Originally Posted by Pain Infliction
So in Flexraid, If I add a 9th drive and then add another parity drive, is it just plag and play with the parity? I know that I have to set it up as a parity drive first but didn't know if it gets crazy after that. Also one of my questions is.....Do you rip blu rays to your PC and then send it to your flexraid server of do you rip the blu rays on your flexraid server? If you rip them on you PC and send, do you do it over your network or via USB or what? Thanks
I am a little confused with what your asking but I will do my best.
Adding a drive with Flexraid is plug and play. Well... almost.
If you wanted to add a hard drive to your flexraid storage pool you would first install the hard drive like normal. You would need to format it if needed (new drives) for windows and basically install it on your machine just like you would with adding a HDD to any PC. Once the drive was installed and working on the machine (PC or server) you can simply add to your storage pool. To add it to your flexraid storage pool you just open up the flexraid control panel and add it as a DRU drive (data drive). If you wanted to add it as a parity drive you would add it as a PRU drive (Parity drive) It's a few clicks and simple to do. Parity drives should not contain data on them because the data would be lost. You can add a drive with data on it- or a brand new empty drive as a data DRU drive. If you add an empty drive the drive gets added to the pool almost instantly because there is nothing on the new drive so there is no new parity to be calculated. If you add a full drive or a drive with data on it, then you'll need to run a parity update which can take a little while. It would take as long as it takes to read all the data on on all your drives. Your drives are all read simultaneously so basically it would take as long as your slowest drive. Once done your new data drive would be included in the pool and any data on it would still be there and included in the storage pool as well.
Adding a drive with flexraid is not quite plug and play - but it's not hard. You can add or remove a drive anytime.
Most start with 1 parity set up with the initial installation, and a few hard drives. Then just keep adding hard drives as they need more space. Adding a second parity once you have many hard drives is not hard to do but once you have lots of hard drives and multiple parity drives the time to calculate all that data increases. Most just set it up to run overnight or something. You would not want to sit around and wait for it.
I personally rip to my desktop. I use MAKEMKV
Then I use MediacenterMaster
on the ripped MKV fle to organize, rename, collect the album artwork and meta data.
Once it's done you get a nice folder with all the art work, the meta data information, the video file, etc... I then copy paste that to my server and delete from my desktop. I tend to do rips a few here, a few there as I get them. It adds up over time. Most full quality 7.1 1080p rips are 25GB+ each and are identical in picture and sound quality to the actual BLURAY disc. I can't tell a difference.
In matters of 480i/p->1080p or 720p >1080p I find my HTPC is superior in PQ to the up conversion in my AVR, Projector, and other equipment. I have a Optoma projector and Denon AVR3312IC.
I use MadVR and occasionally SVP. Here is a good read on SVP for you:
Just warning- It takes a modern HTPC with good hardware. I would not attempt it with inferior or older machines. You need a quad core and a modern GPU.
Here you go:
SVP allows you to watch any video on your PC file with frame interpolation (like you can watch it on high-end TVs and projectors). It increases frame rate by generating intermediate animation frames between existing ones to produce very smooth, fluid and clear motion. The technology is well-known for a while ("TrimensionDNM", "Motion Plus", "Motionflow" and others), but now it's available for free to PC users with simple GUI and just a couple of mouse clicks.
SVP provides GPU acceleration and it's possible to watch FullHD 1080p-video recalculated to 60Hz in real-time with mid-range CPU and almost any GPU hardware.
SVP actually is not a video player itself, but it enables almost any player to play smooth video.
Yeah, also in 3D
First, it's free, second - if both Peter Jackson and James Cameron don't think the "soap opera effect" is something bad why should you?
"We are indeed shooting at the higher frame rate. The key thing to understand is that this process requires both shooting and projecting at 48 frames/s, rather than the usual 24 frames/s (The great majority of films have been shot at 24 frames per second since the late 1920s). So the result looks like normal speed, but the image has hugely enhanced clarity and smoothness. Looking at 24 frames every second may seem ok—and we've all seen thousands of films like this over the last 90 years—but there is often quite a lot of blur in each frame, during fast movements and if the camera is moving around quickly, the image can judder or "strobe." Shooting and projecting at 48 frames/s does a lot to get rid of these issues. It looks much more lifelike and it is much easier to watch, especially in 3-D." - Peter Jackson
"3D shows you a window into reality; the higher frame rate takes the glass out of the window" - James Cameron
Other than frame rate interpolation (like what the fancy TV's do) you can also scale your non 1080p content upwards with amazing results. This won't matter much on 1080p BR rips, but it would be nice for anything that is 720p or under.This is a great comparision with screen shots of PQ for you
This is how I have mine set up:
I have a desktop PC that is my main PC. I do most things on this. I have a flexraid server set up that I can remote desktop into from my desktop. It serves to back up my systems, hold my data including movies, pictures, music etc...
Then I have a HTPC client with only SSD drive (no storage) in my AV rack closet that I use for playback. I'd need a PC in the house anyways and enjoy my desktop so most I would imagine just use the HTPC for both duties which works well too.
Do you use a front end for your media like XBMC, Mediabrowser or PLEX? Do you have movies you have ripped or downloaded already ?