Easy way to handbreak large amounts

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ^^ CoolMacLover, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. ^^ CoolMacLover macrumors regular

    ^^ CoolMacLover

    Jun 26, 2009
    On A Apple
    So, after getting a ton of new shows from a friend... I need to format them all for itunes, they are mostly in AVI. So I was wondering if there was an easy way to do them in a quick large mass way instead of, finding them and adding them to the queue etc.

    :) thanks
  2. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    If you use a HandBrake Nightly put them all in one folder and point HandBrake at the folder. It will scan all of them and put them in the title drop down. From there its two clicks a piece to put them into the queue and let 'er rip. Note: this does not work for HandBrake 0.9.4.
  3. darkgroove macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2010
    Could you elaborate? It was my understanding that you cannot batch encode.
  4. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Not much to elaborate on. Go download a nightly http://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=15901 .

    You will be able to pick a parent folder of a bunch of files and the gui will load them up in the "Title" drop down which normally shows the titles if scanning a dvd.

    Pick each one and "Add to Queue" which is one click a piece for two clicks per title. Once you have them all in the queue hit "Start".


    Note: HandBrake will only scan one level deep in a folder, which means that a Folder full of DVD sources will not work. Only works with flat files like mp4, avi, mkv ..... etc.
  5. Steve Jobs=God macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2007
    Although a bit more tedious, i usually load all my movies/TV Shows into Quicktime X and import them into iTunes from there, whihc converts them into MP4 and does not lose any quality.

    Can be done on QT X by going to Share>iTunes
  6. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Of course it loses quality. It transcodes them just like HB and any time you transcode you lose some quality.
  7. PurdueGuy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Any experience with Terminal and simple shell scripts? I use HandbrakeCLI (http://handbrake.fr/downloads2.php)

    I use one similar to the following
    for i in *.avi
      newname=$(echo $i | sed -e "s/avi/m4v/")
      nice /Applications/HandBrakeCLI -i "$i" -o $newname --preset "Universal"
    Note: this doesn't handle spaces inthe names, so avoid that. I have another script which removes spaces and formats the name to my liking, so I know this script will be ok, but YMMV.

    You can change "Universal" to any of the presets command line handled by the HandbrakeCLI. Use
    HandBrakeCLI --preset-list
    to get a listing of the presets.
  8. seb-opp macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2008
    He probably means that the videos are converted at the same settings as the original. Don't know if there's a better way but when I encode videos I use an app called videospec to analyse the original, then adjust the Handbrake settings so they are the same.
  9. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    I think I should point out that you need to be cautious as 'getting a bunch of new shows from a friend' is piracy.

    Using Handbrake to encode shows that YOU OWN on DVD is one thing, but what you are doing is illegal...as I am sure you know. :cool:
  10. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Right, but you will still lose some quality.
  11. ^^ CoolMacLover thread starter macrumors regular

    ^^ CoolMacLover

    Jun 26, 2009
    On A Apple
    I brought them and he downloaded them cause i have a bad internet connect
  12. tcmacintosh macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2008
  13. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    Then you should have bought them in an Apple iTunes-friendly format instead of avi.
  14. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    I completely agree that this is the fastest and easiest was to automate file encoding for iTunes. :D
  15. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    That's interesting. So what shop is that where you can legally buy mostly AVI movies, but also some in other formats, all without DRM, and someone else can download them on your behalf? I am curious. How much did you pay per movie?
  16. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    The cesspit of civilization
    ... ion????

    Where did you brought them to? Just kidding :D

    But just for curiosity's sake: Where do you BUY shows in AVI format?
  17. mattwolfmatt macrumors 65816


    Jun 7, 2008
    Oh, I see. So you're not the felon, just the conspirator to the felon. That should make it easy to sleep at night.
  18. rspeaker macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2006
    Pretty sure Handbraking your own DVDs (at least in the US) is illegal. You may not feel it's illegal because you own the DVDs, but breaking the encryption is illegal. It is just as illegal to get video files from a friend as it is to take your DVDs and rip them. But I'm sure you know that.

    (And if you live outside the US, you may not have to worry about ridiculous copyright protection laws like we do.)
  19. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    Did I say it wasn't illegal? I said it was "one thing"...since some folks believe that owning the original give legitimacy to owning a digital copy as well...i.e. fair use, and back-up of the data. The OP's version of this story is blatantly illegal in most every country.

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