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I want to convert Video TS files (from DVDs) to play as film only (no extras), which I can then play through a Western Digital HD Media player. I can convert the
files to DV, AVI, H.264, HDV and they will all play beautifully.

What I cannot seem to get round is that when I take a 7-8 GB file and convert it, it becomes massive (even at modest 720p, 1280 x 720), reaching 35 to 48 GB in size.

What am I doing wrong? I am filling up my hard drive at an alarming rate.

If this is a repeat of anyone else's previous topic, I apologise, but I have searched for some time to get the answer. I don't have a problem with the software, just the size of the result. I can easily burn a DVD with the program.

I hope someone can help.

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Are you using a WD HDTV Media player?
If so why convert? It will play VIDEO_TS anyway.
Now, I assume you are using Toast to convert the files, which may be the issue here, but it may also be that you are trying to upscale the source to 720p or greater, as DVD files will not be that by default.
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It will play Video TS, you are right. I was trying to store the films in as simple a form as possible, rather than 12 separate files as TS seems to be.

I wasn't sure what to save it as - I thought DVDs were 720p anyway. This makes recording vinyl seem easy.

Toast works for me because of all the different bits of kit around our house. PSP, DS, iPhones, WDTV, vinyl, macs.

What other programs could I use? I use Ripit to copy the DVD. Handbrake and Mac the Ripper didn't take the encryption off a lot of my DVDs. Ripit and my WDTV player may well be enough.

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I use Ripit to copy the DVD. Handbrake and Mac the Ripper didn't take the encryption off a lot of my DVDs. Ripit and my WDTV player may well be enough.

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Many apologies. I was not aware of the legal position on this in the USA. I didn't check all of the rules of the forum prior to posting. The position on this may be different in UK-based forums, though I shall be more careful in future.
Apologies once more.
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May I direct you here:

WDTV Media Player.

Great resource for info about and help for the WDTV, or you can PM me about the other issues if you wish.

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Kevriano

Much obliged. Apple TV setting seems to work well, halving the size of my video TS file with no obvious loss of quality. m4v file plays well, although advice on WDTV forum suggests .mkv as more versatile?

All advice useful. Thanks again.
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Much obliged. Apple TV setting seems to work well, halving the size of my video TS file with no obvious loss of quality. m4v file plays well, although advice on WDTV forum suggests .mkv as more versatile?
The MKV format is "more versatile" in the sense that it has more support for subtitles and multi-channel sound at present, but the M4V format is remarkably flexible and can be amended fairly easily (if slowly, its done by committee) to accommodate changes. Apple designed it with their usual attention to detail, its just not been fully exploited yet.
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