I'm a newbie on XBMC and HTPC.....
I will be start collecting movie and rip them to my HTPC.
Should i start buying Reg DVD or Blu-ray?
i understand some movie should get blu-ray.... for example "The dark knight rise"
But for normal non action movie, should i just get reg DVD? It will be alot cheaper.
what is the normal MP4 size for Blu-ray after ripped to hard drive?
Just wondering.... so I know what kinda HDD to buy in the future.
thanks for the info.
I'm trying out with diff ripping software. I really like MP4 cus I can just copy and paste the file to my Nexus 7 and watch it on the go.
what is the advantage of MKV vs MP4?
I was trying out dvdfab BR ripper last night, and ripped "The dark knights rise" It is about 9GB. just the movie itself
what is " VC1 video, DTS-MA audio"???
After the rip, only file I have is the dark knight rise .MP4
thanks for the great info,
so can you walk me thru what u did with TDKR??? Did u end up with a 32GB un-touch afterward?
I would like to keep a BR disk to about 10-15GB if possible, what would be the best way to do that with good quality?
if I use makemkv, does it end up with 1 mkv file?
do I still need to use handbrake afterward???
what about reg DVD? do u do the same too???
how big is the ur file with reg DVD?
So i'm guessing I need to use makemkv.... from BR disk to mkv file, then use handbrake to convert to MP4 file. is that correct?
Might have to do some research and try it out
I will try makemkv and handbrake this weekend, I'm guessing the latest XBMC will support MKV without any add on right?
Also just wondering... how is ur HTPC setup? do u have it setup with a NSA?
If I want to make backup copy of DVD or BR, should I use the software like dvdfab, or should I use makemkv/ handbrake and somehow convert back to DVD / BR?
is it easy to convert mkv to mp4?? I would like to have some file in mp4 so I can play it in my Nexus 7
I just check out the Plex website, it look very interesting. If I use that, I will not have to convert my mkv to mp4 file for my Nexus 7.
Here is a simple plan on what I would like to do for the future..... and would like to see what suggestion on getting thing setup the correct way "easy way"
1. I would like to rip all my DVD and BR to my HDD and setup as HTPC
I guess I can do that with makemkv and handbrake for that.
2. Make copy for some of the DVD and BR that I already own.
Not sure what is the best way to do that, currently I'm trying out
Aiseesoft Blu-ray copy
I was thinking about get them in mkv file, and burn it later. But it looks like it will me more diff than just straight up copying.
Do you know the picture quality on those two copying software?? Or other suggestion??
3. Watch some movie on a tablet or laptop. I guess I could use Plex
Do you have the plexpass??
Does it work well with ur phone on wireless connection away from home??
Do u need to to have the plexpass to try out the app on phone/tablet ?
Ok, right now i'm using DVDfab for my reg DVD copying. (Disk to Disk)
It compress enough to fit in one DVD+R on DVD5 mode I think.
Does the quality change due to the compression?
if not, my copied dvd should be as good as the original right?
I do not have a software for copying BR yet, and still researching, and testing for the best one.
You said you used to use DVDshrink? is that on BR or reg DVD? Any good suggestion on BR Copier?
So you can get the plexapp mobile without getting the plexpass? and it can still stream movie on the mobile via wifi or 4g from my own library?