PDA

View Full Version : best way to rip dvd


rwltrz
March 9th, 2009, 12:32 AM
best way to rip dvd and have just a file but still with chapters, anyone, i have mac the ripper and handbrake and cant figure it out, will be viewing video via boxee

also another question i have is does boxee play video playlists like vlc?

Tallowby
March 9th, 2009, 08:04 AM
rwltrz

Check these threads out...

Best method for converting DVD library to digital for ATV/Boxee (http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=5953)

Best settings for Handbrake, Boxee and ATV? (http://forum.boxee.tv/showthread.php?t=3082)

I have not used the chapter feature so am no help there.

Handbrake Note if you will be streaming content over your wireless network check "web optimized" and add the advanced code "nf=1" otherwise playback will stutter!

Zoolook
March 9th, 2009, 10:20 AM
If you're on the Mac, Handbrake is far and away the best converter. However, it will not rip a protected DVD on the fly (although it used to). There is an easy fixm which is to install VLC player, and then Handbrake will do everything from you: Read, rip and convert a DVD to MPEG4 (x/264 is best).

If you want the best quality/size ratio, use "constant quality" setting (which is their default for ATV anyway). I use 59% for TV programs, 63% for most standard movies and 68% for anything really special. This makes h.264 movies that are around 1,800kbps, 2,700kbps and 4,800kbps respectively. Watch out though, if you want to stream the movie, constant quality can create bit-rate spikes that may be too much for your network (especially if it's a g-network).

Alternatively, use a constant bit-rate. 2,500 is good enough for almost anything, and will play on an iPod 5G. If you really want that extra detail, go for 4,500kbps. Any more than this, and you won't get a better picture, just a bigger file.

rwltrz
March 9th, 2009, 11:26 AM
ok thanks guys, I am assuming the chapters/menu wont be saved unless i just keep it as a vob file correct?

also I have 180 gigs of home movies in dv format, about 70 movies, set up in a few categories, my son, my daughter, holidays, etc.

I want to convert these dv files to h.264 mov files but also would like to combine some so i have option of playing all if i choose to, so is making playlists the way to do this, or will boxee play next video after current video is played? does boxee support m3u playlists.

I'd like to watch a few of these clips if i choos to as a whole movie but dont want to actually make a whole other verson combining them.

also thanks for the settings, man I was planning on setting them to like 8500 kbps, lol.......all my home movies are from a hi-8 camcorder so the quality sucks but they are important vids of my kids, now i have to go pick up a new camcorder and debating on mini dv standard or something like a minio hd tapeless deal...

Zoolook
March 9th, 2009, 12:47 PM
ok thanks guys, I am assuming the chapters/menu wont be saved unless i just keep it as a vob file correct?


No, that is not correct. Handbrake will keep the chapters for any h.264/Mkv file.



I want to convert these dv files to h.264 mov files but also would like to combine some so i have option of playing all if i choose to, so is making playlists the way to do this, or will boxee play next video after current video is played? does boxee support m3u playlists.


Well if they're all converted to MP4, ATV will give you this capability anyway.



also thanks for the settings, man I was planning on setting them to like 8500 kbps, lol.......all my home movies are from a hi-8 camcorder so the quality sucks but they are important vids of my kids, now i have to go pick up a new camcorder and debating on mini dv standard or something like a minio hd tapeless deal...

There is no perfect solution, but with x.264 you really don't need to go beyond 3,000kbps to meet DVD standard, unless it's an exceotionally high bit-rate movie on a double DVD or something (Gangs of New York for example). @ 4,500kbps, you're at the point where higher bit-rates won't capture any more detail, but may cause issues with your ATV (if sustained) and will waste space. Constant quality is good in this respect, because it will spike the bit-rate way up to 10,000kbps for very short periods of time, if it's needed for a scene, but then drop down to 1,000 when not required, and keep the image quality in tact. ATV can deal with these spikes just fine if synced.

If they squeezed 4 x 50 mins episodes onto a DVD from the 80's or 90's, 1800kbps is plenty.

ElBreeze
January 28th, 2011, 10:42 AM
As for me best way to rip DVD is Soundtaxi - http://soundtaxi.org/1step_dvdcopy.php, which can copy, back up and rip DVD to a lot of formats for my devices. Quality is the same and size is only 10% from original. It can also unprotect files. I really like this software.

ElBreeze
January 28th, 2011, 10:43 AM
As for me best way to rip DVD is Soundtaxi - 1step_dvdcopy, which can copy, back up and rip DVD to a lot of formats for my devices. Quality is the same and size is only 10% from original. It can also unprotect files. I really like this software.