Thanks for taking the time to look at this.
I am trying to wrap my head around what i think is a profound fundamental of backing up my Library.
Without going into (too) long a story i spend half my year in London and the other half in Africa on Lake Tanganyika. Here in London i never have enough time to get what i need to do done. By the lake i have so much idle time it gets VERY boring after a few weeks with nothiing to do.
I very much want to learn as much as possible about authoring DVD's and backing up my DVD's the best way possible. I very much like the ideas behind the big 3 method but have no time here in London to sit and study it. I am using Dvd clone right now and that will do for now but for long term i want to backup everything i have using the big 3 as i am a pedantic annal retentive obssive compulisve freak. O.k maybe thats a bit harsh but i just want the best possible backup quality i can get "without buying another copy". I see learning the big 3 as a bonus even after dual layer is widely available as you can still re-encode TWO moives to one dual layer disc to make maximum use of the disc and save space problems carrying disc around etc.
So - and this is the crux of it - what is the best way to store a rip of an original disc . That is rip the orig disc and then store EVERYTHING unchanged. In this way when i get out by the lake again with lots of time i can sit and play with the big 3 till my hearts content and re-encode my library to the best quailty currently possible (for re-encoding that is) With the orig rip stored with all assets inplace i can choose what to keep or discard, where as if i chop all the extras and stuff out now i loose the chance to encode with different options later, when i have time later on i may decide i want that French audio track to share with one of my Congo buddies that drop in from time to time ( i live very close to the Congo border). If i do it now here in London i would have to take a lot of stuff out to keep the movie quality up etc etc.
So how to store the ripped movie in its entire complete form ?
I was thniking to simply rip and RAR over a spanned volume set. Problem is i need two discs for every movie. The follow on problem to that here is mostly cost. In other sections of freaks i have posted a question on lonegivity of discs. It seems if i use a cheapie disc it wont last long. If i go for TY or MCC its going to cost Â£2.00 per movie ( ie need 2 disc's to be able to store all assets on 4.3 gig media)to be able to store everything from an orig disc. (x 1500 disc = BIG BUCKS) If i copy all the assets to bulkpaq orange i can do it for .76 pence per 2 disc backup almost 2/3 of the price OFF compared to TY. However the feeling i am getting is the bulkpaq's wont be readable after long ? No use backing up assets to find when i need to do a rip with a certain soundtrack etc its no longer readable.........
Another idea which is more expensive is store the movies on hard disk. A 160 gig drive is down around Â£60.00 now but that still makes it about Â£3.00 per movie to store which is more then DVD but at least you have an asset that can be used for other tasks ( ie LOTS of hard drives) and that is a MAJOR hassle to get around with......( would be a funny sight though to see a westerner wondering through the bush with a back pack, rifle and 20 hard drives heheehe)
anyone got any suggestions.......
I have been playing around with Win RAR but it does't compress an mpeg2 file much , i guess because Mpeg is already a compressed form......so i cant compress the assets down to one disk and i dont want to re-encode here in London.....
ahh life sucks.... maybe i should just "buy another one"
is this the longest post on freaks ever ?