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Shorter minimum for live preview duration.

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:33 pm
by mrelwood
Please describe what you would like to see added to HandBrake:
More options or an input field for the live preview duration. 15 seconds is unnecessarily long for the shortest option.

1) Combined dropdown menu - input field.
In some applications dropdown menus can also be typed into. When clicking the menu, one can type the preferred amount, which will turn the menu into a text input field.

2) Input field only.
I don't see the advantage of the preset durations, so I'd gladly see the menu replaced with a numeric input field only. It should accept values atleast between 1 and the current maximum 240.

3) Add options 2s and 5s to the current dropdown menu.

Why would you like to see this added:
My computer is a bit old. I don't have the experience to estimate how the conversion settings affect the end result, so I have to do a lot of testing. Live preview is the easiest way of doing this, but waiting for 30 seconds for the 15s encoding to finish is unnecessary, when I can usually see what I need to from the first 1-2 seconds of the video.

What version of HandBrake are you currently running:
1.0.2

What operating system and version and you currently running (e.g. OSX 10.11, Windows 7, Ubuntu 14):
MacOS 10.12.3

Re: Shorter minimum for live preview duration.

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:12 pm
by Woodstock
Why bother with preview? You can tell handbrake to encode 2 or 3 seconds (same menu as choosing chapters, but you click on the little triangle to change "Chapters" to "Seconds"). Encode. Play. Make changes. Encode, play. Repeat as needed.

Re: Shorter minimum for live preview duration.

Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:55 pm
by mrelwood
Thank you for the tip. To use the included preview is much less hassle than to:
- change the encoding range format
- change range value
- encode
- locate the file (using a file browser)
- play back the file (using a video player)
- change the range back (back in Handbrake)

These steps alone take almost as much time as letting the preview encode the 15 seconds. I think the preview option is there for a reason. After this small addition it is a fast and botherless (only two mouse clicks) way for previewing the settings.

Re: Shorter minimum for live preview duration.

Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:56 pm
by s55
I see no reason we can't add this. The Windows UI already allows down to 5s.