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Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-23-2014, 12:07 PM
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Posted By smitbret
I would love to see a side by side of this...

I would love to see a side by side of this because this isn't the first time I have heard this.

I've always thought that at the 4-6GB mark a good 720p does look better than 1080p when ripped from...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-22-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 153
Posted By smitbret
What's the resolution of your monitor? Audials...

What's the resolution of your monitor? Audials will scale it up to the maximum resolution of the monitor you were capturing. Currently, I can't capture anything higher than 1600x900 and I'm in the...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-22-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 6,926
Views: 376,073
Posted By smitbret
Whoops, should have noted that he was in BDMV...

Whoops, should have noted that he was in BDMV format. My bad. Same concept, but Kelson is correct.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-22-2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 6,926
Views: 376,073
Posted By smitbret
You could certainly use a video editing program...

You could certainly use a video editing program to do it.

I am thinking, though, that if you can grab the countdown clip, it could be joined/remuxed into any other .mkv file with MKVMerge much...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-21-2014, 02:10 PM
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Views: 376,073
Posted By smitbret
They've been having trouble in just keeping their...

They've been having trouble in just keeping their website up lately. I'm not even sure where they are at.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-21-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 6,926
Views: 376,073
Posted By smitbret
It doesn't. You're making a DRM enrypted image...

It doesn't. You're making a DRM enrypted image now. You won't be able to do anything with it.

At this point, there's only a handful of programs that defeat DRM and only MakeMKV is free in any...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-21-2014, 11:44 AM
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Views: 376,073
Posted By smitbret
Nothing wrong with paying for features you want...

Nothing wrong with paying for features you want and need. Just that most people in these threads have enough of a working knowledge that they don't need to have the streamlined processes and...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-21-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 6,926
Views: 376,073
Posted By smitbret
Yeah AnyDVD has a 25 day trial. You will have to...

Yeah AnyDVD has a 25 day trial. You will have to buy it after that. It's not cheap but if your ripping project is large and is measured in hundreds of discs and will take several months then you...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-21-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 153
Posted By smitbret
Audials MovieBox or PlayLater I...

Audials MovieBox

or

PlayLater

I have tried some of the free screen capture software and they just didn't make me happy.

PlayLater is a fork of PlayOn that uses time-shifting laws to...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-21-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 6,926
Views: 376,073
Posted By smitbret
30-45 minutes with my Asus BD Drive. It...

30-45 minutes with my Asus BD Drive.

It seems like you are more likely to run into Riplock with a BD Burner than with a regular BD Drive.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-21-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 80
Posted By smitbret
The worst thing that can happen is that you...

The worst thing that can happen is that you forget to back up the Chrome Install and then you have to go through a few hoops to get the Chromebox to stock.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-21-2014, 10:55 AM
Replies: 6,926
Views: 376,073
Posted By smitbret
You can use AnyDVD HD with TsMuxer to rip the BD...

You can use AnyDVD HD with TsMuxer to rip the BD to a single .m2ts file. Load the correct playlist into TsMuxer and you can select and deselect any stream from the BR. You will need the program...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-21-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 292
Posted By smitbret
qft

qft
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-21-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 365
Posted By smitbret
Not sure, I used it once to see how it ran and...

Not sure, I used it once to see how it ran and have never gone back.

If your patient, I am sure someone will pop in and explain the process. I know it has to do with being in Beta, I am just not...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   12-20-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 365
Posted By smitbret
MakeMKV is a great free option.... the best free...

MakeMKV is a great free option.... the best free option, actually. Every rip is an .mkv file that is at full BD quality.

If MakeMKV doesn't do the job for you (but it probably will), get...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-20-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 292
Posted By smitbret
Even then, screenshots don't really do justice to...

Even then, screenshots don't really do justice to the quality differences. The online streaming really starts to go south when the action starts...... subjective, of course.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-20-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 5,455
Views: 691,543
Posted By smitbret
Sorry you had such an awful experience but,...

Sorry you had such an awful experience but, luckily, your experience is the exception. I had a WDTV Live Hub for a couple of years and it never failed to playback anything from YouTube clips to BD...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-20-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 292
Posted By smitbret
I haven't tried iTunes but I can tell a huge...

I haven't tried iTunes but I can tell a huge difference between BD and NetFlix, Amazon and Vudu (even the HDX). Shadows are blocky and noisy, fine detail is lost and grain is virtually non-existent....
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-19-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 421
Posted By smitbret
Sorry, I should have been more clear. Yes,...

Sorry, I should have been more clear.

Yes, the benefit would be with the FireTV's ability to play back HD movies from Amazon. The Chromebox won't because it is identified as an HTPC. NetFlix...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-19-2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 421
Posted By smitbret
You would just run them from the web browser like...

You would just run them from the web browser like you would a PC.

Hence the purpose of dual-boot on the Chromebox.

If those services are valuable, you may also want to consider an Amazon FireTV...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-19-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 421
Posted By smitbret
Basically, dual boot offers you the ability to...

Basically, dual boot offers you the ability to use the Chromebox as a light duty workstation (internet browsing, games, etc.) that runs ChromeOS. XBMC let's you set up local playback that runs like...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-19-2014, 06:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 82
Posted By smitbret
I'm sure it's just a typo, but to prevent...

I'm sure it's just a typo, but to prevent confusion for anyone that stumbles across this thread, I think '5GHz" was the intention of the underlined.

It is definitely the better option if...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-17-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 80
Posted By smitbret
I'm sure you can just run it through via HDMI. I...

I'm sure you can just run it through via HDMI. I am assuming you have everything running through the AVR and then a single HDMI cable to the TV and you just choose the inputs on your receiver.

Hit...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-17-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 421
Posted By smitbret
1) Dual boot just means that choose whether you...

1) Dual boot just means that choose whether you want to boot into Chrome OS or if you want to boot into XBMC. The advantage is the availability of web services because you'll be able to use it like...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   12-17-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 421
Posted By smitbret
No real tricks here. If you are talking about a...

No real tricks here. If you are talking about a Chromebox then you'll need to decide if you want to run a dual-boot setup (Chrome OS/OpenELEC) or just boot straight into XBMC.

This thread is your...
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