Originally Posted by fleaman
Well, Avatar is probably a reference disc, and much of it is animated, so they tend to look good---even DVD versions.
What size screen/PJ are you watching these on?
I use a BenQ W1000 and a Optoma HD65 with a 119 inch screen. I've tested them on a BenQ W6000 as well.
Remember I stated I had 300 BRs ripped? Avatar is just one of many that I would bet money you wouldn't know the difference visually unless I told you. My ripped copy of Casino Royale and the latest Star Trek are the same way. In fact I think it is so good, it looks better than the original disc.
The only reason I can think of why ripped compressed BRs or DVDs look as good, is because their not being read in real time. There are no scratches or dust to compensate for reading from the laser eye of a transport. Since the software player doesn't have to re-read for scratches or imperfections of the physical disc..all data is read from memory. I would guess less jitter as well.
The rips have been read for errors several times before the ripping process is complete.
This is just me thinking off the top of my head. I've been an audiophile for years now. All my music(12,000 songs) are set up the same way. Everything is played directly from hard drive instead of the physical disc. Music sounds better IMO playing from hard drive than from disc IME.
Tradewinds I use the MPC-HC player for most of my playback. It contains all the codecs you need. I know there are methods using Direct show.
I've even taken my drives and hooked them to a WD TV live unit. Play these on your displays whether TV or projector and you'll have a difficult time seeing a difference verses a stand alone Blu ray player.
I equate MP4, H.264 video compression to Flac or Apple loss less music compression. The files are much smaller in size than the original, with minimal to no loss in quality.