Quality of the playback experience -- hmmm. Do you think I should consider that too at some point?
I tripped across something that sounds good but I don't know if it's "for real", so I'd be grateful for any insight you have with regards to it.
Ever heard of the "Combined Community Codec Pack" (CCCP)? Is it one of those things that sounds good in theory but is a bitch to pull off in real life, or what?
I guess that if I only wanted to play my backup DVDs on my own machine, I could pretty much pick whatever open format / matching codec offered the best balance of speed and compression and quality, assuming that the player software didn't get abandoned ...
I already have PowerDVD (and other options), but if there were something lite, fast, dependency free but still more full featured than the default dvdplay, I might be interested in that also.
I also have the option of watching standard MPEG files with the Hauppauge PVR-350, which sports hardware acceleration for (external) playback, but with all this other software in the mix I can't say that I know how best to make use of this capability.
I have to stop for a bit as my head is spinning again from all the options.
Many thanks for those earlier recommendations!