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Handbrake settings for DVD-> MP4 Apple TV conversion

 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:15 pm    Post subject: Handbrake settings for DVD-> MP4 Apple TV conversion Reply with quote

Hi folks... been lurking here for a while, but this is my first time to post.

I'm in the process of converting all of the kids DVDs to digital so they can be watched via iTunes / Frontrow on our HT Mac Mini (2.4GHz, 2Gb RAM, 320Gb hard drive + various external USB/FW drives). Its hooked up to a 40" Samsung LCD TV.

I am also streaming the content to a couple of (new) Apple TVs in other rooms (with 37" & 30" LCDs TVs)

The Apple stuff works really well together (as you'd expect). The only glitch in the whole setup is that the quality of the Handbrake conversion seems to be erratic. 98% of the time, the picture quality is indistinguishable from the DVD, but for scenes where the picture is muddy / murky (e.g. underwater scenes, or nigh time shots) the pixilation is very noticeable.

I have Handbrake working on the normal "Apple TV" preset. Any ideas on how I can improve this, or is it just something we'll have to live with? Each movie (typically 90 mins... Pixar/Disney stuff) is usually about 1.2Gb in MP4 format. I don’t particularly want to increase the file size if I can help it… (the kids don’t enjoy their movies any less because of it)… but if there’s an easy fix, I’d give it a try.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try using the High Quality setting for movies that you care about.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can try boosting the constant quality to 62%, but other than that I think you're better off asking on the handbrake forums.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the responses...

... truth be told, I'm probably getting the best compromise as it is. Can't really complain with file sizes averaging 1.2Gb.

At this stage, I've already converted nearly 100 DVDs, so unless the kids start to notice a difference, then I doubt a HD Barney movie is going to bother me any less than a pixelated one! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For future reference -

I just was reminded about DynaFlash, who is a knowledgeable member at the HB forums, has a blog that mostly deals with the AppleTV. Some time back he came up with a high quality setting.

You can find his blog here: http://dynaflashtech.net/

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