I'm running Windows 7.
I have a collection of DVDs that I'm trying rip to my PC so I can finally bin the physical discs and free up some space. Most of the attraction of these DVDs for me is the interactive home movie experience: navigating through the menus to access the special features. Therefore, I have two aims for ripping these DVDs:
To create ISOs that I don't need to expressly mount (i.e. that can be immediately played in a media player like MPC-HC OR VLC)
For these ISOs to be an exact copy of the DVD sources so that, when played, all special features and the menus to access them behave exactly as they would if the ISO was mounted
As far as I've been able to tell, the gold standard application for what I'm trying to do here is DVDFab HD Decrypter (the free version of DVDFab).
Running DVDFab HD Decrypter in
Full Disc mode outputs an ISO that plays in both VLC and MPC-HC without mounting it, which satisfies my first goal. The problem I'm having is in satisfying the second.
Making menus in an ISO work as if mounted (i.e. normally)
The goal: when the ISO is mounted
So far, only expressly mounting and then playing the ISO has been analogous to the experience of playing from the physical disc. When the ISO is mounted, AutoPlay prompts me to play the DVD with Windows Media Player, and Windows Media Player displays all menus and menu items.
Unmounted, in VLC
By contrast, when using VLC to play the disc without mounting it, I can only see one menu button at a time, and rolling the mouse over where the buttons should be makes others visible.
Unmounted, in MPC-HC and Windows Media Player
MPC-HC fares even worse, as it doesn't show any menu items at all, nor does it even recognise the movie as having other titles - instead, it plays the test ISO as a linear DVD from beginning to end, including the menu screen and all titles. When playing the ISO via Windows Media Player on its own (i.e. without mounting it and allowing AutoPlay to open WMP), it behaves in the same way.
How can I create an ISO rip of a DVD that keeps all menus functioning without needing the ISO to be mounted?
What exactly about the unmounted ISO is different to the mounted one that is causing MPC-HC, VLC and Windows Media Player to fail to render its DVD menus correctly?
I created and tested with another ISO rip of another DVD. On this one, VLC successfully renders all menus, and MPC-HC and Windows Media Player once again are only able to play a completely menu-less, linear DVD. So far, VLC is looking like the only thing that is close to capable of what I'm trying to do here, though as the first test ISO indicates, it still has problems that need to be solved.