VIDEO_TS or Handbrake

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by supafly99, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. supafly99 macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone!

    I'm ripping some movies using DVD Shrink on my PC to use with Plex.

    I'm ripping just main feature using DVD Shrink and was curious if its worth it to then use handbrake?

    I know that the big difference is size, some ripped movies 5-6 gigs, while handbrake is usually 1.5-2 gigs.

    Is there a lot of quality loss after handbrake, or should i just keep the straight dvd rips?

    Hard drives are cheap, and getting cheaper, so rips wouldn't be that big of a problem i think?
     
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Not to hijack your thread but how long does it take to rip a DVD movie using Handbrake?
     
  3. supafly99 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    On my PC, usually about 2 hours, using the apple tv preset CQ at about 59 - 62 percent & decombing on
     
  4. rspeaker macrumors 6502

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    I did full Video_TS archives of my DVDs, with the plan to keep the archives as well as Handbrake copies for iTunes/iPod. I filled two 1TB harddrives, and bought a new 2TB WD drive, and realized my obsession was getting out of hand.

    I've been Handbraking the videos and deleting the archives, and I'm pleased with the results (using Universal setting bumped to 62% CQ.) Movies look great on my computer, iPods and iPhone. Using the iPod video cables (outputting 640x480 I believe,) videos look great on an SD TV and are alright on an HDTV. I suspect they'd look better on an HDTV if played through an ATV (since it can play the anamorphic video.)

    I don't think most people do, but I'm ripping the commentary tracks and doing some special features, too. I don't think I'll be missing my disks or Video_TS folders any time soon.
     
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    OP: two questions

    1) how fussy are you with quality

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    2) what will you be playing these files on
     
  6. supafly99 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Not Extremely fussy, just good enough quality to look good on a 37 or 42 inch hdtv. They will be playing through plex on a mac mini
     
  7. Sky Blue Guest

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    I switched from an Apple TV to a Mini w/ Plex as the quality of the encoding was bugging me.
     
  8. glap1922 macrumors regular

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    I use handbrake to make mkv files for use in Plex on my mini. The quality level is set pretty high so encoding takes a long time, but in the end it looks as good as the dvd so I am happy with it. The only time I use the video_ts folder is if I want to keep all the menus for the DVD, which is very rare. Test a couple files on handbrake and see what you like, I started my settings with the film preset and then tweated them upwards. Good luck.
     
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    hmm well to get the quality 'good' looking on a 37 or 42 inch tv id say the final rips would come out at about 3GB each.. if you consider 5gb for a single layer or 9 gb for a dual layer disc (DL is more likely these days), if you have enough space for 9GB discs then just keep the rips and dont bother encoding to a different format..

    up to you i guess, the overall quality will be NOT that different. only in intense battle scenes/car chases would you notice the difference.
     
  10. spice weasel macrumors 65816

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    My encodes, using the Apple TV preset in HB 0.9.3, usually come out to about 1.5-2 gigs, depending on movie length. They look great on my 37" screen. 3GB is a lot. I'm not in front of my home computer now, but I think the only movies I have that are that big are the extended versions of the LOTR trilogy.
     
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    hmm fair enough, im quite fussy about my quality haha. what setting do you use? i normally either use ~70% constant quality, or i will set a bitrate myself. i also passthrough the audio, not make it the crappy 160kbps ACC (yuk).
     

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