I'm with you proslepsis... it has gotten mind numbing for me trying to figure out what method is the best to go with. I've got about 300 standard DVD
's I want to start ripping, but I refuse to start until I'm satisfied with an option. Just when I think, "yea, I'm going to rip them all as iso's"... But I'm having mounting problems... then I start reading about the TS_FOLDER options... and think "ok, i'm going that route"... then someone re-recommends a mkv container option...
my head starts hurting ... i walk away thinking "screw it for now". ... and God forbid you start thinking about sound options and how you will be able to get the best sound (7.1 via hdmi) from the HTPC rips to the receiver. I just don't have the time to look into all these and am shocked that it really hasn't been standardized at this point.
When I got my Win7, and started tinkering with Media Center for the first time, I was excited about the possibilities. But after reading all the different ways people did their setups, I've become frustrated and annoyed. I've tried all the posted programs and methods and perhaps it's just my ignorance of all this, but I too just can't settle on one way or the other or even get some things to work ... easily.
For as long as HTPC's have been around, I really expected most of these simple things to be standardized. Perhaps its Hollywood and the DRM crap preventing it to happen. It's a shame. HTPC's are a beautiful thing when set up well.
I wish I had time (and money) to do what I'd like to do. Maybe this winter... maybe...
On a side note, I would like to thank everyone on these forums for all the input one "could" get if one had the time to read it all... I've lurked these forums for years hoping to get involved one day, and I'm finally nearly there... nearly, but yet so far so it seems.