Originally Posted by Gronnie
As I'm sure you know but I will point out for others... it really depends on your system. My i7 3770K system with 16GB of ram can compress a BD rip using preset 20 in about 30-45 minutes.
Wow, apparently I've got to get a new rig. My i7 2670QM laptop w/16GB RAM takes 5+ hours to compress a BD rip using preset 21. 30-45 min for even higher quality is flying!
BTW I use DVDFab's free HD Decryptor for all my rips and then compress everything using Handbrake (preset 19 for DVDs). I know a lot of folks have a preference for not compressing at all but when the quality is just as good to my eyes with half the file size or less, I think it's worth it. I just run my Handbrake queue overnight or when I'm at work and think of the money I'm saving down the road on hard drives.
One other tip for the OP if you're new to doing this kind of video work: don't try to rip a disk or do anything else (besides some web surfing, etc) while you've got an encoding job running. No one told me a few months ago when I was first jumping in these waters and I was ignorant enough about computers to think that have a quad core processor meant that I should be able to run up to 4 different jobs at the same time. Which it turns out is a good way to either crash your system or make videos that are totally unwatchable.