My goal is to quit using the xvid or VOB options for video clips in favour of H264 in order to get better quality than the same sized Xvid file.
I use this mostly to extract single songs from music DVDs. or single demos from music tuition DVDs so that I can create custom playlists using content from many different DVDs.
The original DVDs can then be put in storage, just in case I accidentally delete the rips or suffer a hard drive failure.
I don’t have surround sound but I prefer the audiocopy rip options which preserve the orginal sound source, tha’s less hassle than having to set the MP3 bit rate to match each different DVD - as some are 192, some are 224, some are 256…I
Ideally I want picture quality to look as good as the original when viewed on a 22 inch widescreen monitor ( 1680x1050) or a 32 inch tv (running at 1360x768. resolution).
My sources are PAL dvd - some at 4x3, some at 16x9.
from the comments so far, it seems that I only need consider the .avi option, as .mkv offers no extra benefit & is arguably buggy.
I do know how to do vob passthru but from what I’ve read elasewhere, I should get equivalent picture quality from H264 with half the file size of VOB ?
File size is not a big issue for me, but why waste disc space if H264 can do the job more efficiently than VOB ?