In your movie "processes" what software do you use?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by DQ, May 10, 2021.

  1. DQ

    DQ Well-Known Member

    I thought it might be fun to start a chat to see what software everyone uses, especially those that you use to augment your main programs.

    Here are mine:

    AnyDVD
    CloneBD
    HandBrake
    MediaInfo
    Eric's Movie Database
    AnyStream
    Plex
    Tautulli
     
  2. James

    James Redfox Development Team Staff Member

    AnyDVD
    CloneBD
    Virtual CloneDrive
    AnyStream
    mkvtoolnix
    Kodi
    DVD profiler (oh, well...)
     
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  3. Watcher0363

    Watcher0363 Well-Known Member

    AnyDVD
    Anystream
    DVDshrink --The most boss copying software ever.
    ImgBurn
    Clonedvd
    Kodi
    EMDB-- Because it generates one hell of a html page that I can use, when out on dvd hunts.
     
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  4. whatever_gong82

    whatever_gong82 Well-Known Member

    AnyDVD
    CloneCD (still useful)
    CloneDVD2
    CloneBD
    DVDShrink - still useful all these years
    Virtual Clone Drive
    ImgBurn
    mkvtoolnix
    AnyStream
    Handbrake
    VSO software - not as good as Redfox, but still useful.
    BD-Rebuilder - I don't use it nearly as much since I got CloneBD, but it's still good.
    MediaInfo - I'm still learning about this useful tool.

    :)
     
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  5. testiles

    testiles Well-Known Member

    AnyDVD
    CloneDVD
    CloneBD
    AnyStream
    VCD
    PDVD
    JRiver
    MediaInfo
    sometimes My Movies for cover art
    and scripts that I've setup to use...
    LibreDrive
    ImgBurn

    Also my own homemade media inventory and distribution system (similar to Plex) :=)


    T
     
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  6. whatever_gong82

    whatever_gong82 Well-Known Member

    I forgot that I also have JRiver and LibreDrive as well!

    :)
     
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  7. testiles

    testiles Well-Known Member

    LOL!

    Yeah, I use both regularly.

    Actually, I use LibreDrive via makeMKV, which I forgot to list.


    I see you have CloneCD.

    I do too but didn't include it because I rarely use it now.

    I can use ImgBurn to make CD backups and AnyDVD handles DVD backups for me just fine (there was a time I used CloneCD for that too if I'm remembering correctly).

    Does it have another use I'm missing out on?



    T
     
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  8. DQ

    DQ Well-Known Member

    Love me some EMDB! I actually donated to him given how useful and well supported that software is. And it's the only way I can know what's in my collection and what format I have it in.
     
  9. DQ

    DQ Well-Known Member

    Great info in this thread, this is what I was hoping to see ;)
     
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  10. whatever_gong82

    whatever_gong82 Well-Known Member

    You can sometimes use it to help copy a damaged unencrypted disc that AnyDVD would struggle with.
     
  11. testiles

    testiles Well-Known Member

    Ah, cool!

    I'll keep that in mind!



    T
     
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  12. Steven Young

    Steven Young Member

    I'd like to know what everyone's best practices are for storage and quality. I was ripping all of my DVDs and BluRays to .iso for a long time. I now have everything in boxes in the garage and a lot of hard drives. I was using Power DVD for my mounted images, but they keep messing with the way the movies play, so I've been ripping to .mkv (MakeMKV) and playing with VLC Player, which works way better, but the files are almost as big as the .iso files. I've been doing some of my most watched movies as MP4 with Handbrake, but they take forever if you try to do anything high quality...some titles can take a few days. When I started consolidating my collection to watch from my computer, a lot of people were talking about ripping to .iso, then .mkv, and then Handbrake, which I have done, but I worry about converting, converting, converting and losing some of the quality. I just want to copy everything once and have a couple of hard drives that I can Plex or take with me. Also, similar topic...what does everyone like for CD's? I copied my whole collection years ago to iTunes as Apple Lossless, but they did a new version at one point, I directed it to the hard drive, and it consolidated the whole catalogue of maybe a thousand CD's to one giant album like taking 1000 playing card decks and shuffling them together. Months of work down the drain (this was when iTunes was relatively new, but still). So, I have Clone CD, but while I like having a pristine copy, the .iso files and artwork are relatively useless. I'll never do iTunes again. WinAmp and other programs are almost non-existant now. I'm getting tired of Amazon with my playlists full of mostly disappeared versions of albums that I like (and actually own on CD).
     
  13. Watcher0363

    Watcher0363 Well-Known Member

    In the past couple of months he has taken the software to whole other level. At this point, to me it rivals kodi. The weakness was always the scraper, when adding large amounts of new material. Now that thing is sweet. I am pretty sure this app is on the verge of going subscription.
     
