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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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How can I automate Handbrake to monitor and encode new files within a folder?

Here is what I'd like to do in Windows 7: Monitor a folder for new ISO files (Blu-ray ISOs). When there is a new file detected, launch Handbrake in the background and encode the ISO to MKV based on ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Shouldn't we always use Web Optimized for Handbrake?

I use Handbrake sometimes to compress video files, and notice that the "Web Optimized" option is not chosen by default, and cannot be set to the default in Options either. But I tried both Web ...
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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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How to make Handbrake preserve capture time / creation time?

Handbrake is an awesome video compression tool, but it doesn't seem to preserve the original capture time after a video is compressed. Any idea how to fix this?
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How do I translate HandbrakeCLI options to FFmpeg options?

I have a bunch of commandline settings that work for handbrake, but sometimes on some videos (I have no idea why) handbrake throws "Out of memory exception". I was wondering if I can find the same ...
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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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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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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 keep subtitle in HandBrakeCLI?

I do use the commandline version of HandBrake - HandBrakeCLI. I like the Normal preset of HandBrake and would like to continue using it. I found the actual command input of this preset, but what ...
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Combine/concatenate multiple MP4 files, making each file into a chapter

I am looking to use handbrake to combine 43 short mp4 files into one larger file. However, I want to ensure that the start of each file is recognized as a chapter. I'd be using vlc to play the file.
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How to use ffmpeg to downmix 5.1 DTS HD MA or Dolby TrueHD to stereo AAC with Dolby Pro Logic II?

I'm creating audio tracks from movies that can be played on Apple TV and iOS devices. Handbrake could downmix 5.1 audio to stereo with Pro Logic II matrix encoding. How can I do that with ffmpeg? I ...
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Changing video resolution with Handbrake - anamorphic and modulus parameter

I would like to convert a video in 16:9 format (1920*1080) to a 4:3 format (640*480) with Handbrake. Can anyone explain me what are anamorphic and modulus parameters? I tried to set modulus to 2 or 16 ...
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Join two h.264 movie files, merging chapters?

I have two h.264 encoded .m4v files, generated with Handbrake 0.9.3. They used the same Handbrake preset. How can I merge the two files into one movie, and do I need to do anything special to preserve ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ripping a home video VCD on Linux or Windows with VLC or otherwise

I have a VCD with 22 minutes of video on it. I would like to retain this footage and throw away the VCD. I can play the whole thing with VLC ("open disc -> vcd -> /dev/sr0 -> play"): all 22 minutes ...
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Handbrake output directory to include Title folder

I am using handbrake to convert my DVD's to .MP4 and have set the default output path Tools -> Options -> Output Files In here there is Default Path: which I have pointing to my Movies folder ...
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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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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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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 illegal to use software video ripping software such as Handbreak, AnyDVD, etc?

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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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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Appending MP4s loses sound from second file

When I try to join two MP4s together using ffmpeg, the first file plays fine and has sound, but the second one loses all sound and becomes a lot choppier. I encoded both the files from MKVs using ...
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Is there a way to re-encode video files ripped by Handbrake to add iPod 5G support?

Handbrake has an option for iPod 5G support. But I have some video files I ripped without checking that option. Can I use ffmpeg or Handbrake to re-encode those files without having to re-rip from ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...