rivorson wrote:The size gain may be marginal but if there is no time difference then the bang for your buck is at the highest compression.
rivorson wrote:I can't say that I have thoroughly tried the different compression levels to compare file size but with modern processors you don't need to worry about the processing power. Even the lowest powered modern processor has more than enough power to handle flac encoding. I just tried encoding a 3:30 wav file to flac at levels 3 and 8 on my 3 year old processor. Level 3 took about 3 seconds while level 8 took around 5 seconds.
At level 8 that's about 42 seconds of audio encoded every second. If you're encoding on the fly then the encoder will run faster than the rip so there will be literally zero difference in the time it takes between all compression levels.
The size gain may be marginal but if there is no time difference then the bang for your buck is at the highest compression.
Bob_m_54 wrote:Ripping DVDs, making playlists, multiple DVD drives???? I think the OP only wants to rip his CD collection easily...
captain paranoia wrote:I rip to FLAC, compression level 8. FLAC decompression is a much more lightweight process than MP3 or AAC, so I don't think it matters that I use the highest level of FLAC compression, on any player.
captain paranoia wrote:Ripping is a time-consuming, tedious, physically painful process (when your collection runs to thousands of CDs, and you bend and twist to pick each next one from a stack beside the PC...), and you will never want to do it more than once.
captain paranoia wrote:Try to get the best possible rip you can, first time (again, you do not want to re-rip). Clean each disc carefully (clean one whilst the previous is ripping), and use a ripper that will try its best to correct errors. I use Exact Audio Copy; it tries hard to correct/re-read errors, and will report rip accuracy against the AccurateRip database.
captain paranoia wrote:For artwork, I scan, clean, colour balance, contrast level and crop album artwork, and resize to 600x600 pixels. Or I use google to find images. The images on the metadata databases are often low resolution (150x150 is common).
captain paranoia wrote:I usually rip CD purchases in batches. I rip to a local disk on my PC, called 'NewlyRipped'. Then I scan/clean/crop/resize artwork, and put it into the individual album folders. I then run the unix script that renames tracks (if necessary), tidies away rip logs and .m3u files generated by the ripper, tidies away the artwork into a subfolder, leaving front and back artwork in the album folder. I tell my media server to ignore files in the 'Riplog' and 'Artwork' sub folders; I don't like importing playlists into my media libraries.
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