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    Quote Originally Posted by mercury7
    First of all you will need to get:
    XviD Codec
    DVDx
    Then follow this fairly simple guide:
    Afonic XviD DVD Rip guide

    This is from the peerweb.org forums. I've done it and it works perfectly -- it just takes a while.
    Excellent suggestion. I have tried this and reckon it's perfect. Good quality, doesn't require a huge file size, downside is it takes a while.

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    With your setup you could easily go with RatDVD. That's what I use to back up to my HTPC, but my M10k can't handle the playback load. It preserves the menus, you can easily decompress them later if you ever need to, and it's the simplest process around.

    For Xvid, which is what mine are for my carpc, 1.4GB is the minimum for good quality IMO, since I always keep the 5.1 AC3 track. 700MB doesn't cut it even for a 7" screen.
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    Damn that's a big file!!

    Quote Originally Posted by fonseca
    700MB doesn't cut it even for a 7" screen.


    I don't know how your compressing your movies but a 700Mb xVid with good sound can hold almost a perfect picture. My 17" laptop screen shows no problems at all, and my big HDTV (50") that I connect to sometimes barely shows anything but a perfect picture. On the big TV, you can tell it's not HD, but it looks pretty damn good!

    I think the problem is how you encode it. You can encode for speed or for quality. Also you can do something (forget what it's called) but it encodes then goes back over it a few times to get the size real small without dropping any quality.

    If you go to some torrent sites and look at there movies, most are in xVid, and only about 650Mb to 900mb and they look great. Download one and see if it is just the way you compress it or what. I'm curious because if an xVid file is 1.5Gb, you might as well be using uncompressed avi!!!

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    I recently converted to using Nero's digital. It takes about 45minutes to encode a dvd down to 350mb using the cinema setting. I was using Dr. Divx but that took 7 hours on my POS PC. It's an mp4 format so it took some trial and error to get them to play in WMP but I finally got it.
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    I recommend you try it yourself Toaster. You seem to have overlooked the fact that I only use the AC3 sound tracks, which is often as large as 300mb or more. Your downloaded rips likely use low bitrate stereo mp3, which are much smaller of course. Your 700mb rip may look good, but the 1.4gb will look significantly better. Is it twice as good? No, but for many films, especially those that have a lot of dark scenes, it's a big difference, and can get rid of a lot of annoying artifacts. I always encode for quality, not speed, with multiple passes. And hard drive space is cheap.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster
    if an xVid file is 1.5Gb, you might as well be using uncompressed avi!!!
    Well, not that cheap! I hope you're joking.
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    I do the same,i try to keep the best sound track,if the dvd comes with ac3 5.1 thats i what i use ,i use xvid for video compression,and also i use torrents to get some movies,of course without breaking any law.

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