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#1 J7.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 03:47 AM

Best Buy is allowing you to convert your dvds and blurays (at some point) to digital copies from your home. Walmart will soon allow you to convert from home too.
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#2 mike568

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 04:27 AM

Best Buy's CinemaNow has been doing at home D2D for awhile now. Walmart's Vudu started at home D2D a month or so ago and Warner Bros's Flixster supports it also.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 06:01 AM

Which one is the best one? Does your disc still work?

#4 mkelehan

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 02:22 PM

Which one is the best one? Does your disc still work?


DVDs can't be changed, so as long as it's in your possession, it'll work.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 02:33 PM

Vudu is the best of the bunch by far

#6 Outlaw1986

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 02:50 PM

Do they charge u for this? Seems kinda pointless since most movies I buy have the digital download code anyway and I'd rather have physical media anyway.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 03:06 PM

Can anyone comment on the quality versus other DVD ripping programs out there? I just started using Mac X DVD Ripper Pro (which offers lot more features versus Handbrake or Mac the Ripper). I'd say on the slowest rip speed, Mac X is about an 8/10.

Secondly, how long does the program take to rip? Mac X takes about 45-75 minutes depending on DVD length (2-3.5 hrs).

Thirdly, will these DVD rips be loadable into iTunes? I'm ripping my DVDs to be watched on my laptop on the way to the Dominican Republic and didn't want to drag along a bunch of DVDs.

Thanks for any info guys - it's appreciated.

#8 ssjmichael

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 03:13 PM

There is no ripping involved. The program reads your disc and if you have a qualifying movie in your drive then you'll see a screen with the option to purchase an SD version for $2 or an HD copy for $5. With Vudu you can also do it with Blu-rays if you have a Blu-ray drive. The cost is $2 to get the HD copy. The SD version is DVD quality, and the HD one is close to 1080P but not quite Blu-ray quality. All (or most) of these digital copies are also Ultraviolet compatible so you can play them on any UV player or app. Once you purchase it, it's in your UV library and you can stream it or download it.

I'm specifically talking about Vudu's program, but it works the same way with Best Buy's CinemaNow as well (except Cinemanow only reads DVD's not Blu-rays). Vudu's program recognize more movies from what I've noticed. Additionally some DVD's that come with Blu-rays are actually recognized as Blu-rays so they qualify for a $2 HD copy.

You can see Vudu's disc to digital here: http://www.vudu.com/...tal_Beta_013113

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:25 PM

Now for 2 bucks you get the HDX version or just HD? I would love to move over a number of my movies to Vudu.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:32 PM

HDX, where available :)

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:34 PM

cool...then I am going to convert the first 4 RE movies, Spiderman 1-3, All the marvel movies, Machete (gotta take him on vacation) and a few others.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:40 PM

It's still in beta, so all movies might not be recognized by the program. It recognized most of the ones I tried though.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 11:09 PM

I've transferred a few over with Vudu. It is a breeze, but you have to have a Blu-ray drive which are pretty cheap to pick up now. I've been really happy with the HDX quality, plus you get Ultra Violet support on all the ones you transfer. Not bad for $2.
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Posted 13 March 2013 - 11:55 PM

so the vudu disc to digital only works through a pc with a blu ray drive right ? not from say a blu ray player with vudu on it or a ps3. Plenty of blu ray players around the house with vudu on them but I do not have a blu ray drive on my pc since its kinda useless at this point.

Would actually be interested in this since it seems it would be a good way of getting UV copies of disney movies that I could share with my family. Assuming they don't have Disney movies blocked or something.
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Posted 13 March 2013 - 11:59 PM

cool...then I am going to convert the first 4 RE movies, Spiderman 1-3, All the marvel movies, Machete (gotta take him on vacation) and a few others.


