Originally Posted by Franin
You certainly have worked it out well, I have to decide which will be the best method for me to go. The burning of the blu ray how long does that take? Also what about the quality? I've been told that once you burn blu ray the quality isn't as good? Is that true ?
Ripping takes about 45 minutes, depends upon your system/blu ray drive speed etc.
If you rip 1:1, there is no change in quality. Many people compress their rips to save room, but if you do a straight RIP (which is all AnyDVD HD CAN do - it cannot compress), it is identical to the original.
Where quality can come into play is in the playback device - the PC, video card, drivers, or external media player - just like different set-top Blu Ray players had subtle differences in video quality (audio not the issue if you bitstream). But a careful calibration from player to display should address issues if they do arise.
At times, I think I "see" more differences than is likely there, and in most cases, one would be hard pressed to DBT TMT5, a Micca EP950, and an Oppo 103 (which I had but returned) The Oppo may have been a touch "cleaner" video wise than TMT5, but getting really nit picky and would not bet more then 10 bucks if compelled to...
Other differences are in the meta scrapers the systems have or don't have. TMT5 and PDVD work with My Movies, a separate application that downloads cover art, descriptions, cast and crew, and creates a Kaleidescape interface in WindowsMedia Center for easy browsing, searching, and playing. The Micca really just supports jpegs you place in a folder to give you some simple cover art. But the Micca is cheap, fast, excellent quality, and plays most titles flawless (seamless branching titles like Aliens seems to momentarily pause at branch points, and you don't get full BD menus since they are not a licensee of the Blu Ray format - which is how they can avoid copy protection issues) TMT5 has no issues with branching titles, but I am constantly frustrated my an HTPC since there are many HW/SW players, and things like micro stutters or lip sync seem to come and go without any rhyme or reason week after week. It SEEMS fairly stable with the latest AMD drivers, but we'll see.
I'd start modestly with a player like the Micca, and if you have a blu ray drive on your main PC already, get AnyDVD HD (I think there's a trial version), rip some titles to an external drive, and connect it to the Micca to experiment (the Micca supports an internal and externally connected drives as well as SMB shares on NAS).Edited by thrang - 11/11/12 at 7:41pm