Uhhh, yes, "re-encodes". What was there in my query that suggested I was a newbie clown, incapable of doing the math, and that I had not already purchased several 1tb SATA drives, at less than "10 cents a gig nowadays"? I suppose your simplistic, all-too-obvious reply was well intentioned, but it does NOTHING to address my basic question, concerning what I consider to be a consistent shortcoming in the commercially available, Hi-Def video conversion engines.
My collection of films now numbers in excess of 5,000 titles, all on DVD's, of which I'd like to transfer as many as 1,500 to hard drives, for the sake of immediacy and enormous cataloging convenience. Even at less that "less than "10 cents a gig", it adds up fast! More to the point, when you fail to see much difference, on screen, between 1080p and carefully encoded 720p material, my question is why pay for hard drive space, and storage racks, that you need not employ, and where does the space come from to rack mount those extra 8 - 10 SATA drives?
It should not be THAT difficult for one software designer to detect the multiple tracks that many of the main movie .m2ts files contain, and offer a selection among those tracks for the conversion. They seem quite content to take your $30 to $40, only for the customer to learn after the fact that as much as 25% of the time, you're going to get the Director's comments, or even stranger, on US releases, a German or French track, for the program's default, first track selection. After an eight hour reencode, it's no fun to run the file in your player and hear "Wie geht es ihnen..." as the first audio you hear!
I've had little success learning to use the complexities of the various freeware GUI's that are designed to help walk the user through the use of the Haali Splitter, tsMuxeR, etc., so I keep coming back to the "one click" approach... yes, this is one case where I like things "dumbed down" for me. So, again I ask if anyone here is aware of a program that allows the user to select from among the audio tracks in .m2ts videos? If not, should it be that difficult for some software designer to include that feature? It seems like a stunning omission to me... lazy software design...