Correction: Make it DVD, AVI, or MP4?
In the next few months I will be watching a lot of videos on very long flights.
I have an ASUS 1005 PEB netbook with Windows 7 Starter edition and I have KMPlayer Portable, Media Player Classic Portable, and VLC Portable.
I can put the DVDs on the hard drive of run them from a large flash drive I have.
I will buy CoreAVC if it will help.
I would like to use the very most efficient video format possible.
Would I use less battery if I re-encoded the DVDs to MP4 or AVI? I'm not concerned about using space on the hard drive, I just want the format that will use the least battery.
I would appreciate any recommendations.
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If you have a 1.6Ghz Atom CPU like my Asus Eee, VOBs or DVD files are the best bet. You can use Xvid/Divx if you need to conserve space. My netbook can't quite play HD MKVs as the processor/GPU isn't quite fast enough. MPC-HC works well for me and seems to use a bit less resources than VLC. But I keep VLC handy for odd formats.
I got my Eee for long flights also. And being able to drag it out for checking my email at airline terminals.
Thank you for the information. I have lots of HDD space, so it will save me a lot of time that I don't have to reencode a bunch of videos. Thanks again!
Well, I have tried a few experiments, encoding on my desktop and playback on my netbook, and the results are a somewhat confusing.
I did a number of MP4/x264 encodes of small (600 MB) VOB files. I encoded the clips at high quality, using AutoMKV, and they play much better than the the original VOB files themselves. (I used DVD Shrink to cut a couple of chapters out of DVD files.)
I tried KMPlayer Portable, MPC-HC Portable, and VLC Portable and I get the same results with all of them. I was under the impression that the MP4/x264 files would require more processing but that does not appear to be the case.
Anyone have any explanation for this? I would rather just play the DVD-VOB files but the picture is unacceptable.