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How to make a sample file with Handbrake

I want to test a couple things with my encode before I encode the whole file. Is there a way for me to make a sample file (30 seconds long or something like that) that I can analyse using different ...
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Retrieve the HandBrakeCLI command from HandBrake GUI

I understand that the HandBrake application uses the HandBrakeCLI command-line application to do the actual encoding job From all the encoding settings I've set on the HandBrake UI, how can I ...
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Video converters don't work anymore after reinstalling Windows

A few days ago, I decided to reinstall Windows 7 as my HD partition seemed to be nearly full and things were slowing down. I'd been using Handbrake almost exclusively to convert TV recordings and used ...
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Can't rip foreign film with subtitles

I'm trying to rip a foreign film DVD, Yojimbo, that has subtitles. I'd like to have the film as a file I can play on my computer and also create a DVD I can play in a player. I'd like subtitles ...
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FFMpeg and Handbrake

I have a brilliant preset saved in Handbrake but now I need to be able to use that preset in FFMPEG. Is there an easy way to translate or would I have to break apart the commands one by one?
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Handbrake settings to convert MKV to MP4 while retaining the original quality

I have a ton of MKV files I need to convert to MP4 and my chosen software is Handbrake. I'm stuck on which settings would be best for the conversion. I want to retain full quality. Do I just convert ...
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Using Handbrake with Dropfolders to add subtitle automatically

I am using Handbrake GUI version and Dropfolders to execute Handbrake. I was able convert video files successfully without any parameter. It uses default preset I downloaded from lifehacker.com. Now I ...
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How can I re-encode H.264 video with minimal quality loss?

I have a lot of MPEG-TS files (.TS container but H.264 video) and playback is fine except that when you skip forward/backward or fast forward it's very sluggish and gets pixelated, etc. I've been ...
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Best way to repackage ripped DVD to mpg

I have a bunch of DVDs that I've already ripped into a VIDEO_TS directory containing .IFO and .VOB files. I have a cheap primitive video player that will accept .mpg files. I've tried two different ...
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Handbrake output .WMV

I'm trying to convert .AVI files to something a DMA2100 (Windows Media Center Extender) has an easier time handling. I can play .avi files but if you stop the video you have to skip back to the same ...
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Can HandBrake flip/rotate a video?

I'd like to use HandBrake to compress some video that was taken via a camera that was mounted upside down. I found a reference to a command-line rotate option, but I can't find it in the GUI. Am I ...
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Handbrake: How to retain sharpness when down-sampling video during an encode?

I have a bunch of 1280x720 resolution videos, but I really don't need to have that high resolution, so I thought of re-encoding and resizing them to 852x480 to save some space, but I noticed Handbrake ...
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How to convert 50 episodes from DVD into 50 .mp4 with HandBrake, easily?

I loaded a DVD with 50 episodes in it (chose VIDEO_TS from the program), now when i open it in HandBrake, it shows 50 "titles" in there. i choose 320x240 output format and start converting. Then i ...
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How can I automate converting AVIs to mp4 and stuff them in iTunes?

I know I can use Handbrake to do this all by hand, but I'd like to automate the process. I'm on a Mac, so as a first step, I've tried downloading ffmpeg for the Mac but it's a nightmare to get it ...
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How can I mix two movies together before I handbrake them?

How can I mix two movies together before I handbrake them? I've got a two part movie on my disk as a pair of VideoTS folders. I want to generate one output movie. I plan on using handbrake to do the ...
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How to simply remove subtitles and languages with handbrake?

I use Handbrake to transcode some of my MPEG-2 Transport Stream videos, but I'm not pleased with the resulting quality, even if set high bitrates. So my idea is to simply remove unwanted audio tracks ...
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How do I convert WTV (and DVR-MS) files into a smaller standard format?

