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#357720 - 10/30/11 02:04 PM Re: Media Storage? [Re: CatBrat]
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Registered: 02/08/04
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Cat, the simple answer to your questions is Yes... Getting everything to play back ect, is a little more tricky but not too terribly hard.


You can rip the DVD's to the computer, then you just have to get a program that will play the files on the disk, just like the DVD.. It has been many years since i have done this, so i can not advise you as to what programs to get today.... Sorry..


Oh, also you will need LOTS of hard drive space... Each DVD is about 4.7 gigs... Blue ray is 20gig's i think... But with storage being pretty cheap i think it is more affordable now than it was 5 years ago.

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#357721 - 10/30/11 02:39 PM Re: Media Storage? [Re: dakkon]
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Registered: 08/05/09
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Loc: Milky Way Galaxy
Ok. For now, I'll just stick with shelving my media and using it. Right now, though, I'm faced with trying to find and purchase some shelves that will look ok temporarily in the living room that will hold at least 350 of them plus a hundred CD's. I'll probably have to order some shelves when I have the money to put towards that.

Or, have a book sale, and free up a bookcase in the same room they are in now. At least, I'd make a few bucks and have leftover bookcase I could use. Hmmm.


Edited by CatBrat (10/30/11 02:42 PM)

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#357723 - 10/30/11 03:29 PM Re: Media Storage? [Re: CatBrat]
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Registered: 02/15/07
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Loc: Hagerstown, Maryland
i prefer to put blue-ray and DVD's and CDs in a binder. I keep the jewel cases but they are in a box. The disks fit nicely with plastic sleeves you can get at wal-mart of staples, etc. You can even put liner notes with them. I can fit about 50 in one standard 1.5 inch binder.
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#357725 - 10/30/11 04:00 PM Re: Media Storage? [Re: CatBrat]
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Registered: 06/20/03
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I resisted it for a long time, but finally came to the conclusion that a library of individual physical media is pretty 20th Century. If you can't rip it or stream it (BD?) then, okay. But I still don't love the aesthetic of a bunch of book/cd/dvd spines.

Ikea is solid advice. Or, just relent and call it a "furniture question" instead of a "home theater question".
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#357727 - 10/30/11 04:21 PM Re: Media Storage? [Re: tomtuttle]
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If you don't like spines and have the space, just have the front covers facing out. Ha ha.

I still prefer having the physical copies. Easy to misplace if you don't have a good system, but also easier to loan out. It may be 20th century, but until digital libraries of movies aren't such a hassle, it's what I'm sticking with. Honestly, I'd like it both ways. I like having the physical copies for looking at and loaning out, but I'd like them to come with the ability to back up identical copies to your computer for streaming throughout your home. Then you could easily make playlists of scenes for demoing your system or to have as background for parties, etc. That convenience is what I keep crossing my fingers for, but so far we're stuck between the 20th and 21st centuries.

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#357731 - 10/30/11 09:20 PM Re: Media Storage? [Re: agentfox1942]
dakkon Offline
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Originally Posted By: CatBrat
Ok. For now, I'll just stick with shelving my media and using it. Right now, though, I'm faced with trying to find and purchase some shelves that will look ok temporarily in the living room that will hold at least 350 of them plus a hundred CD's.


Why not go to home depot/lowes and DIY some shelving, you could make something for 50 bucks easy...


Originally Posted By: agentfox1942
i prefer to put blue-ray and DVD's and CDs in a binder. I keep the jewel cases but they are in a box.


This is what i have my DVD collection in now. i bought a 400 disk media case..

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#357739 - 10/31/11 07:44 AM Re: Media Storage? [Re: dakkon]
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Registered: 05/03/03
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I need to figure out the playback side of the DVDs, then I'll do the ripping thing. All of my CDs are in the shed.
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#357740 - 10/31/11 09:38 AM Re: Media Storage? [Re: Ken.C]
CatBrat Offline
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Registered: 08/05/09
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Loc: Milky Way Galaxy
Originally Posted By: Ken.C
All of my CDs are in the shed.


Isn't a shed a 19th century concept?

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#357748 - 10/31/11 11:10 AM Re: Media Storage? [Re: CatBrat]
J. B. Offline
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Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 1271
Loc: Quebec, Canada
Originally Posted By: CatBrat
Originally Posted By: Ken.C
All of my CDs are in the shed.


Isn't a shed a 19th century concept?


it's much older than that, in fact, much older than Ken.C:
there were sheds in the middle ages... ;-)
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#357749 - 10/31/11 11:16 AM Re: Media Storage? [Re: J. B.]
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I'm pretty sure Jesus keep his hammer and saw in a shed out back, too.
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