- Mar 30, 2008
How many of you will buy the movie from Apple Tv vs just buying a DVD that you can play in any DVD ? New Apple Tv owner checking in.
If iTunes offers widescreen and 5.1, I'll typically just buy it from iTunes for convenience. However, if it is something I really want and is available on Bluray (i.e. I'm willing to pay the additional cost for it), I'll pick it up at the store and encode an AppleTV-compatible file from it.How many of you will buy the movie from Apple Tv vs just buying a DVD that you can play in any DVD ? New Apple Tv owner checking in.
If you download, the movie gets copied up to your iTunes library, and is available then for use elsewhere, other than on your TV. Automatically, you get a low-res version for your iPhone too, which sits hidden in your iTunes library as iTunes will distribute the appropriate version to the appropriate device.Why download when you can have the actual disk and rip or watch it as needed.
I *think* I will too - at least for video. The whole point of ripping my DVDs was so that I could watch the content on any of my devices whenever I wanted without having to find the disc. Of course this has lead me to rip two copies of everything, which is annoying.I plan to move to all digital when my rip/conversion project is complete.
Back-ups are so KEY! I've had to restart after I lost about 800gbs of video files on my NAS (I kicked it when it was temporarily on the ground - stupid).1. Make backups
2. Call Apple
Up to this point I've been using my own DVDs, but that's because I'm working through DVDs I already own. I'm nearing the end of that so it will be interesting to see what happens.
I've tried out that MakeMKV app (or something like that, makemymkv? I can't remember off the top of my head, there's a long thread in this forum) with some blurays and they look REALLY good after converting with Handbrake.
I would LOVE to be able to get the movies/tv shows from iTunes because then they download automatically and add the information that I have to do manually.
I've done that a few times (purchased the BluRay, ripped it and then put in the pile with the DVDs.. but I don't even have a BluRay player). I think that it defeats the purpose of having everything on the AppleTV if you're still buying the discs and then storing them.
I think it's just going to take a change of mindset to get over NOT buying a physical copy. It's like, for me at least, a big mental barrier.
I much prefer (now) having "soft" copies of my movie collection on my Mac and thus available through numerous ATVs. Apart from anything else, it means that I don't have to have DVDs to hand, and those are now all boxed up.
Lately though, I have been buying movies through iTunes, and this works fine, especially as they give you a lower-res version for your iPhone/Touch too. The iTunes store remembers your purchases, so you can always recover purchased content if you lose it. iTunes content also comes pre-tagged, and much of the library is available in HD, which avoids the rather tedious process of ripping BluRay movies and is better quality than DVD.
The only downside of purchasing through the iTunes Store, as I see it, is that HD content is limited to 720p, whereas Blu Ray is full 1080p. Movies that I feel benefit from the full Blu Ray treatment I have purchased on disk, and I'll rip those to my Mac at some point in the future, if and when ATV can handle 1080p content.
You do know that the iPhone can play the maximum resolution you can get from a DVD (no matter what the official specs say on the Apple website), therefore you only need one copy.For the time being the "full" quality stuff is iTunes and the iPod/iPhone copy is just in folders. I have a separate library for my music (until I'm done all my ripping, then I'll merge them).
There have been a handful of titles released to the iTunes Store that have multiple soundtracks (main/commentary). There are also titles that have soft subtitles included. It really is out of Apple's control; they offer whatever the studio gives them.I'd love to go digital - DVDs take up so much space (if you have a big collection) and a file can actually be used in more places (phones, computers/laptops etc). Also, the itunes versions should be higher quality than DVD rips as they can encode from the master copy straight to H264 rather than going through MPEG2. Unfortunately DVDs offer multiple soundtracks, subtitles/trivia tracks, DTS audio and extras. Apple seem to be catching up with extras, but so far no multiple audio (ie English/Japanese/Commentary), no standard for DTS-in-m4v yet, no soft subtitles and not all the extras (surely there could be a link to the HD trailers that Apple typically hosts)?
With HD, I'll stick with BluRay for now.
Likewise for music, when iTunes starts selling iTunes LP with ALAC files I'll start buying digital.
Which movies? How could I tell?There have been a handful of titles released to the iTunes Store that have multiple soundtracks (main/commentary). There are also titles that have soft subtitles included. It really is out of Apple's control; they offer whatever the studio gives them.
I use the AppleTV present and bump up the constant quality setting to like 65 I think. I've also tried limiting the file size so that the average bit-rate is around 4000kbps and that works too. The resolution is set to whatever x 720 (I think you're right with 1280)What profile are you using in Handbrake to convert the 1080 mkv file to? I would imagine Apple TV, then do you just adjust the rest to 1280x whatever?
I think I trie one once and on my Core Duo took like 5 hours to encode, whats your average time?