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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:39 am    Post subject: handbrake or mactheripper? Reply with quote

Hey all... just found this website today; lots of good information on the mini!

I had actually a 2 part question. I have an old 1.5 core solo mini that I upgraded to 2gb of RAM (w/wired ethernet) Honestly, it's been collecting dust and figured maybe I'd try it as a HTPC. I know this processor is old skool, but will it have enough 'umph' to push out 720p? (just regular DVDs at this point)

I still have alot of reading to do on the conversion and all that goodness, but as for the actual ripping, would you guys suggest Handbrake or MacTheRipper?

Thanks for any info!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The core solo mini will do 720p. Handbrake and Mactheripper have different uses. Macthripper makes an exact copy of the files on the DVD and handbrake produces a compressed video file in a format and bit rate of your choice.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

trustory wrote:
The core solo mini will do 720p. Handbrake and Mactheripper have different uses. Macthripper makes an exact copy of the files on the DVD and handbrake produces a compressed video file in a format and bit rate of your choice.


Ah, I see... decisions decisions...

I'd probably start off with a single 500gb drive, so originally I thought an exact copy might be the way to go, but if there isn't too much loss going with a compressed version at 720p, might be the better way to go?

--rob


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ye the quality of the video will be better using Mactheripper as video is left untouched. Personally I use HandBrake as I don't have unlimited HD space. I use 2000kbps, 2 pass encoding, h.264 and 5.1 ac3 passthrough on the audio.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a point of clarification - neither approach will produce 720p files, as DVDs are 480p. The Mini can and will upscale them to 720p if you play them on a larger display though, but like any upscaling it's not increasing the resolution, only interpolating.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ClunkClunk wrote:
Just a point of clarification - neither approach will produce 720p files, as DVDs are 480p. The Mini can and will upscale them to 720p if you play them on a larger display though, but like any upscaling it's not increasing the resolution, only interpolating.


Thanks for that... /sigh... so much to learn! hehe.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would vote for MacTheRipper. If you need to save on space though I would still use MTR to rip several DVDs quickly, then you can setup a cue in Handbrake to compress them.

I suggest this because Handbrake can take a long time encoding and I don't want to have to sit there to swap out DVDs. So you can just let it do the work overnight.

Also I would stay with the free version of MTR 2.6.6 still works great for me. Another good ripping tool is FairMount.

http://www.metakine.com/products/fairmount/
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 5:27 pm    Post subject: agree Reply with quote

Ditto on usarcher's post -- use MTR to rip (goes very fast, 20 minutes or so for me) then cue them up in HB to compress.

I went with the 'apple tv' preset in HB to compress and am pretty happy with the file-size vs. quality trade-off. (Greatly varies in time to accomplish task depending on settings but will take longer than the MTR rip, thus breaking up the tasks is a good strategy.)

I also made good compressing time by running both HB and the Elgato Turbo 264 at the same time. HB uses the mac's processor while the Elgato loads off most of the work to a USB dongle -- more or less letting me compress two movies at a time. YMMV, I found it worth $99.

If drive space were infinite, going with the full MTR rips would give you the best viewing results -- but you're talking 1-2 GB files vs. 6-8 GB files, again depending on compression settings. Adds up quickly if you have a big movie library!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 10:30 pm    Post subject: Get the new MTR for gratis Reply with quote

I found this site awhile ago when I was looking for the newest MTR.

www.grizzlyelephant.com

go to the upper right hand side of the webpage and click on APPS. GOt me right to where I wanted to go.

Happy Hunting.
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