USING THE RIFFTRAX PLAYER WITHOUT A DVD DRIVE
What follows is the best method I've found so far for enjoying feature-length riffs via the RiffTrax Player on a Windows personal computer which does not have a physical DVD drive (as is increasingly the case with smaller laptops). Do you know of a simpler way?
1. Install the following software on a computer WITH a physical DVD drive (e.g. your desktop): AnyDVD from http://www.slysoft.com
2. Install the following software on the computer WITHOUT a physical DVD drive (i.e. your netbook): ImgBurn from http://www.imgburn.com
, Virtual CloneDrive from http://www.slysoft.com
, and RiffPlayer from http://www.rifftrax.com
3. On the computer WITH the DVD drive, start AnyDVD and use its "Rip Video DVD to Harddisk" command to copy the official movie DVD that you purchased to a USB flash drive.
4. Move that USB flash drive to the computer WITHOUT the DVD drive.
5. Start ImgBurn, click on "Create image file from files/folders," select as the Source the directory on the flash drive containing your movie (which should have "VIDEO_TS" as of its subdirectories), select a Destination on that computer's hard drive for the resulting ISO file, and then click on "Build." [Note: Most flash drives are formatted as FAT32, which unlike NTFS does not support individual files larger than 4GB, so it probably would not have worked to save that ISO file to a destination on your flash drive rather than your hard drive].
6. Navigate to the ISO file you just created, right-click on it, and select "Mount (Virtual CloneDrive)."
7. Purchase and download to your hard drive the rifftrax .mp3 and .sync files for that movie from http://www.rifftrax.com
, selecting from amongst those listed on http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax-player
[Note: For rifftrax not listed on that "rifftrax-player" page you might try looking for a fan-created .sync file by browsing through the posts (starting with the most recent) on the forum thread at http://forum.rifftrax.com/index.php?topic=21014.0
8. Start RiffPlayer, go to Options->Preferences->Drives, click on "Scan for CD/DVD drives," select as both your CD and DVD device the drive letter which Virtual CloneDrive assigned to the ISO file you just created, and click on OK. Then, go to Open->File, and open the MP3 file for this movie (the accompanying .sync file must have the same base filename and be in the same directory). Finally, press "F" to switch to fullscreen mode, sit back, and enjoy
A few last comments:
* Of the software required for the above procedure, payment is required only for AnyDVD. To the best of my knowledge there is no viable free alternative to AnyDVD or its commercial competitors, at least if you expect the software you use to be able to reliably handle new releases.
* Skipping the ImgBurn step by selecting "Rip to Image" rather than "Rip Video DVD to Harddisk" in AnyDVD isn't a viable option, at least for many new releases, and in any case would typically create a file too large to move to your netbook via an ordinary FAT32-formatted flash drive.
* Although a bewildering number of settings can be changed in AnyDVD, Riffplayer, and especially ImgBurn, I found that (except as noted above) the default settings were fine for this procedure.
* Obviously, you should delete both the ISO file and the AnyDVD folder for this movie if you ever cease to both own and possess the DVD it was copied from.