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Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:30 am
by facecard
Description of problem or question:

I am a newbie. I wanted to know if someone can briefly explain the various Presets. Specifically, which Preset would apply to watching an .MP4 movie on a Mac 21.5", Apple TV 3 and 4, iPad Mini and iPhone 8 Plus? Perhaps, there is one or two Presets that would cover all of them.

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Sierra 10.12.6

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Re: Presets

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:56 pm
by BradleyS
Apple 1080p30 Surround supports all of your devices.

Re: Presets

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:59 pm
by BradleyS
The documentation has a technical description of presets. ... esets.html

Hovering your mouse over a devices preset in the popover menu (accessed via the toolbar icon) will show a tooltip explaining which models are supported. I'll make a note to improve the documentation in this regard.

Let us know if you have further questions.

Re: Presets

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:46 pm
by facecard
BradleyS wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:56 pm
Apple 1080p30 Surround supports all of your devices.
You recommend using 1080p30 surround. Can you elaborate on these settings:

Very Fast 1080p30
Super HQ

What is the difference between all four of them? Is it how quickly the video is converted?

Re: Presets

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:02 pm
by BradleyS
I recommend the Apple 1080p30 Surround preset, which is in the Devices category. The presets you mention are part of the General category.

To answer your question, the General presets range from high speed encoding at lower quality, to slower speed encoding at higher quality. File size varies depending on the source and quality setting of each preset; higher quality presets use a lower RF value and can create larger files. See ... ality.html

Re: Presets

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:45 pm
by facecard
Got it. I was looking in the wrong category. One last question. By choosing "Apple 1080p30 Surround", does the screen size change with the device?

For example, if I watch a .MP4 movie on a Mac obviously the screen is larger and will look different than on a phone or Apple TV. By choosing that Preset, do I deal with black bars on the sides or do I have to adjust the movie to match the screen of the device?


Re: Presets

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:32 pm
by BradleyS
HandBrake removes any black bars in the video, so any you see are technically not there; they're added on playback to avoid stretching the video. This is normal.

Filling the entire display requires either zooming or stretching the video, neither of which is ideal. All HandBrake will do is give you standard (up to) 1080p video. What your playback device does with it after that is up to it; generally they preserve the aspect ratio and add black bars.

Re: Presets

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:20 am
by Funinhtemud
I am also a newbie like facecard and still learning this stuff I'm mostly going to watch on my 4k tv using plex is there a better preset i should use instead of the default ones. I do also have an apple tvbut will use the tv more

Re: Presets

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:44 pm
by mduell
The Apple 4K preset should work with Plex, in addition to Apple devices.