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Converting DVD Rips to MB3 and Extender Friendly Formats


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I currently have all of my DVDs backed up using SlySoft.  They are in the multi-file format where you get a video-TS and audio folder, and multiple VOB files.  Every movie is structured into a seperate folder and boxsets in their folder, just like MB3 recomends.

 

I have challenges playing these files in Media Browser.  FFWD and chapter selecting lock up my system.   I'm thinking it would be best to convert to a one-file format, but I would like advice on the best technique, tools, and format before investing a bunch of time into the conversion. 

 

Here are my wants...

-Play 5.1 sound

-Play forced subtitles (foreign language on English films)

-Fast Forward and chapter skip

-Works on HTPC, XBox 360 Extender, Media Browser Theater, and upcoming Windows 8.1 client app

-Original lossless DVD quality

-Don't necessarily need bluray or 3D

 

I've messed with HandBrake, so I get the basics, but tend to get lost in the details.  I'm looking for a straightforward tool.  I'd like to be able to batch process. 

 

Any thoughts?

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MakeMKV - though not sure whether there is a batch process. If you are using MBTheatre, the challenges surround no support for DVD playback - yet.

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I use handbrake (version 0.9.9.5530 64 bit) with great success for DVD's. I convert them to .mp4 and play them on my main htpc and xbox extenders with out issue.

Here is the profile I use .

 just copy and paste the code below into notepad and click save as, then select all files and name it   DVD.plist , then import it into handbrake and try it out.

 

           For the audio (this profile should select them automatically) if not...after a movie is loaded under the audio tab under source I select  "english (AC3) (5.1)",  codec "AAC (facc) then mixdown to dolby prologic II . then I add a track and chose  "english (AC3) (5.1)" codec AC3 passthrough.

 

           .Also regarding forced subtitles (this part is manual)..., in handbrake after a movie is loaded, click the subtitle tab and at the drop down menu for source,  select "foreign audio scan" then check "forced only" and "burn in" . This will  burn in the non-english subtitle into the movie.

