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First I would like to thank Turd Furgeson for his streaming threads and Google. This reason I am making this thread is because it took me days of research to come up with this, and I thought this should be in one place for others that are looking to do the same thing. This is probably common knowledge to most but for someone like me it was a royal pain to come up with this.
My primary goal was to rip my DVD collection while maintaining video quality, full 5.1 audio, save on storage space and be able to stream to my PS3 without losing any seek capability. The only catch is that to encode in h.264 is pretty CPU intensive and it takes my C2D box ~ 3 hours for encoding. The good news is my media server box is an old P4 and streams these files no issue, with full seek and 5.1 audio at ~ 2GB per movie! Well worth it because I can have a VOB in 15 minutes but with no compression you're looking at minimum 4GB files. Also, MP4 H.264 files are natively playable from the PS3 harddrive, unlike VOB which also require extra step of conversion to MPG. I haven't been able to confirm this, will someone be so kind? Edit: Success! I was able to copy the MP4 file to the PS3 hard drive and it works!
What you will need(I did not provide links but easily Googled)
- Media server (confirmed with Tversity and PS3 Media Server)
- Encoder (I used Handbrake and stuck with it because it is so consistent)
- DVD decrypter (I used DVD43, it's free and runs in the backround. Just set it and forget it!)
What to do This is for HDMI receivers only! See end for optical.
-Get your media server up and running. (that is a whole other tutorial)
-Install and run Handbrake and DVD 43.
-Insert DVD. DVD 43 will auto detect and run in the backround. There is a yellow smiley face in the task bar and when it turns green you are ready.
-Click Source on Handbrake and select the DVD drive and set your destination folder.
a. In presets column to right select PS3
b. Change output settings to MP4
c. In video tab make sure codec is H.264
d. In audio tab select for source English 5.1 AC3, Codec AAC, Mixdown 6 channel discrete. I also like to select english subtitles with the "forced subtitles only" box checked. Theoretically there are subtitles only when the director intended them ie when someone is speaking a foreign language. I have not been able to confirm if this works, will someone be so kind? IIRC, Kill Bill is a good example.
e. Everything else stays default, press Start and ~ 3 hours later you will have an MP4 file that is seekable, smaller, looks great and half the size! Please note that with PSM, I could not get the seek to work past 1.5x but apparently my P4 box is not powerful enough but no issues with Tversity.
f. Don't forget to manually enable AAC in the XMB auidio settings on your PS3. Do not expect any fancy DD lights to come on because the audio is decoded on the PS3 and PCM to your receiver.
Someone please confirm if this works directly off PS3 hard drive with no streaming as I have no means to do this currently. Edit: Works off PS3 hardrive, no transcoding! Also, I have not messed around with DTS so if someone would like to contribute please feel free.
For receivers with optical only, replace step d.
d. Audio settings codec "AC3"
Please note that Tversity does not play the end file with AC3 and I could only get it to work with PSM with transcode(mencoder). I do not have an optical connection but this should theoretically work because all the DD lights turn on my receiver. Someone kindly confirm!
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