Forum Question: How do I get the best quality using Handbrake?

I want to start with movies recorded by me on dvd and end up with iTunes compatible files of the highest possible quality using Handbrake. How do I set that up? Is there a simpler alternative to Handbrake?
Kirk Aplin

Comments: 4 Responses to “How do I get the best quality using Handbrake?”

    2/21/11 @ 11:11 pm

    Handbrake has some presets. I would use one of those. I think there is one called “Apple Universal” or something similar. But if it is quality you are after, you should play with the settings — try a small segment from your DVD and convert it using different settings. There is always a trade-off between file size and quality. There is no such thing as “best” as the file size would be huge. You want to use some settings that give you good enough quality, but the file size is still manageable. It would be the kbps that would be your primary variable to play with.

    2/21/11 @ 11:52 pm

    I have been using handbrake for sometime now and I just rip using Apple TV preset. The quality is great, file size is just right. Usually around 1.5GB in size. In the past I played with the Kbps only to find the quality no different and the file size a LOT bigger. The only recommendation I have is in “picture settings” under “filters”, check off “decomb” and set to “default”. It’s OK if you do this to every movie you rip, but it is especially useful for those older 420i movies that looked “comed” in digital. You will know when you see. Checking “decomb”/”default” will do the trick every time.

      Kirk Aplin
      2/22/11 @ 11:48 am

      Thanks Michael. That worked real well.

    2/24/11 @ 9:41 am

    Your welcome

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