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Old 09-30-2011, 10:38 AM
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I am planning on ripping all my tv seasons on DVD and archive them all on external hard drives. Memory will not be an issue, the only thing I am concerned about is keeping the quality of the files to a maximum. I have already done a few seasons of a tv show that hasnt ever looked good on DVD. I ripped it to an avi MPEG4 2500Mbits 800x480 and the audio is MP3 256Mbits 48000Khz

That may seem like overkill to some people, but my main goal is to keep losses to a minimum. I am not exactly sure about which file formats to use for ripping DVDs.

If anyone has any suggestions and possibly a recommended ripping software, it would be much appreciated.
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:05 PM
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AFAIK all of the popular codecs use lossy compression, so in order to keep the quality of the files at a maximum, you shouldn't re-encode them at all, just do a straight rip.
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What are you using for playback? I recommend using the MKV file container. Using MPEG 4 and AAC Audio.

You won't notice much loss - if at all - if you handle the file right. The biggest thing of worry is adding macroblocking. Too low of a bit rate and you'll murder your reds and basically make the whole thing ugly and pointless.

I enjoy the process of ripping. For DVDs, if you handle it right the loss is minimal. You gain by saving space, and gaining convenience.

For BDs? Eh, I use to cut the file in half to 720p. My old set couldn't handle 1080p, and I didn't feel having 10gb+ files around were "convenient."
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Yep, exactly as they have said. MKV with untouched video and audio is the way to go....
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Thanks for the replies folks

MKV? Where can I get that? Does anyone have a link?

So I can directly rip the DVD and leave the video in its native format with no additional encoding?
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http://matroska.org/

The site for MKV.
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http://matroska.org/

The site for MKV.
Thanks twonunpackmule I will have a browse through this site.
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MakeMKV will convert anything to MKV. VLC Media Player will play it.
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MakeMKV will convert anything to MKV. VLC Media Player will play it.
VLC media player? Is that from the same website or do I get somewhere else?

I was thinking about somewhere down the line getting a stand alone media player to hook up to the tv and storing all the ripped DVDs on it. I have 44 seasons of sitcoms plus a load of other tv series on DVD that I doubt we will see on Blu-Ray anytime soon.
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VLC media player? Is that from the same website or do I get somewhere else?

I was thinking about somewhere down the line getting a stand alone media player to hook up to the tv and storing all the ripped DVDs on it. I have 44 seasons of sitcoms plus a load of other tv series on DVD that I doubt we will see on Blu-Ray anytime soon.
VLC is a seperate download than MakeMKV:

http://www.makemkv.com/

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

And MOST Blu-ray players have USB inputs on them so you can put your movie/TV show on a flash drive and watch it right on your Blu-ray player....no more burning stupid discs!
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