Here is what you will need. I will keep it short and sweet:
1. In Windows 7 32 bit use Media Center OR Media Player OR MPC-HT - all work well with my setup - Media Player / Media Center looks a little better in my opinion.
2. If your using Media Center get MediaBrowswer (www.mediabrowser.tv
) and install the 2.x.x.x beta. Works amazingly. Setup is real straight forward. Make sure each file is located in a folder unto its own and make sure the name of the folder AND name of the file for the movie matches IDMB name (IDMB.COM)
1. Download Sharks001 CODECS - it comes with Haali, Madflac and FFDSHOW
2. Haali Media Splitter, and madflac AND TMT2 trial version (TMT2 trial version will be used for the other audio codecs)
The first option the easiest route and what I recommend for you. I prefer to use the out of the box microsoft video codecs (with Win 7they support all the HD Video codecs) they are amazing and support DXVA hardware acceleration.
1. Need to purchase AnyDVDHD - you need this to rip the movies from disk while its encrypted - used for Bluray and DVDs
2. Download DVDShrink - used to edit DVD structure
3. Download eac3to latest version - used to remaster Blurays into MKV
4. Download HdBrStreamExtractor - GUI for eac3to
5. MKVToolnix - used to merge the 3 files created from eac3to/HdBrStreamExtractor (mkv,flac,txt) into a single MKV.
6. GraphStudio - used to validate files that proper codecs are being used
- SlySoft to get AnyDVD HD
- Doom9 to get eac3to AND HdBrStreamExtractor
- AfterDawn to get DVDShrink
- Do a search for MKVToolnix its the first site
AnyDVDHD has to be running when ever your ripping to your hard drive - not necessary when watching the movie from the file
DVDShrink - use this to remove all the warnings, all other sound tracks that you don't want, subititles,etc. Recommend keeping DVD structure and having a single VOB (single file rather then many VOB files). Again AnyDVDHD has to be running or you will get an error as DVDShrink is not kept updated and there could be a protection that it can not handle out of the box. PLUS its much faster then the internal DVDShrink decrypting mechanism. ALSO>>> Make sure you remove any compression. Dont use Auto. Turn it off... 0 compression to ensure 100% quality
HdBrStreamExtractor To install copy all the install files into the eac3to directory. thats it. Dont bother copying the bluray to the HD first. Just use HdBrStreamExtractor and point to the bluray disk and rip right from there. Its very self intuitive to use. Again AnyDVDHD has to be running or you will get an error. Also use the latest beta version (SVN copy). Make sure you extract 3 things. Video to MKV, Audio to FLAC and Chapters to TXT. Use only the HiDef streams 1080p, TrueHD, etc.
MKVToolNix (MKV Merge known as) select video first, audio next. On the second tab add the chapters. Thats it and let it run. It will merge the 3 files created into a single MKV file where you defined (change the name and riectory of course ).
I use Windows Home Server for all my movies on a second machine with Gigabit network. Gigabit is not necessary to stream movies but I do all the above work on my quad core and move the files over to the server 100MB doesnt cut unless you like waiting 20 minutes to copy a file over. And wireless sucks.. net net..
I purchased Windows Home Server and AnyDVDHD thats it...
I have the Gigabyte 9400 Nvidia MB and I have no issues following the above.
If dont care for the work above then you just need the codecs, anyDVD HD, Virtual Clone Drive (Free from SlySoft) and TMT3/PowerDVD9. Just use AnyDVD HD and rip to ISO. And your done... Simple but massive storage needs. Disk is cheap so the cheaper disk becomes the more this option becomes palatable.
Hope this helped!!!
Originally Posted by rajivs
stranglx - sounds good to me. Can you please list what software you use and in what order? Also, what folder structure you use so that Win7 sees everything? And do you store your content on the same device as the Win7 player or on a connected device/computer?