Backup DVDs to XBMC for playing on HTPC with AC3 -5.1 sound

The questions which haunt me:

“I just wanna copying my DVD Collection which I am using in my HTPC now to watch. My friend suggest me that backup these DVDs to MP4 with AC3 -5.1 sound, so that I can watching my movies in my living room on HTPC and I use the XBMC Player for entertainment. Any software have you tried? ”


Here, A professional tool can help you out: Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac can easily directly copy your DVD Collection to XBMC for playing on HTPC with friendly format (like: HD MKV) on Mac. It supports to convert Blu-ray and DVD movies and all kinds of video to the support format like MP4, MKV, etc for you and backup your Blu-ray/DVD without quality loss AC3 5.1 audio for HTPC Media center. What you get is a perfect 5.1 AC3 audio for smooth playback on multiple devices. You can also throw other 5.1 audio sources to it for lossless conversion. For Windows users, you can usePavtube ByteCopy.

Step-by-step guide: Copy DVD to HD MKV with AC3 -5.1 sound for playing on HTPC

Note: A external BD drive is needed for copying your Blu-ray and DVD.

Step 1. Load the DVD movies (Disc, folder, ISO) you want to convert to the program. Besides, you can also load your Blu-ray movies.

Step 2. Click “Format” and select an optional format. There are customized formats for different devices and application. Here you can choose “HD Video->>MKV HD Video(*.mkv)” for best playing on HTPC.

Note: With Pavtube ByteCopy, you can also rip Blu-ray/DVD to Asus O!Play Mini PlusRoku 3 etc for smoothly playback.

Step 3. Click “Settings” button, the “Profile Settings” windows pops up, on which you need to set the audio codec to ac3. This ensures your output videos to be encoded with ac3 codec. Apart from changing audio codec, you are also allowed to reset video resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, audio bit rate and sample rate on this window.

Step 4. Click “Conversion” icon and the Pavtube ByteCopy will do convert DVD to MKV AC3 5.1 sound at fast speed. With just a click on “Open output folder”, you can locate the export video quickly.

There you have it. Pretty simple. Now you are free to get MKV AC3 5.1 sound out of your HTPC for entertainment. Have fun!

More functions:

A. If you want to backup Blu-ray and DVD without quality loss. Meanwhile, several audio tracks and subtitles are preserved so you can switch language when watching movies, you can also use the tool to rip BD/DVD to lossless mkv on Mac.

B. Click “Copy the entire disc” of ByteCopy to 1:1 backup the whole Blu-ray/DVD discs with original structure including chapter markers. After accessing the Blu-ray/DVD complete backup (BDMV folder), you can follow “drive”>> “BDMV”>> “STREAMS” to find uncompressed M2TS streams to play in XBMC.

Put DVD to Drobo 5N Network Hard Drive for playing with Roku 3

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There are lots of reasons why you might want to rip a movie from a DVD and store it on your Drobo 5N Network Hard Drive. You might just want to backup your expensive movie collection; another reason might be that your DVD collection is bulging and you want to free up some room in your house (a terabyte hard drive full of movies could save a huge amount of cubic meters in your house). Whatever the reason, here’s how to backup DVDs to your Drobo 5N Network Hard Drive and then playing with Roku 3.


Here, Pavtube DVDAid can help you easily stream copied DVD movies from Hard Drive to any media device, like iPad Air, Apple TV 3, Galaxy NotePro 12.2, PS3, WDTV Live, etc. for mobile use. It also can is capable of 1:1 copying DVD Disc content to external hard drive in original file structure with all subtitle tracks and audio streams preserved.

Here is a full guide about how to backup DVDs to Drobo 5N Network Hard Drive for playback with Roku 3.

Step 1. Load source DVD file.

Load DVD movie into DVDAid by clicking on the “Load Disc” button. Don’t forget to select preferred subtitle and audio track on the main UI. For Mac users, you can free download the Pavtube DVDAid for Mac.



To keeping Blu-ray/DVD collection to multi-track MKV without quality loss, ripping BD/DVD movies to MP4 and MOV with multiple audio streams, Pavtube ByteCopy can help you choose a default audio and subtitle tracks when multiple audios and subtitles are present.

Step 2. Choose output format.

The Roku 3 supported MKV, MP4 and MOV files. So you can choose “HD Video > MKV HD Video(*.mkv)” as output format. You can also select “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)”.

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Step 3. Start Conversion.

Start ripping DVD movie to MKV or MP4 for Roku 3 playback. After conversion completes, press “Open” to locate resulted converted files and put these to your Roku 3.

Movie lovers will love YouTube and you can find YouTube app in the Roku Channel Store. How do you watch YouTube videos on Roku? Read here. Wanna Convert MKV, M2TS, VOB, Tivo, FLV, MPG to Amazon Fire TV, but have no idea? Read Here.

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Easily play MKV, M2TS, VOB, Tivo, FLV, MPG to Amazon Fire TV

I suppose if you wanted a dedicated streaming player or cared about gaming this Fire TV could be your best choice.(Tips for getting started with Amazon Fire TV) It has all of the major streaming services, good streaming quality in my opinion, and of course Blu-ray. However, what let me down, Amazon Fire TV only supports very limited video formats. If you have videos in MKV, VOB, MOV, M2TS, Tivo, MPG, FLV, etc formats, you could not transfer them to Amazon Fire TV for playback directly.

One of the effective solutions is to convert them in advance. So selecting a suitable video converter for Fire TV is necessary. Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is highly recommended. Applying the top-rated video convert program, you can convert all 1080p/720p videos, including AVI, MOV, FLV, MKV, MPEG, VOB, 3GP, M2TS, etc. to Amazon Fire TV compatible formats e.g. MP4. Plus, this video converter also can convert Blu-ray and DVDs with comfortable formats and you can even edit movies to meet your personal needs.

