Copy DVD to Drobo 5N for Connect via WDTV Live on TV 

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Q: “I have a piece of DVD Movies such like: Interstellar, Non Stop, Taken, Taken 2, next – 007 x4, plus more of my DVD collection when I get a DVD player. I need a tool which can help me rip my DVD to a Drobo 5N (not yet purchased but will in future), but at the moment, to an ext HD and use my WDTV live to view on my TV. I want the output format will probably use WDTV or PLEX or when NAS is purchased. I have used ‘Handbrake’, but it’s works bad. Any suggestions?” 

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For many DVD fans, they have tried their best to enjoying a DVD movies with many kinds of methods, enjoying them on PC/Mac or TV via DVD drive. However, Have you ever try to enjoy a DVD without a DVD drive, in other words, watching a DVD movies on the go, in every portable devices you want? 

A DVD fan had asked me how to rip his DVD collections to the Drobo 5N and stream to the TV using WDTV Live? I should say that it is not a problem after you got the information below: 

What format does WDTV Live supported? The playable files formats are listed here: 

Video formats and codecs

MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, AVI, H.264, MKV, MOV (MPEG4, H.264), M2TS, TP, TRP, TS, MP4, ASF, VOB (unprotected or unencrypted) 

Audio formats and codecs


In this case, we need get some help from a DVD to WDTV tool, rip the DVD to Drobo 5N/WDTV Live supported format and then stream them to Drobo 5N, in this way you can watching them on TV via Drobo 5N using WDTV Live. Here i recommend you a power ripper–Pavtube ByteCopy (review), it can remove the copy protection easily and rip the format of DVD to Drobo 5N/WDTV Live supported h.264 .mp4, then you can watching them on TV using WDTV Live smoothly. In addition, you can also rip the DVD to the other format for your other portable device for watching on the go. If you are a Mac user, the Mac version is available here–Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac. Just download the tool given below and begin.

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Rip DVD to Drobo 5N for Streaming to TV using WDTV Live 

Step 1. Load DVD movie 

Run DVD to WDTV Live converter, and click “File” and “Load from disc” to import your DVD movies. Another way to import DVD movie is to click the file icon on upper-left corner. 


Step 2. Choose Lossless MKV-WDTV Live supported format 

Find the format bar below your DVD items, and click it to get to the format list where you need to follow “Multi-track Video” > “Lossless/encoded Multi-track MKV (*.mkv).” The lossless property will maintain the multiple audio tracks and subtitles. 


Step 3. Convert DVD to WDTV Live. 

Hit the button “Convert” to start conversion from DVD to WDTV Live . 

Step 4. Transfer the converted DVD movies to Drobo 5N. 

Once the DVD to Drobo 5N/WDTV Live conversion is over, keep your PC and Drobo 5N in the same network surrounding, then sync the converted DVD movies to Drobo 5N server. 

Step 5. Play DVD movies on Drobo 5N/WDTV Live 

Still keepign your Drobo 5N and WDTV Live in the same home network. Connect your WDTV Live to your smart TV and use the remote control to find the media server, and choose the converted DVD movies and the next thing you have to do is just embracing sheer enjoyment. (Learn how to Connect WD TV to Home Theater System). 

Pavtube Bytecopy Pros for Drobo 5N/WDTV Live users: 

1. All-in-one. Do crack and convert DVD and Blu-ray. 
2. Lossless. Keep multiple original video, audio, subtitle streams without changing. 
3. Fast. Single layer DVD copied to MKV in 10 mins, BD around an hour under lossless mode; 1.5 -5 hours under compressive mode. GPU acceleration(CUDA) ready. 
4. Easy operation. 2 steps process for lossless BD/DVD to MKV ripping. 
5. Flexible. You decide which streams to keep, what codec to use, and what quality to export. 

Can I Play DVD/Blu-ray on PC With Multiple Audio Tracks/Subtitles? You wanna have subtitles displayed on HDTV when playing ripped Blu-ray? Choose ByteCopy also. It converts the PGS subtitles to DVD subtitle format, which is definitely acceptable by HD media players. It also lets you extract .srt subtitles for MKV file, including forced subtitles. 

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