The external hard drive on my HTPC is almost full and so I'm going to need to convert a large number of the films recorded from the television (in WTV format) into something smaller. At present, a 2 ...
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Handbrake is slow at converting audio

My conversion in Handbrake is taking forever (over 24hrs). The video conversion is done in a few minutes, but then I get miles of this over and over again: sync: adding 102 ms of silence to audio ...
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Is it possible to queue HandBrake transcodes across multiple DVD drives?

As I strive to be more efficient with my transcoding of all my personal DVDs, I was wondering if its possible to queue up a couple of DVDs at a time in separate DVD readers. I've not been able to find ...
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Getting Windows Media Center to recognize chapter marks in .mp4 files

I started to convert my DVD collection to .mp4 and despite the fact that Handbrake is adding chapter marks in the .mp4 files, WMC doesn't recognize them and skips forward in the same manner as ...
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How can I transcode a library of DVD Rips into a more compact/accessible format?

I have a hard drive that was filled with DVD copies of movies that I own, used in conjunction with My Movies to allow the children to easily watch the DVDs without having to mess around with and ...
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Can a GPU be used to Encode h264?

I am wondering if I get a better graphics card could it speed up h264 encoding on my machine using handbrake? If so how can I tell what graphics card will support this? I am aware that the GPU can ...
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Best Handbrake settings for encoding TV shows

Been using Handbrake since it's the fastest and easiest program for me to understand as I'm not a real A/V guy and I'm getting some under par results from it when it comes to TV shows. I see episodes ...
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Handbrake Not Finding Audio Tracks on DVD

I'd been running Handbrake 0.95 (and earlier versions) on OS X Snow Leopard (and earlier versions) for some time and it's been working great. However, recently my Mac gave up the ghost and I replaced ...
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Why Handbrake compressing a video from a DVD can become 300MB, 1GB, or 2GB when the original should be only 600MB?

Handbrake can convert a DVD clip which is about 30 minutes to a 300MB .mkv file. For experiment, I tried also 1GB file size and 2GB, and they both came out as 1GB or 2GB. But I estimate that the ...
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Open source tool to merge videos (VCD CD, DVD chapters) without losing too much data prior to encoding

Is there an opensource tool to merge videos alongside with encoding. Merge in a sense to merge vcd cd1 and vcd cd2. or to merge different chapters of dvd. can handbrake do this?
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Handbrake Crunches Out 4Kb File

I've been using Handbrake to convert some movies to something I can put on my iPad or Apple TV. By in large it's been working great but I've noticed some of the avi's I toss at it come out as only ~...
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Is it illegal to use software video ripping software such as HandBrake, AnyDVD, etc? [closed]

Is it illegal for one use a ripping and decoding software to rip his or her own DVD collection? Does the Digital Millennium Copyright Act make it illegal? I was always under the impression that a ...
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What is the best / latest software to convert DVD recorder disc to YouTube?

I recorded some Wii gameplay to a DVD-R using a DVD recorder, and tried using Handbrake to convert it to YouTube compatible format. Basically, it needs resizing to 16:9, and selecting 00:03 to 3:10 ...
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How to see what command-line options handbrake sends to mencoder

I want to see what command-line options handbrake is sending to mencoder. I looked at the Activity Window and it shows a lot of stuff but not what I'm looking for. How can I find it?
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Best way to convert episodic DVDs for Windows Media Center?

I'm archiving my DVD collection. My goal is to be able to play them back in Windows Media Center on Windows 7 Ultimate. For feature-length DVDs, I'm using AnyDVD and CloneDVD, which is working well. ...
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How to add subtitles with Handbrake

I'm trying to add subtitles to an AVI using handbrake. The subtitles are stored in an .srt file. The output file is MP4. After I run the conversion everything completes without error but when I watch ...
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Handbrake --stop-at parameter not working as intended

I run the following from command line: handbrakeCLI.exe -i SourceFile.mkv -o OutputFile.mkv --stop-at 120 According to the CLIGuide you can supply the --stop-at value as seconds (which is what I ...
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How to add all titles to queue in Handbrake on OS X

