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  1. hello all ...

    first time poster in this forum. been encoding my blu-rays for about 1 month now using ripbot264, being that i am still new to blu-ray encoding i have some questions. via trial and error i found ripbot to be the best single piece of software to encode my blu-ray movies into mp4 format. it's simple, lightweight and pretty much can encode any kind of codec that i've found in m2ts files.

    so many thanks to the creator(s) for maintaining this software and making it free to use, much appreciated !

    so now i've encoded about 1 dozen various blu-rays of all codec types (mpeg4-avc, mpeg2, vc-1, dolby digital, dts, dts-ma, truehd, etc.). i've been using the 2-pass method with a bitrate set to 4091kbps (i think that's the choice, or is it 4096, i'm encoding now so i can't check it), with audio set to 256kbps aac output, and a profile to match the original film (resolution and frame rate).

    my purpose is to create mp4's that i can play on PC, primarily. but in the future i may want to play them on my PS3 and android device. those devices for me are optional because they probably can't support playback of these movies due to the file size and resolution i picked. what i am looking to do is create a very good quality movie library such that i can watch these movies thru a 46-60" tv and not look back and regret that i encoded them insufficiently .... but at the same time i want to spare "some" hdd space and time in encoding.

    i decided to go back, and redo the movies i've already encoded, this time using CQ 20 and 320kbps AAC audio. i am still using the HD 4.0 profile and have resolution/frame rate same as the original film. what i'd like to know is if ripbot has a sort of sweet spot regarding the best balance of video/audio quality vs. encoding time to make the output files ?

    i have a quad core i7, but it's not the fastest, and a movie that is about 2h45min in length would take about 7-8 hours to encode.
    in the long run i think i am ok, because the bitrates it uses at the settings i chose don't less than 4000 during the majority of the encode, so it will yeild a very good looking mp4.

    also, is there any gain in efficiency, file size, time to encode if i switched to mkv but kept the settings the same ? when encoding blu-rays, i dump all the extras and go straight to the movie only without subtitles.

    also one other thing i found out, is when i add metadata to the completed mp4's via right-click in windows explorer, i think that might have caused the corruption of some of my movies, as i get an error message when i try to play them in wmp and vlc just gives me nothing but a cone to look at as the time in the film progresses. just wondering if that is the case ? i am looking to keep the files in good clean condition such that i don't wind up with corrupted media files and have to re encode again. i doubt file size plays a part in this, but i think adding metadata to the files might have caused this issue because it took more than a few mins to add the information once i click ok.
    Last edited by zero7404; 5th Aug 2011 at 15:49.
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    Originally Posted by zero7404 View Post
    i have a quad core i7, but it's not the fastest, and a movie that is about 2h45min in length would take about 7-8 hours to encode.
    in the long run i think i am ok, because the bitrates it uses at the settings i chose don't less than 4000 during the majority of the encode, so it will yeild a very good looking mp4.
    I do understand your desire to do this quicker, BUT...
    Why can you not just let those encodes run while you sleep?

    Please give me a better answer than that you're yet another one of those morons who believes that by God you simply CANNOT let a computer run while you sleep.

    I'm not a ripbot264 user and I don't re-encode stuff like you are doing, so others will have to help you there. But this is the best advice you're going to get regarding your main proposition. Screw recording to please the PS3. That's bs. Just spend $100 US or so and buy a streaming media player like one of the Western Digital models. Those streaming media players are a lot less fussy than the PS3 about what they'll play back and you'll find that money extremely well spent to get one of those players rather than having to re-encode damn near everything you've got just to get a PS3 or Xbox (others do it for that) to play it back. You could just record to high def MKV and forget about the PS3's requirements. Can't help you with what your phone needs for playback but I've got a feeling that it's going to be fairly restrictive too. If you really just want to encode one file to please the phone and whatever you want to play it back on (PS3 or streaming media player) then you'll have to let the phone's playback requirements influence how you encode.
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  3. i have no problem encoding overnight just looking for settings that give equivalent quality or close to it in less time ....
    as for ps3 & android i said it wasnt a burning itch, my priority is towards pc and connecting that pc to my tv to watch these movies ....

    i may be better off going back to 2-pass and sticking with the bitrate ive been using because i liked the quality of the mp4s it was yeilding ....
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