3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 26, 2008 12:02 PM by Newman71
dScotsman Level 1 Level 1
Hi can someone please advise me on the best settings Codec etc. for converting my video files and DVD's?

Much appreciated,



HPTouchscreen, Windows Vista
  • John-Galt Level 1 Level 1
    For DVDs, I use Handbrake and have seen truly excellent results:


    For other video files, I've used Videora. It works okay, but there are probably better things out there:


    Let us know what you go with.
  • Smokerz Level 6 Level 6
    you'll need to experiment for your storage capability. I use 2500 bit rate and the "normal" file size for a two hour movie is about 1.7 to 2.3 gigs

    Picture is very near the original source and the file size is manageable.
  • Newman71 Level 1 Level 1
    Hope this bit of info helps also...
    The default bitrate when using the ATV preset on Handbrake is 2500kbps, which for a 2 hour movie is about 2+GB
    I tweaked the bit rate ripping Raiders of the Lost Ark at 1000kbps then 1500kbps and finally at the default, 2500kbps. The 1500kbps was totally fine and saves you over a gig space. I think the final file size for Raiders at 1500kbps was 956 megs as opposed to 2.13BG for the default setting on Handbrake.
    I watched the 2500kbps (Apple TV preset) vs the 1500kbps (custom) and unless you're a REAL CRAZY videophile you can't tell the difference.