Best thing to encode (re-encode) things into?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Gav, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. Gav macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2007
    I have a vast array of video files with different resolutions and codecs.

    They go from 320x240 right up to 1080p, from Mono to 5.1/7.1 Sound

    Thing is, they are encoded in everything from DivX to MKV...

    What I want to do before I get rid of my* Octo Mac Pro (8x3.0Ghz, 16GB Ram - Getting rid of it due to financial burden!!) is encode them into one standard, that can be played back on everything easily. Storage is not an issue.

    What should I put them into, and using what? Also, for future DVDs/Blu-Ray discs, what program should I use to rip from them in high quality...?

    Many thanks,


    Everything = OS 9, OS 10, 2000, XP & Vista Natively. :apple: TV, PS3, XBOX 360, Media Streaming things and more...

    *friends of the family's Mac Pro. Bit out of my price league :p
  2. Texas04 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2005
    Played back on everything? Such as DVD players and VCD? or Windows Meida, DIVX, Quicktime...

    I think that the better question might be what will last the longest. And what kind of computer you will be replacing your machine with.

    Personally I would do DVD's for everything or put everything on an External HD and encode it all into h.264 format as high quality as you can get.
  3. Gav thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2007
    By everything I meant device wise.

    I try not to use DVD, Blu-Ray or HD-DVD discs if I can help it.

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