All the marvel movies dont work as there owned by disney who is not a part of ultraviolet at this time. Re movies & spiderman do as well as all the xmen (except x2 for some reason) dont know about machete
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 12:02 AM

Go here to see if your discs will convert
http://www.vudu.com/...to_digital.html
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#17 J7.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 01:17 AM

so the vudu disc to digital only works through a pc with a blu ray drive right ? not from say a blu ray player with vudu on it or a ps3. Plenty of blu ray players around the house with vudu on them but I do not have a blu ray drive on my pc since its kinda useless at this point.

Would actually be interested in this since it seems it would be a good way of getting UV copies of disney movies that I could share with my family. Assuming they don't have Disney movies blocked or something.


I was under the impression the disc to digital program works on any bluray player that has Vudu, no PC required.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 01:56 AM

I was under the impression the disc to digital program works on any bluray player that has Vudu, no PC required.


Nope, it requires a computer's DVD or BD-drive to work. I do wish it did work the way you imagined it though, that way I could use my PS3's BD drive to get digital copies since I don't have a PC BD drive. Hopefully they can accomplish this in the future.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 01:59 AM

so the vudu disc to digital only works through a pc with a blu ray drive right ? not from say a blu ray player with vudu on it or a ps3. Plenty of blu ray players around the house with vudu on them but I do not have a blu ray drive on my pc since its kinda useless at this point.

Would actually be interested in this since it seems it would be a good way of getting UV copies of disney movies that I could share with my family. Assuming they don't have Disney movies blocked or something.


Disney hasn't joined up with UV so none of their movies will work with this program unfortunately.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 02:05 AM

So they are "allowing" you to rebuy a copy of a movie you've already paid for? Ridiculous. It is 100% in your rights as a consumer to make as many copies from the physical media as you want, as long as you dont resell them obviously. Just use a free program to rip them, dont fall for this scam!

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 02:08 AM

So they are "allowing" you to rebuy a copy of a movie you've already paid for? Ridiculous. It is 100% in your rights as a consumer to make as many copies from the physical media as you want, as long as you dont resell them obviously. Just use a free program to rip them, dont fall for this scam!


So if I have a DVD of a movie, can you tell me how I can rip it to get a 1080P copy? thanks in advance!

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 03:03 AM

So if I have a DVD of a movie, can you tell me how I can rip it to get a 1080P copy? thanks in advance!


Also let me know how I can stream it in said 1080p to my computer, tablet, phone, video game console, Roku, and TV. 1080p movies take up a ton of space (3-4GB each) and it's nice to have freedom with my movies wherever I go so long as there is decent wifi.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 04:43 PM

So if I have a DVD of a movie, can you tell me how I can rip it to get a 1080P copy? thanks in advance!


You can't get a 1080P copy from a DVD obviously, that's not the point. Can you get a free, standard resolution copy of the movie you own and stream it anywhere in your home completely free and legally? Yes you can. And you can get a full 1080P version of the blu-ray you currently own the same way. I have never understood why consumers would defend such patently anti-consumer practices by these companies, but whatever. Continue to waste your money on this service!

To answer the other guy, you can convert the ripped file into whatever format you choose so you can stream it wherever you want using hundreds of different free programs out there. You might be sad to learn that it doesn't include DRM, so you won't have as much trouble with compatibility for different programs as you would with a file that you actually paid extra money to download. You people are hilarious.

#24 ssjmichael

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 04:52 PM

You can't get a 1080P copy from a DVD obviously, that's not the point..


Well then you clearly miss the point of what most people are using this service for. Getting a 1080P digital copy for an old DVD for $5, that's instantly playable on tons of devices is a great deal, whether you can wrap your ignorant brain around that or not.

Edit: Based on other comments I've seen from you, you're clearly just a troll, so I now regret wasting even a second of my time on a person of your ilk.

Lol, you people keep paying for things that don't really exist, and I'll keep buying my physical games, playing them whenever I want, and re-selling them if I feel like it. You guys are signing the death warrant for retail and used game stores everywhere, and also for video games as a hobby. Have fun playing jagged battlefield 27 in 10 years.



