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HandBrak e For W indo ws Guide

by roflmaocopterzor

----------------------------Welcome to my guide for converting a DVD to iPod format. This guide is meant to help even the most computer-illiterate people to get a movie on their iPod, so the steps are written in simple wording that most people can understand. There are 3 sections in the process: 1. Getting the programs 2. Setting it up 3. Final notes I promise you that all of this isn't nearly as difficult to do as it seems, and after 2 or 3 movies, you will be able to do this all without having to consult this guide.

Getting the Programs
There are 2 programs that you will need to do this. One is HandBrake itself, and the other is DVD43. Both of these are free, and contain no viruses. HandBr ake 2.1 sr55 (This download requires a code that you need to input. The code is shown in an image above on that same page. If the code doesn't work, simply refresh the page to get a new one.) DVD43 3. 9.0 DVD43 There are a couple of download links about 2/3 of the way down the page. All of these links will get you to the correct program. You might have to restart your computer afterward.

Setting It Up
First, make sure that DVD43 is running. It runs in the lower right tray of your computer, and should not have a window open like most programs do. What does DVD43 do, you ask? It sits quietly in the background and removes the encryption of a DVD disc as soon as you insert it into your drive. However, it does NOT affect your disc at all, but rather harmlessly tricks your computer into thinking that there is no copyright protection on the disc, allowing other programs, such as HandBrake, access to the disc. Anyway, to see if DVD43 is running, there should be a yellow face in the lower right tray, or a green smiley face if your DVD is already inserted. If the DVD is not already inserted, please insert the DVD now, and the face will turn green after a few seconds, meaning that DVD43 is ready. If DVD43 is not running, open it from the Start Menu. Now, open HandBrake. It should display a screen with its title and a logo for a few seconds (called a splash screen), and then the actual program will show up. The main screen might look daunting right away, but remember, you have this guide to walk you through it. First, in the first section of the program, labeled “Source”, h it the button labeled “Browse”. In this new little browse window, go to My Computer, and then select the drive which your disc is in. Usually this is your D or E drive (but not always). In that drive, there should be a folder called “VIDEO_TS”. Select that, and hit the “OK” button. Next, hit the button labeled “Read Disc”. A message should come up, and you will hear your DVD drive churning away as it reads the information on your DVD. Also, notice that a little black windowed program has appeared on your Task Bar, the bar that runs across the bottom of your screen. It appears minimized at first, but you can open it up if you want – i t doesn't matter either way, just pay attention to it. When this little black window closes and disappears from your task bar, the DVD has been read. On that message screen I just mentioned, hit the “OK” button now, and a new window will open. In that new window, hit “View Data”. You will be slammed with a bunch of weird looking data. Under the “Duration” column of that data, look for the longest length. This length will be the length of your movie, so obviously make sure you choose the correct one. Once you have found the correct row of information, look at the information in that row under the “Aspect Ratio” column. Just remember this number, write it down if you need to. Select that row of information, and hit “Select Title”. That window will close, and you should now look back to the main window of HandBrake. In the “Destination” section of HandBrake, hit the “Browse” button. Select where you want your iPod formatted video to end up. It doesn't matter where you choose, but just make sure you remember where you put it. Title the file as you wish, and then hit “Save”. Under the option “Encoder”, s elect “H.264 (iPod)”. Leave the option “Audio Encoder” at its default selection, which should be AAC. If it is not set at AAC, change it. Now, remember I had you remember that number a few steps ago? Well, it should have been a ratio, something like 1.33:1, 1.78:1, or 2.35:1. If the numbers are slightly off, just pick the closest one. In the sections labeled “Width” a nd “Height”, fill out the data as follows:

For 1. 33:1: 320 x 240 For 1. 78:1: 368 x 208 For 2. 35:1: 384 x 160 Now, look at the bottom of the program, which is divided into 5 tabs. In the first tab, which is called “Picture Settings”, leave everything as it is. In the second tab, which is called “Video Settings”, you need to make a choice. Do you want to fix the iPod video to a certain size, such as 700 MB, to fit on a CD-R, or do you just want to set the video to a certain quality? If you want to just use a certain quality (bitrate) and don't want to worry about filesize, fill in the “Video BitRate” box with your desired bitrate (only write the number). The newest version of HandBrake supports resolutions and bitrates much higher than previous versions. Therefore, you have a much larger range of quality that you can choose for your video. Therefore, my recommendations for bitrate choices may be much different than what you want. However, I personally use a bitrate of 720-1000 kbps for live action video (films with real actors), and a bitrate between 520-700 kbps for animated videos (such as cartoons). I know it sounds weird to use a lower bitrate for animation, but because animations have many less color variations than real film, you can use a lower bitrate. Of course, you can select any bitrate that you want, but remember two things: 1. DO NOT go over 1500. A number over 1500 will work on your computer, but the video will NOT play on your iPod. 2. The higher the bitrate, the better the quality of the video, but also the bigger the filesize. A 90 minute movie at a bitrate of 650 will be around 520 MB, while a 90 minute movie at a bitrate of 1000 will be around 800 MB. If you want to set your video at a certain filesize, write the desired number in MB (only the number) in the “Output Filesize” box. If you want to fit your video to a 700 MB CD-R for burning, I recommend choosing 690 to write in because it is good to give the program some room to work with. When I use 690, I usually get a filesize between 685 MB and 695 MB. Do not touch the “Video Quality” slider, the 4 checkboxes, or the “Video Framerate” box. The 4 checkboxes should NOT be checked. Skip the “Audio Settings” tab and go right to the “Advanced Settings” tab. If you have a dual core processor, change that 1 to a 2. This will make the conversion go MUCH faster. If you do not have a dual core processor, or if you are not sure, just leave it at 1. It will be fine.

Final Notes
Finally, you are ready to start the conversion! Hit “Encode Video” at the bottom of the screen. A message will come up, just hit “OK”. Now, jus t like in the step where the program read the DVD, a little black window will show up, minimized to the task bar. Open it up so you can see it. At the bottom of that window, it will say “Encoding: task 1 of 1”, and then some information. That percentage is how far the conversion is done. Obviously, when that number has reached 100%,

your video is done. To check how much longer it will take to finish, look at the right side of that information, where it will say “ETA” and then the remaining time in hours, minutes, and seconds. 01h34m22s means it will take 1 hour, 34 minutes, and 22 seconds to complete. This number will be anywhere between 30 minutes and 4 hours to complete a movie, depending on the speed of your computer, and the length of the movie. When the percentage reaches 100%, wait for the black window to close, and then go to the folder where you saved your video. It will be there, looking glorious. It should play in iTunes and Quicktime, and also many other programs such as VLC (but NOT Windows Media Player). Most importantly, it will play on your iPod. Drag this file into iTunes, update your iPod, and you will be ready to watch a movie on the go! Enjoy! Credits:

sr55: for creating a brand new working GUI for HandBrake. This project continues the previous HandBrake for Windows project that was ended. sr55's Website: titer: for the original program for Macintosh. Obviously this is what started it all, if you are looking for the Mac version of HandBrake, go here: titer's website (HandBrake Homepage):
This guide was created by roflmaocopterzor. It was last updated March 6th, 2007, and it is meant for HandBrake version 2.1, which is the current version as of this date. If you have any questions about the program, visit the forum thread about this program in the official HandBrake forums: If you have any questions about this guide, please email me at: