Originally Posted by Archaea
Scuba Steve also advised me on using TSMuxor and DVD-FAB to create my own demo clips. I've been playing around with that tonight and managed to successfully create a clip of Titan AE's Icefield on the Home Theatre PC. I bought a Blu-Ray drive, so I can now create any clip I want from any DVD or Blu-Ray for the meet.
The one hold up I'm still researching is that the current generation of sound cards - even nice ones like Creative Lab Fatality or Audigy cards don't support the new Dolby Digital True HD or DTS Master Audio. They only support the lossey standard version of Dolby Digital and DTS. This isn't really a problem for DVD cuts because they don't have the new standards, but for BluRay cuts - if you want lossless we'll just have to use the ScubaSteve Demo disks probably. I've got more to learn here and may not be entirely accurate in this understanding - but feel free to let me know if I'm missing something!
How are you playing these back - with an HTPC? It is much easier just to put in the playback range with JRIver like we did at HuskerOmaha's GTG. Then you can easily change clip lengths, reorganize the playlist, and make adjustments on the fly.
What are you trying to do with a soundcard? If you are using it for analog output, then you can decode DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD with your playback software. If you want to use HDMI output, then the current video cards handle that for the audio. You can still use the the playback software to decode and send out via PCM via HDMI if your receiver doesn't decode the latest formats and if you want to use other DSP such as parametric EQ.