Stream Movies to Windows Media Center on Windows Home Server PC

Jim Clark over at WGS at made a post explaining ripping /copying DVD’s to WHS video folder, and streaming movies to Windows Media Center. Here’re the steps: I ripped my DVD’s using DVDFab HD Decrypter 4.  DVDFAb is actually up to version 5, but I find that version 4 works just fine for me.  Just […]

Jim Clark over at WGS at made a post explaining ripping /copying DVD’s to WHS video folder, and streaming movies to Windows Media Center. Here’re the steps:

  1. I ripped my DVD’s using DVDFab HD Decrypter 4.  DVDFAb is actually up to version 5, but I find that version 4 works just fine for me.  Just do a Google to find the program.  In my case, I do a direct _TS rip.  I am not sure if MC will recognize other formats.  Experiment and let us know!  From the aforementioned thread, Xbox 360’s do not play _TS files.  .iso files work, however.
  2. Move the folder that is created to your WHS under the Video shared folder.
  3. Open regedit and search for: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media.
    This is the complete registry entry and required change:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Settings\DvdSettings
    Look for the Registry value - ShowGallery Registry value data type - REG_SZ  -Play
    Change the Registry value data from Play to Gallery.
    Close regedit. [WindowsHomeServer Forum]
  4. Open Media Center.
  5. Go to Settings – Library Setup – Add Folder to Watch – Add shared folders from another computer.  Add the folders containing media and go to Next – Finish.

Finally, if you want to get all the DVD case pictures to show up. You will need an .xml file in each movie folder to provide this information to Media Center.  You can use DVDxml.com. Once you register, simply search for your DVD, download the associated .xml file and move over to your DVD subfolder.

Source:→ WGS