Just wondered if you had and thoughts on how to get around this.
None of our teaching machines or pupil machines have dvd drives. This morning I have been handed a DVD that they want putting on the system its of a trip. However the dvd is in propper dvd format?? if i open it up theres an Audio_ts and a Video_ts. How would you go about putting this on a shared area so that the teachers can view it in windows media player?#
Do you have virtual DVD drives on your network computers? You could get an iso image of the DVD and then the teachers can mount it when they need to, to the virtual drive?
Your other option would be to shove it in a DVD Drive on a server temporarily and share this drive out, that way they should be able to access the DVD drive. Not sure how it would cope with multiple access.
Your only other option would be to rip the DVD to a network share so that they can watch it from that instead.
Use a DVD ripper like Handbrake (many others are available), though IIRC the files in the video folder may well just play (I think they're MPEGs) - so if there is just one that may be easier.
OTH, you may be opening yourself up to a world of pain when they start asking you to put their DVD of Happy Feet 2 etc on the system.
As Andy T says, pop into another PC and share it, or RIP the dvd to an avi to a media area.
Legally: you wouldn't. You are only allowed to play the content from the disc itself unless explicitly licensed to otherwise from the copyright holder.
Good luck explaining copyright to teachers though... a lot of them seem to think "but I want to" overrides any objections to anything!
VLC will play from the Video_TS folder btw, if you've that installed :-)
1. What about windows media home cinema ( Media Player Classic - Home Cinema - Video Player ) with regards to codecs etc that can playback dvd's etc ? Is this also not legitimate ?
2. As far as I was aware if it is only a dvd of a school trip and it does not have any encryption on it then format shifting this is not illegal as you are not breaking any encryption like you would for an actual movie ie happy feet 2 or otherwise so there is no copyright to be broken etc
3. I would use handbrake or another util to extract the video_ts folder and put this somewhere for <media player of choice> to play said video_ts or video footage
4. Make said staff aware that you only do this for none copyrighted dvd's / blu ray etc
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