Thanks again for your time.
Well, I’m using an HDMI cable on a two year old samsung 42" 1080i (for now). The pictures are getting “chopped” like the movies are widescreen, but they’re beeing ripped into a full screen format. While credits are rolling, names are chopped etc and during the film, characters speaking or being spoken to are off screen where they otherwise would not be. When I zoom the wdlive out, the image is identical, only smaller.
I am running the film on DVD and comparing it to the wdlive content back and forth for quality comparisons. The makemkv seems to be comparable in quality, with great exception to the chopping.
Shrink seems to lower the quality approx 20% or + even with “no compression” selected.
Xilisoft both chops and/or hideously reduces image quality, without regard to which format (ripped several movies in all formats for comparisons, none of them were even borderline acceptable.)
Handbrake was a joke. Chopping and quality distortion, mixed with some synch issues.
I’m attempting to begin this process with older DVDs with the idea that I should encounter fewer encryption crack issues (btw, big bird to the movie industry for making it so difficult for me to watch my own movies through an alternative medium) and I was surprised to see Me, Myself and Irene stump makemkv.
I have a small fortune in software, my wdlive and the 1.5tb drive. It wouldn’t seem like nearly as money if it worked, but as of yet, it’s a failed experiment with an insatiable appetite for time.
I’m willing to try, retry, and tripletry any suggestions and will be prompt about posting a result. If this continues for much longer, I could see a very reasonable business model for creating software that works well and attempting to pair it with the wdlive… unless I’m the only person on the planet with these issues.
I’ve tried changing drives between my lite on, samsung, and the laptop drive and had identical results. I didn’t expect different results, but again, I’m willing to try silly things at this point.
thanks again for any direction you may offer