How many of you collect movies?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by neonkru, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. neonkru macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2009
    Hi! I have some movies i like collecting. I've switched to mac with this new 27 imac i have have a lot of dvd movie collection. like 50, not that much but these are some. I would like to copy them to my HDD but i would like to encode them to h264 or mpeg4, something that doesn't lose quality. Space is not a problem. I just have 0% of knowledge how to do this and which software to use. My windows pcs were low specs so i was never able to do it. I only used dvd shrink but it didn't encode to h264 or any other format, just raw dvd format.

    I would like to encode the movie as well the subtitles.

    Thank you
  2. thleeal macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2009
    297 gigs of teh best movies ever. were talking everything from the usual suspects, to Aladdin, to dirty pretty things, some documentaries in there.

    i want a 27inch desperately, but i was also thinking of something like a projector to hook up to my 13 inch mbp.
  3. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    at 250 DVD's i sold them off and now rent when i want to watch something. once my son is older i'll start buying kids movies
  4. MrBrekke macrumors 6502


    Oct 1, 2009
    have a look at this site.
  5. Goldie009 macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2009
    All my DVD's exist at the moment on my computer in h.264 - Ipod resolution. Ironically, the quality is decent enough to watch fullscreen on the 27inch iMac without noticing too much. Perfect for my ipod on the train.

    If I want to watch them in higher quality I'll fire the DVD in. Personally Im after smaller filesizes though so quite happy to take them at lower res just now. When storage solutions like the drobo come down to a sensible price, I will invest in a big video box and store all my video in two formats - ipod and high quality.

    At the moment I have 191 movies / tv programmes. Taking up around 5.9 days of time if you watched them back to back and around 61.4 GB of space - which is pretty good IMHO. All's I need now is to sort out an automated flow from EyeTV Recording to Handbrake into the same movies folder and I'll be laughing!!
  6. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    3,000 DVDs/Blu-rays

    ...but then again, been a collector of
    film all my life and I run one of the largest
    DVD discussion forums on the Internet.

    Sadly, no urge to watch DVD on my iMac.
  7. spencers macrumors 68020


    Sep 20, 2004
  8. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    300 DVD's/blue rays and 1500 TV episodes all spread across 3 1TB drives and 1 2TB drive.
  9. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

    Jason Beck

    Oct 19, 2009
    Cedar City, Utah
    I just started collecting blu-ray. Love em. They're like crack.
  10. Gaijin de Moscu macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2006
    Ripit, in my experience, is a better, cheaper, and tidier alternative, which doesn't make you jump through hoops while bending over backwards just to 'gift' the developer.
  11. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    +1 for RipIt though admittedly I've never tried MTR. So far out of about 200 DVDs, RipIt couldn't rip one movie--very simple and straightforward.

    If space isn't an issue, you can just rip 'em and keep the files as is for viewing using iDVD on your iMac--each file would be about 5-8 GB, depending on the DVD. I personally encode them using Handbrake into h.264 mp4 files for viewing on :apple:TV or my iPhone--files are generally between 1-3 GB, again, depending on the movie/tv episode.

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