Handbrake only option - mkv and avi

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jblnks3, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. jblnks3 Guest

    Well I'm new to the whole apple tv world. I've been using handbrake to backup my dvd and metaX to tag. I also use handbrake with other movie files on my computer but it seems like they take forever. For example, one mkv 2.GB file is gonna take 10 hours with High Profile setting. For my avi's its like an avg of 2 hours. Didn't know if there was another faster way to convert them to mp4 for my apple tv. My apple tv isn't jail broken and i probably wont do that either.

    Thanks if anyone helps me. Been driving me crazy since X-mas since I've only converted 10 movies to it and just been using netflix.
  2. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2010
    I have just been using "Normal" profile with 2 pass. Does great for me.
  3. aelalfy macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2010
    Berlin, Germany

    I always recommend using iFlicks for converting. I find converting time is slightly better than handbrake, and file size is equal or smaller than original. No noticeable loss in quality (had a hard time with handbrake maintaining file size and quality). Also the UI is clean and simple, drag and drop files, they get tagged at all once. No need for metaX or what not.

    Try it out and see if works for you

  4. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    For most mkv's, I find they're often already in compatible codecs (H.264 video + AAC audio) and the only problem is the container. For that, the easiest way is to use a program like Subler or MKVTools and just remux the video and audio into an mp4 container without re-encoding. Dealing with DivX stuff is more of a pain.
  5. andymodem macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    H.264 video encoding is very CPU intensive, so I'm not surprised it would take a very long time on a white MacBook. My overclocked Core2Quad Q9400 @ 3GHz only manages slightly under realtime on HD video conversion. Tested it out with a superbit DVD today and was getting 115fps.
  6. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    Yup. For DVD's, I get a bit worse than real-time on my white MacBook, but it's not too bad.

    But a 2 GB mkv is going to be higher definition than a DVD, and will take quite a bit longer.

    Remuxing it if it's already in H.264, though, takes less than a minute.

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