Plex, Handbrake, and DVD Ripping

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by MrMacMini, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Well I just found Plex today and totally fell in love with it! Needless to say I will be purchasing a Mini and use it as my HTCP in the near future.

    I want to begin Ripping my DVD collection (200+) but I dont want to lose too much quality. Can anyone suggest the best Handbrake settings to keep most of the DVD quality when Ripping?

    I just Ripped Toy Story, although it looks ok I know it can be better.


    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    I actually just spent the better part of the last month ripping my DVD collection to H.264 files (~400).

    For my settings I used the Apple TV preset as a baseline and bumped up the constant quality setting to 62%. I then saved it as a preset and went to work. To my eyes, and everyone I've had do side-by-side visual test; the results are indistinguishable from the existing DVD. My average file size for the movies came out to be right around ~1.6GB. I have a 1TB external disk connected to the back of my time capsule, and can now stream movies all over the house.

    Everyone that comes over now is amazed that I can have over 400 movies on demand, and no need to insert a DVD into the player. I have an old(er) MBP acting as the HTPC on my largest tv for the time being, but plan on purchasing a mini very soon.

    Best of luck.
     
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    phrehdd

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    With the price of hard drives being so low, why compress your DVDs? Plex can play "vob" files and last time I tried, can play DVD ISO files (DVD copied in its entirety with menus and extras).

    If you plan on the Mac Mini, Add an external drive or better yet a NAS (network attached storage).

    For Handbrake, there are some presets that are not bad or you can elect to use or adjust them for better quality. Handbrake is a great tool but for me, I find zero reason to convert DVDs to other formats. I am sure both the Plex forums and Handbrake forums will offer ideas of settings and btw, you will find MANY opinions and answers, not just one ideal setting.

    I happen to have Windows XP running in VMWare Fusion. My tools of choice for getting the DVD over to hard drive and merging the vob (or creating a DVD ISO on drive) are AnyDVD HD and DVDshrink. There are other tools of course out there and Mac has some counterparts such as Mac the Ripper.



    - Phrehdd
     
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    phairphan

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    I second the suggestion to leave movies in their original format. I compress TV shows, but movies are left alone.

    I also second the use of the AnyDVD and DVDshrink combo. I've used Mac-based programs (FairMount and DVD2oneX mainly), but nothing I have found really compares to AnyDVD and DVDshrink.
     
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    gan6660

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    I use the universal setting and I do not loose any quality.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, now I have another issue.

    I tried using the Universal setting in Handbrake and increased the constant quality to 80%, but when Handbrake is done, I cant transfer the .m4v file to my external HDD. I get an error message and I cant play the movie.

    Anyone have any ideas on what I could be doing wrong? :confused:
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    What format is your external HDD? If it's Fat32 you'll have a 4gb file size limitation. Use Disk Utility to check.
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    I wouldn't use the "Constant quality" setting on Handbrake, it doesnt work like you think it does.
    I would say do some test rips at different bitrates, personally I use about 1500-1800kbits with a 192kbps audio track leaving about a 1.5GB file. And past that you really can't tell its ripped.
     
  9. macrumors 68020

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    80% is insane for a dvd source. no doubt the movie would have come out > 4GB and if you did not have "Large File size" checked it would not mux even. about 61 % is pretty much visually transparent for a dvd source.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

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    It is a Fat32 format.

    But from the other posts here it Looks like I just dont know how to use Handbrake..LOL...Im gonna have to play with it and find the best setting.

    Im new to Mac and Ripping DVD's. I always used a PC and AnyDVD to make back ups, never ripped.

    Thanks everyone for the help. If I get into anymore problems Ill bother all of you again. ;)
     

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