Entertainment 2.0-Episode 49: Rippin’ It Up!

Oct 16, 2009 by

Ent20logo2 We’re finally back after a one week hiatus and hopefully it’ll be the last one we take for awhile.  We hope no one missed us too much.  This week we start off by running through the comments, questions and emails from the last show.  Thanks again for all of your feedback!

Once we get through the weekly stuff, it’s on to this week’s topic:  ripping and encoding DVDs.  You’ll find links for all of the software we discuss down below in the show notes.  Much like everything else with HTPCs and Media Center, there’s no one way to do things and certainly no single right way.  We try and give you all the info you need to get your collection viewable on your Media Center machine and your extenders.

Thanks again to everyone for writing in and calling.  We wouldn’t have a show without you.

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  • http://chaocracy.com/blogs/ogre/default.aspx Ogre

    Here's the ToDVRMS blog post:

    http://chaocracy.com/blogs/ogre/archive/2009/09

  • Andy S

    To the person wanting to build a quite/powerful PC for 7MC under $1500:

    This summer, I built a quite PC for around $600-$650 before adding tuner costs and OS license (since I was running Win 7 RC).

    Intel P8500
    Nvidia 9300 based motherboard (includes onboard GPU with HD vid acceleration and audio out over HDMI)
    4 GB Ram
    1.5 TB HD
    System Drive (just reused from the stack I have laying around)
    Antec NSK2480 case with included quite 380w PSU ( bought on sale for cheap)
    Scythe Mini Ninja HSF (run fanless)
    3 Scythe fans run undervoltage to keep them slow and quite)

    This all runs very quitely and I've rarely ever seen CPU hit 50% usage. I have 2 clear QAM, 2 ATSC (HDHomeRun), and 1 analog tuner.

  • zeeke

    Hi guys,

    I think you might have saved me from prematurely going bold. I installed Make MKV today and it works like a charm for DVDs. I love the fact that it keeps the video stream intact and only makes an .mkv out of it. This I how I already rip my Blurays, straight copy of the video and audio and then the subs I need. It does take four steps though (AnyDVD HD + tsMuxer + suprip + mkvmerge) and with a bit of luck I can use Make MKV for all of that.

    Great show, and congrats to the MVP status!
    zeeke

    PS. Im sorry I called your show “Entertainment 0.9 beta” the other week, by now you are definitively up to RC :)

  • murphyr64

    HAHA!!!

    Great show guys as always. Thanks again for the D-Link extender. I haven't posted in a while since I recently changed jobs and moved. Josh, that's exactly what I had tried to do a couple months ago but never figure out how to get DVRMSTB to work right, I'm pretty sure I didn't set it up right. A tutorial would be great. And Adam is right… while you're at it you may as well just make a new profile to simplify the whole process.
    Look forward to the next show, as always.

  • danitman

    Shouldn't this be 8:00pm EDT since we are still observing Daylight Savings?

  • Alton

    Sorry guys I'm not sure I'm excited about you guys being MVP's. It seems going forward that it would make you less likely to question or be critical of M$. As a MVP don't you have a responsibility to now represent them? Also doesn't this also mean you can't really speculate on Media Center stuff any more? As you said since you will be given early access to M$ stuff you won't be able to speculate or talk about rumors.

    Hopefully I'm wrong, but this worries me that we will even see less objectivity on the show and have something like Ian's podcast which is at times a M$ commercial…

    Thanks
    Alton

  • SoylentGreenIP

    I don't know why you guys cap on TV Pack so much. I have used it ever since I went from MCE 2005 to Vista. The only problems I had with it was a guide update problem(MS problem) and one of the KB updates that ended with the # 615(cannot remember). I only get my TV from OTA and when I changed to Vista I installed TV Pack to get sub-channels since Vista or MCE 2005 did not get them. I am now on Windows 7 and it works just fine.

  • Alton

    I'm with you on TV Pack, it wasn't stable for me but it was never released to the public, it was only sent to the OEM's(That got leaked) and people talk about like it was a windows update…

  • mark1234

    Anyone else get the irony of Josh suggesting that someone buy a bigger hard disk?

  • Alton

    Sorry guys I'm not sure I'm excited about you guys being MVP's. It seems going forward that it would make you less likely to question or be critical of M$. As a MVP don't you have a responsibility to now represent them? Also doesn't this also mean you can't really speculate on Media Center stuff any more? As you said since you will be given early access to M$ stuff you won't be able to speculate or talk about rumors.

    Hopefully I'm wrong, but this worries me that we will even see less objectivity on the show and have something like Ian's podcast which is at times a M$ commercial…

    Thanks
    Alton

  • SoylentGreenIP

    I don't know why you guys cap on TV Pack so much. I have used it ever since I went from MCE 2005 to Vista. The only problems I had with it was a guide update problem(MS problem) and one of the KB updates that ended with the # 615(cannot remember). I only get my TV from OTA and when I changed to Vista I installed TV Pack to get sub-channels since Vista or MCE 2005 did not get them. I am now on Windows 7 and it works just fine.

  • Alton

    I'm with you on TV Pack, it wasn't stable for me but it was never released to the public, it was only sent to the OEM's(That got leaked) and people talk about like it was a windows update…

  • mark1234

    Anyone else get the irony of Josh suggesting that someone buy a bigger hard disk?