Handbrake questions. Can someone please help me?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by richard13, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2008
    Mill Creek, WA
    I have some .mpg files that I created on a PC long ago. I now would like to convert them to MP4 format so I can put them in iTunes. So far, I've been using Handbrake for my other videos that were recorded in standard sizes with no cropping needed and this has been working well. However, for these videos I'm a little baffled. These videos are odd sized at 352x240 and do have some thin black bars on the left and right sides. So, Handbrake wants to crop the sides which is fine, in fact, preferred. But then it wants to resize the video more than the cropping, leaving it more square. Anyone understand why it's doing this? Can you suggest some custom settings to keep it close to the original size?

    Original files:
    MPEG Layer 3, MPEG-1

    Handbrake settings using "Normal" presets:
    Format: MP4 file
    Video Codec: H.264
    FPS: Same as source, Variable Framerate
    Video Quality: Constant Quality RF: 20
    Picture Size: 352x240, Output: 344x240, Anamorphic: 312x240 Strict (huh?)
    Picture Cropping: Auto 0/0/2/6
    Video Filters: none

  2. macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2012
    Yo momma's house
    Handbrake isn't cropping it, it's downscaling it. Just a little bit, nothing bad. Just rip it and you will see.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2008
    Mill Creek, WA
    Actually, I think it's both. I did a number of test runs here and it is cropping out the thin black bars on either side but it is also changing the size of the video in the output. It doesn't look horrible but it doesn't look like I would expect (same apparent height with just that little width taken out). Instead, it looks like it's been squished at the sides and made taller.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2009
    Try Miro

    The recently released free Miro video converter is always worth trying for these non-standard video conversions. I've also used Video Converter Pro not free but not expensive with good results.

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