7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 1, 2007 3:01 PM by CurlyGirl
fredericlang Level 1 (55 points)
Hi,

I have a 32inc HD LCD TV, hdmi 1280x720 res. I want to rip my DVDs in order to add my collection to iTunes and use appleTV to stream to my HDTv.
I downloaded mediafork to rip my DVDs. Storage is not an issue but I really don't know what settings I should use to get the best picture on my TV.
I am new at this and need some help.
Thanks

  Mac OS X (10.4.9)  
  • Jon Walker Level 6 (18,359 points)
    Storage is not an issue but I really don't know what settings I should use to get the best picture on my TV.
    The best settings depend on the target dimensions and may may depend on the frame rate. At what dimensions and frame rate do you plan to target your files?


  • fredericlang Level 1 (55 points)
    Hi Jon,

    I don't really know what would be the best quality?
  • Jon Walker Level 6 (18,359 points)
    I don't really know what would be the best quality?
    A 16:9 DVD could be exported at macro clock-16 dimensions of 720 x 400 pixels. At these dimensions the best export would likely be an MP4 (H.264/AAC "Main" profile) in the range of 2250 Kbps to 2500 Kbps depending on the frame rate (23.98/24 fps or 29.97/30 fps). I'd test at 2400 Kbps and adjust if needed.) Apple usually uses AAC at 128 Kbps/44.1 KKHz but will work at 160 Kbps/48.0 KHz (but there's no guarantee that data rates greater than 160 Kbps will sync/play).


  • Mark Berning Level 1 (5 points)
    I am not sure about mediafork, but I use handbrake. It is free and I set it up to rip at 2000 kbps and then set the video to the biggest I can. I makes a mpeg4 file that you can then put into itunes. It works great and the picture is very good.

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  • fredericlang Level 1 (55 points)
    Thanks a lot for the info.

    I am going to try and see.

    Is there any ripping software you would recommend?

    Fred
  • Jon Walker Level 6 (18,359 points)
    Is there any ripping software you would recommend?
    MediaFork is an interim update of HandBrake which includes an updated ripper.

    I makes a mpeg4 file that you can then put into itunes.
    The H.264 codec is also known as MPEG-4 Part 10 or AVC. It is 2-3 times more efficient than the MPEG-4 "Simple" profile.


  • CurlyGirl Level 1 (25 points)
    I would suggest that if you convert a very small video from the DVD to try out your settings. You can usually do one of the previews on the disk that are a couple of minutes. It will save you time. Ripping the dvd can take hours.