Is Handbrake the best converter?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by omro, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. omro macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2010

    I have only used handbrake once, I converted an HD avi to iPad format and the quality kinda sucked and there were artifacts. Is there a better converter than handbrake?

    Where is a good how to for DVD ripping and conversion?

  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    What settings did you use? I've had no issues with HandBrake but quality wise you need to use H.264 codec to get better quality (MPEG-4 is faster to encode but quality is worse). I would give it another try
  3. wrkngclasshero macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2008
    Columbia, MD
    simply stated... yes.

    Starting with an AVI likely means a lossy source to begin with.

    1. Try either a DVD or Blu ray as your source material.
    2. Use the iPad preset
    3. Compare to source material.

    I promise you will not be disappointed!!

    Just my $0.02
  4. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

    Bernard SG

    Jul 3, 2010
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    Ffmpg is a good converter too.
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    DVD ripping: MacTheRipper
  5. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I'd say it was the settings you were using that gave you bad quality. I've had nothing but outstanding results with Handbrake.
  6. Shanewilliams macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    I use toast titanium and finally used it last night to convert a movie for my new apple tv. I just used the apple tv preset and it worked out perfectly. Great quality and I was actually surprised at how well it streamed through iTunes!
  7. baconroll macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2010
    Sorry to jump into this thread, but I was going to post a question and as the OP raised Handbrake it is relevant.

    Please can someone help me because this is driving me nuts!

    I am ripping DVD's and I have a Season set of Hustle (aired in UK). So I have 2 discs with 3 episodes each on them. Here is the problem.

    I load them in Handbrake then select the chapter that contains all 3 episodes. It takes 2hrs or so (or quicker), saves as m4v but will not play in iTunes or Quicktime.

    So - exactly the same settings then, I load each chapter separately, Handbrake does it's stuff and Viola! - it works fine!

    Why will it not convert the 1 chapter with all 3 episodes in yet will rip an episode separately with no problem?

    I have tried everything and cannot figure this out!

    Please help if you can.

  8. omro thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2010
  9. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    DVDFab !:D
  10. Greydog macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2004
    DVD help online

    You should toroughly familiarize yourself with the DVD/Blu-ray ripping/encoding process. Try this site:

    In addition to great tutorials, there is a list of known past and present mac tools and their capabilities.
  11. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

    Bernard SG

    Jul 3, 2010
    I don't know whether it's "the best" but MacTheRipper works quite fine and offers good flexibility. The UI sucks though. Geek-ish concept of app dev.
  12. techguy40 macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2008
    Rip It
  13. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Its definitely not Handbrake. Handbrake does an excellent job.

    As others have stated its either your source (avi is terrible and needs to die but it stays around for some reason) or your settings.

    I use the universal or apple TV preset in handbrake for iPad and its excellent.
  14. richardmu macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    I use appletv preset in handbrake and the quality looks good to me on both my tv or iPad.

    It produces an output file that I can import into iTunes in about an hour or two on my Mac mini which is reasonable I think.
  15. GermanSuplex macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2009
    Handbrake's quality has been perfect for me for a few years now.

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