[mythtv-users] Newbie questions: a digital DVD library

Mache Creeger mache at creeger.com
Thu Feb 12 21:59:45 UTC 2009

I would suggest that once you decode the DVD in DVDfab HD Decrypter 
that you convert it to a single iso file. They typically run 7-9GB. 
You can plan them directly on Myth Internal or use Xine. That way you 
only have a single file to worry about.

-- Mache

At 01:50 PM 2/12/2009, Nick F wrote:
>On Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 1:13 PM, gonzalo diethelm 
><<mailto:gdiethelm at dcv.cl>gdiethelm at dcv.cl> wrote:
>My plan is to rip the DVDs on a Windows machine using DVDfab HD
>Decrypter (version, since I believe this is the easiest way to
>ensure that I end up with non-protected DVD files that include exactly
>the sound tracks and subtitle tracks I want, with defaults defined
>according to my needs. Then I will import these movies into MythTV,
>probably doing some tests as to whether I will transcode them or not (I
>probably will due to space reasons).
>I think I have gotten the hang of how things work, but I have some
>things I have not been able to make work, and some additional questions.
>1. How do I import a DVD movie that is stored on a directory in my file
>system, with the typical VIDEO_TS (and empty AUDIO_TS) subdirectories,
>into MythTV? I tried going to the Archive Files (whatever the option is
>called), which allows me to navigate the file system, but when I
>navigate to my ripped DVD directory it doesn't show any files at all and
>I can take no meaningful action to start the import... Is it possible to
>import DVD movies that have been pre-ripped to the file system?
>I just suck in the DVD structure - and Mythvideo automatically 
>recognises that (if it has the VIDEO_TS, etc) that it's a DVD and 
>plays appropriatly.  I also rip the movies on a Windows box 
>(actually a Windows VM on a Linux machine) - and use either DVDfab, 
>or anydvd.  So - you can certainly import pre-ripped movies.  If I 
>really like the movie - I leave it uncompressed.  If I've watched 
>it, and want to save some space I compress it with HandBrake under 
>Linux - usually into a h.264 file while preserving the AC3 
>soundtrack.  The new versions of HandBrake will compress BLU-RAY rips as well.
>2. What is the structure used in the file system to store imported
>movies in MythTV? Could I devise my own directory tree to group my
>movies according to my whims? Could I also add tags to the movies, so
>that when I wish to play them, I can search for them independently of
>the directory trees I have defined?
>I've divided my filestructure so in my mythmovies directory I have a 
>then drop in either the DVD FOLDER into that subdirectory, or the 
>compressed movie file.  This way I can navigate more easily.
>3. In order to at least check whether my front-end was working, I
>changed the command to watch videos (which was set as "Internal") to a
>hard-coded invocation of mplayer pointing to a ripped movie, and yes,
>that did open the movie, so things do work, but it leaves much to be
>I've been pretty happy using Internal to play my DVDs
>4. The other thing I have been unable to do is to watch video streamed
>from the Internet. I tried watching several different channels (BBC and
>NASA) and I could hear the sound off my speakers, but the small box
>where it would show the movie was just a blue rectangle. What gives?
>5. Eventually, when I set up my definite machine, I will use Ubuntu
>Server for the setup. How hard is it to install and configure MythTV on
>Ubuntu, WITHOUT using MythBuntu?
>I use Fedora for my backend and a self-compiled fixes branch.  On my 
>Frontend I use regular Ubuntu with a self-compiled fixes.  It's very 
>easy to install on Ubuntu without MythBuntu - but MythBuntu is a 
>great way to get started.
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