Originally Posted by DotJun
I'm wondering if you've seen any good quality compressed rips or just the typical torrent/streamed content? If you have an FTP I'd be glad to show you an example of my vids so you can compare to your source file. I'm on gigabit so it shouldn't take long for me to transfer to you.
Just some counter-discussion. By no means am I arguing with you, just trying to add to the thread for anyone else reading it.
I remember the days many years ago of ripping DVDs to .AVI files. For most rips, I could compress a 7GB DVD down to 700MB and have amazing picture and sound. It wasn't until I played those back on a 106" screen did I really notice the video artifacts, etc. So I went to 1.4GB and loved it.
I am sure that some of my 39GB blu-ray rips (I think Avatar was that big) could be compressed to some degree and still look great, but to me the point of HD video and HD (uncompressed?) audio is just that... It is the best picture currently available and the audio is uncompressed.
At my current 138" screen, and in my soundproofed and acoustically treated room, I notice subtle differences in quality.
Sort of like an audiophile noticing the difference between an analog recording vs. digital (with minimal compression) let alone something like a MP3 which while overall sound great and most of us use it, it is still compressed even at the best settings. Does that audiophile go with MP3s because they are "really close for a lot less space/money/whatever"? Nope. They stick with the best sounding source as possible.
Maybe I'm becoming a A/V snob and don't know it... I hope not. I just have been given the green light from my wife to do this project, so I am going all out on it and disk space is relatively cheap even though I am sure that I could get by with less using some compression. I think that somewhere deep down I will always wonder if a picture doesn't look as good as I expect, or the sound isn't dynamic like I would hope, I am going to wonder if it is because of the compression.
Again, no right or wrong way to do it. We all have our own goals, abilities, and limitations.
I actually would encourage people to give a re-encoded/compressed movie a shot. I think that for a LOT of people, that would work wonderfully. Heck, most people are using a 50" TV which has scientifically been proven that the human eye can't tell the difference between 720P and 1080P at about 8-10 feet. So taking blu-ray and compressing it would go completely unnoticed. Same with audio. A lot of people are in living rooms or common spaces with nothing to tame the bad acoustics in the room, so the audio could be put into the toilet and most people wouldn't notice. Some skillful compression would do wonders for space and still provide sound better than their system/room allows anyway.
Even though I won't take you up on it (you weren't offering it to me anyway), but I applaud you for offering to share one of your compressed files for comparison. I think that is a great option for people and I am sure that some people will take you up on learning how to do it right.Edited by nickbuol - 9/25/13 at 7:58am