Handbrake help...

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by brian4610, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. brian4610 macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2005
    I'm trying to rip a dvd to my computer then to my iphone. I used mac the ripper to get it's contents onto my computer, now i'm trying to use Handbrake to finish off the job however, it's telling me that it'll take 30 hours (the ETA at the bottom of the screen)!?!

    my computer is a powerbook, 1 gig of ram, and is not slow. What could be causing this massive delay?

    any suggestions?
  2. soberbrain macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2008
    I've used Handbrake to rip my Simpsons DVDs directly to iTunes for my iPhone. Didn't need to use Mac the Ripper.

    I did it overnight and it took a while. 3 hours of shows took over 9 hours to rip on a 1.25 Ghz 1.5 MB RAM PowerBook.
  3. winninganthem macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2008
    It might be just that the DVD has copy protection designed to give sector errors, thus making the rip time very long.

    On Windows there are good programs like AnyDVD or DVD Fab that can bypass protection and create VIDEO_TS folders. I'm still searching for a Mac app that can do that kind of thing. (Anyone have any suggestions??)

    The idea is that after you have ripped the DVD to a VIDEO_TS folder, put that into Handbrake and then set it to "iPhone/iPod Touch" format.

    So yeah, it's a two step process. 1.)Rip to a VIDEO_TS folder, and 2.)Encode with Handbrake with iPhone format selected.
  4. brian4610 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2005
    I'm new to the DVD rip, but i believe that mac the ripper does put it into a Video_TS file...that's what i have tried to put into handbrake...

    The DVD is 2 hours long (a live concert), and again, it's telling me that it's going to take 30+ hours for it to rip....

    do i need to tinker with the settings? I toggled that side bar that comes up and set it for iphone...anything else??
  5. mgridgaway macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2006
    Yes! I finally find a need to post something. I believe this my second.

    Anyways, I've worked with handbrake a lot in the past on a similar system (G4 Powermac with a 1.47 processor and 1.5 gigs of ram). Unfortunately, handbrake requires a LOT of processing power, and with a G4 it just tends to take forever. Looking at the iphone option.... which... yeah, it's encoding it with H.264, a great encoder that probably requires the most processing power. On the plus side, it creates a file that is smaller and has better quality than any comparable alternative. I think my G4 could handle about 4-5 fps, which translated to about 3 hours for a 22 minute tv episode.

    You basically have 3 options:

    1) Wait 30 hours for the iphone preset and have a great video
    2) Downgrade the quality of the video (either encode it as normal mp4 or lower the bitrate). I wouldn't recommend this but I'm a perfectionist.
    3) Buy a new mac. That's what I did (well, for other reasons as well of course). With my 2.0 Ghz iMac I can chug along at a respectable 30 FPS, which is great but not as good as the 50 fps my brother got with the pc I built him.

    Of course, the third option is definitely gonna cost you... but I can verify that it really does speed the whole process up.
  6. Andre1980 macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2008
    I'm also a proud owner of a G4 PowerBook - these days a rather slow machine...:rolleyes:

    That's why I use my wife's Intel mini for ripping. So your experience with 30 hrs of encoding time on a PB sounds familiar to. The PB is just that slow.

    I'd suggest to rip a DVD directly to the desired iPod format using Handbrake.
    It's faster that way. Especially because it doesn't create whole DVD features like the menus and all that, which you'll get when using mac the ripper.
  7. mgridgaway macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2006
    That may not be possible though. Mactheripper also takes off copy protection. If the movie he's trying to encode has it, I don't believe Handbrake will be able to rip it at all straight from the DVD (that is my experience, at least).
  8. brian4610 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2005
    Are there any other recommended programs that expose my geriatric machine?
  9. brian4610 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2005
    what if i could use my wife's computer (macbook 2.1Ghz), covert it and then transfer it using a portable USB drive, then upload it to my computer, transfer it to itunes/iphone?

    Handbrake is great, i finally got the video to transfer, but it literally took 30+ hours for a 2hr and 18min DVD....
  10. brian4610 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2005

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