Originally Posted by CheesyTators
I am new to Blu-ray and HD video encoding/rebuilding etc.... I noticed Apple's 1080p movies via iTunes look outstanding and they are relatively small (3-6GB per 2 hour movie.) Is it possible for me to achieve the same result with Handbrake and an existing Blu-ray I have ripped to my hard drive? What settings would I need to use? Is this even possible or does Apple use super secret squirrel software and encoding technology?
Thanks for the help.
Well, I certainly wouldn't call iTunes videos "outstanding" - they certainly exhibit all the symptoms of too high a compression rate: banding, compression artefacts etc. (See http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1340463
for an excellent comparison.) Go for significantly less compression with HandBrake - around 10 Mbps bitrate for 1080p.
Originally Posted by MisterMe
Blu-ray is all copy-protected.
MakeMKV rips it nonetheless and it's legal in most countries.