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by peterjcat
Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:38 am
Forum: Tiki Bar
Topic: How to passtrough LPCM?
Replies: 7
Views: 1145

Re: How to passtrough LPCM?

Every Blu-ray disc with LPCM should also have a legacy Dolby Digital (AC3) soundtrack, which will usually be at 640kbps and will sound pretty good. The best thing to do would be to pass through the AC3 track to either MP4 or MKV. Not all receivers can handle 640kbps AC3 (since on DVD it topped out a...
by peterjcat
Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:28 am
Forum: Devices and Presets
Topic: status of HD encoding @ July 2009...?
Replies: 15
Views: 3317

Re: status of HD encoding @ July 2009...?

Is it not the case that using CABAC at a given CRF has no bearing on the quality of the resulting video, only on its bitrate/filesize? If it is the case, then if you're not too worried about filesize then wouldn't CRF at 57%-59% without CABAC be better than CRF at 55% with CABAC? I settled on that a...
by peterjcat
Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:45 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Voices come out the centre speaker only
Replies: 4
Views: 634

Re: Voices come out the centre speaker only

Is there any particular reason why you want the dialogue to come out of the L+R channels as well as the centre? Many films with multichannel audio are deliberately mixed so that the dialogue comes through the centre speaker most of the time, since that's the speaker physically aligned with the scree...
by peterjcat
Wed Jun 24, 2009 2:54 am
Forum: Mac
Topic: DTS -> AC3: Handbrake locked on AAC or MP3
Replies: 8
Views: 3839

Re: DTS -> AC3: Handbrake locked on AAC or MP3

...but we're still hoping, maybe, some sunny day.
by peterjcat
Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:22 pm
Forum: Mac
Topic: DTS -> AC3: Handbrake locked on AAC or MP3
Replies: 8
Views: 3839

Re: DTS -> AC3: Handbrake locked on AAC or MP3

That's why I said "many" and not "all". The majority (>50%) of Blu-rays indeed have an AC3 track, whether it's the only track, an interleaved AC3/TrueHD track or a secondary track accompanying LPCM. It's mandatory for a Blu-ray to have either AC3 or DTS, but not both. So we can say that most Blu-ray...
by peterjcat
Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:44 am
Forum: Mac
Topic: DTS -> AC3: Handbrake locked on AAC or MP3
Replies: 8
Views: 3839

Re: DTS -> AC3: Handbrake locked on AAC or MP3

This here link http://www.networkedmediatank.com/wiki/index.php/Convert_DTS_to_AC3 is apparently how to convert DTS to AC3 on OS X (I haven't tried it). If you're using Windows, eac3to will do the job more simply. I wonder if a future version of Handbrake might include DTS to AC3 encoding using libd...
by peterjcat
Mon May 25, 2009 2:59 am
Forum: Tiki Bar
Topic: Advanced Bluray/HDDVD Workflow & Features Discussion
Replies: 199
Views: 80145

Re: Advanced Bluray/HDDVD Workflow & Features Discussion

eac3to also removes pulldown flags from any HD-DVD video, whether VC1 or H.264. It's also much faster than vc1conv, and does the video conversion at the same time as converting eg DD+ to AC3. I haven't found a reason to use any program other than eac3to and tsMuxeR to get files that Handbrake will c...
by peterjcat
Fri May 08, 2009 2:29 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: MP4 vs MKV
Replies: 6
Views: 12457

Re: MP4 vs MKV

Probably more accurate to say that until fairly recently AC3 was not supported in the MP4 standard, and many (especially hardware) players haven't caught up yet. I would be surprised if the WDTV could read it, the NMTs definitely can't, so for those purposes MKV is probably better.
by peterjcat
Sat Apr 18, 2009 10:59 pm
Forum: Mac
Topic: Dolby Digital from HandBrake file on Mac Mini
Replies: 29
Views: 2858

Re: Dolby Digital from HandBrake file on Mac Mini

Check that your Audio MIDI Setup properties are at 48kHz and haven't switched back to 44.1kHz -- that's often what causes the machine-gun chatter.
by peterjcat
Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:29 pm
Forum: Devices and Presets
Topic: PAL DVD to NTSC Apple TV - image too tall looks stretched
Replies: 5
Views: 1325

Re: PAL DVD to NTSC Apple TV - image too tall looks stretched

The aTV should handle 25fps fine if your TV can do 50Hz. You need to change the output to a 50Hz resolution in the menu (or the popup menu using the remote control), though -- the aTV won't switch automatically (as you've noticed).
by peterjcat
Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:20 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: AppleTV preset, iPod compatibility
Replies: 8
Views: 2794

Re: AppleTV preset, iPod compatibility

If you can't be bothered re-ripping to Universal from your original DVD, then I would recommend creating an iPhone version from your AppleTV version using the Handbrake preset. The iPhone version will be pretty small and encode very quickly, and you won't be able to see the quality loss on the iPhon...
by peterjcat
Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:16 am
Forum: Tiki Bar
Topic: Advanced Bluray/HDDVD Workflow & Features Discussion
Replies: 199
Views: 80145

Re: Advanced Bluray/HDDVD Workflow & Features Discussion

If you install a UDF driver (there is one floating around the web for the Toshiba HD-DVD Xbox360 drive), you should be able to point eac3to directly at the disc (after AnyDVD HD has done its magic of course). I'd think this would be quicker than completely ripping the disc, but how much so I'm not ...
by peterjcat
Wed Feb 25, 2009 9:14 am
Forum: Tiki Bar
Topic: Advanced Bluray/HDDVD Workflow & Features Discussion
Replies: 199
Views: 80145

Re: Advanced Bluray/HDDVD Workflow & Features Discussion

Sure, as long as there is a suitable audio track on the original Blu-ray -- if there's only DTS on the disc, for example, then you won't end up with a surround track. You'll need to convert it to AC3 using eac3to to give Handbrake something to pass through. eac3to also does useful stuff like removin...
by peterjcat
Sun Feb 22, 2009 10:40 pm
Forum: Mac
Topic: Why Can't I Use Turbo First Pass with Xvid?
Replies: 6
Views: 987

Re: Why Can't I Use Turbo First Pass with Xvid?

