Myths, Hoaxes and Urban Legends. Oh my!

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Mark Cockrell
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Myths, Hoaxes and Urban Legends. Oh my!

What's your favorite urban legend?  Which hoax makes you roll your eyes so hard your toes hurt?  What myths are so unbelievable, they just might be true?

Mike N.
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Mentos and Cola

I think Mythbusters might have done one on this but someone eating mentos and diet coke.  if consumed at the same time, your stomach would explode.  

 

can remember if you covered this in your episode or not, but charging for email if you didn't forwards ABC email to everyone on your contact list.  

 

 

restlessnomad
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Blu-Ray's & Linux are Incompatible Myth

Hello all:

 

Mark told me to post my recent email to him in the forums so that all can benefit...so I shall. It is a myth the Blu-Ray's cannot be burned or watched on Linux.....this is just a myth. Here is what I sent Mark on the matter:
 

EDL Crew:

 

I will admit that I am not up to date on my listening but I recently listened to number 158 about file sharing. The eternal argument of ethics versus laws was a great one. Many point y'all made I agree with. Personally, if I pay no one for the media then I feel its stealing. But I do rent and copy versus torrent and leech due to my own sense of ethics. I know some will take a more conservative view while others really do not care....but if I can't walk into a Walmart and get a copy free.....than its stealing. If I pay for a monthly rental service then I've paid into the rights to the content, and so, have taken nothing from the content creator or distributors. So, making a personal copy for myself, I feel is ok (some wouldn't, mind you) so long as I, at one time, paid money for it & never contributed to free distribution myself. To that end, I do not loan my HD rips. When I want to "share" I use Google Drive to share a stream with no download rights. They have to watch it from the browser and do not get "pirate rights" as I call it. But this is just my code.....some would just load a friend's drive up with burns.....I feel that's the same thing as seeding a torrent file (and inherently wrong). So long as I control the share via link and rights, I feel its legit. Anyone who can't stream my share....simply doesn't get rights to my share....its that simple.

 

In your podcast you mentioned that Linux cannot view Blu-Ray movies and cannot rip owned Blu-Ray movies. This is just not true, Mark. It is accurate to say that there isn't a "free software" way to rip....some of the software does have a cost. But I am not against paying a good software coder for good work. If the program works on Linux, I'll pay for the right to rock it on my better-resource-managing Linux OS. I use Linux Mint 17 as my main distro....sorry if some are more elite in their choices....but I want my box to be well supported.....and since I dislike Unity for some things....its Mint all the way!  

 

Some caveats to accept:

 

1. To watch Blu-Ray movies (via VLC / XBMC) you will need to break AACS encryption keys, and so far, it only works from 2012 and earlier only (due to availability). So, if you think its unethical to break encryption....well you shouldn't even run HandBrake on DVD's much less Blu-Rays....just saying.

 

2. You will have to pony up money for some tools. Sorry guys, but good work isn't for free. However, if you are invested in creating a high-end library of Blue-Ray quality 1080P ripped videos on a Home Network or HTPC situation...it will cost.

 

3. You will have to run Windows in VM (or on a separate dual-boot) for some isolated, hard-to-crack Blu-Rays due to one piece of software being Windows / Mac only. But if you are Linux or bust....then just make your peace that not ALL movies are crackable / rippable. Just 80% of Blu-Rays on the market.

 

In order to play Blu-Ray movies via VLC or XMBC follow this process:

 

http://www.webupd8.org/2012/08/how-to-get-encrypted-blu-rays-working.html

&

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2187010

 

These above links will get Blu-Ray's (2012 and earlier) playing on your system  natively. To rip them to MP4 (M4V) in High Definition  follow this process on Linux:

1. Go here:  https://launchpad.net/~heyarje/+archive/ubuntu/makemkv-beta to install a free trial version of MakeMKV. This will rip the selected tracks from the Blu-Ray right to the Open-Source Matroska (MKV) format. These files will be 20-40 GB in length so make sure you have the Hard Drive space first. This software license does cost $50 to purchase after 30 days.....but its worth the cost if you do this regularly on Linux since its the only software that can decode and rip Blu-Ray's (and its been well-supported for years). 

