HB stuck or crashes during scan, chapters out of order?

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HB stuck or crashes during scan, chapters out of order?

Post by Rodeo »

Although the MacGUI is used to illustrate it, this tutorial is applicable to all 3 UIs (Windows, Mac, Linux)

When you scan DVDs with HandBrake, sometimes it looks like this:
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A DVD player (standalone or application) will display the DVD menu and let you select the title (which you do by selecting the "Play" button in the menu).

But HandBrake is only software, not a sentient bieng, and therefore can't analyse the menu, press the button and determine the correct title on its own. Instead, it selects the longest title, because the main feature usually is the longest title.

However, some DVDs use lots of bogus titles (with a duration close to, and often exceeding that of the main title) as a copy protection measure. This causes HandBrake to select the wrong title, and the result is a movie where the chapters are out of order (which is kind of unpleasant to watch).

SOLUTION - play the DVD in a DVD player, like this:
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In Apple's DVD Player.app, you can check which title is playing from the Go > Title menu. In VLC, it's Playback > Title.

Most (if not all) DVD player applications display the title that is currently playing somewhere - you'll just have to look for it.
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Note the title number, and select it in HandBrake:
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And there you go:
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If you don't want HandBrake to scan all titles (which can take a long time), start with the solution and the use the Open Source (Tile Specific) … feature (found in the File menu):
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Select your source:
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Note that in the MacGUI, Open Source (Title Specific) … can be accessed from the standard Open Source… dialog, by holding the Alt/Option key while clicking on Open

Choose the title to be scanned:
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And there you go:
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Last edited by Rodeo on Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:53 pm, edited 6 times in total.