I am trying to rip some dvds to my harddrive in anticipation of the Apple TV I just ordered. I have been using handbrake's standard output to make Mp4s. They look fine on my laptop, but they don't look good at all on my tv. I am currently viewing them from my MacBook Pro hooked by a DVI to Hdmi cord to my Samsung 720p flat panel. At 2am this morning I queued 4 movies using the apple tv preset. It is now 8:45 and it still has 1 hour to go to complete the 3rd movie. Now my question is this, if I continue to use the standard hardbrake settings for a MP4 (not .264) as opposed to the apple tv preset, will they look any better once they are coming through the apple tv? I don't know if I am seeing any degradation in the quality because I am going from DVI to HDMI. Also, is this thing moving so slow because my computer needs more ram. I currently have 2 gigs installed. Please advise. Thanks in advance.