Ron has a Quicktime movie file that stopped working after an Apple update. He has the original. Leo says that Handbrake can transcode it and Leo recommends MP4. He can even do it lossless. MP4 will also get played by anything and is cross-platform. EXFAT will work for the file structure, too.
Rick wants to know why his acoustic MP3s skip around. Leo says it could be the software he's using to play them back. Leo says it's weird that it would get better over time, rather than just being from a bad encode. It could also be the software he used to rip the CD with.
The chatroom says that some MP3 players have a check box that says "skip gaps," and the acoustic music could have silent sections in it that causes it. Leo says to try a different player, different medium and look for commonality.
Eric wants to rip one of his home video DVDs and put it on YouTube. Will MPEG4 work? Leo says yes. He can use Handbrake to do it and YouTube will upload it. But there will be some signal degrading by YouTube as they re-encode it.
Google has a list of acceptable formats at support.google.com.
Joe wants to rip his DVD collection and put it on an external hard drive. How big of a hard drive will he need? Leo says that regular DVDs have 4.7 GB of space, if he wants to keep all of the data from the DVD. But if he just wants the movie itself, then it won't take up as much space.
Don has a video CD and he'd like to convert it to DVD. Leo says it depends on the format. Don says it's TVOX. Leo says that the idea would be to get it off the CD without more compression. Leo suggests VideoLan's VLC Player. It can save it out as well. But it's giving him an error.
Elliot wants to capture old VHS movies to a computer he plans to buy. He needs to get a capture card for it. Does the processor speed have anything to do with it? Leo says that capture cards have the capability to re-encode as it captures. Unless it's a cheap one and then it may rely on the CPU to do the heavy lifting. Look for one that supports built-in H.264 encoding. That way, the card does the work.
Wayne has multiple copies of all his movies, in different video formats -- .MOV, .M4V, .WMV, .AVI, .MP4 -- and is wondering which one he should keep. Leo says it's not that one is better than another, it really depends on how he's encoded them. For example a low quality .M4V will look worse than a high quality .AVI. If all the settings were the same, then Leo would choose to go with H.264, or .M4V files.
The software will have to support distributed rendering, and Leo doesn't believe that Handbrake will do this. Apple's Compressor (in the Mac app store) that comes with Final Cut Pro can do this, and higher end pro products will allow the use of multiple machines to speed up the process. Rendering, or transcoding, can be sped up by distributing bits of the render to multiple computers across the network which they call a "render farm".