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Poll – Movie Collection File Formats

Poll - Movie Collection File FormatsOne of the great things about having a home theater PC is the ability to store all of your movies, be they DVDs or Blu-ray discs, onto the computer’s hard drive. That way you never need to hunt for the disc for the movie you want to watch. If you have small children, or just irresponsible grown-ups, you don’t have to worry about the discs being scratched either. There are so many options when it comes to ripping your movie collection though, so we would like to know what file format you primarily use for your movies? Many of us use more than, so just pick the option that the majority of your collection uses. Also, if we left any options out leave us a comment and we’ll add it.

Which file format do you primarily use for your ripped movie collection?

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    Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.

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Josh Pollard

Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.

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  •  I am all about the m2ts. I convert from mkv and convert the dts audio to ac3. This works well for me because it just works inside of WMC and there is nothing to worry about even on the Revo. It takes some time, but it isn’t too bad at all. I hope to automate the process in the future.

  • I”ve actually begun doing the same thing. I had to vote for WTV though as that’s what I originally ripped most of my content into. For all new things though I’m “converting” to m2ts also. Since its just a container swap for straight rips using MakeMKV the process only takes a few minutes typically. 

  •  I’ll probably end up doing something similar. Right now I use MakeMKV to rip my movies to MKV and usually leave it at that.

  •  I’ll probably end up doing something similar. Right now I use MakeMKV to rip my movies to MKV and usually leave it at that.

  • I use folders if I’m keeping the entire disc structure (Both DVD or BD), and MKV if I’m not.

    Folders are better than ISO for discs IMO because it’s one less step from Media Browser and My Movies, and both Power DVD 11 and TMT 3/5 support it. So does the Media Center Movie Library for DVDs.

    I don’t like WTV because it doesn’t support DTS. M2TS would be fine, but its not as flexible as MKV is. Its not gonna give me the level of subtitle and chapter support I’m looking for.