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Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-15-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,217
Posted By ilovejedd
Perhaps it's source dependent? I was running some...

Perhaps it's source dependent? I was running some quick tests with Handbrake svn6163 a couple of months ago and got the following file sizes and bitrates for Chapter 1 (11:57) of Star Trek (2009):
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Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-14-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 1,926
Posted By ilovejedd
Pretty much what I do except I also use...

Pretty much what I do except I also use wsusoffline to install most of the Windows updates. I can't be bothered setting up my own Windows update server so wsusoffline is the next best thing. Helps...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-14-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,264
Posted By ilovejedd
The cost per GB is what makes using SSDs...

The cost per GB is what makes using SSDs impractical as a DVR drive for long term storage. :rolleyes:

As for speeds it depends on the type of workload. Modern HDDs with 1TB platters can do an...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-14-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 1,926
Posted By ilovejedd
You're wasting a lot of DVDs. If I were you, I'd...

You're wasting a lot of DVDs. If I were you, I'd just put the Windows 7 installer on a 8+ GB USB flash drive. Not only will it be faster to install from compared to DVD, you can easily...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-14-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,264
Posted By ilovejedd
One thing I always do for my DVR/media drives is...

One thing I always do for my DVR/media drives is to format with 64K sectors. I've found that helps greatly in avoiding stutters when you've got multiple streams recording.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-14-2014, 12:42 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,264
Posted By ilovejedd
As ajhieb mentioned, it really depends on usage. ...

As ajhieb mentioned, it really depends on usage.

For extremely write heavy long term storage, consumer SSDs are an impractical choice. If you just need a live TV buffer for a few hours a day and...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-13-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,217
Posted By ilovejedd
Intel QuickSync worked for me in Handbrake...

Intel QuickSync worked for me in Handbrake svn6163 with VC1 source (Harry Potter Blu-ray). I've noticed encoding was a little bit slower compared to H.264 sources (likely due to no hardware decode...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-11-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,791
Posted By ilovejedd
I believe you meant: (the movie duration) /...

I believe you meant:

(the movie duration) / (the time required to transcode a movie) = ~2.

or

(the time required to transcode a movie) / (the movie duration) = ~0.5.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-11-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,791
Posted By ilovejedd
Nah. If it's just one stream, the G3258 should be...

Nah. If it's just one stream, the G3258 should be able to handle real-time 1080p transcoding with the fastest preset up to a certain bitrate.
Forum: Computers and Parts Great Found Deals!   07-11-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 295
Posted By ilovejedd
Gah. Missed it again.

Gah. Missed it again.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-10-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,264
Posted By ilovejedd
Ever since 120-128GB SSDs became affordable, I've...

Ever since 120-128GB SSDs became affordable, I've been going SSD only on my HTPC builds. While I do have a file server for media storage and scheduled recordings. The SSDs on the HTPCs handle live TV...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-10-2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,752
Posted By ilovejedd
To be honest, unless you plan on ripping your...

To be honest, unless you plan on ripping your Blu-ray discs, I'd just go standalone. I find commercial BD playback software to be somewhat clunky (TMT to be specific, haven't tried others). I rip a...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-01-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 10,129
Posted By ilovejedd
Connection speeds with greater than 4Mbps upload...

Connection speeds with greater than 4Mbps upload do exist. Heck, I've occasionally gotten 25Mbps over Verizon and AT&T LTE (although actually using that for streaming will be pricey).
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-29-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 434
Posted By ilovejedd
Caveat, that Acer is refurb with only 90 days...

Caveat, that Acer is refurb with only 90 days warranty.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-29-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 434
Posted By ilovejedd
Any space/case constraints? Is microATX okay or...

Any space/case constraints? Is microATX okay or do you need to have Mini-ITX? microATX Kabini is likely your cheapest route. Newegg might even have some combo deals.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-29-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 434
Posted By ilovejedd
Do you already have a Windows license? If not,...

Do you already have a Windows license? If not, pre-built is bound to be the cheapest route.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-29-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 10,129
Posted By ilovejedd
I fail to see how that's better compared to...

I fail to see how that's better compared to Plex's implementation.

https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/200381043-Multi-Version-Movies
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-27-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 316
Posted By ilovejedd
Mfusick is right. Storage is cheap enough. Use...

Mfusick is right. Storage is cheap enough. Use full quality MakeMKV rips for the HTPC and create an encoded copy with Handbrake, MeGUI or x264 command line on medium (or slower) preset for your...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-23-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,791
Posted By ilovejedd
Now these actually make the unlocked Pentium...

Now these actually make the unlocked Pentium worth getting. :D Just didn't make sense to pair a $150+ MB with a $70 CPU. :rolleyes:
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-20-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 240
Views: 8,050
Posted By ilovejedd
So what do you consider is the WD Blue 1TB...

So what do you consider is the WD Blue 1TB WD10EZEX? I believe that's been out for a couple years already.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0088PUEPK/
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-19-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 321
Posted By ilovejedd
You don't really see individual sales on these...

You don't really see individual sales on these items but Newegg often has blanket 10-20% off coupon codes for the entire category. I remember getting some 3.5" Orico docks for $20-25 and 2.5"...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-18-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,791
Posted By ilovejedd
Isn't the answer to this usually MicroCenter?...

Isn't the answer to this usually MicroCenter? Well, i3 is only minimum if you're going Intel. Plenty of AMD options capable of 3D below $100.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-18-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 10,129
Posted By ilovejedd
For 720p/3~4Mbps, I think that CPU is probably...

For 720p/3~4Mbps, I think that CPU is probably fine. I've got an i3-2100 Sandy which worked fine transcoding Star Trek (2009) to 1080p (forgot what bitrate) so I'm guessing that Clarkdale you have...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-16-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 552
Posted By ilovejedd
Agreed. I wouldn't exactly go for the RPi,...

Agreed. I wouldn't exactly go for the RPi, though. I'd opt for Kabini or Celeron 1037u or similar.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   06-12-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 10,129
Posted By ilovejedd
I've got MB3 Server and Plex Server installed on...

I've got MB3 Server and Plex Server installed on the same computer. It's not like they interfere with each other. I use MCM for metadata, though.

Plex Sync saves me a lot of trouble getting my...
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