I thought I'd ask this here as I suspect the answer will be interesting to more than just me.
I've bought myself a little media box for watching video files on the TV (since DVDs have gone the way of the dodo), I bought the Popcorn Hour A-110 and can thoroughly recommend it, very very impressive little piece of equipment, it plays back the HD LLVJ downloads perfectly.
Now I'm looking at getting the DVDs I have ( 1-16 ) onto it, so I can have the full set on hand to peruse at will. I've checked the FAQ and there seems to be some advice there on how to rip the DVDs for things like AppleTV and iPods, so I'm guessing that doing this is permitted.
I've tried using Handbrake, which works well, only the files are coming out very large.
For example, LLVJ18 has a 35 minute interview with Jack Dykinga in High Def (1280x720), which is 486mb, using H.264 encoding at 29.xx fps, and looks excellent.
My test rip of the 23 minute D30 review from LLVJ01 in Low Def (720x480) at 15fps (de-interlaced) using the SAME codecs (H.264) comes out at 832mb! Clearly, if I'm using the same codecs then I'm using some outlandish settings to get such huge files for lower quality video...
Now, I have the tools, what I lack is the experience to know where the sweet spots in the settings are, and so I was hoping Chris would share his sage-like wisdom and let us in on the secret. I'd be interested to know what software Chris favours for encoding the LLVJ downloads, and what quality settings are used. Do we go for a constant quality rate, or an average bit-rate?
Can you shed any light on this for us Chris?