I am considering, for my delivery method for the video files, to transcode from my DVD rips to a format that will play back in a modern web browser, becuase I can be reasonably certain that everyone will have a modern web browser.
I kind of hate this idea! But I can make small vp9 videos that I can guarantee most users can play back, and also I can include an index page with info about the videos and history and stuff.
This is the most efficient way to do this I can think of.
I'm open to better ideas though! Technically I could use MP4, there are patent concerns with h264, and h265 doesn't have as wide of support as VP9.
I haven't tried to ship digital video via any mechanism other than a web browser or a torrent, ever. If I'm shipping video via a torrent, I can be reasonably certain that the recipient has VLC or equivalent.
I can make no such assumption about this project.
@ajroach42 Please don't use VP9, it rules out playback on a lot of devices.
MP4 is probably the best choice, most widely supported.
@thomasfuchs yeah, VP9 support on things other than phones and computers is basically non-existent.
I was hoping to get slightly better compression than h264 provides, but it might be my best option, and I could still use the browser workaround in the event that people don't have suitable playback software...
@ajroach42 given that DVDs are even less quality, it should't really be a big deal tbh
Be sure to keep the MPEG2 streams around, in the future maybe you can use HEVC
@thomasfuchs I'm not sure what your comment about DVD quality is supposed to mean.
My goal with using a more efficient codec is a reduction in file size. I'm trying to maximize the 2GB of storage I'll have available for delivery.
I keep my mpeg2 master files in cold storage and transcode hevc copies for personal use. I do a lot of this stuff for personal use, and I know how to do it correctly. My concern is mostly about making things usable for non-technical folks.
@ajroach42 well, the original encoded MPEG2 streams on DVDs aren't the greatest and who knows how they encoded it and what the source material was like :) MP4, even with lowish bitrates shouldn't really make it worse.
@thomasfuchs ffmpeg, 8 times out of 10.
I've dabbled with other stuff, but I keep coming back to it.
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