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I'm getting ready to start a HTPC build soon and I'd like to upload my entire dvd library. What formats should I be considering? I'm also just getting started w/ Blue-Ray since I'll be ditching my 480 plasma soon, same format or something different? I'll be running Windows 7 x64(Ultimate, as if that matters) on this future build and plan on having WMC as my main interface.
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I'm on the same boat with you, just about to start a new HTPC build. I've been using .m4v formats because I've been using Handbrake, as its compatible with my iOS devices. But for 1080p videos I use .mkv.
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I've been playing around with Freemake for conversions and I briefly tried .mkv but could not get a codec working for it to play in WMC. What are you using?
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post #5 of 15
I generally stick with .mkv files
They're relatively hassle free to play on any HD capable hardware as long as you have the codecs.
As far as converting into .mkv I've used makemkv program. There's better options out there for sure, but it has been hassle free for me and I've gotten solid results.
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I've been playing around with Freemake for conversions and I briefly tried .mkv but could not get a codec working for it to play in WMC. What are you using?
i would use vlc to play them not wmc
    
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I just rip them to .iso.
I don't really see what the benifit of MKV is (streaming?, which I don't do) and possibly a little smaller in size if you change it to H264.
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I just rip them to .iso.
I don't really see what the benifit of MKV is (streaming?, which I don't do) and possibly a little smaller in size if you change it to H264.
I'm interested but I've run into problems with .iso. Using VirtualCloneDrive and Mikinho Mount Image I end up with sound only in WMC, no picture. What are you running?
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Originally Posted by blupupher View Post
I just rip them to .iso.
I don't really see what the benifit of MKV is (streaming?, which I don't do) and possibly a little smaller in size if you change it to H264.
I second this.

Best way of being able to archive what you own. But do realize if you're backing up Bluray's into .ISO's. You will need a large amount of HDD space. But I believe this is the best way to go about this.
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.mp4 is a good container, x264 and h264 are good codacs for dvd and blu-ray rips.

Unless you want 20 gig file size for each blu-ray movie i suggest this route.

i average around 1.75gig per movie if it is dvd.

i use handbrake also and dvd fab. dvdfab to rip onto hdd with no compression, then i use handbrake to encode into x264 .mp4 format.

for more indepth encoding and burn in subtitles and editting and remastering movies, i will use avisyth and xvid4psp, avidemux, ripbot264.

the options are endless, however i do alot of encoding due to i watch alot of anime and hate english audio and nonburn in subtitles.
Edited by lilraver018 - 1/19/11 at 9:56pm
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