Encoding Questions

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Roy Hobbs, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. macrumors 68000

    Apr 29, 2005
    I picked up an :apple:tv this week and I want to start ripping and encoding my DVDs.

    My goals are high quality video (for display on 65 inch TV) and 5.1 sound but keeping the file size at a decent level.

    I messed around with Handbrake and Visual Hub and I notice Handbrake is encoding at 720x400 and Visual Hub at 852x480. I like that Handbrake can do 5.1 and AAC so I can still watch the videos on my iMac but I am concerned with the difference is video sizes. Should I be??

    I would trade the AAC from Handbrake for better video from Visual Hub if needed.

    I need help so I can start the long encoding process. Any suggestions and tips would be great.

  2. macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
  3. thread starter macrumors 68000

    Apr 29, 2005
    Can you explain how I do this??

    Anamorphic appears to be set to strict by default when I choose the AppleTV preset
  4. macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    WEll, if anamorphic is on, you will not get a 700 x 400 file (unless its hard letterboxed which I doubt) Is your source anamorphic ? What do the dimensions read in the picture preview window right under the preview. If anamorphic is on there should be three sets of dimensions shown. Source, Output, and Anamorphic.
  5. thread starter macrumors 68000

    Apr 29, 2005
    I don't know what anamorphic is, I am very new to video encoding.
    I am trying to encode the 1989 Batman movie which was ripped using Mac The Ripper. My first attempt was with VisualHub, according to iTunes the files size is 852x480.

    When I load the same source into HandBrake I get these dimensions
    Source 720x480
    Output 716x478
    Anamorphic 848x478 Strict

    I also noticed my video created with VisualHub seems to go out of sync, then I pause and then play and it will come back into sync but eventaully go back out of sync. Is this because I am streaming (Airport Extreme N) or was the Visual Hub encode just bad??

    Thanks for the assistance

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