good quality video....

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by nuno1959, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. nuno1959 macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2009
    Hi guys !

    recently, after a couple of accidents/damaged disks, i've decided to rip my DVD collection & store it away for safekeeping but being a total newb to the video world/formats/etc.. i thought i'd ask you guys what you would advise me to use - preferably software that would produce files that take a bit less space - many concert DVD's i have go up to 8 or 9GB !!

    my computer is a late 2009 27'' iMac i7/1TB/16GB of RAM & after googling up & reading about ripping & video encoding ( is that the right word ?.. ) i am more confused than before if that's possible ! :-b

    i have tried VLC, HandBrake, etc...but having absolutely NO IDEA of what settings work best, i just got my head spinning after fiddling with those & trying this & that setting....

    my aim is to strike a balance between a really good quality/ease of use/file size & not necessarily ABSOLUTE BEST quality movie files, if possible remove some slight ''blockiness'' some DVD's have but without getting real deep into video processing/encoding/transcoding/whatever !!! ;-)

    i have my iMac connected via HDMI to my 42'' Panasonic HD TV, want to store my files on W.Digital external drives which i already have & play them from there

    sorry for such a long post, any help would be VERY appreciated - many thanks to you all for the info & pleasure i get from this forum


  2. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    I encode using the AppleTV2 preset in Handbrake. Works with all iOS devices & iTunes plus some media players.
  3. slothrob macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2007
    If you are not obsessed with getting the absolute best quality possible, I would also suggest just going with the aTV2 preset. This is a pretty well refined setting and it looks excellent. There is no real need to be fiddling with a bunch of settings you don't understand, you probably won't improve the encode.

    I would strongly suggest checking the Decomb and Detelecine boxes for content recorded in video. Also, you can decrease the Constant Quality:RF setting to 19.25, and you might see an improvement in the encode if you look really close, probably close to indistinguishable from the source.
  4. nuno1959 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2009
    encodes, formats...

    thanks guys - much appreciated

    i'll give it a try this afternoon & see how it goes. as i said, absolute best quality isn't a priority, i just want them to look as the original DVD's or as close as possible but WITHOUT agonizing over it ;-)

    will let you know how it went - by the way, any experience with Elgato Turbo.264HD ? i read some good things about it, checked it out & it's interface looks SO simple & neat
  5. slothrob macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2007
    The Turbo thing produces lower quality encodes than Handbrake, without being any faster than Handbrake set to produce similar quality encodes, from what I've read.
  6. peterjcat macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2010
    This is true. The Turbo software does have a nice interface, but, you know, ideally you'll be spending more time watching the movies than looking at the interface. So use Handbrake and the ATV2 preset.
  7. OmegaRed1723 macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2009
    The Waste
    The only change I make to the default ATV2 profile on standard definition source material is moving the slider from 20 to 18. You may wish to experiment by encoding a small sample, or doing a live preview in Handbrake. Other than that, ATV2 profile is great for me.
  8. nuno1959 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2009

    Ok. guys, i hear you !!

    many thanks for your input, not only is it good info as you saved me some money as well with the Turbo whatwhat..

    now all i need is to get down to it & start converting a couple of hundred DVD's - any volunteers ?? ;-)



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