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drgrafix
Feb 3, 2011, 03:52 PM
Not looking for ripping software, just something that will take an existing Video_TS file and convert it to MP4 or MPG1. Is there such an animal? I know of iMedia for Mac but that's a complete package ripper.



simsaladimbamba
Feb 3, 2011, 04:04 PM
What about Handbrake?

How to backup/copy/rip video DVDs to your HDD and transcode them to another format. (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=825323&highlight=)

How-To: Automating DVD & Blu-Ray (Backup, Encoding & Tagging) for Mac OS X 10.6 (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=805573)


Btw, video DVDs store its contents in a VIDEO_TS folder, not file. And MPEG-1 is a very, very old codec, and less efficient than MPEG-2, which is the codec used for storing video on video DVDs.

drgrafix
Feb 3, 2011, 08:11 PM
What about Handbrake?

How to backup/copy/rip video DVDs to your HDD and transcode them to another format. (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=825323&highlight=)

How-To: Automating DVD & Blu-Ray (Backup, Encoding & Tagging) for Mac OS X 10.6 (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=805573)


Btw, video DVDs store its contents in a VIDEO_TS folder, not file. And MPEG-1 is a very, very old codec, and less efficient than MPEG-2, which is the codec used for storing video on video DVDs.

Thanks for the tips... I will definitely check them out. I am not looking for a tool that will compress video like Handbrake does. I want to take existing (compressed) Video_TS files and convert them 1:1 with no (additional) loss in quality to MP4 or as you have suggested... possibly MPEG-2 so they will be easily recognized and played with BOXEE.

simsaladimbamba
Feb 3, 2011, 08:19 PM
Thanks for the tips... I will definitely check them out. I am not looking for a tool that will compress video like Handbrake does. I want to take existing (compressed) Video_TS files and convert them 1:1 with no (additional) loss in quality to MP4 or as you have suggested... possibly MPEG-2 so they will be easily recognized and played with BOXEE.

I don't know if BOXEE can play MPEG-2 encoded video, maybe MRoogle (http://mroogle.edesignuk.com/) might help.
But as you mentioned MP4, or .mp4, which is a container/format for MPEG-4 encoded video, I though you were talking about transcoding, or compressing as you say.
MPEG-2 encoded video is already highly compressed, though inefficiently, as it is a very old codec compared to MPEG-4, and using Handbrake with the Apple TV preset will produce high quality .mp4 files, with no visible degradation and the files will be much smaller, as MPEG-4 is a much more efficient and advanced codec than MPEG-2 is.
But if you have no problem using the VIDEO_TS folders in BOXEE and if you have enough HDD capacity (up to 8GB per DVD), then transcoding the video might not be necessary.
But as transcoding via Handbrake would give you a much smaller file (1 to 2GB) with no visible quality loss, you could at least give it a try. Many people have done it successfully.

kuwisdelu
Feb 4, 2011, 01:47 AM
Thanks for the tips... I will definitely check them out. I am not looking for a tool that will compress video like Handbrake does. I want to take existing (compressed) Video_TS files and convert them 1:1 with no (additional) loss in quality to MP4 or as you have suggested... possibly MPEG-2 so they will be easily recognized and played with BOXEE.

Converting a Video_TS it to anything more usable will involve compressing it some. Seriously, use Handbrake and convert to H.264 in an mp4. Boxee will be fine with that. Handbrake won't compress it any more or less than anything else out there, and will probably do it better. Use the high profile preset, and I promise you won't notice any difference.

dynaflash
Feb 4, 2011, 12:24 PM
Converting a Video_TS it to anything more usable will involve compressing it some. Seriously, use Handbrake and convert to H.264 in an mp4. Boxee will be fine with that. Handbrake won't compress it any more or less than anything else out there, and will probably do it better. Use the high profile preset, and I promise you won't notice any difference.
Exactly, if your really worried for sd dvd source maybe bump the quaility slider up to 19.