DVD Ripping Questions

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by AndyR, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. AndyR macrumors 6502a

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    I'm going to be going on a flight to the USA soon and was planning on taking my MacBook (if they let me take hand luggage now) to watch some flims on. I don't want to take the DVD as its something extra to carry plus it will eat more battery life up so I was thinking of ripping them to the hdd.

    Question is, what sort of settings should I rip a DVD with to give a good quality for full screen viewing? I've got handbrake at the moment but have only used it for ripping to iPod and don't know toooo much about all the settings so any help would be appriciated.

    Thx!
     
  2. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    Easy. Put DVD in drive. Open Handbrake. Select h.264 encoding (NOT Mpeg 4). Set video quality to 1250kbs and sound quality to 160kbs AAC (that's what I use anyway). And then start ripping!
     
  3. AndyR thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. live4ever macrumors 6502a

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    If you need to maximize battery life - then rip to with XviD or ffmpeg - h.264 will use a lot more processor especially at the higher resolutions necessary for full-screen playback.
     
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  6. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Yeah, but with massive filesizes.

    I can't tell the difference between 1250-1500kbps H.264 encoding at full resolution and the original DVD.

    I wish I had an Intel Mac so that encoding a movie in H.264 didn't take upwards of 10 hours. :eek:
     
  7. balamw Moderator

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    It's still not instant, even on an Intel Mac, so don't wait until the last moment to try this! (I get roughly 1X speed 25 fps or so on my iMac).

    B
     
  8. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    Well, I can depending on the DVD. Often on DVD's with older film on them, if I encode at 1250kbs at full resolution, it can look pretty awful and blurry. I don't know why. When that's the case, I'll lower the resolution or up the kbs.
     
  9. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Oh I know it's not instant but it's a hell of a lot better than ~4fps...

    You know Laslo's new Mac Pro does full resolution H.264 at around 65fps :eek: I want one, I want one sooooo bad!!!
     
  10. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
  11. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Yah.... :eek:

    EDIT:
    Here's the link to the post where he tried the Handbrake test at...

    H.264
    1000kbps
    128kbps audio
    2-pass encoding
    main profile

    65 bloody frames per second... *shakes head incredulously*

    See for yourself -> Here.
     
  12. balamw Moderator

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    Yeah, I was just warning the OP not to think about starting this the night before the flight. Even using MTR, copying 4-8GB takes real time.

    65 fps, meh. It's only 3x my iMac. Who cares. ;)

    B
     
  13. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000

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    MTR doesn't take real time...even on my 12" pb i can rip the dvd in about 25 minutes. Then watch the files in a program like mpeg streamclip. very handy when you just want something short term and don't want to encode.
     
  14. balamw Moderator

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    I guess I'm not being clear this morning.

    Handbrake will be roughly 1x on an Core Duo Mac, faster on a Mac Pro, slower on older machines. MTR will be faster than that, but will ultimately be bound by the speed of the optical drive and HDD since you are moving a fair amount of data.

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  15. RockyOne macrumors newbie

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    Sadly,Looks like no hand luggage anymore on flights US

    Looks like we can't carry on lappies etc anymore..Guess you'll just have to make sure you book a flight with a range of in flight movies.Enjoy the trip anyway..
     

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