Been a long, long time since I've posted here....1st before I even ask my question, I want to say thanks to all the dedicated, selfless folks who run this site, and offer invaluable advice, tips and help for those of us who are "seeking the way(s)"...
I have about 500 - 600 DVD's I've collected in my library over the years...I just recently bought a new house and bought all new Hi-def TV's for the living and bedrooms and a PS3... The only reason I got the PS3 was to upscale my DVD's to a higher Def and be able to watch them that way, instead of going out and buying all new Hi-def copies of what I already own...
What I've discovered and like to do now is find the best software program (Not the most costliest, though) that I can convert my DVD collection to a quality Hi-def format, then re-convert that to a H264/MKV and store them on an external hard drive from which I can use the PS3 to play movies on. Am I correct in my assumption of what I want to do? If not, what would be the best manner in what it is that I'm trying to describe? If I am correct, what would be the best (but not most Costliest, again) software to convert my collection to a Hi-def (or Blu-ray ???) format, then to an H264/MKV file?
Thanks again for everyone's advice and tips
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THe ps3 doesn't support any mkvs so you don't want that. mp4 would be better but then it doesn't support ac3 audio....the ps3 isn't really so good for this....
I wouldn't try to convert the DVDs to HD as there is really no advantage. Your player or display would do a better job of upscaling. You can convert to H.264/MKV with a program like XviD4PSP or Handbrake or maybe others. But with 500 - 600 DVDs, it will take a VERY long time, even with a fast CPU. But you might give it a try.
EDIT: After reading Baldrick's comment, looks like MKV won't work anyway. What I do is repackage my DVDs to .ISO format and play them back from my video servers. I usually run them through DVDShrink to just have the main movie and reduce the size a bit. But even with a 4.7GB file, you would need in excess of 2TB storage. With MP4 and maybe 1.5GB each, you might get that down to 1TB.
Last edited by redwudz; 22nd May 2010 at 15:11.
This sounds like an excellent idea...As I replied to Baldrick, I have 2 1TB external HDD's just waiting to be used for this...And If it takes me a couple of years, Thats OK...Better Than dishing out Big bucks for stuff I've got in my collection already...Besides, it gives me a back-up plan for the library...I think it would be cheaper to have the HDD repaired/recovered than replacing all my DVD's in the event of a Fire, or some type of catastrophe like that...Yeah Insurance would probably replace alot, but not all...I've got some old movies copied from Satellite TV years ago on my Panasonic DVD recorder that I still don't think have come out on DVD...