I have read parts of clayj's sticky'd thread on DVD to video iPod using MTR and Handbrake, and it is over 12 pages now and still growing which makes it sometimes more confusing. So I thought I would try to get some general ?s answered. I have a refurb 1.66 Core Duo Mini that I just picked up and plan on upgrading that to a 2.33 24" iMac in the spring when Leopard and iTV are both out. I am trying to back up my DVDs as well as get some idea for the coming iTV, and I realize that there is no concrete data on it yet. I have Ripped several DVDs straight through Handbrake using MPEG-4 Video setting the avg. bitrate at 2000, the Audio at 48000hz and 160kbps. On picture settings I have kept the video at source width x max height. I did this because I don't have a video iPod. 1. clayj says that the resolution shoud not exceed 230,500 total pixels. To do this you must set it at 640 x (corresponding height) to not exceed that limit. I am assuming that is for iPod viewing since I was able to rip at full res and play the videos through Front Row. Has this changed at all since new tvshows from ITMS have 640 not 320 res? 2. does anyone have a guess at the optimal settings to rip for tv playback that would be equal to actually playing the DVD? 3. if I use MTR to extract the DVD, I can open it using DVD player. Is there anyway to play it through the Videos part of Front Row, another app that will recognize the folder or a way for QT to recognize it through Front Row? Or is that needlessly making the file too large? 4. Some movies that I have ripped play full widescreen in Front Row, while others have small black bars on the left and right side, any idea as to why? If I play those movies in QT and use the dashboard widget to play QT fullscreen, those bars aren't there, only in front row. Actually I like QT full screen better because I get better mouse activated controls, but obviously the remote and Front Row Menus are more convenient. 5. Will Toast 7/Popcorn burn any movie extracted by MTR or are there still encryption issues? I would like to backup my library to preserve the original discs. The movies I have ripped through Handbrake look pretty good on my 19" CRT, sometimes blacks get a little blocky, but it is set to 1280x1024 or 1600x1200 res, so I would expect that at full screen, though I would expect it to play better on my 42" DLP. Haven't hooked up the mini directly yet. Again, thanks to clayj for his instructions.