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Is it? I keep hearing mention of .mkv files, but I've tested some of my .avi videos that I have ripped so far, and they seem like perfect DVD quality (I choose two pass for my rips, and it makes a huge difference in quality!). Am I missing something?
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The best "lossless" way of doing it is not to put it into a format such as .avi or .mkv just rip it into a Video_TS folder. I believe that MPEG 2 is the closest thing to lossless that you will get, but that is a matter of opinion.

Here is what I do:

Rip using main movie or full disc (if doing TV shows), although I do the customize option
Create an .iso of the output Video_TS rip.
Use Handbrake to convert the movie or TV show to use on my iPod.
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And that will work with media playing software for my htpc?
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Yep, but you would have to use a program to mount the .iso. A program like Daemon Tools lite would work just as good. I assume that you would put the files on a NAS or something similar? I am sure that someone could recommend a good .iso mounter that has a good archiver to keep your .iso's organized.

Edit: If your going to stream .iso to your HTPC I would recommend a gigabyte router, they are big
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post #5 of 21
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Hmm.. I'm still thinking about how I'm going to do all of this... I think I might just keep all of my movies in my (yet to be built) HTPC on a couple of 2tb hdds. Is there any problem with keeping them as .avi's?
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post #6 of 21
Nope, but it won't be DVD quality.
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I can't seem to figure out how to rip in Mpeg2.. Is there a ripper that specifically rips to that file?
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post #8 of 21
Don't think that there is one. Anytime you convert a movie, mpeg 2 or not, you lose quality. I ran into this problem when I built my htcp, I found that the best solution was in fact the one I mentioned in my first post.

A "vanilla" dvd rip will look better than any converted movie. Now .avi and .mkv are both containers, so they may use mpeg 2 as the format. I only mentioned mpeg 2 because that is probably the format the dvd is in.
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Gotcha. So I have the .Avi file, then I put it in a folder named Video_TS folder, then convert it to iso? I don't really understand how that will make the quality any better..
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Oh boy... Um that is not exactly what I meant lol. Its going to be hard to explain cause I am doing this on my phone. When you rip the DVDs you don't want to rip to an .avi. If no one else comes and explains what I mean, I'll be back on tonight to post some screenshots.
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