handbrake to mp4 terrible quality

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  1. mrgreeneyes, Apr 26, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2012

    mrgreeneyes macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2007

    I have tried to convert my iron man dvd, with handbrake to watch on my iPad, or iPhone.

    and i read on various forums to get the best quality, is to use the Apple TV preset. and i did that and the picture quality is terrible. so i tried all the different presets and they are all terrible quality, nothing even close to the dvd quality.

    what am i doing wrong?


    i included some screen shots

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  2. brucewayne macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2005
    You could use Universal or AppleTV 2 setting and bump up the average video bitrate to 2200 - I know this is counter to the HB developer's constant quality recommendation, but sometimes I feel setting an average bit rate is beneficial.

    This film is 2.35:1 so you are only going to be working with 720x368 source resolution from the DVD.

    If its a movie you love and will watch often, you might consider just buying the HD version on iTunes ($16.99)

    Dynaflash seems to be the guru on this though, if he sees this and weighs in I'd go with his recommendation.
  3. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    I'd use the iPad or AppleTV preset and bump the RF for Constant Quality to 19. One RF factor can make a big difference.
  4. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    It also looks like it isn't cropping out the letter boxing. This is wasting bits. As others have suggested, try the ATV2 or "high profile" preset.
  5. mrgreeneyes, Apr 27, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2012

    mrgreeneyes thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2007
    Thanks for all the help.
    I will try the different suggestions, and post some screen shots

    here is screenshots of me converting the iron man movie, using the apple tv preset, and adjusting the RF to 19.

    the picture quality still looks terrible.

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