  14. DrXenos

    DrXenos Well-Known Member

    AnyDVD: Best ripper every
    AnyStream: downloading shows/movies not available on disc (bonus points for actually downloading and not doing screen capture).
    HandBrake: My main transcoder
    ffmpeg: for transcoding jobs Handbrake can't handle (like fixing the 4% speed up on a PAL releases)
    MakeMKV: for extracting titles Handbrake can't (like multiple videos packed in the same DVD title).
    DvdShrink: for accessing titles and videos that no other tools can't see (like videos embedded in DVD menus).
    CloneDVD2: for fixing really badly authored DVD that other tools can't understand
    MediaInfo: for inspecting media files
    mkvmerge: many jobs (extracting, adding tracks, remuxing).
    My MP4Box: extracting timed text from MP4 files.
    DVDSubEdit: finding forced subtitles on DVDs
    BDtoAVCHD: finding forced subtitles on Blu-rays.
    DVD Audio Extractor: extracting audio only tracks from discs.
    Media.exe: my own tool that does most of the heavy lifting. It executes scripts written is a language I wrote specifically for processing media, parsing discs, and outputs queue files.
    Media Transcoder: my own gui tool to run the queue files generated by Media. Makes it easy to see whats going, juggle jobs around, pausing, change cpu utilization, affinity, etc.
     
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  15. Ch3vr0n

    Ch3vr0n Translator NL

    Where do i start

    AnyDVD
    AnyStream
    CloneBD
    CloneDVD2
    CloneDVD Mobile (rarely)
    Handbrake if the above fails)
    BD-Rebuilder for the now very rare BD3D (apparently those won't be manufactured much longer, even 3DTV's are hard to find nowadays)
    MediaInfo
    MKVToolnixGUI
    Plex
    MovieCollector (by clz.com)
    Virtual Clone Drive
    IMGBurn (i do ALL my burning with IMGBurn, no exceptions other than CloneDVD2 after shrinking)
    PowerDVD pretty much just to test if any rip behaves as it should, prior to cloning. Again to check after cloning (and prior to burning for BD's)
     
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  16. DrXenos

    DrXenos Well-Known Member

    I keep all the transcoded stuff on my NAS for direct access. This is backed up to external drives. I keep another set of external backups for all my untouched DVD/Blu-ray rips (some things are double backed up because they are very expensive, out-of-print, MOD, difficult to rip, etc).
     
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  17. testiles

    testiles Well-Known Member

    LOL!

    Sounds exactly like me. :=)


    Years ago I did a major move and decided to chuck all my physical media, confident in the digital collection I had amassed.

    Didn't realize external USB Hard drives have a shelf life, but found out the hard way when several died without warning (around the ten-year mark).

    I lost a lot of irreplaceable video and audio content!

    So now I not only keep all my physical media packed away, but also make digital backups on at least two separate Hard Drives. Sheeesh!

    Ok, that may be overkill... :)


    I'm a stickler for having the best quality video possible, so .iso's of my discs are what works for me.

    I take the hit in needing more and more storage capacity, but to get the best quality - and retain all disc extras - it's worth it for me.


    I'm even more adamant about the highest audio quality than I am about video.

    So for me at this point there are only two music solutions.

    I create .iso's for all my CD's.

    But that's the lowest quality audio I retain. If I can find a high-definition equivalent online, from somewhere like HDTracks, I purchase and download those.

    They're usually 96kHz/24-bit flac files -- or better.


    Oh, I forgot...for portable audio, like for the phone, I use those high rez files -- and lossless flac files ripped from the CD's.


    I tossed the one and only Ipod I ever bought the minute I found I had to load my collection into iTunes.

    Never looked back.




    T
     
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  18. DrXenos

    DrXenos Well-Known Member

    I don't think that's overkill at all. Having only one backup is a single point of failure when you actually need it.

    DrX
     
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  19. Steven Young

    Steven Young Member

    I guess to clarify, what do people like for every day viewing? MP4 files are nice because it can play on a computer, or I can plug my HD into a Roku and plug that into a TV when I'm traveling (I do that at hotels a lot or at my in-laws cabin). I'm right now ripping Time Bandits from a BluRay .iso to a MP4 at SuperHQ 1080p30 Surround on Handbrake and it's going to take 1day:19Hours:12Minutes:20Seconds. I know that's pretty much overkill, but I wanted to see how it would turn out. I recently started to rip my BluRay of Titanic, and let it go for a couple of hours to see how it would look, and I personally think it looked significantly better than the BluRay through a Sony BluRay player and I think it looked better than an MKV through VLC Player. I'm not planning on getting rid of anything I have now, but I have a lot of duplicates...I like having a physical disk, a .iso backup in case, and my every day streaming drives (MKV and MP4). I love just clicking a movie and having it play. I'm mostly wondering what format everyone likes the best for good quality sound and video vs file size, compatibility across hardware platforms.
     
  20. DrXenos

    DrXenos Well-Known Member

    Quality is irrelevant for choosing MP4 or MKV. They are container formats and can contain the exact same tracks. Plus, the are about the same size. Some people here like MP4 for compatibly. Others like MKV for it versatility (unlike MP4, it can contain practically anything). There are a lot of amazing, free tools out there for both formats.
     
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