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Old 04-22-07, 11:50 AM   #13
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Yeah I have 2 400GB drives and I rip all my DVD's to ISO (no compression) from DVDshrink. Then I get MediaPortal (better then MSMC) which has Damen tools for mounting the ISO. Works like a champ and all you have is 1 file for the movie.
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Old 04-22-07, 01:36 PM   #14
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Media Center 2005 is worth every penny. Vista MC on Home Premium and Ultimate is even better.

I've got four TV cards between two PC's. One runs MC2005, the other Vista Ultimate. You have to buy a Media Center remote ($30-$40) to get the most out of it, but it is a very good investment.
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Old 04-22-07, 07:43 PM   #15
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If your not worried about space, why not just rip them to ISO's? Then use something like Alchahol120 to play them back?

If you convert, please don't use Divx...Use the H264 codec...The picture is MUCH, MUCH better than Divx/Xvid...
I don't rip them to ISO's because then the My Movies plugin for MCE doesn't work very well with them. It really slows it down a lot. And ripping them as an ISO won't save anymore space...I guess it's just nice to have the whole movie in a single file...

Regarding compressing DVD movies...what program should I use? Right now I have all my movies imported on my hard drive in their VIDEO_TS folders. Is there a program that will let me pick this folder and then just compress the main video part into a single .avi file?
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Old 04-22-07, 08:18 PM   #16
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I don't rip them to ISO's because then the My Movies plugin for MCE doesn't work very well with them. It really slows it down a lot. And ripping them as an ISO won't save anymore space...I guess it's just nice to have the whole movie in a single file...

Regarding compressing DVD movies...what program should I use? Right now I have all my movies imported on my hard drive in their VIDEO_TS folders. Is there a program that will let me pick this folder and then just compress the main video part into a single .avi file?
AutoGK does. I'm not sure about the H264 codec though.

Yea, I don't see anything that says you can use that codec. I'm not sure what to use to encode with it.
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Old 04-22-07, 11:11 PM   #17
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I'm going to be using my iMac to do a little testing once finals get through and over with. In case you don't know about it, there is a program called HandBrake, which converts DVDs and video files into multiple formats, including the H264 codec. I've played around with it before, but I don't remember what I did, the outcome, etc. Guess I just gotta study hard and then try it out later.

BTW, Best Buy has a Western Digital 500GB external HDD for $150+tax. Hot deal if you ask me.
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