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vuduimaging commented on 12 Mar 2009
I ripped about 20 DVDs with RipIt last week on my 15" 2008 MacBook Pro. I ripped another 20 DVDs on my 24" iMac with FastDVDCopy. I found that most of the RipIt VIDEO_TS files had problems (read errors) in Toast 10 whereas the RIPs from FastDVDCopy did not have problems. Tons of wasted time! Now I am ripping the same DVDs all in FastDVDCopy and they are working fine with Toast 10. (And yes I was using the latest 1.2.3 version of RipIt.) FastDVDCopy may be way more expensive but results do matter.
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vuduimaging commented on 21 May 2008
I bought the Turbo.264 from ElGato and WAS very excited about it. But once I recently encoded a movie using Handbrake I will NOT go back to Turbo.264. Handbrake video quality is MUCH better than what comes out of this ElGato hardware/software combination.
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vuduimaging replied on 22 May 2008

vuduimaging replied on 22 May 2008
I absolutely LOVE the idea of having a hardware encoding module and that's why I initially bought it. Now in my experience I tried setting the setting to the highest possible and was getting about a 1.25GB to 2GB file from Turbo.264. Once I used Handbrake and compared the two outputs I could see what they where talking about in those forums. Although I have to admit in using Handbrake I could easily set the target file size (which I set at 3000MB). So in Handbrake I am getting 2.93GB files.

I never did a (for example) 2GB vs. 2GB side by side test.

Also a 3GB H.264 final file is good with me file size-wise. I could get about 635 movies onto one 2TB hard drive and all the movie be awesome quality. NICE!

I wanted to be able to get a bigger file size out of Turbo.264 but couldn't figure out how to get there. Maybe if it was possible to set a target file size (and that being 1GB larger than I could get) than the clarity would be better. But I just couldn't find a setting in the software to do that. Handbrake does take longer for certain though.

And another thing... I have an AppleTV and a 52" 1080p LCD TV. I am very impressed that I am encoding a SD movie (from DVD) and playing it on my 1080p and getting the results I am. I was looking through samples last night and viewing I AM LEGEND. There were parts where I could see all the pours on Will Smith's face. So I am NOT worried at all about going from SD DVD movies to a 1080p HD TV after seeing what I saw. In the beginning I did not think I would be getting that good results.

So... it would be nice to see them add TARGET FILE SIZE to the Turbo.264 software. Then I would love to try it again.

The issue is I have about 800 DVD movies that I am wanting to convert down to H.264. And yes it is going to be an ongoing project.

But it is so cool (and has been my plan for along time) to be able to sit down on my couch and simply scroll through my TV screen and hit play for any movie I own and it just starts right up.

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