Anything else besides Handbrake?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by TofSanity, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. TofSanity macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2010
    Up to purchasing a Mac i have always used DVDFab to convert my dvds. now that i have a Mac i am using Handbrake, but i cannot obtain the same quality. i have used both apple tv and high profile settings both look really bad. all i want to do is use my apple tv on my big screen. any suggestions? the WDTV i was using prior could play .iso so all my movies were created that way so i could keep the original quality...
  2. whatsgooddan macrumors member

    Apr 6, 2009
    NY, USA
    :apple:tv only does h.264 while wdtv does that plus a whole lot more. no luck!
  3. colinmack macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2006
    If the quality isn't turning out, I can almost guarantee you the problem isn't Handbrke, it's the settings. There are lots of threads around ideal settings, so you may need to poke around a bit and stray off of the presets.

    Handbrake is the gold standard - you should be able to match or exceed the quality of any other conversion tool. My only other suggestion would be to go and grab the recent Handbrake 'nightly' - they've made a lot of improvements since the latest public release, and many of the recommended settings threads refer to recent nightly builds.
  4. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    +1 (Or you have super-human eyesight.) :D

    Be careful with Handbrake settings you find posted here and elsewhere... it's quite obvious that more than a few are just people who have created new presets by randomly changing settings with no rhyme or reason and then declaring that it is the gold standard.
  5. OmegaRed1723 macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2009
    The Waste
    You could use Mac The Ripper to rip/decrypt the DVD to a Video_TS file, then use the Elgato turbo.264 (software or hardware) to encode it with high quality results. Neither of those options are free, however.
  6. Seamaster macrumors 65816


    Feb 24, 2003
    That's what I use.
  7. TofSanity thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2010
    i can get the picture quality to look great but i cannot get it, using handbrake, to stay in it's original widescreen format
  8. peterjcat macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2010
    What exactly are you seeing? Handbrake won't change the aspect ratio unless you tell it to. It will crop the black bars if there are any.
  9. TofSanity thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2010
    it seems to be stretching the screen out. some movies the black bars are gone some are there yet the picture is this point i could not tell you what settings i am using since i have used just about all presets and different combinations of my own.
  10. omni macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    Ok - take a deep breath and lets stop throwing random things at the wall so to speak and see what sticks.

    First of all - download the latest version of Handbrake from here:

    Obviously make sure to download which version you need - 32 bit, 64 bit, etc. Make sure to have the appropriate version of VLC installed as well. Google it if you don't already have it.

    From there - make sure to update presets by click Preset - update presets or something along those lines.

    Now - you can either try a DVD or one of your iso's - i suggest doing a dvd first but that's just me. I'm sure you have at least 1 laying around.

    From there make sure you select the AppleTV preset but instead of doing the whole movie - you should see a chapter selection near the top that says 1 through however many chapters you have. I suggest doing something like 1 through 1 or 2 though 2, something that gives you a small enough chapter but represents the actual movie you want to encode.

    DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE!!!!! Can't stress this enough - just use the default preset.

    Now go ahead and press start and you should have a much smaller file but generated much faster. Now load this file up on the AppleTV and see how it looks.

    If you are still having problems - one suggestions is maybe delete everything handbrake related and re-install.

    I have ripped literally 2400+ TV episodes and 100's of movies and Handbrake has been fantastic.

    If you are still having problems - detail what you are trying to encode - movie, pal/ntsc, homemade movie, documentary, etc. Maybe take it to the handbrake forum and post a log.

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