I really want to know how some of you have gone about transferring your DVD's to your hard drives.
I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about ripping my extensive DVD collection. I'm sick of putting the discs in and out and going through all the menus, etc. I've never really gone through all the video ripping software and I haven't followed that technology as much as you would think (for a software geek like me). That being said, here are the questions I am thinking about:
--I know that I can straight up copy the discs as images. This would be lossless as far as quality goes and you would think the ideal way. But even with the big drives that we have now (I'm using 1TB drives currently), it can quickly get filled up with movies. A typical DVD disc is about 8 GB. So even a 1TB drive will only hold around 100 movies, which is really not that much. That brings me to compressed ripping. The movies you can download on the web will be around 700MB to fit on a cd, I'm guessing. Now we're talking, because we can fit 1000 movies on a 1TB drive now. I like that. But how much quality do you lose? Is it very noticeable? I know I can answer these myself, but I don't have a big screen HD television yet, so I don't know. Those 700MB files look fine on my old, curvy-screen TV.
Well, I guess that's my only question right now. Do I want to compress or not? I'd like to hear how some of you go about doing this.
The other thing is that Bluray DVD's are even bigger, like over 20GB each.
Of course, there's the SHHHH! option....download pre-ripped movies from the web that I already have. Why should I rip my own DVD's when people out there who are better than I am have already done so? Of course, I'm sure not everything I have will be there. I have a lot of music DVD's (jazz, classical) that i doubt is anywhere on the web. But i'm not completely opposed to that option. I've tried ripping DVD's once or twice before, and the whole process is a big pain in the butt. And it's not just a couple of minutes like with music. it takes quite a while to rip movies properly. And a lot of technical stuff going on there, lots of settings, etc.
Anyway, I haven't even talked about the software options yet (on purpose). That's because i don't know how I'll go about doing this. Once i get some ideas from you guys, I'll be able to make a decision. Thanks!
I went through a similar thing years ago for my music collection. Do I want to use mp3's or FLAC (or other lossless codecs)? I settled on mp3 because you get the most bang for your buck. Lossless files are practically 5x the size of a normal mp3 file, and I didn't think my ears could tell that much of a difference, if at all. But if you ask people, you will get very opinionated responses. Audiophiles will insist that they can totally hear the difference. But i don't know, I have pretty good ears and I'm a hardcore music person, but I honestly could not tell the difference.
The other thing i considered was that not all portable players would play the lossless files at the time. Things are different now, but my collection is already set.