How to Convert MKV, M2TS, VOB, Tivo, FLV, MPG video fies to Amazon Fire TV MP4 Format with Ease?

Note: the guide below is based on the Win screenshot, the way to rip and convert video to Amazon Fire TV on Mac is almost the same. Make sure you got the right version according to your needs.

Step 1. Download this best Amazon Fire TV Video Converter and Install and run it, click the right icon “Add video”to load your video files like MKV, AVI, VOB (or Tivo, WMV, MTS, MXF, MOV, TOD, MOD, 3GP, FLV, F4V, M4V, etc) video files.Y ou can add multiple files into it at a time to do batch conversion.

Step 2. Select best format for Amazon Fire TV. Here, you can click the format bar to select MP4 format from the “Commen Video”.

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Tips for Showing Best Video Formats Supported by Amazon Fire TV:

Audio: Support for Dolby Digital Plus, 5.1 surround sound, 2ch Stereo and HDMI audio pass through up to 7.1
Content Formats Supported:
Video: H.263, H.264, MPEG4-SP, VC1
Audio: AAC, AC-3, E-AC-3, HE-A, PCM, MP3
Photo: JPG, PNG
Output Resolution Supported: 720p and 1080p up to 60fps

Step 3. Check the pencil-like icon to activate the editing function. Here you can trim video for your needed length, crop video to get rid of annoying black edges, join multiple video clips into one, add text/image watermark and add subtitles. For example, if the original movie has no subtitle or the subtitles you need, you can download it from website and then add the subtitles into the output videos for full enjoyment with this software.

Step 4. Convert videos for Amazon Fire TV.

Go back to the main UI and just one click the red button “Convert” to realize conversion from MKV, M2TS, VOB, Tivo, FLV, MPG videos to Amazon Fire TV. Once conversion is done, you can click “Open” button to get the final output files.Transferring video files to the Fire TV.

Now, you can easily enjoy your MKV, M2TS, VOB, Tivo, FLV, MPG on Amazon Fire TV anytime and sharing your happiness to your friend and family.

What’s more?  if you are a Amazon Fire phone lovers, you need to read these tutorials: like how to play common/DRM VideosDVD ISOBlu-ray movies on Amazon Fire Phone, before you buy the phone.

5 Method for viewing VOB files on Mac

In this article, I will share my experience and offer 5 ways to help you play VOB videos on Computer for enjoying with ease.


VOB stands for DVD Video Object. It is basically one of the core files found on DVD Video discs and contains the actual movie data, including an MPEG-2 video stream and support audio (MP2, AC3, DTS ). In order to view or play stand-alone VOB files, one needs to have the best video player software that supports VOB playback. To convert VOB files to playable format for media players, in this article, I will introduce top 5 best ways to view stand-alone VOB files on your computer without any hassles. Just keep on reading.

Method 1: Play VOB files with Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac

I like the wide variety of formats Pavtube converts and use it directly convert Blu-ray/DVD and video to supported format by most media players. At first, I find problems with low video quality or incapability of VOB video playback. An quick workaround I find to solve the issues is to convert the VOB files to common formats (like AVI, MOV, MPEG, MP4, etc) to fit media player with Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac from Pavtube. If you are Windows users, you can try Video Converter Ultimate.

Both the two programs are 20% off now.

Overall, this program works successfully in VOB to MP4 conversion even you have a bunch of large VOB files. I have tried it to encode VOB to MP4, it turns out playing any kinds of VOB files smoothly and at original quality. It’s the best software application for Win users. What’s more, this converter also supports many of other video formats like MOV,MKV, AVI, WMV, FLV, MPG, etc.

Method 2: Play VOB files by using VLC

Just as what tell on, the VLC player is capable of playing vob files, because it is able to tell your DVD drive where to look for the decryption codes. It operates just like any other stand alone DVD player would and in some cases may give you more control over the rewinding, fast forwarding and skipping chapters then a DVD player can. But that depends on what DVD player you have so you have to decide for yourself if playing vob files on the VLC player is worth it. No matter what your opinion, playing vob files on the VLC player will suffice if you have nothing else.

Method 3: Watch VOB files with Windows Media Player

If the user wants to playback a VOB file, they must first perform an upgrade to their Windows Media Player 11 software. Why some Windows Media Player cannot play VOB files on hard drive? The main reason is our computer are lacking of MPEG-2 encoder/decoder that only preinstalled in theHome Premium and Ultimate versions of Vista. If we need to play VOB with Windows Media Player, we should download a codec like k-lite codec from the free-codec website to upgrade our media player, which will allow Windows Media Player 9, 11 to playback many new types of file formats, including VOB.

Method 4: Open VOB files with DVD Player (Mac basics)

DVD discs are compadible with my DVD player. You can enjoy all your DVD movies with the DVD Player. This DVD Player will mark the play duration time and you won’t forget where you stop watching. In the window of this player, you will find the standard playback controls, navigational buttons, volume, chapter skip, menu, slow motion and more, just like you are using a DVD Player remote control.Just note that if there is not a built-in optical drive on your Mac, then you need to use an external Apple USB SuperDrive with DVD Player.

Method 5: View VOB files on Mac with MPlayerX

MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems (see the documentation). It is also a good choice to view VOB video files on Mac. This VOB player for Mac supports almost all media format and no extra plug-ins or codec packages are required. You can directly drag and drop the videos files to be played into the main window and begin enjoy the clear and smooth playback immediately.

Now choose the best method to play .VOB extension video files on Mac (Mountain Lion and Mavericks 10.9 included)