When will I be able to import all DVDs straight into Itunes?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by 26theone, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. 26theone macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2008
    Is the iTunes Digital Copy option gaining traction? Why is importing a CD available now but DVDs slow in coming?

    I've had numerous problems getting a DVD encoded to DVD like quality for my :apple:TV output to my 61" 1080p tv. Countless hours wasted on finding the right settings for the encode only to be disappointed with the result. They look fine on my ipod(s) but on the apple TV they are awful.

    Ive used Magic DVD Ripper, Nero Recode 3, and Handbrake and so for I cant get DVD quality playback through my :apple:Tv.

    Is the problem due to the size of my TV?
  2. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    Without knowing what settings you are using, I can't say for sure why you aren't getting the results you like. However, keep in mind that you are trying to upscale 480p to 1080p on a 61" screen. I think your solution lies with Blu-Ray (or HD-DVD if you like the underdog) and not with standard def DVDs.
  3. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    At the end of the year there should be more DVD's with digital copy.

    What settings are you using for ripping? Also if you want HD go with HD DVD/Blu-Ray as DVD looks crap after ripping and then upscaling sometimes
  4. MikieMikie macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Newton, MA
    It'll probably be awhile until this takes off. If it does.

    The film industry has a very different take on protecting their property. They have instituted a very restrictive copy protection policy that the music industry did not.

    I have a Samsung 57" DLP HDTV and my encodes are indistinguishable from DVDs. I use Handbrake (for the most part) with the Apple TV preset -- the Mac version.

    These are Windows programs (with Handbrake on both platforms). I have had experience with Magic DVD Ripper and found its results entirely unsatisfactory.

    No. Your problem is that the Windows programs you are using are not doing an adequate job for you.

    Windows users: can you help him with Handbrake settings? Or with a decent encoding program?
  5. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    Magic DVD is what i use to rip DVD's didn't read what the Org. post read
  6. HotRodGuy macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2008
    Huntington Beach, CA -> Raleigh, NC
    I tried DVDfab w/ Talladega Nights over and over this week trying different settings. I can't get anything to work w/o the audio being COMPLETELY out of synch by the middle of the movie.

    Also, what settings are you guys using for DVDfab for the apple TV? I keep reading there is already an AppleTV profile, but can't find it ANYWHERE!
  7. 26theone thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2008
    Thanks for the responses. I've been a bit cranky as I recently spent $350 on the :apple:TV after reading on the :apple: website that I could watch rented movies on it. So get it home and no dice, wait for an update please.

    I dont intend to purchase movies from iTunes currently because I need a physical copy for the car, etc. I really only want to rent them.

    So I ripped a DVD to a single MPEG-2 file using Magic DVD Ripper. Watching the dvd on my PC looked basically like the original. 6+gb file size.

    After that I gave Handbrake another try with using the MPEG2 rip as the sourcefile and using the AppleTV preset on Handbrake. I did select the 2nd pass option with turbo first pass but left everything else the defaults.

    I also found that in my case I had to remove the spaces from the source file name (dvd rip) to get handbrake to work properly without crashing. Unix app I guess..;)

    Tonight I will sync it up to the :apple:TV and see how it looks.

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