The Hunger Games 2012 BLURAY
Earlier today, I ran the DVD version of “The Hunger Games” through its paces with DVD Catalyst 4, but of course this is a movie that is best appreciated in HD, so I also picked up the Bluray version.
The information for the DVD version can be found here:
For this little guide, I am using the Bluray version of The Hunger Games, as found in the 2-Disc Bluray + Digital Copy case.
For the conversion I am using DVD Catalyst 4 v4.2.1, set to Bluray mode, along with AnyDVD HD 188.8.131.52, (AnyDVD HD is only needed if you convert Bluray, for DVD, this isn’t needed)
If you have not done so already, download and install DVD Catalyst 4.
You can purchase DVD Catalyst 4 by clicking here (link), or download the free trial version by clicking here (link) The trial version converts 25% of each item.
For DVDs, nothing else is needed, but for Bluray conversions, make sure you have looked at the Bluray guide before you continue:
After install of the DVD Catalyst 4 Trial or Retail version, start the application.
For the device profile in DVD Catalyst, I am using a 1080 profile for the Asus Transformer TF700 Infinity tablet, which features a Full 1080p screen. For quality and file-size purposes, I selected the HQXT profile, which automatically adjusts the quality to whatever is needed during the conversion, making the entire conversion look great while keeping the filesize relatively small.
If you followed the steps in the Bluray guide, insert the Hunger Games Bluray in your computer’s Bluray drive.
Just like the DVD version of The Hunger Games, there are a few additional “tracks” found during scanning, which makes things a little confusing. At this point, I just started VLC (www.videolan.org), and used that to determine the correct one to use. In this case, it was, easy enough, the first one.
You can just start the conversion, and stop/close DVD Catalyst when it completes the first item, which is what I usually do myself, or you can select the tracks you do not want, and remove the checkmark that enables it for conversion.
Then just start the conversion by tapping the Go button.
Note: this can take a while !
Using an HD source video such as a Bluray, and converting it to an HD-sized video file while maintaining the same visual quality is very demanding of your computer, and even on a quad-core system, it will take a bit. Many people don’t understand that conversion is not the same as simply copying the video over from Bluray to your computer.
With The Hunger Games Bluray, on the actual Bluray disc, the movie takes up about 35GB! After the conversion, the same movie, with the same screen-size (1080p) and everything is converted to less than 20% (only 5.5GB) of that without noticeable quality loss:
(35GB Bluray screenshot)
(5.5GB MP4 Screenshot)
After the conversion is complete, copy it over to your Transformer Infinity, and you can enjoy The Hunger Games in it’s full glory.
For those interested, the same video file will of course also play on other devices, including the new iPad3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1, but also most Tegra2 and Tegra3 based tablets such as the Acer A-series and the Xoom.
08-19-2012 10:06 AM