How is HandBrake on the MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by tekno, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    I've got a current (I think) MacBook Air and am thinking of getting an external CD drive in order to rip films into iTunes.

    I used to do this with my MacBook Pro and it would take a few hours to do a film, but I'm worried how long it'll take with my MacBook Air and a CD drive connected via USB.

    I'd be grateful to hear of anyone's experiences and any advice on what CD drive to buy for this purpose.

    Thanks
     
  2. macrumors P6

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    I have Apple's external drive and a MBA and it works just fine for me
    I've had no issues and the rip/encode time is faster than my older MBP
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    with a 2012 (mid) mba with 8gb i find it a tad faster than my old mbp and much faster than my old windows machine (dual core 4gb)
    i am one of those that tends to set it and forget it though so i'm not hovering around it much while it does its thing
     
  4. macrumors member

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    Handbrake works fine for me on my '11 MBA, writing out to a FW800 external drive.
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    It works well, but not as well as hopping over to Bootcamp and taking advantage of Intel Quick Sync. ;)
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    Hate to revive an old thread but I would rather that than start a new one. Anyone here have a general idea as to how long it takes to encode a blu-ray? Coming from a MacBook with Core2Duo and I'm really confused about what I need as far as upgrading. I just want to improve the 15+ hours it is currently taking me. Thanks!
     
  7. Acorn, Jan 31, 2013
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    you need something with a quad core. processor speed will matter most. anything 720p or 1080 is going to take along time to encode. many use 700x300 or 640x480
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    Out of curiosity, what settings are you typically using when you rip your DVD's to your external device? Quite a few of my attempts have come out extremely poor when trying to do this. Maybe it has something to do with which HandBrake I am using, or maybe not? I'd like to try and get these nailed down to good quality so I can utilize it properly.
     
  9. macrumors 65816

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    It took like 30 mins to rip a DVD(not Blu Ray) and the fans were running in full speed and all the cores maxed out.

    But it ripped the movie flawlessly with no jitters etc. I used an Apple Superdrive, btw.
     

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