“I recently purchased Pavtube ‘Blu-ray video converter ultimate’ to backup my Blu-ray and DVD library to my Qnap NAS device. My internal network used for streaming consists of 1Gbps, full duplex bandwidth throughout. I am primarily using a PS3 to watch my ripped movies via my NAS (both DNLA compatible devices) I do use my Humax freeview HD box for streaming when I’m just watching DVD and not Blu ray. What is the best format for ripping the movies?”
The Turbo QNAP is one of the best four-bay NAS server brands out there, though it still trails a little behind the Synology. When a QNAP NAS storage serves as DLNA/UPnP Media Server, it pairs up perfectly with Sony PS3, Xbox 360 and other DLNA/UPnP compliant players. After setting up the QNAP NAS, you can copy DVD and Blu-ray movies to the NAS server for accessing/streaming.
Although QNAP NAS severs support ISO file archiving and sharing, Blu-ray and DVD ISO images can not be used as streaming media for HD media players (Xbox, PS3, WD TV, etc) and mobile devices (Android, iOS based tablets and phones). It is recommended that you convert and compress high-definition Blu-ray contents to 720p H.264 .mp4, since most mobile devices accept 720p HD video as best playable quality when H.264 codec is preferred for video streaming over the Internet as it achieves very high data compression while maintaining good video quality at bit rates that are substantially lower (e.g., half or less) than what previous standards would need.
How to rip Blu-ray/DVD to 720p H.264 .mp4 video for streaming
Step 1: Run the Blu-ray ripper software; click the Blu-ray disc icon, or the Blu-ray folder icon at the top left corner of the main interface to load Blu-ray movie files.
Step 2: Click on the pull down menu of “Subtitle” and “Audio” respectively to select your needed languages as output subs and sound track.
Step 3: Click on the dropdown list of “Format” and select “iPad HD Video(*.mp4)” as output format. This format compresses a Blu-ray movie to 2.5GB-4GB (based on the movie length), hence the output video is compatible with all file systems including FAT32.
You may as well choose other preset from the Format list, as long as your target devices support that format. While the PS3 can play MPEG1 and MPEG2 video, it can't play WMV formatted files. The Xbox can play WMV, but chokes on many Divx and Xvid files. Basically H.264 MP4 is a format for all.
Step 4: Click “Convert” button to convert Blu-ray to 720p MP4 format.
Step 5: After conversion click on “Open” to find the ripped Blu-ray movies. Move the movies to QNAP NAS sever and stream them in the way you like.