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DVD Ripping/Video Conversion - Best Settings/Howto

References:
Storm Video Conversion: Handbrake 0.9.3 - BlackBerry Forums at CrackBerry.com (source post)
HandBrake

To rip movies, you need to install dvd43 and restart your computer. This will on the fly remove the copy protection from your DVD's so that you can encode straight from the disc using Handbrake. Then install Handbrake. Choose your DVD Drive as the source and either the "Iphone & Ipod Touch" preset (change the audio to stereo), or the attached zip file (which you need to extract into "C:\Program Files\HandBrake". Please be aware that this will overwrite your current presets if you have any. You may optionally paste the following code into the "C:\Program Files\HandBrake\user_presets.xml" file:

Code:
<Level>0</Level>
<Name>BlackBerry Storm</Name>
<Query> -i "D:\VIDEO_TS" -t 1 -c 1 -o "c:\path\to\save\as\file.mp4" -f mp4 -X 480 -e x264 -b 700 -a 1 -E faac -B 160 -R 48 -6 stereo -D 1 --markers="C:\temppath\VIDEO_TS-1-chapters.csv" -x level=30:ref=2:mixed-refs=1:analyse=all:me=umh:no-fast-pskip=1:cabac=0 -v </Query>
</Preset>
Please see the source post at forums.crackberry.com for screenshots of the encoding window.

Some information specific for the Storm and x264:
It does not support B Frames, CABAC or 8x8DCT.

Quality or Size?:
The iphone/ipod touch preset is pretty good. It makes the files a very acceptable size. The problem is that it is noticeably blurry in some things even on the small screen. Perhaps if you never compared it to a full quality encode you would never notice, but I did and I do. My preset changes from %quality to preset kbps. I found 700kbps to be the sweet spot. At 600kbps, there were noticeable artifacts around text on the screen (such as subtitles in movies with foreign dialect). The difference in size between the Iphone preset and the Blackberry one I made is roughly 19%. A two hour video under my preset is about 775MB whereas under the iphone preset it would be around 628MB. In my opinion, the difference in resolution more than makes up for the difference in file size. Also, for those curious ones, I used MeGUI with the iphone preset to encode the reference piece. The size is 1.28GB and my preset is about 95% as good. Mine also encoded in half the time. After trying 2 pass encoding and single pass more than once and comparing the images, with h.264 there is no real difference at this size. It is a useless waste of time.

Encoding Time?:
I have a P4D 3.4 and 2GB of memory. I encoded both the apple preset and my preset at roughly the same speed which was 32 frames per second. So speed is not a deciding factor here.
Attached Files
 Blackberry_Storm_Preset(Handbrake).zip (469 Bytes, 216 views)
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 12-05-2008, 03:49 AM #2 (permalink) Knows Where the Search Button Is   Join Date: Jan 2007 Location: West Jordan, UT Model: 9530 OS: 4.7.0.85 PIN: 30480166 Carrier: Verizon Posts: 39 Post Thanks: 0 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts I currently use DVDFab 5 and rip the "Main Movie" to iso format. Then use Handbrake with the following settings: Code:  0 Blackberry Storm -e x264 -b 1500 -a 1 -E faac -B 160 -R 48 -6 dpl2 -f mp4 -I -m -x level=30:bframes=0:cabac=0:ref=1:vbv-maxrate=1500:vbv-bufsize=2000:analyse=all:me=umh:no-fast-pskip=1  I like these settings as it will work in all ipods and the storm. __________________ Current: Verizon Storm 9530 Retired: First Blackberry - AT&T 5810, AT&T 7280, Verizon 7250, Verizon 8830 Offline
 12-05-2008, 08:43 AM #3 (permalink) Knows Where the Search Button Is   Join Date: Nov 2008 Model: 9530 PIN: N/A Carrier: Verizon Posts: 20 Post Thanks: 0 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts The only difference I can see there is that you use dolby pro logic II for the audio (i guess ipods can support this for video out or something), your bit rate is much higher than mine and you do not resize the original video to 480. If you wanted to do double duty with your files for tv and storm/ipod, this would be great. I do however rip mine specifically for the storm and encode a separate time for my popcorn hour. Offline
 12-17-2008, 07:50 PM #4 (permalink) Knows Where the Search Button Is   Join Date: Jan 2007 Location: West Jordan, UT Model: 9530 OS: 4.7.0.85 PIN: 30480166 Carrier: Verizon Posts: 39 Post Thanks: 0 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts I use this setting so that I can use them dual purpose and just have a single file. __________________ Current: Verizon Storm 9530 Retired: First Blackberry - AT&T 5810, AT&T 7280, Verizon 7250, Verizon 8830 Offline