A question about iso shares and 'playing' them

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A question about iso shares and 'playing' them

Postby desnap » Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:30 am

Could someone give me some advice about mounting DVD ISOs?

Ok, I managed to create an .iso file of a DVD using DVD Decrypter and stored it on my 239 NAS under /multimedia.

So then I created an 'ISO Share' using the above .iso file and sure enough, it popped up on the Windows network.

However, when browsing to this share, I was surprised to see it appear as a *set* of files, i.e. VIDEO_TS and a bunch of .VOB files. I don't know what I was expecting, really, maybe just a share with one file in it that I could pick with a player, bit I can see the logic behind the mounting :? Ho Hum...

Regardless, what I'd liked to do is play the DVD from the NAS using the share. Which players can play this 'share'? Freeware, if possible, or trial-ware? What do I select in the player, the folder or the VOBS?


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Re: A question about iso shares and 'playing' them

Postby Crush » Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:31 am

VLC Media Player will play this, either select the 'Folder' as the source (i.e., VIDEO_TS folder) to play the whole DVD including menu, or you can select a specfic VOB file within the folder.
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Re: A question about iso shares and 'playing' them

Postby desnap » Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:13 am

Thanks, Crush. I'll check this out.
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Re: A question about iso shares and 'playing' them

Postby Bob5AD » Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:19 am

You don't mount .iso files in the NAS you just play them like any regular video with the appropriate media player like VLC, Potplayer or XBMC.
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Re: A question about iso shares and 'playing' them

Postby redgoblin » Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:19 pm

Bob5AD is quite right to say, "You don't mount .iso files in the NAS" but you might prefer to do so on the client system for arguably simpler playing - in short, horses for courses:
  • No need to bother if you're au fait with where to find the ISO file, don't mind navigating your way there when you feel like playing one and/or you have its type associated with a suitable player
  • Mounting one onto a virtual optical drive emulation point in (say) Windoze has the virtue of being like popping a CD/DVD into a physical optical drive - in that Windoze then automatically offers to launch an appropriate application for the detected disk content (e.g. VLC for a video DVD). Keeping all my DVD ISOs in one place remembered by DAEMON Tools Lite, for instance, it doesn't take me many clicks to mount an image c/o its system tray icon should I wish to do so.
And although Crush is right about possibly diving into the VIDEO_TS folder and playing files directly, there's not much point unless some corruption is stopping you playing it as a DVD complete with chapter markers (as jump points) etc. Plus you'll find the video files in there have usually been unergonomically/cryptically-named by whichever DVD authoring system was used to create it. Should you want to bone up on video DVD content, Wikipedia's a good place to start or you could just skip to one of these handier references:
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Re: A question about iso shares and 'playing' them

Postby desnap » Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:30 am

Thanks, redgoblin. Lots of advice to consider :idea:
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