Convert DVD videos to Play Directly form the Qnap TS-251A NAS to an HDTV

This tutorial is detailed enough for anyone to convert DVD to Qnap TS-251A NAS supported format video. It does take a few steps, but nothing is very complicated.

The Qnap TS-251A is a dual-bay (front-accessible) box that features an Intel Celeron dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, twin Ethernet inputs, a slew of USB ports and an SD card slot for quickly copying files directly to the box. It also has HDMI support on the rear of the box, which allows 1080p videos to play directly from the NAS to an HDTV. There’s added support for HD video transcoding, plus DLNA and AirPlay (iTunes) streaming.

Popular services such as XBMC and Plex’s media server provide third-party support to help move media directly from the NAS to a media-playing device, including a smartphone or tablet. Additionally, the TS-251A supports the Roon streaming service (priced separately), which upscales nearly any type of audio file to near studio-quality. You can even attach a USB TV tuner and record cable shows or decode and transcode 4K H.264 videos. Beyond multimedia, the Qnap performs exceptionally well as a traditional NAS with good RAID recovery, remote access and powerful virtualization capabilities.

While, the NAS is just a big file storage really and you may find that just copying the DVD files to NAS directly is a pain to try and play with a media streamer. So, what is the best way (software wise) to take the DVDs and put the DVD movies on Qnap TS-251A NAS drive for playing on most media streamers… Find an all-in-one solution from the following paragraphs.

To get DVDs onto Qnap TS-251A NAS, you’ll need a third-party DVD ripping software to get the content off the DVD disc as a protection-free and easily readable element for NAS.

There’re kinds of different software out there (some free, some not) with a variety of different options. It seems a bit overwhelming. Here we highly recommend Brorsoft DVD Ripper, which can help us finish DVD conversion bypassing DVD copy protection. It is capable of ripping DVD to MP4, AVI, MKV for NAS streaming with no quality loss; it also enables you to copy DVD main movies for backup onto NAS in .vob format. And what we’ve learned is that MP4 would be one best target format for it is fully compatible with nearly all media devices including iPad, iPhone, PS3, Apple TV, etc. If you are running on Mac OS X, turn to Mac DVD converter. If you haven’t got the software, download it now and let’s start the conversion.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)


If you not only wanna convert DVD videos, but also intend to convert Blu-ray or HD Videos such as 4K XAVC/XAVC-S, MXF, MTS, MKV, WMV, MOV, M4V, AVI movies to NAS, the all-in-one tool, Brorsoft’s Video Converter Ultimate (or iMedia Converter for Mac) will be your first and best choice.

How to rip and copy DVDs to Qnap TS-251A NAS

STEP 1. Add DVD files

Launch the DVD ripping program for Qnap TS-251A NAS devices . Then click “Load DVD” to import the DVD files you want to convert. To select the subtitles you like, simply click Subtitle and select the one you prefer.

STEP 2. Choose an output format

Click Format bar and choose your desired format.To store hundreds of DVD’s on Qnap TS-251A NAS, you can rip DVD to .mp4, or .avi, .mkv, etc compressed format. And click Settings bar, you can adjust the level of compression to suit the quality you want.

Tip: If you want to transfer DVD to Qnap TS-251A NAS retaining DVD quality and you have a lot of spare space, you can choose directly copy DVD disc and then burn them to an iso. That makes one file for the DVD. Make sure your media streamer can read .iso files first.

3. Start DVD to NAS conversion

Hit the “Convert” button to start ripping DVD for Qnap TS-251A NAS. After the conversion, click Open button to find the output files. Then just stream and enjoy the high quality DVD movies on your media players(Note: Make sure the wireless network connection is accessible among your Qnap TS-251A NAS and Apple TV 4/3/2, PS4/PS3, HD TV or other media players)