Ripping Format, Pros and Cons (1 Viewer)

Tviewer2000

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I just put together my first HTPC and was using WMC and while it works ok, I wanted something more. I stumbled upon this site from AVS Forums. Anyway....after reading raving reviews both here and there I decided I'd give it a shot.

I'm in the process of Ripping my DVD collection (around 300 movies) and I was wondering if I was going about it the right way. Currently I'm using DVDFab and converting to VOB format. It works, however it lacks fast forwarding, chapter skip, and WMC doesn't reconize the length of the file (the number of minutes on the slider). So am I ripping to a wrong format for the features I want? I have around 2T of space, but I think I'll be adding another 2TB since Blurays take up alot of space.

So my question is, what format allows me to have chapter skip, fast forward, and the abilty to see where in the movie I am. I'm not a fan of compression, since these are already not Hi-def and want to keep the best quality I can get. Also I saw that MP can show the movie details, rating, etc. I would like the full functionality of this as well.
 

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    MKV?,

    I'm no expect but i think this is one format you can rely on for quality, audio and subtitles format integration.

    But then again it comes down to choice
     

    Dr Tone

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    MKVs and use a tool called makemkv for you SD movies. It does no compression just repackaging.

    As for you media management system, we all like MediaPortal here.
     

    alank

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    I like to just make complete images of the DVDs, so ISO.
     

    Scythe42

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    Remux DVDs with MakeMKV. Select the main movie, wished audio and subtitles track and you are done (including chapters). Better than ripping everything to ISO with annoying trailers or animated menus you can't skip and all the stuff that makes DVDs often annoying. Also great for TV shows as you have each episode in its own file.

    For BRs use eac3to, extract what you need (transcode HD audio to multi channel FLAC) and feed the resulting tracks it into MkvMerge. BR's PGS subtitles need to be OCRd with SupRip first.

    I ripped my whole DVD and BR collection this way.
     

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    Why not just use MakeMKV for Blu-Ray's as well? The latest version supports the HD audio tracks as well as forced subtitles, a lot less effort than using eac3to and mkvmerge.
     

    Paranoid Delusion

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    Why not just use MakeMKV for Blu-Ray's as well? The latest version supports the HD audio tracks as well as forced subtitles, a lot less effort than using eac3to and mkvmerge.
    Agreed :)
     

    Bagal

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    Does MakeMKV do conversion to flac now? If not, then there's a good reason to do it the good old command line way.
    MakeMKV just re-muxes the audio and video streams into MKV, so no it doesn't do any conversion. What benefit is there to converting the audio to flac? I can't think of anything obvious, especially if your just bitstreaming to a receiver.
     

    Dr Tone

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    Does MakeMKV do conversion to flac now? If not, then there's a good reason to do it the good old command line way.
    MakeMKV just re-muxes the audio and video streams into MKV, so no it doesn't do any conversion. What benefit is there to converting the audio to flac? I can't think of anything obvious, especially if your just bitstreaming to a receiver.
    Bitstreaming just isn't that easy. You need special hardware and the moon, sun and stars to align to get it working properly.

    Flac and the madflac decoder simply works on all HDMI hardware. Plus you save a small amount of space with FLAC compression, not that space is expensive, but still.
     

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