Originally Posted by CalgaryCowboy
StinkPiece what are you using for the hd dvd rips? I have over 200 and have had a tough time converting them to a usefull format
I use AnyDVD HD to rip an unencrypted version of the movie's folder structure to my hard drive. From there, I use TSMuxeR GUI to select the *.EVO files for the main movie. I deselect the extra audio tracks (leaving only the one that I want for the sake of size). TSMuxeR GUI allows you to then create an M2TS / TS file that will play in XBMC. That's uncompressed, though, so it will be quite large.
I haven't gotten anything to work for compressing the video stream. Handbrake would be the easiest solution but it doesn't like the audio stream so I can only do the video. I'm going to compress a video stream tonight and see if I can mux the resulting H.264 MKV with the original 5.1 AC3. I'm going to keep it at 1920x1080 but lower the bitrate from 19Mbps to about 6Mbps. Hopefully that will result in a good looking movie without being so large. The last time I tried something like this, the audio/video sync was way off, though, so I'm not going to expect any miracles.
I've been searching for a straightforward and easy-to-follow guide on the subject for a while now but haven't gotten anywhere. I have also tried some more lengthy guides but I always run into a problem somewhere along the line.
I suppose it doesn't help that I could definitely stand to learn a thing or two about video encoding.