What does handbrake do?

Discussion in 'Mac Applications and Mac App Store' started by iWinnipegger, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

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    What do people use handbrake for??

    i head it's something for your iPod...
     
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    encodes a dvd to a singe video file that you can play on your ipod and/or computer...basically
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    does it keep the quality??? or i should say,, can you keep the quality??? of the DVD?
     
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    twoodcc

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    there are various settings, but the quality is very good, you wouldn't really tell a difference, but there is a slight quality loss (to my understanding)
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    There is going to be a loss in quality no matter what you do. I have always converted my DVD's to H.264 format because it it smaller and I will never play them on a TV. If you do want to play the movies on a TV you might consider the other format even though it may be larger.
     
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    sorry to bring up such an old thread, but if i wanted to put a whole season of a tv show on my ipod would handbrake be the right software to use?
    Thanks in advance
     
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    Handbrake is a video transcoder... which means it will decode a file, and then re-encode it into a different format. DVDs are encoded using MPEG-2 which is a fairly old technology and was invented back when more effective encodings were unpractical. Any time any lossy encoding is unencoded and then re-encoded... then some image loss will occur.

    Most people now encode using MPEG-4 (H.264). It has about the same quality as MPEG-2, but results in significantly smaller file sizes. MPEG-4 was not economically feasible back when DVDs were invented. One of the most common uses of Handbrake are to convert MPEG-2 DVDs to MPEG-4 (H.264) files. You are very unlikely to notice any significant image degradation... but you can fit a lot more videos on your devices.

    /Jim
     

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