Video_TS, .iso, or .mp4??

arcticmonkey227

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i have a large collection of my DVD's on a harddrive in video_ts folders.
I'm finding it difficult to play them as versatilely as i had hoped (doesn't really work in anything but DVD player and VLC)

Is there any benefit in me changing my collection into either .iso image files or .mp4? I would like minimal loss in quality
 

motulist

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What the heck do you want to do with them besides play them in a video player?
 

arcticmonkey227

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hahah sorry i didnt explain myself
i was looking to either use them in a front row like interface, work with an apple tv, etc.
 

Texas04

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Texas
hahah sorry i didnt explain myself
i was looking to either use them in a front row like interface, work with an apple tv, etc.
An .mp4 would be best for AppleTV, the settings according to Hand-Brake are as follows...

MP4 File with h.264 video and AAC audio,
Average bit-rate is 2500
With an Anamorphic Output of 853X456 (for widescreen movies)
 

motulist

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I heard that you can trick front row into playing other formats than it officially plays. I don't know the details, but a little searching should reveal the info of what can be done and how to do it.
 

arcticmonkey227

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i found this applet called DVD assist that tricks front row into opening video_ts folders through the DVD player. Still, looking forward, will DVD's or mp4's be the predominant format? I'd like to keep the highest quality possible, but if everyone ditches DVD for mp4, id probably follow



lastly, is there any value in keeping movies in a .iso format?
 

motulist

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The highest quality will always be the original format. Reformatting will always, as a rule, reduce quality. So the actual video_ts ripped off of the dvd will be as high quality as it'll ever get. So just save everything as the direct video_ts until such time as there's some reason to re encode it into another format.
 

motulist

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any idea when [the need to re encode from a video_ts into another format] might be?
Not for at least 10 years. DVD format isn't going anywhere. In fact the ability to playback video_ts folders directly is only increasing, not decreasing.