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Old Dec 27, 2012, 09:24 AM   #1
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Handbrake on Mini - how with no CDrom?

How is it you people are using Handbrake on your Mini since it does not have a CDrom? Are you using a USB connected one? I do have an older iMac that I turned on CD sharing, and it works, but I'm not sure if since it is connected over an 802.11G network that it can't pipe the data quick enough. I am ripping a movie now and I am not getting the CPU to be more than 40% used. I have heard of you guys basically getting all 8 virtual cores to max out during handbrake, just curious how you are doing that...

FYI, I am encoding a 1 hour 45 minute movie to iPad preset format and Handbrake is saying it will take approximately 45 minutes. Not sure if this is what I should expect from an i7 based mini.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 09:34 AM   #2
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You can use handbrake for other jobs than ripping from a DVD. Incidentally the makers don't recommend using handbrake to rip. But yes, it seems obvious that if people are ripping DVDs using handbrake on a mini with no DVD drive, they must be using an external drive. I suppose it would be possible to rip using DVD sharing too, but oh how miserable that would be.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 10:06 AM   #3
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You can buy an external dvd, cd drive for $30. You can buy one that also does Blu-ray for $50. I've converted all my blu-ray and dvd movies to .mkv files using makemkv. Running makemkv is about the only thing I've used my cd,dvd,blu-ray drive for in several years.
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Originally Posted by theanimala View Post
How is it you people are using Handbrake on your Mini since it does not have a CDrom?
You can use Handbrake with a CDrom? What for?
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 03:49 PM   #5
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I rip an 1:41 hour movie with my I7 late 2012 mini, basic drive, in 20 minutes, using Apple Super Drive using Handbrake.
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