You know, I know people read me say this ad nauseum. I've been pirating for a long time. I know a lot of things that most casual computer users don't know. I'll admit, it's partly due to the fact that I'm on my computer more than the average person. Whether that's good or not, I guess it's up to debate. Having said that, I've been reading a lot about this growing cult following of HEVC files.
From my many years of experience, here's my two cents..... Reading about HEVC is a lot like the battle between MAC and IBM compatibles in the 80s. I've seen some pretty over heated discussions about these two giants, in fact, I've seen people get to the point of insulting each other, as if Macintosh (a non-human computer) was actually a family member. It was quite interesting to see, yet it was very baffling. The debates on any current computer technology can get as dangerous as discussing religion (if you can "believe" that).
I'm not going to make this a huge blog post, I just want to make this as simple and as straight to the point as possible. Reading about HEVC has become a little like the whole debate about the differences between MP3 and AAC, or the sound quality between iTunes & Spotify. I'm going to say this as clear and as unambiguous as I can possibly make it. If you actually need to use a software to make a comparison between algorithms? Guess what dudes? That means it's not enough to have an obsession over it. We're at the point with technology were we really can't do much better than what we're doing now. I guess the next step would be true DD 7.1 using regular headphones.
To get yourself worked up to the point where you're spending hours and hours of unhealthy time, remuxing and reencoding files just because you have an obsession for these codecs, it's not worth it.
Please consider one important fact. Codecs are ALWAYS being improved! It makes absolutely NO kind of sense to re-encode your entire library to something like HEVC, when 10 years down the line, there's gonna be something better! There will ALWAYS be something better than the last. This is how technology works!
Second, you MUST remember and consider the fact that people from all over the world come to use private trackers. Not everyone will be using devices that will be compatible with whatever codec you're obsessed with at a given moment. You're defeating the purpose of being able to share your gems with others. Doesn't do any good if there is a segment of people who has to skip over your torrents, because you maybe using a torrent that too new, or has not been around long enough to become standardized. Just let that sink in for a minute!
Ripping a movie is very complex (contrary to belief), and those of us who have higher end TV's can see when someone fucks up a codec. Most importantly, don't bother trying to upscale a DVDrip, because there is very little improvement, when it's only a fraction of a bitrate from the original BRray.