bward wrote:Per the press release at the head of this thread, both the DVD and Blu-ray collections are 4-disc sets and there are 26 episodes in the first season, so I'm not sure how that boils down to 4-5 episodes each.
Well, I just noticed that the upper cited bitrate was ~20% more than the lower cited bitrate, which would only make sense if some discs had 20% more episodes than the others. However, I just now realized that if you're doing 6-7 episodes per disc, then the difference in bitrates would be ~17%, which is also pretty close to the spread that you gave.
bward wrote:Outside of a simple desire to skip anything but the opening titles, I can't really see why you'd want the opening as its own chapter. Presumably, you'd watch the teaser and--at most--skip the opening titles.
Again, you're thinking in terms of TV users... some of us are going to end up with 26 copies of the opening credits on our hard drives, when we really only need one copy.
Purely for private home exhibition, of course.
bward wrote:A bit condescending; don't you think? How do you know I'm not one of those people?
I don't know for sure, but it was strongly indicated by the vagueness of your response about the quantization matrices. It's not condescending, either. I was referring to the most extreme enthusiasts, the people who want to compress Superman II: the Richard Donner Cut down to a 699 MB Matroska file with Ogg Vorbis audio and absolutely, positively, have to make it look as perfect as possible within those parameters. There are different pressures at work when you have the luxury of encoding something at 6 MBPS and you're restricted to DVD-compatible MPEG-2.