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Can anyone help please. I want to copy movies from ??? wherever onto a USB stick so I can plug it into my TV

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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:04pm
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bikeman

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Hi I want to copy from DVDs or off internet movies to play  on TV . But i am struggling ,can anyone help please? Or anyone know where i can get a load of movies downloaded onto the USB at a cost of course. So i can then ply them on TV. Thanks Bikerman

jimtaylor

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Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:59pm

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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:59pm

Big subject!

First check what formats your TV can play. Our (several years old) Panasonic will only play a wierd format, but the satellite receiver box will play a wide range of formats, so I plug my memory stick and external hard drive into that.

If you want to pay for movies, then I think the place to start would be Amazon, but it's not something I do, and I don't know what formats they provide.

You can download most movies for free using torrents - just search for torrent and the name of the film you want. You need a torrent program on your computer - I prefer uTorrent. There are also lots of download sites, like bolt.cd, but the problem with these is that for a movie you have to do a lot of downloads.

I'm not interested in movies, but I am interested in music videos. For these I either use torrents, or I download YouTube videos, using a YouTube download site like https://www.onlinevideoconverter.com/video-converter, which lets you choose the format to download.

If I download a video in DVD format, I use the free program Handbrake to convert it to the format I want.

If I download a file in a format my satellite receiver won't play, I use Xilisoft to convert it to a format I can play.

Over the last few days, I've downloaded an Andre Rieu concert DVD, picked out the tracks I want, and converted them to a format I can play.

Kate Bob

Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:28pm

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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:28pm

phew jim,i cant do any of that.all i can do is get a movie on my laptop from fmovies.to and hdmi it to my tele but of course that means that its not recorded just streemed i dont know how to put it onto a doofer.

PeteKnight

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Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:43pm

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Posted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:43pm

bikeman wrote:

Hi I want to copy from DVDs or off internet movies to play  on TV . But i am struggling ,can anyone help please? Or anyone know where i can get a load of movies downloaded onto the USB at a cost of course. So i can then ply them on TV. Thanks Bikerman

I agree with Jim (as usual).

The only thing that was slightly confusing about your question was the DVD option. If you have a DVD player then why not just put the DVD in there?

I get the fact that you might want to ditch your DVD collection and do away with the player - just playing the movies from a hard drive to the TV. If that’s one of the things you’re looking to do then you can ‘rip’ the movie from the DVD to a file - provided it’s not copy protected. If it does have protection then it can still be done, but it’s more complicated and there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution.

A bit of googling of DVD ripping software will get you going in the right direction.

Pete.

jimtaylor

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Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:54am

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Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:54am

Following on from what Pete says, the Handbrake program I mentioned will rip unprotected DVDs to a single video file. With a few tweaks it can also rip protected DVDs. There's a good article about the subject here:

https://www.howtogeek.com/102886/how-to-decrypt-dvds-with-hardbrake-so-you-can-rip-them/

Bob - I've never bothered to try and capture streaming videos. I know it can be done, but I don't know how to do it well. I do know that some programs only capture what's on your screen, which is usually just low resolution. Apart from that, if you want a demo or lessons on what I do, or there's anything you want me to do for you, you know where I am.

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