create the ISO on the file system, but
> import the movie meta data (title, cast, description, poster, etc)
> into MythVideo for browsing and playback.
> No, I'm not looking to impliment any type of "export & burn"
> functionality. My goal is simple, create an easy to use DVD Jukebox
> extension to MythTV. This of this as a similar idea to the
> Kaleidescape DVD Jukebox (See http://www.kaleidescape.com/).
> My first pass would be to use MythTV infrastructure to get a
> functioning proof of concept going. That is, a button on the DVD menu
> that would work as I previously described:
> 1) Copy the DVD as an ISO file to the file system
> 2) Use imdb.pl or other tools to get the DVD movie data
> 3) Insert the movie data into the MythVideo DB
> 4) Allow users to browse the DVD collection, view the DVD info, and
> play back DVD ISOs from MythVideo
> For a lot of people this would be good enough to be used daily.
> Beyond that, (and this is definitely a ways off and pie in the sky
> kind of thinking) I think I would like to see a project dedicated to
> making a backend DVD Jukebox storage system with plugins for web
> clients, exporting DVD lists, various methods of searching (studio,
> actors, titles, etc), and browsing and playback from PVR software
> like MythTV or Freevo. In the specific case of MythTV, such a DVD
> Jukebox backend should be able to reside on either the MythTV backend
> or MythTV FE/BE combo box.
> Again, let me state that I know about MythTV 'rip dvd' feature and
> think that's cool. This is different in that it provides bit for bit
> copies of the DVD imported on the HDD and has full function extras,
> menus, sound tracks, and subtitles which can be played with something
> like xine. Yes, doing it this way would require a lot of storage,
> especially for DVD collections that some people (like myself) have. A
> cheaper solution would be making Linux talk to a Sony 400 Disc DVD
> Mega changer. Clearly this idea isn't for everyone. :)
> --
> Scott <catfather at donpoo.net>
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