Originally Posted by pepar
Thanks. Was your original motivation to compress because of storage space?
So far, I always have owned the movie. I rip to get the movies onto a media server for the convenience of selecting something to watch and then to getting right to it skipping all the crap, and to avoid physically handling the disc. These conveniences are multiplied because I have (or will have) Popcorn Hour players in more than one system around the house. I have 300-400 movies and buy a few each month, with no TV series in my library. So my storage requirements are quite low relative to someone with a thousand movies and dozens of TV series.
"A Tale of Two Rippers"
I originally started this whole thing because my kids at the time were under 5 years old. Well, being kids they did three things when it came to watching movies: 1) unorganized the DVD rack. 2) scratched the discs. 3) didn't put discs back and if they did the discs would usually end up in the wrong box.
This prompted me to put together an htpc to end the disc nonsense. At this time I was ripping straight to iso without compressing because even at the time, a little over a decade ago, storage was cheap.
As my kids and I started not only watching movies but tv series I was hit with multiple episodes on a single file. What's the problem you ask? Well the problem is for example, after watching a single file with let's say episodes 1-4, my media center front end thinks I've only watched episode 1. So I found a way around it by renaming the file to something along the lines of "episode 1-4" in which case my front end would correctly identify all four episodes watched when I watched this single file.
That only fixed part of the problem though because my media player had no way of knowing where to start if I wanted to watch episode 2 of 4 when it is a single file. Again I found a solution to this newest problem. I just split the vob using a vob editor. Well a new problem happens when you do this, actually two new problems. One is that the audio could and often went out of sync and two there is no way to split a vob to the exact frame you want. You can only split by gop's.
So in the end the only solution for me was to encode. This gave me full control of how I fed data to my front end. It made for the cleanest setup. I'm sure I'm in the minority when it comes to stuff like this, but I abhor non-tidy file systems
oh one more thing, compression does save me a lot of space. To those that run hardware raid like I do will appreciate that because even though hdd's might be cheap, raid cards surely aren't if you keep the mentality of just adding more and more hdd. I can't even use 4tb drives with my card because it isn't supported.