How many of us have at least one or two bookshelves packed with DVDs and CDs we've collected over the years?
I've got at least 3!
Think of all of that storage space being completely wasted by movies, tv shows and music we never watch or listen to. With the age of smartphones, tablets and MP3 players upon us, there's no real need to watch DVDs or listen to CDs anymore. We can just stream whatever we want right?
It's time to reclaim all of that wasted storage space by backing up your media collection to your computer and donating/selling the physical packaging.
In this course you're going to learn the extremely simple way to backup your DVDs and CDs to your Windows PC, not only for longevity but to also make them available to stream to any device in your house using the Plex Media Server application.
I currently use this method to stream TV shows, movies and music to our many smartphones, two Chromecasts/TVs, three tablets and three laptops. I've even got this all set up at my parents house!
It's really not as daunting as it sounds. You'll be able to follow along and implement this solution no matter what level you're at.
If you have any questions, the Udemy discussion board for the course is always open and actively monitored by me!
Embrace the digital age!
Brief intro to the course.
Note: I do NOT condone backing up your media for purposes that break copyright laws. The instructions within are intended to allow you to back your media up for your own private needs such as viewing on your mobile devices, tablets or streaming around your house.
Video demonstrating how to get set up with the Handbrake software on Windows.
Resource links for the Handbrake downloads.
In this video I demonstrate how to backup a DVD Movie using Handbrake. I also give a brief overview of relevant Handbrake UI elements.
Backing up TV shows is slightly different to a movie given the different lengths and the way shows are stored on the DVD. This is how to back it up.
It's a manual process backing up tv shows one by one. Use Handbrake's queue system to back all of the episodes up at once.
Windows Media Player isn't as simple to find as back in Windows XP. Quick video on locating it.
If you're not familiar with Windows Media Player, this video is a quick overview to familiarise yourself with the user interface. Feel free to skip if you're familiar with the interface already.
Insert the CD into your CD Drive but before backing it up you'll want to let Windows Media download the album info data for the CD from the internet.
Using Windows Media Player (configured with settings as per previous lectures), backup your Audio CDs to your computer's hard drive.
Learn what Plex Media Server is and how to download and install it.
Configure the installed Plex Media Server software to see your library as well as other settings.
Adding subsequent libraries into Plex after initial configuration. In this example I demo the Music Library.
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I'm a young, passionate and motivated IT Professional currently working for the world's largest Cloud Provider.
I began my career at the age of 19, working for Sun Microsystems where I maintained a data centre of all of Sun's hardware. I was able to play, build, test and troubleshoot systems ranging from systems older than me (at the time!) through to the latest prototypes. It was an amazing experience to which I attribute my successes today.
I then moved into the Field Support Team at Oracle in Australia where I spent my days deep in the heart of vendor data centres troubleshooting, repairing and installing beastly enterprise systems and appliances.
Currently I'm employed by Amazon Web Services Australia doing Data Centre-y things that I can't talk about.
I have exposure to many different products, be it hardware (SPARC, x86, Storage, Networking) or software (Database, Virtualization, Middleware, Applications), and am well in the process of learning many.
My passion is with constant self improvement in business, family, hobby or financially oriented areas.
My heart however is in I.T. I love technology, I love gaming and these days, I'm loving Python Programming.
I've been an avid gamer for as long as I can remember. Owning an original Atari was one of my crowning achievements as an 8 year old! Upgrading straight to a Nintendo 64 was like discovering heaven.
I discovered PC gaming in high school and never looked back. Most days were spent leading the fight in Battlefield 1942 and its sequels. Then in my later high school years the behemoth that is World of Warcraft came along and I was hooked.
From building my first PC in high school to maintaining million dollar enterprise servers, there's no experience I haven't enjoyed and embraced.
I'd love nothing more than to share my experiences with the world!