Can the Boxee Media Manager play DVD rips from external hard drive? Boxee says NO in its Support board; currently ISO and RAR archives are not supported. However, if you try ripping a DVD to Boxee/external hard drive supported format – it does support a lot of formats – like AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, you can play that. I have successfully converted my DVD to external hard drive and added my DVD collections to Boxee in this way.
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Here’s how I do it on my Windows PC: convert DVDs to MP4 HD videos with Pavtube DVDAid, and then store these movies to on external hard drive for putting to Boxee media sources . In this way it gives pretty sharp image when streaming the movies from Boxee to my HDTV. I googled for the best DVD rippers and stumbled across a couple of reviews that set Pavtube DVDAid as the best. (Check out more reasons to choose it)
Note: For Mac users, you can turn to Pavtube DVDAid for Mac for further usage (Mac OS Sierra included).
Follow below guide and you can learn how to strip commercial DVDs of disc protection, and convert the movie files of DVD to Boxee Box.
How to Convert DVD to Boxee Box via external hard drive?
Step 1. Import DVD
Launch the DVD to Boxee converter and load DVD movies to the program. The clean main interface is showed below:
Tip A: The Forced subtitle which I appreciate is also on the main interface and if you check this function, it could show the forced subtitles you chose in the output video.
Step 2. Choose the MP4 format for D-Link Boxee Box.
In the “Format” > “HD Video” column, find “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” and choose it as the output format for playback or streaming.
Tip B: If you like, click “Settings” to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish. Keep in mind the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice versa.
Step 3. Hit the “Convert” button to start the DVD conversion.
It may take some time to finish the conversion, and with this period, I just do some housework to wait it. When the conversion is over, just click the “Open” icon to locate the output video and then transfer the files to store on external hard drive for viewing on D-Link Boxee Box.
So easy, right? Then I could also watch the ripped DVD movies on tablet, PC and TV sets by using this super wonderful media server- Boxee box!