View Full Version : Handbrake dual layer problems?

Jun 3, 2010, 08:38 AM
If this isn't the right forum I will let this thread die and start another one, but I have a quick question on handbrake. I am currently ripping my dvd's as a disk image as the number of dvd's I have doesn't approach my 1.5 terrabyte hard drive dedicated to movie storage. This way they play like actual dvd's when my family mounts them and opens the dvd player. I use handbrake on the mounted images just to convert them for my ipod touch, but longer movies that (I assume) rely on a dual layer disk turn out alternating between the beginning of the movie and the middle of the movie every 5-10 minutes. Is there a simple setting or "check box" I'm forgetting to hit?

Jun 3, 2010, 09:10 AM
Most feature-length movies nowadays are released on dual-layer discs, so that's probably not the problem.

You're more likely Handbraking a title on the disc that isn't the actual title you watch on the big screen. "Watch" the movie using a DVD player application on a computer, and note the title number that shows. That's the one you want to encode via Handbrake.

Sometimes Handbrake defaults to the incorrect title to use based on the title data; the total length looks right on the "fake" title, but the chapters end up playing out of order in the resulting movie file. Some studios use this "fake title" tactic deliberately to deter copying.

Jun 3, 2010, 10:24 AM
What dXTC said. It's not the dual-layer thing (in fact, one of the great thing about encoding DVDs for use on the AppleTV is I no longer have layer changes). You just need to figure out the correct Title to encode and it'll be fine.

Jun 3, 2010, 11:54 AM
Two solutions:

One is use open source title specific which is explained here: http://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=15874

Two is to download a nightly of hb: http://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=15901 . Correct sussing of the proper title is *dramatically* better than in 0.9.4 even using the normal open scan of all titles. For instance the current HB nightly will always get Wall-E right, even though 0.9.4 does not unless using option one above.