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Best Quality settings to convert DVD's to ATV

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dScotsman Calculating status...
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Aug 17, 2008 8:35 AM
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 Calculating status...
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    Aug 17, 2008 1:06 PM (in response to dScotsman)
    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.
    Dell, Windows XP Pro
  • Smokerz Level 6 Level 6 (9,165 points)
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    Aug 18, 2008 5:21 AM (in response to dScotsman)
    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.
    MacPro 2.66 mhz Dual-Core Xeon 2 terabytes of HD, Mac OS X (10.5.2), MBP C2D, iMac C2D, PB G4
  • Newman71 Calculating status...
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    Aug 26, 2008 12:02 PM (in response to Smokerz)
    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.
    iMac 20" Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.8)


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