How do I easily add all titles to the queue in Handbrake on OS X and ideally automatically include the title number in the file name as well?
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Clipping in video converted by HandBrake

I own an iPad and an iPhone 4 and my Mac has a Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP 30-inch (2560x1600) display connected to it. I have a wealth of both 720p and 1080p ‘MKV’ videos of various television shows and ...
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how to rip several minutes of dvd with subtitles - using VLC

Title says it all...I want to rip several minutes of a DVD movie - with subtitles - using VLC (or Handbrake). How can I do this? OS is Windows 7.
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How do I fix Handbrake mp4s that produce Error -2041 when loaded in QuickTime?

After encoding a DVD video to MP4 using Handbrake 0.9.4(2009112300) using the High Profile preset, my video will not open in QuickTime. The video itself does not appear to be corrupt, I can play it ...
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Ripping DVDs to 700 MB video files

When downloading movies on torrent websites, usually they come as 700 MB video files and with the .avi extension. In one single DVD I have 4~6 movies and they play very nice (with good quality) in my ...
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How can I get WMC to play MKV files?

I'm trying to play a .mkv file (created with handbrake) in Windows Media Center. I'm running Win 7 x64 I've installed haali media splitter (file: MatroskaSplitter110109) I've installed ffdshow ...
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How to replicate the Handbrake and DVD43 combination on 64 bit Windows 7?

I recently upgraded my pc to windows 7. On my old 32bit machine I used to be able to run DVD43 in the background and use Handbrake to rip a DVD into iPhone format? DVD43 doesn't work on Windows 7 64 ...
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How to let Handbrake recognize a VIDEO_TS folder?

My Kung Fu Panda DVD movie has become scratched. It contains the following files: BUP files: - VIDEO_TS.BUP * - VTS_01_0.BUP * - VTS_02_0.BUP - VTS_03_0.BUP IFO files: - VIDEO_TS.IFO * - ...
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What video codec should I use?

Based on the answer to another question here (which I can't find now), I downloaded and started using Handbrake and I like it a lot so far. Works well on Windows, is lightweight, is pretty ...
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What is the best Handbrake preset for playing video files on Tivo Series 3

I have Mac2Tivo app running, and I can put video files on Tivo. Tivo supposedly supports avi and various other encoding, but half the time video's don't play. I'm pretty sure this has something to do ...
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Slow audio in Handbrake

I was trying to convert a H264 video down to iPod resolution in order to be able to watch on my Palm Pre. It turns out that while video converts just fine, the audio track seems to be dramatically ...
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How to soft code an MKV with subtitles?

I have an avi and corresponding .srt file for subtitles. I hate having two files for this movie, so what I want to do is convert this file to mkv as I heard it can hold subtitles. I have handbrake ...
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Repackage m4v file

I have some m4v files I made with Handbrake where the AC3 audio channel was the first one, and the stereo was the second. This causes problems with some things (like Quicktime) so I want to repackage ...
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Convert mkv/h264 video so it can be played on a “mid-range” Sony Ericsson phone. (using Ubuntu)

As a little experiment I thinking of converting some video/movies/tv-series into a format that could be playable on my K850, but to be a little bit more generic in this question let's say "mid range ...
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How to create video file from DVD

I want to take the DVD video slideshow that I got from my wedding photographer, and put the video on youtube (I have permission, I made sure to get the non-exclusive rights to use anything she created ...
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What would cause a video encoded with HandBrake to become distorted (playing in slo-mo)?

I'm trying to encode a video using HandBrake, but every time I try it seems to make the video twice as long and half the speed. I've tried default options for different H.264 formats with the same ...
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Handbrake stackdump while converting video

Handbrake dumps its stack on me when I try to resize a video file. The original file size is 2.7GB and the Target Size is 700MB. No other settings of the video are being changed (left at default). ...