3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 31, 2007 12:57 AM by HelixOmnimedia
judsonls Level 1 (0 points)
Can anyone tell me what settings to use to attain the highest quality rip without regard to file size when using Handbrake. Also, what is the constant quality setting for. Should this be set to 100% to attain the highest quality rip?

MacBook, MacMini, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Mac Magic Level 1 (30 points)
    I've now encoded 400+ TV shows and movies using Media Fork which is an evolution of the Handbrake method. Go to the handbrake website and you will be able to download it. The settings I use are:

    2-pass = yes
    Bitrate = 2116
    Audio = 48k, 192kbs
    Accept default output ratio and cropping
    Use x264 encoding (rather than Mp4)

    Everything I have endcoded with MF using these settings look almost indestinguishable from the original DVD on my Panny 42" Plasma via ATV.

    F***g awsome app. The best for producing quality output at a resonable pace.

    Good Luck
  • Matt L. Level 1 (60 points)
    I agree that the quality of a Handbrake ripped DVD is almost indestinguishable from the DVD. I have ripped over 250 DVD's and have been very pleased. My Handbrake settings are as follows:

    File format = MP4
    Codec = MPEG-4 Video/AAC Audio
    Encoder = FFMPEG
    2-pass = yes
    Average Bitrate (kbps) = 1800
    Audio Sample Rate (Hz) = 44100
    Audio Bitrate (kbps) = 128

    In regards to streaming, I have my media server (MacPro) connected to my Airport Extreme (10/100/100, wireless G) via a 1000 Base T Ethernet Hub and then streamed wirelessly to the ATV. I have watched around 20 hours of video on it so far and have never had any instances where the video has become choppy. In fact, I have restarted my computer a couple of times while streaming video and the cached video seemed to be sufficient to not skip a beat either. I was shocked by that!

    Also, restarting a video from the last time played has also worked flawlessly and quickly. I have been very pleased that video begins playing within 2 to 3 seconds whether from the beginning or somewhere in the middle of the movie. I do not see any reason to sync video on my system.
  • HelixOmnimedia Level 1 (0 points)
    Using MF should it really take 6hours to rip a 42min TV program? I'm using the video encoder h.264.

    In the past I have used MPEG-4 Video, this is a lot faster (1h30min for 42min show) but on some shows the image appears a lot darker.