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MowingDevil
Sep 12, 2010, 02:05 PM
I've been using Handbrake to convert all my movie DVDs to my Mac and have found a RF setting of 18 on the constant quality seems to be a solid setting for most films. However, the TV shows aren't coming across as well...does anyone have a good configuration for ripping TV shows off DVDs? ...or perhaps its just that they are poorer quality to begin with.



TheBritishBloke
Sep 12, 2010, 02:24 PM
Depends on the TV shows I guess.. But they probably are poorer seeing as TV Shows almost never go on BluRay 1080p.

MowingDevil
Sep 13, 2010, 01:45 AM
I've been noticing there are horizontal lines in South Park when there's certain movement, even w/ their mouths when talking (white lines on the black mouths). Any idea what that is (other than compression?) and anyone have settings for Handbrake that they're happy w/ for TV shows?

pika2000
Sep 13, 2010, 01:51 AM
I've been noticing there are horizontal lines in South Park when there's certain movement, even w/ their mouths when talking (white lines on the black mouths). Any idea what that is (other than compression?) and anyone have settings for Handbrake that they're happy w/ for TV shows?
Sounds like interlacing. You need to set handbrake to deinterlace the video, or set the decomb setting to on.

MowingDevil
Sep 14, 2010, 12:02 AM
Sounds like interlacing. You need to set handbrake to deinterlace the video, or set the decomb setting to on.

We have a winner! That was it, now I'm getting a great transfer. Do you always have the decomb setting on? Just wondering if it would be useful in the transfer of movies or not. It sure makes a huge difference on South Park rips.
Thanks for the tip!

pika2000
Sep 14, 2010, 02:42 AM
We have a winner! That was it, now I'm getting a great transfer. Do you always have the decomb setting on? Just wondering if it would be useful in the transfer of movies or not. It sure makes a huge difference on South Park rips.
Thanks for the tip!
You're welcome. :) You only need to turn it on for interlaced content. Most mainstream Hollywood DVD movies are recorded in progressive, so you don't need to set decomb on. Even many recent TV shows DVDs are recorded in progressive. The notorious culprits for interlaced content are usually old/non-mainstream/foreign movies and cartoons.

MowingDevil
Sep 14, 2010, 09:01 PM
Is there a way to tell if a disc is interlaced or progressive before you start ripping? ...I couldn't see anything on the cover. Be very time saving if there is. I'd like to go back and redo any discs that could benefit from this.

spice weasel
Sep 14, 2010, 09:32 PM
Is there a way to tell if a disc is interlaced or progressive before you start ripping? ...I couldn't see anything on the cover. Be very time saving if there is. I'd like to go back and redo any discs that could benefit from this.

Just keep the decomb filter on for all your encodes. Handbrake will only deinterlace if it detects interlacing, so there's no harm in keeping the filter on at all times just in case. But in general, television shows - especially older ones - tend to be interlaced. Most movies aren't, but some are. You can tell if you play the disc or the rip (before you encode) on your computer and you see the lines. They won't appear on television screens because tv's have decomb filters.

MowingDevil
Sep 15, 2010, 03:53 AM
Thanks! Good info.