Ultimate OS X Video Encoding Solution?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by brbubba, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. brbubba macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2006
    I've been testing out a few solutions and few of them seem to offer the ability to use the latest x264 codec builds from http://www.x264.nl/. All I could find was this quicktime component, http://www003.upp.so-net.ne.jp/mycometg3/, that was a recent build and is presumably pulling from the latest x264's. Handbrake makes no mention of any of this. How can we get something like MeGUI on OS X? The real reason I'm so attached to MeGUI is twofold, it seems to use the latest and greatest codecs with ease and it is the preferred choice of the miniHD rippers out there who are producing some of the most fantastic results I've ever seen in files that are 400MB. I've seen many of their guides and can walk through a MeGUI encode, but I have no comparison in any OS X program.

    What options do I have here? And if you really think handbrake can match MeGUI give me a reference advanced option string to test out. Thanks!
  2. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    Are you testing with the nightly Handbrake builds?

    And you will need to be a lot more specific if you want to test people's handbrake presets. A lot of your source, target, an other objectives are important.
  3. brbubba thread starter macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2006
    Haven't touched the nightly builds yet. These would be DVD TV rips, an hour each, with a target size of 150MB each. File size is more important than bitrate. If you think the nightly builds would be beneficial I will take a look. Also deinterlacing is rather important and a must. The standard deinterlacing I tried on MeGUI was insufficient, can't remember which setting I used at the time.
  4. bucksaddle macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Why not use the same advanced string you are using in MeGui? HandBrake uses x264 as well so the same parameters exist. If a checkbox or dropdown list does not exist in the GUI version of HandBrake you can just pop the parameter into the string.

    As mentioned you should also check out the nightlies as HandBrake is updated regularly with the latest x264.

    Additionally, in relation to deinterlacing you should use HandBrakes decomb filter instead - it's far superior. It's all detailed in their documentation.
  5. roidy macrumors 65816

    Dec 30, 2008
    Nottingham, UK
    What device are you encoding for? Are you encoding a file to be viewed on a large TV or a small handheld device. If your encoding for a handheld device then you can lower the resolution and bitrate right down thus lowing the file size. If however your encoding for a living room TV then I don't see how your gonna get a hour long TV episode down to 150Mb and keep it at a quality thats watchable at that size.
  6. brbubba thread starter macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2006
    Thank I'll give it a shot.

    Yes, for TV viewing. I'm assuming it's possible as many of the Mini HD rips at around 300 to 400 MBs are very watchable on a TV. I'll play around with it, if I have to bump the file size slightly, no biggie.

    Thanks everyone for your help!

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