I am looking for an external, portable DVD drive that plugs into a TV (via USB would be most convenient) and functions like a standard DVD player, while also connecting to a laptop to play CDs/install software. I can only envisage using the drive to watch DVDs on my TV, rip CDs and install software, so the ability to write to disk is not important. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c
on May 13, 2014 -
Can anyone recommend a US-based online DVD store other than Amazon
that ships internationally? [more inside]
posted by fearthehat
on Mar 26, 2014 -
How can we, in Australia, get access to Japanese films (with English subtitles)? Is there a Japanese movie place in Sydney? We're happy to pay, stream, download, and maybe even buy... but I'm not finding much. Any hints?
Help! and Thank you! [more inside]
posted by jrobin276
on Sep 7, 2013 -
I seem to do better with the structure of watching a DVD to do an interval workout than just trying to do it on my own. I'm looking for DVDs that focus on HIIT or Tabata intervals that I can follow along to. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger
on Aug 2, 2013 -
I know the TV series The Wonder Years
will never be released on DVD due to the substantial music rights issues. Even the versions available for streaming on Amazon and Netflix are altered, ie. Joe Cocker's theme song, his cover of A Little Help from My Friends is replaced by something else.
Is the original version of the show available in a decent format somewhere? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman
on Mar 16, 2013 -
Looking for a basic DVD + Blu-Ray player with HDMI. Doesn't need any kind of network streaming (TV and other devices handle that already). Ideally under $100. Am okay with buying used off craigslist or something if the model is known to be pretty reliable. Suggestions?
posted by curious nu
on Jan 1, 2013 -
So, I absolutely loved My So-Called Life as a teenager. I recently bought the DVD and just watched the pilot episode again, but a scene I vividly remember is missing. [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising
on Oct 19, 2012 -
I had been using a mac to keep my media files and had been using "Ripit" to rip my DVD's and "identify" to tag the resulting files and put into itunes to watch on Apple TV.
Due to file space I have moved to a PC running Windows 7 to do this. And while I have found software to rip the DVD's I cannot find software to add the tags such as "synopsis", "cover art", and "episode details"?
You suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Me-Fi
posted by ndaguiar
on Jul 25, 2012 -
I'd like to buy a brand new stand alone DVD recorder that has an over the air tuner (US) for under $200. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker
on Jul 8, 2012 -
I am looking for the best DVD (not Blu-Ray) prints of Silence of the Lambs and Manhunter. I know Lambs had a Criterion issue and regular issue, a 2-disc issue and perhaps more. Manhunter had a 2-disc issue (orange cover), a single issue, and perhaps others. I currently have the Hannibal Lector trilogy, which is all three movies in slimline cases with no extras. I am not sure if they are the same prints that come in single issue cases or if my prints are the high quality. When I say "best", I am referring to best picture quality first and then extras. I am not sure if newer issues lime my slimline set necessarily have the best picture or not simply because they are newer. My slimline set is just the bare bones movies, btw. So best print and if any extras that would be great. I know Criterion has commentary on Silence.
posted by snap_dragon
on May 24, 2012 -
Is there a service (I was hoping FedEx did this, but, alas) where you can upload a DVD image from one state and someone can come pick up a burned copy in another state? (Beats mailing it.)
posted by BleachBypass
on May 12, 2012 -
[DVD/Blu-Ray Commentary Filter]What compels the star(s)/director/producer/whomever to do commentary for a DVD/Blu-Ray release? Are they paid for that session of sitting and watching the movie while miked up? Or are they just hoping for more sales for their share of the back-end? Or is this just out of the goodness of their heart (particularly on "anniversary" releases)?
posted by kuanes
on Jan 11, 2012 -
Best free (or fair cost - some commercial programs are ridiculously over the $100 range) DVD burning program that takes PC video files (mp4, avi, mpg, flv, etc...) and burns them to DVD for watching on TV. [more inside]
posted by Stryke11
on Nov 19, 2011 -
Black 2.0GHz MacBook (2GB memory) from 2006
-- it's been repurposed as a Netflix playback machine. I have it connected to a VGA adaptor to a 19" widescreen monitor and it plays back Netflix in a browser and we also watch DVDs on it, and we also play AVIs with VLC.
The problem: video is just slightly choppy. Just choppy enough to be annoying. Tried Chrome and also Safari to do the playback.
How can I squeeze more video performance from this laptop to avoid the slight choppiness? I have a feeling if I can improve it just slightly that would be a big win.
posted by artlung
on Nov 1, 2011 -
Can you help me get my Cox Cable universal remote (M7820) to play nice with my Sony Blu-ray player (BDP-S380 / BX38)? Both Sony and Cox tech support tell me there are no remote codes in existence to program into the Cox remote. That just sounds ludicrous to me...what's up?
