February 11th, 2007

Bannana Jr.

The Undertaking...

So, earlier this week I made motions to return the HD and DVR boxen from Verizon because I couldn't get video, time or place shift the contents easily. FiOS is great, lots of choices, but I don't like not knowing the future of my DVR. TiVo, with all it's uncertainties, at least has a vibrant community of hackers and people working on it. So, I bought a Series 3 DVR with a Slingbox Pro, in an effort to manage my "media". With that, I also realized I'd be freeing up space on our home server for the TV shows on the RAID (and I've had problems with it). So I'm moving the old shows off (BitTorrented) and making room for the next project... ripping all the DVDs I have to MPEG 4 files. I'm about 41 films down, with about 30 or so as VOBs I'll cue up on the Quad G5 to rip (the Mac Mini and my Powerbook are workign overtime this weekend.. the Quad is currently being used for Taxes, since the damn tax software only works for Windows... and the DVD insertion slows Virtual PC down for some reason).

Anyhow, I think I have about 800 DVDs... so I I get done 100 by this weekend, that would make this approximately a 2 month project, which isn't too bad... I'm considering spinning up the other two G4's I have (the home server once the RAID is straightened out, and the old one under the desk....). I make take over Gaby' iMac as well for a short time...

Using Handbrake works well, since you can queue up the conversion. I'm probably creating more work by ripping it with MacThe Ripper and then converting it, but as workflow goes, the process I'm doing seems to do okay.

I've got Cinema Paradiso playing right now (ripped with subtitles enabled), not bad... good film to use to usher in the project... (started on Wednesday). Wish me luck.
  • Current Music
    "Cinema Paradiso" - Ennio Morricone