Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
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What is your goal? To fit them on a SL dvd? Just to save some space? How much space do you want to save on each rip? How "good" do they need to be?
Compressing a 1 hr TV show, which is about 42 min of actual show, once the commercials are removed, down to 2G or so, from 8G start, and trying to preserve quality to a fairly high level would take my q6600 between 4 and 6 hrs, overclocked to 3.0G Without OC, about twice as fast as yours.
OTOH if I had cared less about the quality, I could have compressed those in an hour. They would still have been watchable for many, but not me. If I'm going to go to the trouble of compressing them, I'd like to be able to enjoy them as much as possible.
With hdd storage the way it is now, storing uncompressed is going to cost you $1-$2 per movie to keep them online.