Movies

Ripping

Ripping is the simple part. Use MakeMKV to extract the uncompressed data to your hard drive.

MakeMKV, displays a list of all the files on the disc...

Select the files you wish to extract and click the 'MakeMKV' button.

Most Blu-Ray discs will have multiple files. The largest (file size) one is generally the movie, and the smaller ones are extra features, previews and so on. Uncheck everything you don't want.

Noe that there is a drop-down arrow next to each file. Click that and you will see the various audio and subtitle tracks contained within each video file. The first audio track is almost always the one you want. The others will be commentary tracks and foreign language tracks which you can uncheck.

You'll want to keep subtitle tracks on foreign language movies, and there will be occasions when there is a 'forced' subtitle track in a movie that you want to keep, like if there's a scene that has people talking in a foreign language. Here's a good resource to help determine what movies have forced subtitle tracks.

Ripped video files usually have a file name like 'title00.mkv' - Rename files using the movie title (with year) as it appears on TheMovieDB.org - that's where Plex gets movie information. Example: there are 3 movies named King Kong. If the file name is 'King Kong (2005).mkv', Plex will display info for the 2005 remake and not one of the older versions.

Movie Extras

For a movie that has extra features, you can create a sub-folder for that movie inside your movie library folder. Name your sub-folder as you would name the movie file. Place your movie file into that sub-folder using the your standard naming convention.

You can place the movie extras inside that movie sub-folder. Add any one of the following to the end of your file name.

-behindthescenes -deleted -featurette -interview -scene -short -trailer

Example: One extra from The Fellowship of the Ring is called 'Assembling an Epic'. So your file would be named 'Assembling an Epic-featurette.ext' (.ext represents the file extension you're using). Plex displays it along with all other movie extras as shown below.

Compressing

The uncompressed Iron Man Blu-ray is 25.7GB, and I've compressed it down to 5.6GB. I've seen Iron Man compressed to just 1.7GB at good quality.

An uncompressed DVD is usually about 4-6GB. Spider-Man is 4.4GB uncompressed. I've compressed it down to 1.7GB while maintaining a good (SD) quality picture on my 55" flat-screen.

Compress using Handbrake, which is free. Handbrake comes with presets, but they're not very good.

More to come...