Title pretty much says it all, though I have some specific issues/questions/requests.
I have a lot of DVDs (probably 300+). I also have a lot of devices that I would like to view this library on throughout the house, streaming them wirelessly.
I have Vista Ultimate which has Media Center in it, which is fantastic. I have a 360 able to be a media extender. I also have an original Xbox with XBMC on it. And a PS3, which supports media sharing provided I have the feature turned on through Windows Media Player (I do). I also have a PSP that I sometimes use remote play with, and might want to stream a movie through that (It allows for this, right?).
Now, the 360 and PS3 are hooked up to the same HDTV, so I only need one of those to be fully compatible, the 360 will probably be it. Though I want the PS3 functional for the Remote Play support.
My issue comes with what format and program I should use to rip the DVDs. In the past I've played with DVD Decrypter, and then AutoGK, which makes an Xvid file I believe. PS3 and 360 now support these files, correct? Is there any reason they would not play, any settings to keep in mind?
Is there a more efficient method, should I choose a different encoding format? I want these files as future proof as possible, I'm not going to want to re-rip and convert everything again. I'm not even sure I want to now, as my test with the programs above meant a total conversion time of more than the running length of the movie. I obviously do not want to spend 2 hours on each movie, when I have over 300. Is there a quick way to do all this while maintaining quality? I realize it's probably ridiculous, but is there any way to just insert a disc, press a button, come back 15-20 minutes later and have a completed file?
Speaking of quality, I want them to look nice, these will all be played on HDTVs (I'd like to keep near DVD quality), I can deal with a little loss in quality, which I see usually ends up in dark/black portions of films. Can I keep quality up while keeping file size down? Right now, I'm considering trying to keep each film at around 1GB, with variations for longer films (LoTR).
So can anyone recommend a course of action here. Who has taken on a similar project, has it worked out for you? Thanks in advance for any help.
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