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How to Rip/Convert DVD to Windows Media Center

With Windows Media Center, you can catch broadcast and internet TV shows on your big screen, sync media to your windows phone or Zune, set up your Xbox 360 as a media center extender for enjoying all your home entertainment. Apart from this, how about making full advantage of media center by watching ripped DVDs in Windows Media Center? This tutorial is to show you how to convert DVD to Windows Media Center.

Part 1: How to Convert DVD to Windows Media Center?

The Video File Types that Windows Media Center supports:
*.wm, *.asf, *.wmv, *.avi, *.mpeg, *.mpg, *.mpe, *.m1v, *.mp2, and *.mpv2, *.dvr-ms(Microsoft Recorded TV Show file)

In order to convert DVD to Media Center, my preferred tool is DVD Ripper software, it will do the job of ripping DVD to the video file types that are supported in Windows Media Center. And I would suggest you to rip DVD to mpeg-1, mpeg-2 format, according to the video quality you want.

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1. Load DVD files, you will find all DVD titles be listed within 1 minute.

2. Click Profile to choose mpeg-1, mpeg-2 as the output format for Media Center. You are also allowed to customize frame rate, bit rate, resolution, encoder, etc in the settings.

3. Hit "Start" to convert DVD to Windows Media Center.

Part 2: How to play back ripped DVDs in Media Center?

In case, you prefer to rip DVDs to Media Center in *.vob format, the DVD Library in Windows Media Center is not automatically enabled and you cannot see your DVD content. You need to edit the registry, and you'd better check "How to enable the DVD Library in Windows Media Center" (Microsoft) for the official resolution.

Part 3: Set up Xbox 360 as your Media Center Extender

If you have an Xbox 360 connected to a home network that also has a PC running Windows Media Center, you can add your Xbox 360 as an Extender for Windows Media Center – so you can enjoy your digital media from your PC on your TV. You can connect your Xbox 360 to a wireless or a wired network (using an Ethernet cable).

When you convert DVD to Media Center Extender, you can take entertainment on the go with your windows phone device, Zune, Xbox, etc.

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