[QUOTE=ejmccalla;2039920]I thought about that too. Thing is though, I did 4 compressions, at 4 different levels, and found 1 that I was satisfied with. BTW, I did this testing on a 57"er.
I’m not a huge audio/video-phile. Fact is, my eyes and ears just aren’t that good, and neither is my pallete for that matter.
Also, compression makes sense to each person individually. If comression didn’t make sense, then why did mp3’s take off like they did?[/QUOTE]
OK - well try the generic xvid + audiocopy option to preserve multi channel sound & use high quality video settings - others here have suggested video bit rates of 1500.
mp3 took off back in the daya when disc space was expensive and a collection of 5000 music files came close to filling your hard drive!
I’ve re-ripped all the stuff I did at 128k mp3, to use 192k variable instead - I abandoned a plan to move to mp4a instead as mp3 has wonderful compatibility with all other software.
but it seems to me that if you use surround sound you could spend 100 hours compressing 100 movies, compared with just buyng a 500gb external drive & putting 100 main movies onto that in DVD format. in about 1/4 of the time.
with the latter solution you don’t have to worry about whether you ripped the audio correctly or whether you optimised the audio volume ( which seems to need setting differently for some movies)
It’s not just about audio & video quality - it’s about retaining all of the DVD playback controls - freeze, zoom, slow, fast, angle, subttitle etc and being able to use a remote with your PC to control all of that.