Originally Posted by macks
I'm sorry to bring back up something that finally died. Why not just rip it straight to your file server? Even at 50MBps that's still much faster than any bd-drive I know of can rip. Alternatively you could use a cache drive that moves everything at midnight so you get the full 100MBps and would hopefully reduce on/off cycles on your hdd's.
I like to manage things myself. The performance is much better locally too.
I find mediacentermaster struggles more with huge libraries over network.
I also like to control where the movie goes. I have many libraries. Example: HD movies, non HD movies, bluray rips, Disney/kids, TV shows .....
I like to move and store the final and finished video folder on these libraries for permanent storage. Each folder goes into the appropriate location Only 100% complete is put here.
So my process is to rip to my RAID0 scratch disk on my desktop. I have dual Bluray drives so I tend to rip two at a time when I'm doing it. Then I run mediacentermaster on it all. Change the names of files, add metadata and art etc...
Once it's done I copy paste to server.
Mediacentermaster would cry if I sent it at my 5TB TV show folder over LAN ... Lol.
Plus I like to manage it manually myself. I find it easier to work with only a handful of videos at a time.
This process also ensures everything on my library is perfect and complete at all times. These libraries are the directories my HTPCs are pointed at. I also have PLEX set up on my server for these directories.
If I did it your way it would either be a mess at times- or I'd end up doing it in a separate folder on my server then copy paste finished product just as I do now- except at lower performance over LAN vs a local HDD RAID0 scratch disk. I hate waiting for stuff and I find the performance over LAN is lower. Mediacentermaster works best on local drives and smaller amount of files at one time IMO.
I use it over LAN at times to tune up or search out duplicates / rename TV shows sometimes but it's not ideal.
I have libraries set up in windows called media master - my mediamaster program reads and directs to that directory as default. I also have library set for mkv rips folder. My makemkv rips to that. Once done I just drag drop from the rip folder to the mediacentermaster folder. It doesn't copy paste or take time- it just relocates instantly since both are in the root level of my scratch disk. They would copy paste from one folder to another if I did the same on my server. That would take time.
You can't rip to the same folder mediacentermaster is working on at same time because it wants to mess with Mkvs that are currently being ripped. No good.
I'm all about speed and efficiency. I'm quite sure I can manage triple the amount of media in the same time the average AVS poster does. I can't spend hours everyday on this stuff. That's biggest challenge in HTPC IMO.
It's not hardware, building or even setting up software. It's the constant maintenance of media that's most difficult I find.
I'm not sure others have as much media as I do. It seems like most are still on the small NAS box or a few external USB drive program.
I'm at 30TB and 14 HDDs... Getting there had taken a long time. But I've figured out a few ways to do it quicker and better. One way is for sure ripping and managing locally on a fast desktop and dual monitors. I just get way more done easier and faster.