Converting my DVDs to a Digital Library

So I’ve begun laying the groundwork for my big DVD conversion project. The goal – to rip my most watched DVDs to a 3TB drive so I can watch them anytime, anywhere. And last night I thought I had it all worked out. I planned to rip everything to AVI since that was the easiest format. But then, as I pondered some more, I realized that would be a dead end road. AVI is easy to rip and watch on my PC, but what about my iPad, iPod, Mac Mini and Kindle Fire? When you jump off the PC platform, the AVI format gets no love. I realized I was going to crash headlong into a wall.

MP4 is the format I should be looking at, and then it hit me like a thunderbolt, I should be using Handbrake. But then I hit a dead end with that too. Handbrake hasn’t been updated in over a year. Handbrake is good, but with those sorts of cobwebs looming, it looks like the project might have been abandoned. I don’t want to back a dead horse here.

My grand project has hit a snag again. I have the format worked out, but now the software I thought I was going to use has me wondering. This is turning out to be a right pain in the ass.

I have CloneDVD Mobile, but that thing is having some serious compatibility issues with my machine. Apparently it doesn’t like my Wacom tablet, Roboform 7 and who knows what else. I’m thinking of something from Xilisoft, but I haven’t quite decided. Plus, is it me or are the products from Xilisoft and ImTOO based on the same code?

Any thoughts on DVDFab?

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