I simply want to rip 100 DVDs once each and have the resulting file be the best quality possible to view on a big screen TV and also to be viewable on my iPad (wife doesn't like SciFi!).
I bought MacX DVD Ripper Pro but whatever option I choose gives exactly the same file size.
Options for every device (you'd imagine iPad Mini would have a smaller file size than choosing Apple TV2?) I've chosen seem to make no difference.
I was going to rip a version for TV and rip again for my iPad4, but hopefully one rip will suit both, and will also suit the next iPad assuming it goes retina.
Options for Interlacing, or High Quality still produce same file size.
I realise that you can't improve on the original DVDs mpeg2, obviously, but I wanted to retain the best quality possible.
I have got lost int he detail. help!
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I would use handbrake and use the ipad presets. ANd use constant quality encoding. You can just rip with macx dvd ripper(i guess handbrake also can rip if you have vlc).
But if you prefer macx dvd ripper then check if you can find any constant quality encoding settings. The output file size should then depend on the source quality/length/etc.
And I'm moving you to our mac section.
Last edited by Baldrick; 20th Sep 2013 at 09:42.
Thanks for moving my question.
I was using Handbrake but then it was discontinued (I know its back now!) so I paid for the MacX thingy.
So - question, even with Handbrake, are all the preset options for iPad4, iPad Mini, Apple TV actually all producing the same file (certainly file size) as MacX seems to?
Hopefully someone who uses the program will find this question because the support from the firm never actually answers the question!
The presets produce slightly different files based upon your choice. The best advice I can provide is to try one chapter using various settings and determining what looks fine to you. Do remember that DVD is standard definition so choosing a "higher quality" setting may produce nothing except a bigger file. Probably the AppleTV setting (not 2 or 3) will be fine.
Apple TV2 max resolution: 1280×720
Both resolutions are larger than DVD resolution. So, converting for either device could do with the same resolution.
HandBrake has one preset for iPads of all generations. HandBrake's presets for the two devices use the same AVC level (3.1) and x264 constant quality setting (RF 20).
At a glance, it appears HandBrake's only difference is .mp4 versus .m4v for these two presets.