Vista Ultimate Media Center DVD Movie Library - Best format to use??
Posted on 2008-11-02
I am in the process of setting up a Vista Ulitmate PC for a HTPC. I am also integrating the Media Center Extenders to allow use from other TV's in the house. I want to take all my DVD movies and "rip" them to my hard drive for on demand viewing throughout the house. I am starting with a 1TB drive just for movies and I don't mind adding more drives. The HTPC also has a BluRay player too. I want all of these movies on my hard drive, but I want the same DVD quality audio and video on the TV's throughout the house. Here are some of my questions:
If I rip it to an AVI format do I lose any noticable quality, audio or video, support 5.1?
Is there a better format to rip to?
Is there a way just copy the movie to the hd and play the vob files?
How does the menus and chapters work when ripped?
Are there licensing issues in a sense that it prevents me from playing something?
Would an xbox 360 as an extender have the same quality as the HTPC plugged in with VGA cable on a 1080p TV?
How do my bluray movies work into this scenario?
I want to start getting my movies on the HTPC and need to know what direction to take for the highest quality output. I was also looking at a program called DVD cloner for ripping?