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I have a few DVDs from years ago that I wanted to backup. (BTW, this is still legal right? I dont want OC.net mods hating on me for piracy or something)
anyway, im interested in a higher quality codec but I cant seem to find any good comparison sites for them. The program I has can do H.264, DIVX, MOV, MPEG, MP4, MKV and a few others. not really sure what to go with.
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Are they HD Movies? I'm no expert, but when I see people rip HD / Blu-ray movies they're h.264 / mkv's. If they're plain ol' dvd's, they're usually avi's. As far as piracy goes, i'm pretty positive if you own the actual movie, you can rip it for personal use. It's the re-burning of the disc and selling and/or distribution of the rip that is illegal. In other words, if you don't upload it or sell it, or give someone else a "copy" you're good

Sorry if this didn't help. Just saw it was unanswered, and wanted to try and help out. Good luck.
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h.264 is just really good compression for large video files it provides the best quality possible with smallest file sizes. there are other formats that are just as good but h264 has become really popular and almost mainstream as some cameras now record in that format now as well such as the 7d and 5d

nothing will beat the raw uncompressed avi file other than the massive space it will rob you of on your HDD
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post #4 of 7
I use H.264 and the quality is extremely crisp... I use Handbrake to do all of my encoding ... if not that than DivX would be the second best... take it from a fellow encoder
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You can have one copy stored how ever you like be it on anotehr disk or on a HDD. but can not be used by any one else but you nor given or distributed to give you "two" movies.

I use a program that does a *.VOB (IIRC) file transfer so it uncompressed DVD (8 Gigs max per DVD)
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Just make .iso images of them.... lossless!
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Just make .iso images of them.... lossless!
lol never thought of that

it'd probably be mkv or XviD from what i remember. most codecs have different goals in mind though, some may not always strive for quality

and .avi is a container.
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