Thinking about getting apple tv question about ripping dvds

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  1. Johntomk macrumors newbie

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    I am thinking about buying an Apple TV. I am wondering if I can rip my dvd's and put them on there? Also, can i store them on a timecapsule and just access them from that? Any suggestions on ripping software? Have Macbook pro.
     
  2. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    Yes, you can rip DVD's (use handbreak with the :apple:TV presets) don't know about time capsule (I would assume yes). I use AirDisk to store my media on an external drive hooked to my AEBS.

    P.S. That font is very annoying... ;)
     
  3. spice weasel macrumors 65816

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    As Dan said, use HandBrake to transcode DVDs to h.264. You might want to use a ripper (like Mac the Ripper) to line up a bunch of DVDs and them run them through HandBrake overnight.

    You can use Time Capsule to store your media library, but you will need to have your computer on and iTunes running for any media you want to stream. Anything you sync to the ATV you can access without needing to have iTunes running.
     
  4. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

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    After ripping and converting, what is the quality like?
     
  5. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    720 for the :apple:TV :eek:

    It looks plenty good, but I can't wait until its true 1080! :cool:
     
  6. MacStew macrumors member

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    The OP is asking about DVD ripping - you wouldn't transcode a DVD to 720p, no point.
     
  7. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    Umm...Wasn't the OP asking about the :apple:TV? As far as I know it can only playback at 720 quality. I suppose he could store other copies of higher quality rips but, as of now, the max the :apple:TV can display is 720, right? :confused:
     
  8. spice weasel macrumors 65816

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    The OP was asking what the quality of ripped DVDs is like. As said, they are upscaled 480p, and, if using the Apple TV preset in HandBrake, the picture quality is pretty much the same as the source DVD. On my 37" LCD and to my eyes, ripped DVDs look the same as if I play them on my upscaling DVD player.
     
  9. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 1.5TB HDD hooked up to my Mac mini which is then connected via ethernet to my Airport Extreme base station. I add movies/tv shows/music to my iTunes library which then streams it over the network to the Apple TV in the living room.

    As long as iTunes can see the media (and its in the right format) then you should be able to stream it to your Apple TV

    I usually encode (via Handbrake) at about 3000KBit/s in H.264, double pass, and drop the audio down from 160KBit to 128, at 41,000Hz. This only slightly reduces the audio quality, and the video quality is good. I chose to do it into H.264 MP4 as dark scenes had a bit too much noise.

    pac
     
  10. spice weasel macrumors 65816

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    Why not just use the constant quality slider? I don't understand why you waste file space encoding at 3000kbps for video, but then drop the audio quality. This makes no sense to me.

    Just use the ATV preset, and maybe slide the quality up to 61%. You'll get a great looking encode, 5.1 AC3 passthru, and it will still be a smaller file than your 3K/128kpbs AAC encodes.
     
  11. dynaflash macrumors 68020

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    have to agree fwiw. 3000 kbps video using x264 on a sd dvd is way high unless you have some *very* grainy and complex footage. Just my .02.
     

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