I read through this thread last night. First, thank you, GreenEyez, for consolidating, validating, and creating the content this in this thread! Also, thank you, umdivx, for your work in documenting a minimalist shark install!
Some questions have arisen as I've been experimenting with my HTPC, and I'm hoping someone can help resolve them...
1. If one uses TMT
for Blu-ray playback, why not use it for everything
? It seems to play everything, and the benefit would be a uniform user experience.
2. In Media Browser
, there is a long pause
after choosing play
, while the ISO is mounted
and TMT is launched. Is there a way to get Media Browser to display a wait cursor, transition screen, or something while this happens? I have visions of my spouse and kids repeatedly pressing play
until they get some feedback.
3. When ripping Blu-ray
to a file/folder
structure, is it possible to start playing the main feature directly
, skipping notices, advertisements and menus?
4. I need to do some serious reading on MKV
vs. Blu-ray ISO vs. Blu-ray file/folder structure, but forced subtitles
seem to be one serious issue for MKV. Unless I've misread, Auto Rip n Compress
only supports forced subtitles when transcoding with Handbrake. The most user friendly alternative appears to be AEAC (Another EAC3to GUI)
, but it lacks Win7MC integration, a serious WAF issue. Any thoughts?
P.S. I highly recommend True Image Home
for making images of the OS partition while experimenting with different HTPC configuration. Backups and restores take only about 4 minutes each for me, and I now have separate saved images for base OS, base Media Browser, and base My Movies installations that I can use to return to a known configuration.