Tuesday, May 29, 2007

DVD Backup Plugin

I've posted about this before, but thought it was time to revisit the topic. Hopefully someone will have some ideas for how to add the "feature" I"m looking for - see my "next step" at the bottom of this post.
You want to archive your DVD's to your harddrive right from the convience of your living room HTPC with nothing more involved then putting the DVD in the drive and selecting "backup dvd" from a menu with your remote? There is a way thanks to Peter Long's nice batch script. It calls DVD Decrypter in non-interactive mode using a batch script Peter created. It was made for Beyond Media, but it could easily be used in other HTPC software programs. Steps to use the "plugin"

1. Insert DVD

2. Select Rip DVD from the menu in Beyond Media

3. Wait for it to finish (it works in the background and saves the files to a directory based on the DVD name

4. That's it. You can now use DVD Library to automatically add a poster, description and other information about the DVD.

Here's Peter's writeup on how to get it set up. While you are at Peters site, check out the rest of his website. He has some great information about his setup along with many screenshots.
My next step with this "plugin" is to come up with a way to add to the script so it will call up dvd2one or dvdshrink so it will also automatically compress the dvd files to a smaller size. So far I haven't had luck, but there is a thread on the subject at the snapstream forums here. If you have any ideas on this, let me know in the comments or on the snapstream forums.