April 28, 2016 at 11:13PM


Creating Online Commentary Database?

So my movie-buff friends and I just started getting really interested in all aspects of film-making, chief among these watching as many movies as possible and learning from the greats of the past.
We’ve found their audio commentaries to be the most informative material, and having grown dissatisfied with downloading commentary audio files and playing them in time with the movies, are trying to categorise these films in a way that’s easily accessible and will have educational value to as diverse a group of film-lovers as possible (who would also buy the films on DVD/Blu-ray to reduce the inherent copyright issues). This extends to short film collections and TV shows that have commentaries (we all thankfully possess a large numbers of DVDs in common) and being uploaded online what will hopefully become an organised digital collection that allows the viewer to easily select something as well as the different audio options (5.1/stereo/mono, audio commentaries, foreign language dubs, isolated music score etc) and subtitles easily in the style of the VLC app. We thought Ultraviolet might include these capabilities but have so far been disappointed with the current options available and the unlikeliness that older films will get the same treatment, it’s ridiculous that the majors haven't tried to create a digital market for the most serious film fans yet beyond the example set by streaming services such as Amazon:

Having Handbraked (as you do) up to 2TB of .mp4 movies with all the relevant audio & subtitle options built in, can anybody recommend an online group sharing platform to move this database to or should we create our own that can accommodate this growing data size? Google Drive and Dropbox have been adequate for small-group viewing up till now, but any advice or recommendations on how to make film/commentary viewing more efficient would be appreciated, since the eventual cooperation/enabling from the owners of the films/commentaries to be viewed online in this way could potentially become a huge market in the future.


Oh, and what movie format should we ideally choose for future rips? .mp4’s more of a personal choice due to its ease and versatility across platforms (and I’ve heard it’s more high-quality and better capacity-wise across a large group of AV files than the mkv/mov/m4v equivalents), but if anyone’s more in the know about formats and their different relations to quality/memory size don’t hesitate to share your thoughts or experiences with Handbrake.

April 28, 2016 at 11:14PM


Or should we download a high-quality version of the film and add the extra audio/subtitle options to it after before uploading it? Though of course, only if that’s higher quality than ripping it through Handbrake.

April 28, 2016 at 11:15PM, Edited April 28, 11:27PM


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