Because you can only use it with x264.
by peterjcat
Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:17 pm
Forum: Tiki Bar
Topic: Advanced Bluray/HDDVD Workflow & Features Discussion
Replies: 199
Views: 80145

Re: Advanced Bluray/HDDVD Workflow & Features Discussion

I guess my main question is, if there is no AC3 version availble, or there is a combo track, like TrueHD+AC3, how do I go about getting an ac3 track to work with? peters' post seems to imply that by specifying .ac3 as the extension for a audio track that eac3to will convert to ac3 while demuxing. I...
by peterjcat
Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:57 am
Forum: Tiki Bar
Topic: Advanced Bluray/HDDVD Workflow & Features Discussion
Replies: 199
Views: 80145

Re: Advanced Bluray/HDDVD Workflow & Features Discussion

You have to specify all of the tracks you want to extract, and the format in which to extract/convert them. Use "eac3to" to list the titles, "eac3to 1)" to list the tracks in the first title, and eg "eac3to 1) 1: movie.chapters.txt 2: movie.h264 3: movie.ac3" to extract the chapter list and main vid...
by peterjcat
Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:08 am
Forum: Tiki Bar
Topic: Advanced Bluray/HDDVD Workflow & Features Discussion
Replies: 199
Views: 80145

Re: Advanced Bluray/HDDVD Workflow & Features Discussion

Sorry I meant chapters as well, but accidentally typed subtitles, it must be going around :)

Thanks for the tips.
by peterjcat
Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:34 am
Forum: Tiki Bar
Topic: Advanced Bluray/HDDVD Workflow & Features Discussion
Replies: 199
Views: 80145

Re: Advanced Bluray/HDDVD Workflow & Features Discussion

I've made a lot of progress in 24 hours, and now have encoded both a Bluray and HDDVD title and successfully inserted chapter markers and soft subtitles. To fix my problem with chapter markers getting progressively further off on the HDDVD I ripped, I used a freeware program named ChapterGrabber (W...
by peterjcat
Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:54 pm
Forum: Tiki Bar
Topic: Subler (like Muxo, maybe better?)
Replies: 239
Views: 78264

Re: Subler (like Muxo, maybe better?)

Wonder if anyone else has seen this yet. I have a few .m4v files that I had muxed subtitles into using muxo. I have tried to use subler to remove the subtitle track that was added with muxo, then re-add the original .srt file back using subler. The file plays in itunes, but crashes my TV. I've red...
by peterjcat
Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: Mac
Topic: Problems Converting Blu-Ray to Apple TV
Replies: 38
Views: 4981

Re: Problems Converting Blu-Ray to Apple TV

I'm so looking forward to the next Snapshot! I just converted my Transformers HD DVD to AppleTV format using the preset @ 60% and it looks fantastic, it's the best thing I've seen on my ATV. Of course I had to remux it to a TS with 640k AC3 first, but if future builds can do stuff like extract the A...
by peterjcat
Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:22 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Universal Preset / iPod/iPhone capability question
Replies: 3
Views: 1677

Re: Universal Preset / iPod/iPhone capability question

The 640x480/2500 limits were for the 5.5G iPod, everything since is quite a bit more capable. I don't think we know exactly what the new limits are, but there's an indicative table over here: http://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=3859. That's how come the new Universal preset works so well.
by peterjcat
Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:28 am
Forum: Mac
Topic: Problems Converting Blu-Ray to Apple TV
Replies: 38
Views: 4981

Re: Problems Converting Blu-Ray to Apple TV

Or you could just be patient :) Snapshots come out fairly regularly.
by peterjcat
Tue Oct 07, 2008 7:14 am
Forum: Mac
Topic: AC3 in mp4 Container
Replies: 7
Views: 2128

Re: AC3 in mp4 Container

I have noticed that AC3-only files from Handbrake play fine using Graham's hack, but AppleTV AAC+AC3 files from Handbrake when played on the Mac will (initially) only work with the AAC and not the AC3 track, which only gives static. Could it have something to do with the channel mapping? I notice th...
by peterjcat
Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:54 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Aspect Ration
Replies: 3
Views: 937

Re: Aspect Ration

If the shape of the movie is different from the shape of your TV (eg your TV is 16:9, the movie is 2.4:1) then of course there is no way to fill the screen with the movie unless you stretch it or crop it. If you absolutely insist on mangling the movie to fit your TV screen, you can either (1) rip it...
by peterjcat
Mon Mar 24, 2008 6:55 am
Forum: Mac
Topic: Normal vs PS3 setting
Replies: 15
Views: 2819

Re: Normal vs PS3 setting

Who is this Loose Ana? She sounds a lot more fun than Strict Ana (let alone Santa Ana).