But want to move just the movies onto my hard drives. I don't care how much space they take up. Space is cheap.
I'm not clear on what you mean. Do you want to rip the ENTIRE DISC (including extras, previews, etc.) or do want the movie ONLY?
If you want the entire disc, it is as simple as installing AnyDVD HD and using either the "Rip VideoDVD to Harddisk" ro "Rip to Image" options.
Ripping the movie only is more complicated, but once you have the tools set up it is a very simple process. Read this:http://sites.google.com/site/xorphdstuff/remuxing
to see if it interests you.
You can skip #1 rip directly from the disk with eac3to, demux video, audio, subtitles and chapters then remux the tracks you want with mkvmerge.
Yes, Mike, you can do that, but it is actually faster to rip the entire disc using AnyDVD HD, demux with Eac3to, and then set up the remuxing of all the discs using the task manager of Mkvmerge. This way you can do all of your remuxing later when you are done ripping and demuxing for the day...
I Don't save much HDD space by going to MKV, but made it lots easier to stream to PS3, i'm thinking Popcornhour media box, so MKV should be ok there too.
I love using .MKV! I can stream full bitrate video/audio anywhere with no hiccups or stuttering. You really do save a lot of HD room by muxing to .MKV. First of all, by muxing the movie only, it usually takes around 50% off of the .ISO size (except for very long movies with very few extras on the disc). And .MKV format uses less overhead than BDMV, so you save there also. Once again, read the link I posted above.
On the issue of decoding/bitstreaming TrueHD and DTS-MA:
One of the advantages of muxing to .MKV is that you can demux the TrueHD and/or DTS-MA tracks into 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1 LPCM (.WAV) and then recode to FLAC (still lossless...
) ON THE FLY in one easy step. Then you remux the single FLAC track with the demuxed video using MkvMerge. Since FLAC is a FREE codec, it is easy (and free) to install a FLAC decoder (I use MadFLAC from the same genius that wrote Eac3to) to decode multichannel FLAC with your front end player of choice. There is no reason to even bother with TrueHD or DTS-MA, either decoding or bitstreaming, at all...