A friend and I want to put all our DVDs on on our external hard drives. Our current method has been just to use Handbrake to encode in AppleTV quality straight from the DVD, one at a time. I suggested to him that maybe we should just rip each VIDEO_TS file so that we have the original DVD on the computer. Here are my reasons for this: 1. Doesn't over-work the optical drive as much. 2. True DVD quality is preserved. 3. Encoding from DVD requires you to be there to restart the process for each DVD. With them all on a hard drive, I can encode 20 movies for an iPod by setting up a Queue and walking away for 24 hours. 4. Down the line if you want to encode in another format, its really easy because you still have the original VIDEO_TS file on your hard drive. These are the reasons he wasn't so hot on the idea: 1. He isn't worried about overworking his optical drive. 2. He thinks we are just gonna end up converting them all to mp4's anyway, so this puts in an extra step. 3. Apparently he says its easy enough to convert an AppleTV formatted mp4 to iPod. No reason to revert back to VIDEO_TS file to do it again. 4. The VIDEO_TS files are about 3x the size of the Apple TV encoded mp4, so this takes up way too much space. We are both very new to this, so if someone that is a little more experienced has some advice, I'd love to heard it. Thanks!