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Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-22-2014, 05:27 AM
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Posted By smitbret
I thought that they didn't play well together...

I thought that they didn't play well together (MakeMKV & AnyDVD)?
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-22-2014, 05:20 AM
Replies: 6,502
Views: 344,196
Posted By smitbret
Yes, Decryption would be a necessity for any...

Yes, Decryption would be a necessity for any retail Blu-Ray or DVD.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-21-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 6,502
Views: 344,196
Posted By smitbret
Anytime I forget and try to download and use...

Anytime I forget and try to download and use MakeMKV I get the message that the trial has ended and I will need to purchase it. So I just uninstall it and go back to AnyDVD with TSMuxeR.

Usually...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-21-2014, 06:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 524
Posted By smitbret
If you are going Plex, then DIY is gonna be your...

If you are going Plex, then DIY is gonna be your best option.

Why?

Transcoding power.

If you are going to be using Plex to transcode incomaptible file formats to different streaming...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-15-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 524
Posted By smitbret
If everything is wired, then your network will...

If everything is wired, then your network will not be a bottleneck. Cat5, Cat5e and Cat6 are all more than capable of carrying a full Blu-Ray rip. Gigabit not necessary as Tbase100 will be more than...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-15-2014, 05:16 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 878
Posted By smitbret
My bad, I should have paid more attention.

My bad, I should have paid more attention.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-14-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 325
Posted By smitbret
Chromebox running XBMC. It runs rings...

Chromebox running XBMC.

It runs rings around the WDTV Live Hub that it replaced. Once the media library got above about 500 titles, the lag in performance with the WDTV was just mind numbingly...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-14-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 878
Posted By smitbret
Kelson, you are missing out. The playlist...

Kelson, you are missing out. The playlist functions in Mezzmo are crazy good at this point. You really should take a look.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-14-2014, 10:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 290
Posted By smitbret
I had the same problem with my WDTV Live Hub and...

I had the same problem with my WDTV Live Hub and my server running WHS 2011. The WDTV Live was pretty good at holding on, but every couple of weeks or so, it would just stop seeing it. Never had...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-14-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 524
Posted By smitbret
As long as you can get a good AC signal then you...

As long as you can get a good AC signal then you should be able to stream anything wirelessly. Keep in mind, though, that AC is 5GHz only so its range is greatly affected by obstructions that would...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-12-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 401
Posted By smitbret
Because according to the law, ripping Blu-Rays is...

Because according to the law, ripping Blu-Rays is not illegal. Circumventing copy protection is. It's a weird line but it exists on most AV forums.

You'll see most of the discussions about...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-12-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By smitbret
It was seeing the opening scenes of Wall-E in...

It was seeing the opening scenes of Wall-E in Blu-Ray on a 50" plasma that finally made me jump to HD television. Until then, I couldn't figure out what all the hoopla was.

Since then, I find...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-10-2014, 05:38 AM
Replies: 6,502
Views: 344,196
Posted By smitbret
Yep, in fact, I went back and just reripped the...

Yep, in fact, I went back and just reripped the BR, with just the audio tracks and .pgs streams that I wanted to keep. Then I took the .aac audio track out of the file I had converted previously and...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-09-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 452
Posted By smitbret
It 'supports' Gigabit but it can't achieve...

It 'supports' Gigabit but it can't achieve anything close to it. The fastest I had ever recorded with mine was about 78-80mbps, just shy of Tbase100 speeds. The SOC lacks the processing power to...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-09-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 445
Posted By smitbret
This. If you can get all of your HDDs...

This.

If you can get all of your HDDs connected to one PC simultaneously then the Media Server Route (Plex/Mezzmo) will make things easy for you to stream to different devices since the software...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-07-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 1,137
Views: 81,509
Posted By smitbret
It's free, quit yer bitchin'. ;)

It's free, quit yer bitchin'.

;)
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-07-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 878
Posted By smitbret
I thought the ratio went up exponentially as the...

I thought the ratio went up exponentially as the bitrate went down. It has been a few years since I researched it, but I though the difference was virutally undetectable at 20mbps vs. 1-2mbps where...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-06-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 6,502
Views: 344,196
Posted By smitbret
It wasn't mysterious or random, just shocking...

It wasn't mysterious or random, just shocking that grain made THAT much difference. It was apparent even from the Hobbit films to the Transformer films. Similar length BR with similar original...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-05-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,461
Posted By smitbret
Yep, it is on the very edge of its capability. ...

Yep, it is on the very edge of its capability. My Chromebox is a far better experience and much smoother but for occasional bedroom duty the Pi is up to the task. Of course, I bored a hole in the...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-05-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,461
Posted By smitbret
Exactly like that. Outside of a remote...

Exactly like that.

Outside of a remote control that allows Macros and automatically perform 1-button tasks (like the Harmony Remotes) there's not much this one won't do.

I like the FLIRC...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-05-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 6,502
Views: 344,196
Posted By smitbret
Yeah, weird. Just for fun after reading this...

Yeah, weird. Just for fun after reading this thread and checking out Matt Gadient's website, I went through and reencoded several of my animated features at RF 18, Fast, Animated Preset and kept the...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-05-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,461
Posted By smitbret
I don't have an issue with the $3 for the MPEG...

I don't have an issue with the $3 for the MPEG and VC-1 licenses, but it is limited to about a 30mbps stream over SAMBA shares. A good little backup device and if you are willing to re encode the...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-05-2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,461
Posted By smitbret
FLIRC + DirecTV remote control = Goodness I...

FLIRC + DirecTV remote control = Goodness

I use this setup in my master bedroom and it works like a dream. You don't need to have DirecTV to use their remotes and I find them to be full featured....
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-05-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 878
Posted By smitbret
Yeah, I hadn't considered the TV series thing. I...

Yeah, I hadn't considered the TV series thing. I would probably go .iso with TV Series.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-05-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 878
Posted By smitbret
+1, except that I don't even bother with the...

+1, except that I don't even bother with the .iso. I am not a menu or extras kind of guy so I just run the DVD through DVD Shrink and create a single .vob file that I just rename and stick on the...
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