Well, I've got the Samba shares working with my PC,Google Nexus tablet and a Raspberry Pi so they can all watch the same videos via XBMC. That's great! Now I have some really elementary questions about handling dvd videos. Try to be patient - I know absolutely nothing about this - so I don't know what it's called to even look for help.
Currently I have been using dvd iso images on the share, however they do take up quite a bit of space (I have a 2 TB drive for them, but hey - so far my movies are averaging over 7gb each). I have seen mentioned in the forums for Raspberry Pi and XBMC that people are taking dvds and somehow just extracting the movie and it's sound without all the other stuff on it, and then making the files something like mkv or something - supposedly these take less space but still play in XMBC. This would also help because both the XMBC that runs on my Android table and the XMBC that I have running with Raspberian (e.g., ARM) have problems working with the DVD "preliminaries" and even the menu. Can work with it, but would prefer it be cleaner.
So, can someone tell me more about what this is, perhaps point me to some simple how-to's for it, and if possible a way to do it in Windows also. I run ubuntu 13.03, but one of the Raspeberry's is going to have it's own usb hard disk and going to be for my sister and brother inlaw - and they do Windows. So after finding out what the heck this all is and how to do something with it, I then need to find a way to duplicate the process for them. That is unless someone knows how to do this on the Raspberry Pi running Rasperian (based on Debian) - then I could just set them up on the Rasbberry Pi that I installed XMBC to (not stand alone XBMC).
Any insight into possibilities, nomenclature, etc. would be greatly appreciated by a non-novice ubuntu user who just doesn't know ANYTHING about video!