I purchased a D-Link Wireless Media Player so that I can stream audio, photos, and videos directly to my TV. A simple hook up to the TV and configuration of the media player added this little mean machine to my network. I have a lot of avi files that I’d like to watch elsewhere than on my 17″ monitor, and with the recent influx of movies from Netflix, I needed a way to keep the movies coming but still be able to watch them at my leisure. The media player and my PC are all I need. Using DVD Shrink 3.2 and backing them up to my hard drive allows me to watch movies I want to when I want to, and to keep the movies rolling in. This also allows me to watch TV series that I don’t have access to via my cable network, which I DL via bittorrent. Video playback is crystal clear over a Wireless 54 Mbps G connection. Kickass.
While that’s fancy and all, the media player doesn’t recognize/understand the original menus integrated with the DVDs, so upon selecting a movie, I would have to watch a series of menu animations before getting to the full feature film. Wisening up, I figured that if I only added the main feature to the folder, I could skip menus and previews, and the film would start immediately upon pressing play. Using DVD Shrink, this is an option. By leaving off the menus, previews, and unwanted extras, the compression rate of the main feature is lower, resulting in higher quality playback, and less hard drive space used for each flick. Instructions to keep just the main movie and accompanying audio are here.