[mythtv-users] Ripping DVD's
yan at seiner.com
Wed Mar 14 21:47:50 UTC 2007
Bruce Nordstrand wrote:
> I started ripping my collection of DVD's to hard drive today but space
> is being eaten at a phenomenal rate.
> Can anyone tell me what the difference would be in both size/quality
> would be with ripping a DVD with Perfect, Medium or Good?
> For example I have been ripping at Perfect and "Lord of the Rings - The
> Two Towers", for instance, is 7.0Gb. As you can see, my ripping is
> filling up my 80Gb drive quite quickly. I know I am going to need more
> eventually but I didn't think so few DVD's would take up so much space...
I tried scrimping on size early on - back in the days when I had an old,
cheap, beat-to-snot 27" CRT tv. I could get a DVD down to about 600MB,
and it looked OK on that TV.
Now, on a 37" LCD, I cringe and shudder when one of those early rips
plays.... It's just awful.
I use mencoder (not myth) to rip DVDs, and I get a full-length DVD into
about 900 MB - 1.4 GB. Cartoons take a lot more space than live action.
I do two-pass encoding, and a single DVD takes about 3-6 hours to
complete both passes.
You might get better compression for the same quality if you use
mencoder; I really don't know. mencoder gives you about 10,000 options
and the learning curve is steep.
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