FWIW, I'm using the Windows version of Handbrake. My sequence of events has been as follows:dynaflash wrote:Cav, maybe I misinterpreted the question. he quoted your post which had your cli command, but then talked about the gui text box. So, I guess I assumed he just meant the x264 opt string part of your cli line.
In any event, correct, you *cannot* paste the entire cli line into the x264 text box. It is only for the x264 opt portion of that string.
1) Start up Handbrake for Windows.
2) Click "Show Presets" and select "AppleTV"
3) Click the "Browse" button next to "Source" and select the directory that contains my movie VOB files (which I ripped using DVDFab HD Decrypter).
4) Click the "Browse" button next to "Destination" and select a destination folder/filename (which I give the .m4v affix).
5) Click the tab labeled "H.264." When you click on that tab, there's a heading labeled "Advanced H.264 Options." I pasted the text I quoted in previous post into that box.
Other than that, I don't change any other settings. I'm not sure how the Mac version works, but with my version, if I change various settings (under the "Picture Settings" tab, for example) the command line options under the "H.264" tab, don't change. FWIW, the default settings (when I select the AppleTV preset) are listed as:
So my question remains as follows: If I simply copy/paste the text into the "H.264" tab's text box, is that enough or are there any other settings, checkboxes, etc. under any of the other tabs that I should be altering?bframes=3:ref=1:subme=5:me=umh:no-fast-pskip=1:trellis=2
Finally...I tried changing the "-q 0.65" setting to "-q 0.70" but still saw macroblocking. Then I tried upping it to 0.99 but when I tried to encode it failed right away, so I tried 0.90, but I've still got the macroblocking there (and I don't know if 0.90 works with an AppleTV - right now I'm playing these on a Vista Media Center computer). FYI, the file sizes were as follows:
0.65: 1,393,522 KB
0.70: 1,944,833 KB
0.90: 3,563,900 KB
The video looks great (even at 0.65) in most scenes. The problem is apparent when I have a large section of black (with minor gray variations). On the original VOB files, the transition of gray-to-black is much smoother, whereas with the .m4v files, there is blockiness. If I was only going to watch these on my 42" plasma or 37" LCD, I'd probably be perfectly content (even with the 0.65 setting), but I want to watch these on my 720p LCD projector, and I'm concerned that if I watched my movies projected on an 80"x45" screen, the blockiness would be much more apparent/bothersome.
Any other suggestions?