        This method results in a minuscule amount of quality loss while the resuling file is much smaller than original and can play on just about any device. You do lose "true" fast forward and rewind, but it is not that bad.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist>
  <array>
    <dict>
      <key>AudioList</key>
      <array>
        <dict>
          <key>AudioBitrate</key>
          <string>160</string>
          <key>AudioEncoder</key>
          <string>AAC (faac)</string>
          <key>AudioMixdown</key>
          <string>Dolby Pro Logic II</string>
          <key>AudioSamplerate</key>
          <string>Auto</string>
          <key>AudioTrack</key>
          <integer>1</integer>
          <key>AudioTrackDRCSlider</key>
          <real>0</real>
          <key>AudioTrackDescription</key>
          <string>Unknown</string>
          <key>AudioTrackGainSlider</key>
          <real>0</real>
        </dict>
        <dict>
          <key>AudioBitrate</key>
          <string>160</string>
          <key>AudioEncoder</key>
          <string>AC3 Passthru</string>
          <key>AudioMixdown</key>
          <string>Dolby Pro Logic II</string>
          <key>AudioSamplerate</key>
          <string>48</string>
          <key>AudioTrack</key>
          <integer>1</integer>
          <key>AudioTrackDRCSlider</key>
          <real>0</real>
          <key>AudioTrackDescription</key>
          <string>Unknown</string>
          <key>AudioTrackGainSlider</key>
          <real>0</real>
        </dict>
      </array>
      <key>AudioAllowAACPass</key>
      <integer>1</integer>
      <key>AudioAllowAC3Pass</key>
      <integer>1</integer>
      <key>AudioAllowDTSHDPass</key>
      <integer>1</integer>
      <key>AudioAllowDTSPass</key>
      <integer>1</integer>
      <key>AudioAllowMP3Pass</key>
      <integer>1</integer>
      <key>AudioEncoderFallback</key>
      <string>AC3 (ffmpeg)</string>
      <key>ChapterMarkers</key>
      <integer>1</integer>
      <key>Default</key>
      <integer>0</integer>
      <key>FileFormat</key>
      <string>MP4 file</string>
      <key>Folder</key>
      <false />
      <key>Mp4HttpOptimize</key>
      <integer>0</integer>
      <key>Mp4LargeFile</key>
      <integer>1</integer>
      <key>Mp4iPodCompatible</key>
      <integer>0</integer>
      <key>PictureAutoCrop</key>
      <integer>1</integer>
      <key>PictureBottomCrop</key>
      <integer>62</integer>
      <key>PictureDeblock</key>
      <integer>4</integer>
      <key>PictureDecomb</key>
      <integer>2</integer>
      <key>PictureDecombCustom</key>
      <string />
      <key>PictureDecombDeinterlace</key>
      <integer>0</integer>
      <key>PictureDeinterlace</key>
      <integer>0</integer>
      <key>PictureDeinterlaceCustom</key>
      <string />
      <key>PictureDenoise</key>
      <integer>0</integer>
      <key>PictureDenoiseCustom</key>
      <string />
      <key>PictureDetelecine</key>
      <integer>2</integer>
      <key>PictureDetelecineCustom</key>
      <string />
      <key>PictureHeight</key>
      <integer>0</integer>
      <key>PictureKeepRatio</key>
      <integer>1</integer>
      <key>PictureLeftCrop</key>
      <integer>0</integer>
      <key>PictureModulus</key>
      <integer>16</integer>
      <key>PicturePAR</key>
      <integer>1</integer>
      <key>PictureRightCrop</key>
      <integer>0</integer>
      <key>PictureTopCrop</key>
      <integer>58</integer>
      <key>PictureWidth</key>
      <integer>0</integer>
      <key>PresetBuildNumber</key>
      <string>2013052900</string>
      <key>PresetDescription</key>
      <string>No Description</string>
      <key>PresetName</key>
      <string>DVD</string>
      <key>Type</key>
      <integer>1</integer>
      <key>UsesMaxPictureSettings</key>
      <integer>0</integer>
      <key>UsesPictureFilters</key>
      <integer>1</integer>
      <key>UsesPictureSettings</key>
      <integer>2</integer>
      <key>VideoAvgBitrate</key>
      <string />
      <key>VideoEncoder</key>
      <string>H.264 (x264)</string>
      <key>VideoFramerate</key>
      <string>Same as source</string>
      <key>VideoFramerateMode</key>
      <string>cfr</string>
      <key>VideoGrayScale</key>
      <integer>0</integer>
      <key>VideoQualitySlider</key>
      <real>19</real>
      <key>h264Level</key>
      <string>4.1</string>
      <key>x264OptionExtra</key>
      <string />
      <key>x264Preset</key>
      <string>medium</string>
      <key>h264Profile</key>
      <string>high</string>
      <key>x264Tune</key>
      <string>none</string>
      <key>x264UseAdvancedOptions</key>
      <integer>0</integer>
      <key>VideoQualityType</key>
      <integer>2</integer>
      <key>VideoTargetSize</key>
      <string />
      <key>VideoTurboTwoPass</key>
      <integer>0</integer>
      <key>VideoTwoPass</key>
      <integer>0</integer>
      <key>x264Option</key>
      <string />
    </dict>
  </array>
</plist>
Edited by JAJ
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First off, rip it in mp4 format and use AAC 5.1 audio. For software try xmedia recode. It can batch process and burn in subtitles or include them in the mp4 as a separate stream..

 

As to using the original video quality: with the current h.264 compression, you will not be able to tell the difference.

 

What I suggest, set up xmedia recode to output the file to the same Directory as the movie (source directory).

 

there is not much on support for xmedia recode, but it is straight forward to use..and it is free.. it even comes with a bunch of presets including Xbox..

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