Handbrake really slow or is it just me?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mcpreaches, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. mcpreaches macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2012
    Ok so I am running and two computers and it seems to me that handbrake is running really really slow. Does this sound normal or is it just me?

    CPU 1 - 2.4ghz intel duel core MBP with 4GB RAM running os 10.6.1
    Converting a 43 min BluRay MKV to Apple TV3 preset = 10 hours

    Cpu 2 - 2.2 ghz intell quad core i7 4GB RAM running os 10.7.4
    Converting a 43 min BluRay MKV to Apple TV3 preset = 3+ hours

    Do those times sound right? I converted a movie on my tower which has 20GB or ram and the movie took almost 6 hours. Any ideas?
  2. madsilencerr macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2012
    I don't know if it is normal or not, i know though that handbrake has to do with the cpu, not the ram.
  3. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    It won't matter about the RAM, it's all about the processor.
    Could you upload the mkv to Dropbox so someone else can convert it and see if it's normal?
  4. oLNutjob macrumors member


    Mar 30, 2011
    How Large are....

    your files before conversion?

    With Mp4 or Avi conversions on a quad core you can actually run 4 copies of the same conversion software at the same time and really make that 8 threaded CPU blow some heat.
  5. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    What CPU is your tower?

    Handbrake is mostly about processor so your Quad i7 will definitely out perform the C2D or Core duo processor.
  6. mcpreaches thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2012
    First thanks for the info and help.
    1) The file size on this one file is 9.5GB and they usually run between 10- 35GB depending on the BluRay

    2) Can't upload to DB b/c the file will take forever lol

    3) The tower is a 3.6 8 core Intel Xenon funny thing is it takes the same time to convert movies as the MBP

    This times seam very very long. Any ideas? I herd if I run two copies of Handbrake at the same time it goes faster... True / False and if true how do I do that?

  7. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    False. But Handbrake can compress more than one video at a time. Open "Activity Monitor" to check that all your CPUs are being used.
  8. Aidoneus macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2009
    Looks about right for you processors.
  9. bogdandr macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2012
    i3 based PC vs i5 2.3 Mac Mini -- AppleTV 3 - 1080p

    What will be the better choice between i3 2105 based PC and Mac Mini i5 2.3 GHz in converting video files for AppleTV3?

    The conversion time for a movie using HandBrake will be acceptable in both situations?

    What will be the perfect machine for the fastest AppleTV3 movie files conversion using HandBrake (or a better software)?
    Dual CPU main-board (2x i7 CPU)...or a combination between an i5 + one or 2 powerful video card ?

    Many thanks!
  10. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    It's certainly not just you but just because others have unfounded expectations doesn't mean that the expectation is valid. ;)

    Those numbers don't seem out of line to me.

    Read posts 2, 3 & 5 in this very thread. Notice a trend?
  11. bogdandr macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2012
    One i7 or 2x i7 (dual CPU mb)?

    Will 2xi7 offer a twice speed in transcoding in comparison with one i7?

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