Originally Posted by TheSeanO
I have a few questions Jon if you do not mind.
Do you use one of the presets or something custom in HandBrake? I just started to RIP my Blu-Ray Collection and I am experimenting with formats using my Star Trek Beyond Disc. I have been reading this thread for some time now and have decided to backup my physical media so that I am able to stream it anywhere and keep my collection safe.
What I am using:
Asus External Blu-Ray
I plan to use a NAS with 12GB of storage in RAID 5. After reading your post, you seem to already be doing what I want to do. I just want to make sure I understand the process correctly.
1. RIP the Blu-Ray using MakeMKV to a location on my harddrive.
2. Use HandBrake to take that file and strip everything away except for the main title, HD Audio, and necessary subs.
3. Save the file that HandBrake is creating to my NAS.
3. Use my Roku Plex app to steam the content from the NAS ( I know there is some configuration involved with this.)
Would you mind posting your HandBrake settings? I want to have a good place to start. I will also steam it to my projector and a few other devices to make sure everything is good.
Or if anyone else has some recommended Handbrake settings and would not mind posting them with he reason why you chose some of the settings.
I am currently using the latest version of Handbrake and the settings are completely different from the previous versions... i am still fiddling with the settings but i can tell you that the settings can either rip a disc in 30 minutes or four hours, depending on the quality.
Currently I am using HQ 1080P30 Surround
setting with following changes... I use MP4 as the end file
Under the Filters tab.... Deinterlace is Off
Under the Video tab, Encoder tune is Film; Constant quality is 21
Under the Audio tab, I set the audio bit rate to its maximum setting (usually 1536) and 5.1 or 7.1 with the AAC track
If there are any subtitles, I add them under the subtitle tab...
Using an Intel i7-6700K PC, the encode can take about 60-90 minutes....
If your client supports chapter stops, you have to use MKVToolNix GUI to enable them. This will convert the file to MKV as well...
I STRONGLY suggest you look at a six-bay NAS as a start... A four-bay NAS has a big penalty in overall cost for expansion....
I started off with four 4TB HDD in a RAID-5 array. That ended up with only 10.5TB net space from 16TBs of drives....
If you go with a six-bay NAS, you can get 18TB net space from six 4-TB drives, a jump of 7.5TB. You do not have to buy all the drives at once, you only need three drives and expand as you need them. I ran out of space and had to buy four 6-TB drives for $1000 just to get 16TB of space.... not cost effective.
You can buy a six-bay NAS for $755 but a eight-bay NAS is a "bargain" at $835. An eight bay NAS will give you 25TB net space using 4-TB HDD.
One final point, you MUST use NAS spec'd drives. Desktop drives are not designed for NAS use and fail quicker than NAS type drives. A 4TB WD Red NAS drive sells for about $145.
One thing to consider. WD RED 6TB HDD sells for $250 each. You can buy WD MyBook Duo 12TB drives (which supposed to have two 6TB Red drives inside) for $400, that would save you $50/drive...