Digitizing my Blu-ray Collection

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According to my little spreadsheet, I have just north of five hundred Blu-rays and DVDs in my movie collection. This was amassed over the course of at least a couple decades, largely through scouring the $5 movie bins at Walmarts, Targets, and dollar stores, as well as many impulse purchases of sub-$10 deals on Amazon.

I’ve now purchased an LG Blu-ray drive and have decided to start the long, arduous task of digitizing these movies and TV shows (or at least the ones I care about the most). I plan on encoding video to h265 to keep storage requirements at check. I’ve tested and it seems all of my Roku devices can play h265 directly so it should work out well for my home media setup.

To make the process less tedious, I’m going to watch my movies as I rip them. I have actually seen all of the movies I own before, but not necessarily since purchasing them–several of them are still sitting in the original shrink wrap, having been purchased knowing that I’ll want to watch them again some time, but just not right then.

Well, the time has come.

My goal is, over the next who-knows-how-many years, to digitize and watch my entire collection one movie and TV series at a time. On each “movie day,” of which I plan to have at least two to three per week, I’ll rip the disc in the morning, encode it over the course of the day, watch it in the evening, and then write a brief review of it here. For TV shows, I probably won’t watch every series from beginning to end as I go, but I will watch at least the first episode or two.

So look forward to reading (or not) my opinion on a whole bunch of movies and TV shows from a wide variety of genres (skewing heavily towards horror).

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