load dvd collection into a queue brute force conversion

I`d like to convert my DVD collection to digital files that I can view on my Apple TV/ Ipod/PC etc.
I have stopped buying DVDs and am downloading in preference.
I have thousands of DVDs and hard disk space is not a major problem for me - I have several Terabytes of space on networked drives.
I would like to load the disks and go to work whilst the conversion completes and keep feeding the queue each evening and morning.
Does anyone know if there is software/hardware available that can load the DVDs in sequence into a conversion queue and then a dvd conversion utility that can watch the queue and convert the DVD images to AVI/MPEG and output them onto a network directory?

Kind regards,

Peter
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Gary CaseConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
The issue here isn't so much the queueing of the DVD video files for conversion ... there are several good utilities that will do that [CloneDVD or CloneDVD Mobile are good choices], and will keep your system plenty busy at doing the conversions after you've queued them all up.

... the issue is the physical handling of the DVD's => loading them into your drive; ripping them to the hard disk (which requires a program that eliminates the copy protection on the DVDs); and THEN they're ready for conversion to a more compressed format (which I presume is your goal here).

I'd do this in batches ... rip DVD's as long as you can [takes typically 8 - 15 min/DVD]; and then when you have to leave start up the conversion utility and "feed" it all of the currently ripped DVD's to process.

You should, however, experiment a bit with just how you want to convert them.   A recompression that's appropriate for a mobile device (Zen Vision, IPod, etc.) is likely to be too compressed for a large screen TV, etc.   And the recompression process can definitely take a while -- hopefully you're doing this on a modern Core-2 based system (they're MUCH faster than previous processors ... recompressions that used to take an hour and a half on a 3.4GHz P-IV now take about 8 minutes on my E8400).
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MereteConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Do you have Nero Vision?
Load the default Vob into Nero Vision 4 preffered but Nero Vision 2 will also do this
Open Nero Vision>make a movie> make a dvd video.
 drop the Video_ts 1 vob onto Nero Vision
 say yes to merging with the others or similar wait about 10 minutes
 then drag  it onto the video time line go next ignore all the stuff about menue and chapters save the project as a backup just incase make a new folder for them you can always delete them later and they dont have any size.
 then go to the end
select the burn options>> WRITE TO HARD DISC <<, it will save the main vob as a single great quality mpeg2 complete

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