DVDs and Memory Sticks

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  1. 6pm Cowboy

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    numpty - just wondering, would it be possible/practical to put a DVD film onto a USB memory stick ? Would you be able to watch it or would the stick not work fast enough ?

    <edit> thinking in terms of watching from the stick rather than downloading to the computer
     
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    Some of the lads in work do it, they download to their computer and then transfere it to their stick.

    Jim
     
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    Yes, it can be done :)

    Basically you need to "rip" the DVD to a file on your PC, then copy this file onto the USB stick.
    You then need some software on your laptop that will play that file.

    I like vlcplayer - It seems to work out-of-the-box with messing around with codec packs, etc etc.

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/


    Google is your friend. There are lots of different freeware packages to rip & decode from DVD's, you just need to find one that you like.

    A USB 2.0 stick would be best as it is much faster speed than the older USB, although I;ve never tried it with an old stick.
     
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    CNET always seems to give me any free software that I need.

    Jim
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    Great I will try it when I get home with some DVDs on my computer. I have a 16gig usb2 stick and I know I can put files off the computer onto it but wasn't sure if I could view from the stick like you can a picture without having to download it back onto another computer which I didn't want to do.
     
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    I think if the movie is an AVI file you can just plug your stick in and open the stick drive then paly it on Windows Media Player without the need for extra software. Lets know how you get on

    Jim
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    Of cause, your memory stick would have to be big enough. Like every thing in life, size IS every thing.

    Don
     
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    You will need a stick larger than 4.6 get an 8gig but you will only get 1 dvd on it. you should have no trouble.
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    he stick is 16 gig so should do for a couple of films at a time. I will be using apple macs rather than windows but I will let you all know how it goes :Smile:
     
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    dvdshrink is your friend.

    It's a great tool for getting rid of menus and extras, etc etc that you dont want when making backups of DVD that you own.

    You can decide on a size and it will adjust the quality of the move to fit into that size.

    Having said that, I've only used it to take double-layer discs that I bought and write a backup copy onto a standard 4.7GB disc, or just to remove the menus and junk from a std DVD

    It should be possible to shrink to a stick instead of to another DVD.

    Good luck.

    Edit: Just saw your post about using a mac, so you can ignore my post above, apart from the "good luck" bit ;)
     
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