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Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:02 PM

So they are "allowing" you to rebuy a copy of a movie you've already paid for? Ridiculous. It is 100% in your rights as a consumer to make as many copies from the physical media as you want, as long as you dont resell them obviously. Just use a free program to rip them, dont fall for this scam!

Paying $2 for a 1080p digital copy that is stored in the cloud and available anywhere you want it is hardly a scam. Even $5 for turning your DVD into a HD copy is pretty reasonable. I even upgraded a couple of DVDs to HDX that aren't even available on Blu-ray. If anything I am surprised they are offering a service like this so cheap and with so few strings attached. There is really nothing stopping anyone from borrowing Blu-rays from friends and building their own HD movie collection on Vudu for $2 a movie.
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:27 PM

There is really nothing stopping anyone from borrowing Blu-rays from friends and building their own HD movie collection on Vudu for $2 a movie.


I have been renting movies via Netflix then adding them to my Vudu account via CinemaNow at home D2D when I got CinemaNow credit for pennies on the dollars. Most movies say it is rental only on the top but there is no difference with the data on the disc.

#27 J7.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 11:58 PM

You can't get a 1080P copy from a DVD obviously, that's not the point. Can you get a free, standard resolution copy of the movie you own and stream it anywhere in your home completely free and legally? Yes you can. And you can get a full 1080P version of the blu-ray you currently own the same way. I have never understood why consumers would defend such patently anti-consumer practices by these companies, but whatever. Continue to waste your money on this service!

To answer the other guy, you can convert the ripped file into whatever format you choose so you can stream it wherever you want using hundreds of different free programs out there. You might be sad to learn that it doesn't include DRM, so you won't have as much trouble with compatibility for different programs as you would with a file that you actually paid extra money to download. You people are hilarious.


I looked into that. Handbrake won't let you rip copy protected discs. Then there's other programs but most of them will give you malware.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:20 PM

So if I have a DVD of a movie, can you tell me how I can rip it to get a 1080P copy? thanks in advance!


Question - are you able to tell much of a difference between SD and HD when viewing on smaller devices like tablets or even desktops?

Also, when streaming a 1080p video to your TV, is the quality just as good as a Blu Ray or is it not quite there yet?

I'm just now getting into the digital copy game (yes I know - I'm playing catch up) because I've always felt that physical media holds up better quality wise. (bit of a snob that way) Thanks in advanced :-)

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:33 PM

Question - are you able to tell much of a difference between SD and HD when viewing on smaller devices like tablets or even desktops?

Also, when streaming a 1080p video to your TV, is the quality just as good as a Blu Ray or is it not quite there yet?

I'm just now getting into the digital copy game (yes I know - I'm playing catch up) because I've always felt that physical media holds up better quality wise. (bit of a snob that way) Thanks in advanced :-)


I can definitely tell on my PC monitor which has a 1920 x 1080 resolution, The difference between SD and HD is night and day. Vudu's HDX video quality is definitely not Blu-ray quality, but it's close. On the audio side, BD has the advantage of having lossless tracks, while Vudu just has 5.1 surround sound. As for portable use, the difference probably isn't as noticeable, but it depends on the type of screen and such. I haven't really used my UV movies on my tablet though. I watch them on my PS3 in full HD.

I look at my digital collection as a compliment to my physical one. I'm not planning on replacing my physical one with a digital one anytime soon. Ultraviolet copies (which I buy from people for $2-3 at Blu-ray.com), and this disc to digital program comes in handy though when I don't feel the need to buy the Blu-ray, but still want to watch an HD version of something. Blu-ray trumps it ultimately because of the better picture and sound, and just as important for me, the extras, but the digital library is a nice compliment to it.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:05 PM

Ultraviolet copies (which I buy from people for $2-3 at Blu-ray.com), and this disc to digital program comes in handy though when I don't feel the need to buy the Blu-ray, but still want to watch an HD version of something.


Thanks for that, SSJ. I have been buying some UV copies from here (to supplement what I get from doing the cheap BRs at BB and trading them to MovieStop in a cycle)... I may start using B-r.com a bit, too. Didn;t know they were doing that there, as well.

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