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what matters most when ripping DVDs?

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June 20, 2003 7:50:36 PM

What would affect the performance of ripping DVDs?
in other words - what is the bottle-neck? or is there more than one bottle-neck?

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June 20, 2003 8:11:23 PM

I would say the hard drive and speed of the dvd drive for copying and burning data. Also fast memory helps too and processor speed, especially if you plan on converting dvd movies to a different format like divx.

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June 20, 2003 10:34:34 PM

ripping and decoding a dvd takes about 10 - 15 min. if your converting to divx, then obviously converting to divx is the bottle neck.

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June 20, 2003 10:53:13 PM

I was mostly referring to hardware bottlenecks involved with encoding and the like.

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June 20, 2003 11:34:27 PM

For encoding: Cpu. If you're going the pentium 4 route, I believe RAM/FSB will make a big difference too.
June 21, 2003 12:41:24 AM

CPU is a big one when converting to Divx. I only did it once on my 1 GHz Athlon, the quality of the movie wasn't that great since I didn't know how to set it up optimally, and it still took something like 9 hours.

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June 23, 2003 8:39:37 AM

what most people dont relise is that when you convert from dvd to divx your comp is actually dsecompressing AND compressing. dvd aqre in mpg2 format which is compressed at up to 20:1 ratio from the original uncompressed video. before you can compress it to a divx avi it needs to be uncompressed. this is done on the fly as part of the diVX encoding. for good high quality divx you need high bandwidth and a powerful numbercrunching cpu. plenty of ram is good too. a MINIMUM of 512KB ideally
June 23, 2003 5:54:42 PM

hehe - smarta$$.

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June 24, 2003 8:57:05 AM

As the others have said - CPU and fast memory. Video apps tend to be multi-processor friendly so if you are really serious (i.e. spending all your time ripping) then a dual cpu system can save you some time. I often leave 3 or 4 FLASK sessions running overnight to get best utilisation.

For general use though a fast P4 or posssibly fast XP would be good. If you want the absolute fastest go for the P4 high end (3/3.2Ghz 800FSB). You'll pay a lot though. If you don't mind overclocking then everyone talks up the 2.4C P4 oc'd to 3/3.2 with good RAM and board. Hard to argue that.

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