Convert multiple movies at the same time?

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  1. macrumors 6502


    Apr 25, 2010

    I am using Handbrake to convert my movies to play on the iPad. I have to convert them one by one which is annoying. Is there a program that lets me convert multiple movies at the same time?

    UPDATE: I am just gonna queue the videos I want to convert.

    Other question: How do I make a video come under the 'TV Programmes' list?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2008
    Calgary, Alberta
    Maybe automator but I don't have much practice\experience with it
  3. macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2008
    Are you converting from DVD? If so the only way to do multiple is to have more than one DVD drive.

    You can use Mac the ripper to take info off the DVD and then use handbrake to convert multiple items. There is a queuing system in handbrake. This method takes about 30 minutes to take the movie off the DVD and then another 30 minutes to convert with handbrake. So it's a little faster.

    Do you have more than one computer. I do that also.
  4. macrumors 604


    Jul 10, 2007
    I've only used it for one at a time, but I did notice they call it a "queue" which would indicate you can do multiple movies. Try putting all your movies to be converted into one folder, then selecting them all when setting up a conversion?
  5. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2009
    Florida, USA
    Use software like RipIt or Mac the Ripper (if you are in a Mac) to remove the encryption from the DVDs and save the file to your hard drive. As previously mentioned, you can queue up a bunch of movies to be converted in Handbrake though it only does one at a time. I'm not familiar with any software that converts multiple movies simultaneously but there really wouldn't be any benefit over how HB processes these encodes as you'd just be allocating your CPU across multiple jobs instead of all your CPU power towards one job.

    To setup multiple encoding jobs in HB, select your source (on HDD previously ripped), set up your parameters as you see fit and click add to queue. Setup as many movies as you'd like, click start and leave it alone. How long it takes to complete each encode depends on your computer. I'm using a 2.0 C2D Mac Mini so mine take a while--I usually set it up to run overnight.
  6. macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2010
    If your source files are Xvid or any other flavor of MP4 ASP, you might want to give this a try:

    Avidemux will also let you queue up multiple files and convert them in one go.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2006
    One possibility is to run multiple instances of the same application, in this case Handbrake.

    There are a lot of ways of doing this in OS X. The way that I use, which is really simple, is by executing a terminal command.

    First navigate to the application you want and have the folder open to minimize typing.

    Then launch terminal, type in "open -n" and then drag the icon of the application you want to run multiple times into the terminal window. This will give terminal the path to the application. In the case of Handbrake it may look like this:

    open -n /Applications/

    (Note: If you type this manually it is crucial to have the .app extension after the app.)

    You can repeat this command as many times as you like providing you have the resources to do so (Just use the up arrow key next to the number pad to duplicate the command).

    I can't speak to what performance issues you might have by running this multiple time, or if it will even work. But I hope it helps and that someone who is willing to experiment will report back.
  8. macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2010
    If you would like to convert multiple AVI files with Handbrake, you can just run this in Terminal (CD to the folder with your files first. You might have to change the path to Handbrake to whatever it is on your system):

  9. macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2010
    Other question: How do I make a video come under the 'TV Programmes' list?

    For this part, in iTunes just right click on the file(s) and select other options. There is a media type field. Under there is an option for TV show.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    Nice command line :)
  11. macrumors 68000

    Jan 27, 2007
    Unfortunately, you can't change multiple files at one time, like you can for changing the ID3 tags of mp3s. You have change the dropdown > next > dropdown > next > ugh :(
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Check out Video will do everything that you need including metatagging!

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