Need Help with HandBrake converting dvds to mp4 format Please

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  1. mezz macrumors newbie

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    So after downloading handbrake I put in the dvd I want to convert to mp4 format for itunes so I can eventually put it on my ipod touch. Handbrake converts it after 30mins or so, it shows up on my desktop and I drag it into itunes and it comes into itunes...........BUT when I play it in itunes its in such horrible quality its beyond viewable. I've deleted and tried modifying the format several times but still get the same results. Generally the frames are just like frozen for the first minute of the film then for the entire rest of the movie its just extremely blurry with a bunch of random colors all over the screen. Can someone who is familiar with Handbrake please tell me what I need to change in my format so my dvds are viewable on itunes, thank you so much!

    ps: i have the latest version of handbrake and the ipod touch I will eventually be syncing the movies with is 3g, also im on a windows 7 computer thanks :)
     
  2. iamvexed macrumors member

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    Did you open the DVD with DVD Player before you tried to rip it? As I recall, for Handbrake to work properly, the dvd region needs to be set, which is done most simply by letting the film begin playing with DVD Player.

    If you did that, it might be helpful to articulate the steps you followed to rip the movie. That way it will be easier to identify where you might have gone wrong.
     
  3. mezz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sorry when you say did i let the dvd play first do you mean just like letting it run in windows media player then letting it rip in handbrake

    sorry i just downloaded this program last night and im not very good with computers would it be good for you if i screen shot the current handbrake settings ive been trying that way if something in my format wasnt correct you could identify it for me?
     
  4. xlii macrumors 68000

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    You need two programs which it sounds like you already have (handbrake and vlc). Get the latest updates of both programs.

    This is where you can control the quality: In handbrake you need to set the quality. Best to use one of the presets. On the right hand side of the handbrake window there is a button (toggle presets) that when pressed will open up a slider window with the presets. Chose the Apple one that gives you the quality you want. I use high profile or ATV2.
     
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    mezz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    is vlc required for this to work or can quicktime be able to view the mp4s?

    these are my current settings for handbrake and i get a very blurry/fuzzy movie when bring it into itunes

    i can also go to the video filters and video tab and screenshot those settings if need be in HANDBRAKE, im just really trying to figure this out today im getting my new itouch in a few hours and I just really wanted all my movies ready to be syncd by the time I brought it home.

    Please help
     

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    VLC has nothing to do with viewing the movies. It helps handbrake work properly.
    Play with the resolution settings. You don't have to use the ipod touch setting. That's the minimum for the ipod touch.
    I realize you're computer illiterate, but you really need to start reading and learning.
     
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    mezz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok so this is more of the format ive been using.

    thank you eastercat for responding

    So i plan on redownloading vlc since uve informed me that it is needed for Handbrake to work properly but after I download it what will I do differently once vlc is back on my computer. Because I had it before and my movies were still blurry on itunes after converting them using Handbrake? I just dont know exactly what im supposed to do with vlc
     

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  8. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, you're using crappy settings. A res of 480*XXX (to keep correct AR) and 512-768kbps for video (2 pass) should look pretty much perfect on your 3rd gen.
     
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    mezz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    adriank thnks for responding but what do u mean a resolution of 480*XXX? and for the 2pass do i check turbo first pass as well? Also what do I do with vlc?
     
  10. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    You already had the resolution I think. Under the "Picture" tab, width: 480, keep aspect ratio checked, anamorphic as "none".

    Your choice on turbo first pass, you'll get a slightly better result if you don't use it, while keeping the same filesize, but encoding will take longer. I don't use turbo first pass, just don't use it :p

    Ignore VLC.

    Just encode a sample, say 1 minute long from the middle of the movie and preview in quicktime. If it doesn't look good then get back to us, otherwise; encode away!
     
  11. mezz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    kk sounds good ill let you know as soon as it finishes encoding :)
     
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    yes :( maybe its not the way we are formatting it because i did exactly as you said as far as what options to pick and still the same thing happens. After it encoded i played it in quicktime and about the first minute of the film is just frozen "but good quality" then after that first minute the movie starts playing with sound but its just so fuzzy and random colors are all over teh screen. What do i do? :(
     
  14. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    oh I see! I really should have read the whole thread, I do apologise.

    What you're encountering is an issue with DRM. The settings are fine, but DRM is preventing the source from being rendered correctly, the effect you are seeing is *intentional*.

    You'll need to use a tool to break the DVD protection scheme. I'd recommend AnyDVD for this, as once it's installed it will decrypt on the fly, whereas other tools require you to dump an unencrypted copy of the movie to your computer's hard drive. However, AnyDVD is pricey. DVD decrypter is an old tool, so it might not work with the latest titles, but it's completely free (it dumps unencrypted to HDD). Once the DVD dump is complete, choose "VIDEO_TS" under source and find where you dumped it, then follow the earlier instructions for encoding.
     
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    Use AnyDVD or DVDFab Passkey. Also use the AppleTV 2 preset.
     
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    blue can you send me a link if anydvd is free?
     
  18. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Yes, that's the one.

    It isn't free. It's the best way to go, but you can make do without buying anything.
     
  19. mezz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    kk Adriank and just to be sure the dvd decrypter is extracting sectors right now only 14% complete atm so i assume this will take another 20minutes or so but once this is done do I have to save this or anything? like could you please explain to me once more in detail on what I do when this dvd decrypter is done. btw I do very much appreciate you helping me throughout this whole process :)
     
  20. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Making a decrypted copy of a DVD will take about half an hour unfortunately :(

    When it's done you'll be left with a folder, named after the title of the disc. Inside there will be a VIDEO_TS folder and possibly an AUDIO_TS folder. In Handbrake, under source, select "VIDEO_TS" rather than the DVD in the drive. HB will then scan the decrypted DVD dump. After that, it behaves the same as if the disc is in the drive. Enter your encoding options (the ones I gave you earlier about resolution and bitrate) and start the encode.

    Let me know if any of that is unclear :)
     
  21. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    IIRC, vlc helps handbrake bypass the DRM issue.
     
  22. mezz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok everything sounds great and very clear. As soon as the dvd decrypter is done and after handbrake is done ill view it and let you know how everything goes, but im pretty sure this is gonna finally work now. Should be about 30mins or so for everything to finish :)
     
  23. xlii macrumors 68000

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    ... and it is free.
     
  24. mezz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    AdrianK THANK YOU SO MUCH! it worked and the quality is perfect, also being that I never even used vlc media player does that mean I can take it off my computer? and since the movie is already encoded from handbrake and now in my itunes can I delete the folder with the movie in it that dvd decrypter made or will that make it unplayable in itunes?
     
  25. ZMacintosh macrumors 65816

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    You need VLC player in addition to Handbrake. i dont know why you just didnt use that combination in the first place to encode the DVDs.
     

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