JiffOrange, I really hate to rain on your parade; since I know you're obviously very excited; and, I'm sincerely happy you have found something that works best for your needs; and for other people who wish not to spend any money on extra software who have extra time to spare.
But, I do feel like I need to clear up some stuff for people reading this thread who might not have a whole lot of experience working with directshow filters, blu-ray, and... most important of all.. can afford to buy 2 popular commercial software.. a software blu-ray player and AnyDVD-HD.
I dont mean to state the obvious (and it may not be so obvious to some people), but you can do everything you can in a simple 2 step method (mentioned again in last paragraph of this post) verses the 15-20 page process you outlined in the first post; except, again, you need to buy a couple of pieces of popular software. After all, both methods create just containers. Its just the process it takes to get to these container and software support for these containers.
the whole idea is that we don't want to have to use commercial players which downres sound
The 2 step process I mentioned doesnt downres sound; in fact, it keeps the full integrity of the original audio stream. It's depends which commercial software you buy to get the quality of audio you want.
Step #1 takes care of that.
will not playback discs for any number of reasons
Step #1 takes care of that was well.
Using mkv gives most of the options that we want i.e. flexability to do what we want with the files
Not only is that not true, its quite the opposite, you have more flexibility to playback .ts files on machines in general because of the support you get on 3rd party apps (commercial or not). For example, its a struggle to get hardware acceleration to work with MKV avc/vc1 files. Look how happy you got when you finally got this to work
This is no big deal for .TS AVC/VC1 files; in most cases, just installing PDVD and double clicking the file, and it'll playback with HWVA in windows media player (as long as you have a relatively recent display adapter and respective display driver). Another example, a hardware device like SageTV's extender already supports .ts AVC/VC1 builtin.
use directshow capable players such as MPC or Zoom
You can do the same with TS files created in the 2 step process I mentioned.
one click solutions for archieving
I'm not sure what you mean here, but I doubt its anything specific to what an MKV file can do that a TS file cant.
saving on HD space with minimal loss in quality
You can't save any more disk space with the process you mentioned unless you are planning on guaranteeing video and/or audio quality loss. Presuming the source is blu-ray... its already extremely compressed with state of the art compression. It wouldnt make sense to ruin the original integrity of the video/audio stream with another generation of encode. This is more relevant for people who have large 1080p displays.
Originally Posted by JiffOrange
While I do admit that its alot easier to do what you are suggesting (I even do this sometimes for a quick HD Fix!) .....but I think you have missed the point, the whole idea is that we don't want to have to use commercial players which downres sound, insist on HDCP, will not playback discs for any number of reasons etc. Using mkv gives most of the options that we want i.e. flexability to do what we want with the files, use directshow capable players such as MPC or Zoom, one click solutions for archieving, saving on HD space with minimal loss in quality. Hope that clears it up for you.
2 Step process:
1) Start AnyDVD ripper and press "Copy DVD"
2) Drag and drop the largest M2TS file from AnyDVD ripped folder into TS Muxer and select video and audio streams) and press "Start remuxing" to TS.
Whala... double click the TS file to play it in any directshow player (or load it into any commercial software that supports HD