Watch DVD movies on my HTPC using Windows Media Center

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“I have built an HTPC for and the time has come where I wanted to start ripping my entire DVD collection of almost 700 DVD’s to HTPC (I have enough 2tb HD storage). I want to rip them to true 1080p AVI so I can watch on HTPC via Windows Media Center. Is there any app for that?”

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As many users will take Handbrake as the most popular app at the very first. But as for DVD, its best output is 480p. That’s suitable for watching on tablets but not so good for bigger screen HTPC via Windows Media Center. For HTPC owners, space should not be an issue. In this case, 1080p video could meet our needs better.

So what to do to backup a 1080p version copy of the physical DVDs for watching on HTPC using Windows Media Center? How to copy a commercial protected DVD for personal use?

This not gonna to be a problem as long as you get this 1080p DVD Ripper! Pavtube DVDAid (review) is such a powerful DVD to HTPC Converter to help you convert DVD to HD AVI format for watching via Windows Media Center easily and really fast.

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Guide: Rip DVD to HTPC for playing through Windows Media Center

Step 1: Load DVD movie

Launch Pavtube DVDAid, click the “load from disc” to browse to disc drive and import your DVD into this app. Or add DVD VIDEO_TS folder, DVD ISO or IFO file into DVDAid.

dvd to windows media center converter

Step 2: Choose format and set profile

Before selecting the video format for Windows Media Center, please check Windows Media Center supported video formats listed below:

windows media center supported formats

Select an optimized video format for output. There are hundreds of profiles under “Format” menu, but you would always find the right one as output format. For example, choose MP4 as showed below.

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Tips: Meanwhile, profile parameters can be customized in Settings, including video codec, file size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channels, etc. to get a satisfied with yourself.

Step 3: Rip DVD to MP4 for output

Hit on the “Convert” icon and start ripping DVD to H.264 MP4. After a fast and complete conversion, you will find the ripped movie in output folder. Then transfer DVD collection to HTPC and play through Windows Media Center freely at home or other media devices you have.

Tips:

Though Windows Media Center can play a majority of DVDs, Blu-ray discs are not supported by this media center. If you got Blu-ray discs, Blu-ray playback in Windows Media Center can also be realized, and what you need to do is download a Blu-ray to Windows Media Center converter Pavtube ByteCopy, this Blu-ray converter not only allows you to rip Blu-ray discs to video formats compatible with Window Media Center, but also preserve multiple audio tracks/subtitles as well as chapter markers.

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About the Author: John Salley

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3 Comments

  1. Reply John

    I have tried many of products (and spent a lot of money and time on it) so I can take my family’s movies out of the hands of my toddlers and put them in a HTPC digitally. Pavtube is the best one I have found. The visuals using Windows Media Center are above other products I have used by a good measure. And it is pretty fast as well.

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