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Arinoth August 19, 2010 05:54 AM

Prefered Video Compression/Resolution (divx, 480p, 720p, 1080p)
So i am trying to decide on two different video compression/resolution standards.

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The first one is for my tv shows. Now i've seen tv shows in both the standard, digital standard and 720p. To me i notice no real difference in the quality of the picture in digital standard vs 720p. Here i am leaning towards staying with my digital standard as tv seasons are massively long and large already and 720p i think will just eat up very little space left (about 300GB) on my TV storage hard drive (1.5 TB)

The second one is for movies. I've seen movies in both standard divx, 480p, 720p and 1080p. To me i have noticed a difference going up from divx to 480p (~700mb to ~1.5GB ). To my i am not sure if it is worth the video quality and increased storage space required to jump to 720p. 1080p bluray content does not interest me at all as i can tell absolutely no difference between 720p and 1080p especially if a graphics card on a computer is doing the up converting.

So my question then is, for tv should i stay digial standard (leaning towards this) or eat up tons of storage space going 720p. For movies, should i continue my 'upgrade' from divx to 480p or is 720p really worth the ~4GB per movie storage gobble.

bojangles August 19, 2010 07:58 AM

Personally, I can see a huge difference between 480p and 720p. I would go 720p capturing for all of it. That's just my opinion though.

LarkStarr August 19, 2010 09:06 AM

how do you not see a difference? XD

and why are you even asking us? it's up to your preference either way.

Synth August 19, 2010 09:53 AM

Are you capturing your tv shows OTA (Off the Air)?

Sushi Warrior August 19, 2010 09:57 AM

Digital standard for TV shows as they generally have a lot of content and are watched more for the story than eye candy, 720p for movies because I for one notice a better looking movie quite easily.

Arinoth August 19, 2010 10:00 AM

I'm not capturing them myself, others have already just wanting to know the best formats to stick with. Sushi i am kinda leaning that way so far i suppose.

lowfat August 19, 2010 10:28 AM

I am a video/audio quality whore. For TV I prefer the 20Mbps h.264 (~6GB/hour) that I rip myself. If it doesn't air in Canada then I need at least a 720p HDTV rip. For movies I need an compressed bluray if the bluray was released. Else I need the actual DVDs. I refuse to download the 350p rips for TV/movies.

lcdguy August 19, 2010 10:36 AM

for me it's as much 1080p as possible. if there is no 1080p then 720p since 1080i is interlaced yuck. Also i try to get as much DTS stuff as it is much better than dolby since there is less compression in DTS.

Arinoth August 19, 2010 10:39 AM

Yeah im not as much of a quality whore due to my limited set up and well ultimately limited storage space i have right now (2 1.5TB hard drives). What resolution is a dvd if its not ripped?

AkG August 19, 2010 11:12 AM

DVD is 480p at best (some are 480i).

h.264 is great for movies. A decent rip of a 2hr movie should weigh in at about 15gb for 720p. A very, very good rip will weigh in at about 25- 30GB for 1080p. Will you notice the dif between 30gb and 15gb rips? Depends on your tv. IF its under 60inches...I doubt it. Hell if its under 50" look into BDRips. That are in the under 10GB range!

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