 

2. Use HandBrake to then shrink the MKV to a usable (portable) size without sacrificing quality. Now the settings matter and take trial and error to get right for your setup. I have iPad's, iPhone's, consoles, etc...so I rock M4V but you can select MP4 in the settings of HandBrake if you don't live in a multi-platform home, like I do, You could even elect to go MKV all the way for your rips if you are totally open-source and Linux-oriented.....but most homes have a combination of devices that MP4 / M4V would be better suited for. I suggest you rip a chapter or two only at different settings to get it right for your own needs in HandBrake. Also, go here: http://knowledge.kaltura.com/best-practices-multi-device-transcoding   This helped me figure it out. For your reference, these are my findings:

 

Handbrake Encoding Notes

Use MakeMKV to Rip Master File ('s) To PC.

1. Blu-Ray Movies - 720P HD Settings:

        Profile: High
        Format: M4V - xH264
        Quality Level: 20 - Default
        Encode Speed: Very Slow
        Audio: Default Dolby ProLogic II 160 kbps & AC3 Passthrough
        Framerate: Same As Source
        Scaling: 1280 x 534 - Anamorphic Loose
        File Layout: Web Optimized (For Home Network Streaming)
        Other: No Chapters
    
    Size Calculations:

        Source File: 20 GB - 35 GB MKV / WEBM Rip
        
        Target File: 1 GB -  4 GB M4V (xH264 Codec)

2. Blu-Ray Movies - 1080P HD Settings:
    
        Profile: High
        Format: M4V - xH264
        Quality Level: 20 (Possibly even less - higher)
        Encode Speed: Very Slow
        Audio: Dolby Surround 2.0 160 kbps & AC3 Passthrough
        Framerate: Same As Source
        Scaling: 1920 x 800 - Optimal For Source - Anamorphic Strict
        File Layout: Web Optimized (For Home Network Streaming)
        Other: No Chapters
    
    Size Calculations:

        Source File: 20 GB - 35 GB MKV / WEBM Rip
        
        Target File: 3 GB - 9 GB MP4 (xH264 Codec)
 

3. Blu-Ray Television - 720P HD Settings:

        Profile: Normal
        Format: M4V - xH264
        Quality Level: 20 - 22
        Encode Speed: Very Slow / Placebo
        Audio: Default Dolby Surround 2.0 160 kbps
        Framerate: Same as source / NTSC 29.97 fps
        Scaling: - Anamorphic Loose
        File Layout: Web Optimized (For Home Network Streaming)

 

Now, for those discs that use Java scrambling (BD+) you need another piece of software: AnyDVD HD. There is a free trial and the cost isn't cheap; however, its currently the only way to decifer the correct path of files on those discs. The downside? Its for Windows or Mac only. That means you'll have to VM it if you don't dual-boot and you'll have to grant access to your Blu-Ray drive for it to work. But this is only on a small percentage of Blu-Ray discs only. Most will rip on Linux exclusively using MakeMKV & HandBrake. Personally, I find the correct file on the disc on Windows 7 and then I boot over to Linux to rip the movie. This is just me.

 

One final note. Using MakeMKV on Linux you can also turn a Blu-Ray into a wireless server. Then you could use VLC to play the network streamed movie if you had a movie that was after 2012 and wanted to play it vs rip it first. So I encourage you to check it out. 

Ultimately, I just wanted to let you know that Blu-ray watching, streaming, and ripping is possible on Linux if you use the right tools and settings.

Happy burining!

 

Sincerely,

 

Kevin

Fort Bragg, NC

 

restlessnomad
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Additional Blu-Ray Linux Myth De-Bunking

EDL Crew & Listeners:

 

Watch this video clip from one of my other favorite podcasts, The Linux Action Show, regarding the subject of Blu-Ray encoding on Linux:

http://www.tubechop.com/watch/3594577

 

Sincerely

 

Kevin

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