I know how to program the remote, just need the proper code.
posted by Exchequer
on Oct 20, 2011 -
Are older episodes (i.e. 2000 - present) of daytime soap operas available either for rental or purchase? [more inside]
posted by Telpethoron
on Aug 29, 2011 -
The Essential BSG: I have a Sunday afternoon and evening and I want to revisit the reimagined Battlestar Galactica. Which episodes MUST I watch? [more inside]
posted by Hugobaron
on Jul 30, 2011 -
I downloaded this torrent
. When I burned it to a dvd with Toast on a mac, the picture was fine, but I had no audio at all (which is sort of the whole point). [more inside]
posted by bigbluehouse
on Jul 26, 2011 -
What is the legal process for a non-US citizen protecting their copyright in the US? [more inside]
posted by jihaan
on May 26, 2011 -
I need to make about 3-4 different jpeg slideshows that can be burned to a DVD. Nothing fancy, but it would be nice to add text to the images ( I have Photoshop, so that's not critical), and be able to control the speed (very critical) to maybe 30 seconds per slide/jpeg. Total images would be less than 50. Autoplay a plus. I am using Windows 7, and love simple to use free stuff, but would pay 50-100 if it is worth it. What am I looking for?
posted by lobstah
on Apr 23, 2011 -
My beloved CD/DVD player (a five-disc carousel model) conked out last night after eight years of faithful service. I'd like to get one with much the same functionality to replace it, but apparently things have changed drastically in the home video market since 2003. Who knew? Help me figure out what kind of machine I need to buy. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay
on Feb 28, 2011 -
If I wanted to watch Fringe, what episodes should I watch If I don;t want to watch a lot of boring monster-of-the-week stuff? This list
seems like a good starting point, though I'll happily include episodes that are watchable or good rather essential to the overall series mythology. For bonus points, which disks of the DVD library should I get from the video store to see the good episodes?
posted by Artw
on Oct 7, 2010 -
Does anyone know of a place in the Los Angeles area where I can buy an AC power adapter/charger for a Zenith DVP615 portable DVD player? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix
on Oct 1, 2010 -
My Dad burned me a DVD of home movies. Is there an easy, free way to extract clips in a common format? [more inside]
posted by sidereal
on Aug 30, 2010 -
I recently bought The Twilight Zone Season 2 box set on DVD. I'm wondering how to turn the set of DVDs into a nice TV show series in iTunes complete with episode titles and other information about each episode. I've tried using Handbrake, but all of the DVD chapters are of the same length and it looks really confusing. I have an iPad and would like it to look like other TV show seasons do that are purchased from the iTunes store. Anything super automated and created for this purpose?
posted by antgly
on Jul 16, 2010 -
I want to start recording TV programmes at home to use at school, but I haven't used any kind of TV recording equipment since VHS tapes.
Ideally what I want to be able to do is record TV programmes from a Freesat box (including iplayer programmes) onto a USB external HDD. [more inside]
posted by mairuzu
on Jul 8, 2010 -
Please help us decide: our home video arrangement is very old-tech and simple, with cable feeding a VCR/DVD combo, then into an older CRT TV. My wife programs the VCR to tape TV shows for single viewing, ala TiVo. The DVD player has been very temperamental for a couple of years, basically worthless by now. We have less than $100 to spend. [more inside]
posted by methinks
on Jun 19, 2010 -
How do I create a single .VOB file for each TV episode from a ripped DVD in Snow Leopard, when it looks like the episodes span multiple .VOBs? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul
on Jun 18, 2010 -
How can I force carriage returns and non breaking spaces in Adobe Encore subtitles? [more inside]
posted by _dario
on Jun 17, 2010 -
DVD ripping newbie wants to know: how easy and legal is it to rip DVDs so they can be watched on an iPad? [more inside]
posted by hhc5
on May 31, 2010 -
I need to edit a series of basic videos together within the next 24 hours. I have no idea what I'm doing! Please help me. [more inside]
posted by SebastianKnight
on May 17, 2010 -
I was trying to find out when the legitimate release of The Larry Sanders Show on DVD was dropping, when I came across a site that already had the show for sale. I assumed this was just a bootleg (since Shout! Factory has the actual home video rights), but I came across something odd... [more inside]
posted by Lentrohamsanin
on May 9, 2010 -
Looking for a video showing various common drugs, their appearance, how they're taken and their effects. [more inside]
posted by Lorc
on May 3, 2010 -
I own seasons 1 and 2 of the BBC3 sitcom Pulling on DVD. The final hour-long episode (which aired May 2009) has not been released on DVD, and it's not clear when or even if this will happen. I can't find it on YouTube or any torrent sites, and can't find any taped copies on eBay.
Help me hivemind! How do I get to see the end of this great show?
posted by Kirn
on Apr 5, 2010 -
I have a DVD of a performance with fancy menus that was encoded in an obviously incorrect aspect ratio. How can I re-encode it to produce a DVD that plays on any commercial player in the correct format, without making the characters look all fat and squashy? [more inside]
posted by SamFrancisco
on Apr 4, 2010 -