MBP 2015 & use of Handbrake

jwar1976

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Jan 29, 2019
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Hi all,

For the last few years, I have been using a 3rd Gen i5 HP Probook to encode movies to H264 on Handbrake and it takes around 5hrs to squish a 10gb 1080p file to around 2gb. Now next week I should be picking up my MBP 2015 with the i5-5257U CPU. I was wondering if handbrake works well on this kind of machine, or is there a problem with handbrake on the MBP ?.

Typical settings for Handbrake are

Profile 4.2
Variable bit rate 1889
FPS 29.9

Many thanks
 

Howard2k

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I have the same device.

My handbrake use is pretty limited but I was ripping some DVDs over the weekend into H264. IIRC it was around an hour per DVD, give or take.

Handbrake works on this machine, certainly, but if performance is a concern then I would be looking at a quad core.
 
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jwar1976

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Jan 29, 2019
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I have the same device.

My handbrake use is pretty limited but I was ripping some DVDs over the weekend into H264. IIRC it was around an hour per DVD, give or take.

Handbrake works on this machine, certainly, but if performance is a concern then I would be looking at a quad core.
Thank you for the quick reply, most of the files that I squish are 1080 MKV files already ripped and then converted / encoded to MP4.
 

pshufd

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I have a 2015 13 inch MBP from work and the fans can come on with normal office stuff. There's quite a difference in performance between the 13 and 15 inch models if you're running a lot of applications. I'd assume that handbrake uses all available cores so you'd probably want a 15 inch model for doing a lot of Handbrake. I used to use Handbrake to convert relatively short files on a 2008 MBP and it was fine for that - I have converted 30 minutes of video but it's something that I'd start and come back later.