So now that I am up and running with aTV, I wanted to get some opinions on whether or not to use the video_ts only or use handbrake to rip my movie backups.
I just watched “300” from the video_ts on my external HDD and it was pretty awesome! I did notice a few small hiccups where the picture jumped a frame (probably from accessing the HDD) but it was pretty great overall. I also noticed that the sound quality is not as good as the DVD. This was surprising to me because I did a straight rip with no compression, no menus, just the movie. I have a 6.1 sound system and the channel separation is very good. The real DVD seems to have a much more robust sound, whereas the aTV seems to be regular stereo sound.
In the future I also wanted to convert all of my TV shows for backup play from my HDD, but I am not sure how this will work. I noticed screenshots that showed Familyguy with all episodes listed in order in nitoTV. I would really like this ability when I convert my TV shows instead of navigating just folders.
So what is everyone else using? Is handbrake worth the effort? Is the playback quality better than trying to use video_ts?