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post #1 of 6 Old 11-05-2013, 10:15 AM - Thread Starter
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Ok I hope this is the right section to ask this. What is the best format to use to rip movies to get 5.1? Is it iOS acc mepg? And what is the best device to play these movies from? When someone don't want to use a media server? Thanks in adavnce
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Anyone?? Well to add to the question what is the best device to play from a external hard drive thanks again
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I think you need to read through this forum a bit. Your question is like asking, "how long is a piece of string?"
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Use handbrake to rip the movie into H264 MKV and ac3 5.1 audio. Use whatever streamer that will handle H264 files, like a WDTV. You don't need a server, just point the streamer to your shared folder and then stream it over the network. Also don't try to stream this high bitrate file over wireless.

WDTV will also play H264 with ac3 from an external hard drive.
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The best format is the one that your device(s) can play.

You have at least three components to your video file
1) the video stream (h264, mpeg2)
2) the audio stream (aac, ac3, mp3)
3) the container (.mp4, .mkv, .mpeg)

The device that supports the largest range of file formats is a computer.

The file format this is [probably] most widely supported is a .mp4 file with h264 video and AAC audio.

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If your device(s) do not support the format, I would suggest using Plex. It will transcode the file on the fly. I use Plex to stream to iPhones, iPads and Sony NSZ-GS7. Oh, I switched from BD Folder structure to MKV. I've got about 10% of file as M2TS, but the rest are all MKV.

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