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So now that i pretty much have my HTPC where i want it as far as hardware and playback...

How can i get the most out of it in terms of video quality on BR rips and DVD rips.

I see standalone players that boast higher picture quality on upconvert, better noise reduction, higher quality...ect ect. These units are all higher end more expensive units.

Im curious if it is possible to get that kind of performance out of my htpc or am i alread?

PS im using Windows 64 bit, TMT5, media center, disks ripped in folder structure with dvdfab.
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You'll never get better than the source. Cranking up the resolution on a SD file is still SD. So get a bluray burner/reader and rip the ISO's off and play them from your HTPC. You'll find quickly that this is gonna take up a lot of space, but HD is so worth it
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Rip your movies as .ISO

Grab daemon tools, mount & play.

Given that external storage is so stupidly cheap, you can create exact copies.

That's what I do; keeps my discs pristine.
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Rip your movies as .ISO

Grab daemon tools, mount & play.

Given that external storage is so stupidly cheap, you can create exact copies.

That's what I do; keeps my discs pristine.
This is honestly the best thing you can do to keep the quality exact. Ripping the movie regardless of what setting or codec you use loses some quality somehow. It takes much more room to have a direct ISO rip of a disc, but it's the only way you can have an identical copy of a disc. Also keeps the menu and stuff intact.
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That doesn't work with XBMC right?
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Whether you rip to ISO, folder structure, or MKV doesn't matter. All those are just containers. The important thing is not to re-encode the videos as that's what would lose quality.

As for upconverting, every video you play gets upconverted to the output resolution of your HTPC. Nvidia, AMD and Intel have post-processing options available in their respective control panels to improve picture quality. You can also go the software route through ffdshow, etc.
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Whether you rip to ISO, folder structure, or MKV doesn't matter. All those are just containers. The important thing is not to re-encode the videos as that's what would lose quality.

As for upconverting, every video you play gets upconverted to the output resolution of your HTPC. Nvidia, AMD and Intel have post-processing options available in their respective control panels to improve picture quality. You can also go the software route through ffdshow, etc.
the software route is the route i was asking... i already rip my disks in complete form. I was wondering if there was a post processing that was preferred that is superior or is there nothing...should i do nothing?
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the software route is the route i was asking... i already rip my disks in complete form. I was wondering if there was a post processing that was preferred that is superior or is there nothing...should i do nothing?
This part's kind of trial and error. Personally, I didn't really have to change any settings on my HTPC to get good output on the Plasma. Try playing with the video quality settings on Catalyst to see if it might give you a better picture. Caveat, since you're using onboard video, GPU post-processing may be limited. I believe an HD 5570 level GPU is required for enabling all post-processing options.
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That doesn't work with XBMC right?
You would still have to mount the ISO before playing it on XBMC, not sure if a mod is made that will let you mount then play.
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Does TMT 5 use microsoft decoders? If it does they suck, take one of your files and play it on mpc-hc and you will see how much they suck. FFDshow, and MPC are much much better PQ. Again I do not know TMT uses their own or microsofts...
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