[Guide] Optimal Blu-Ray Setting Using Handbrake

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By jayprime, Senior Member on 4th February 2012, 07:02 PM
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acmilancrazy (not a XDA member)

Please read and watch the above links to have an understanding of what your actually going to do.

This little guide will basically rip your BD to HD mp4 using h.264 and aac as codecs playable on our vibrants, and future mobile devices using 1280x720 resolution.

Step I:

1. Launch Handbrake
2. In the menu on the right-hand side, select the iPod Legacy preset
3. Select your video source by clicking on the Source dropdown menu
4. Select the destination and name for the file once it has been converted (both the .mp4 and .m4v extension work for Android)
5. Confirm that the container is set to MP4 File and that Large file size, Web optimized, and iPod 5G support are unchecked

Step II:

Picture Tab:

1. Keep Aspect Ratio Checked
2. Depending on the source BD or DVD keep the width and height compatible with the resolution of device.
3. Anamorphic “none”
4. Modulus “16”
5. For BD cropping the letterbox keep automatic checked "I really dont mind the letter box".
6. To Actually get the 1280x720 in the height and width go to cropping. Change the top, bottom, left and right to 0. Then go to size and adjust accordingly. You will have letterbox though.

Step III:

Video Tab:

1. Set Handbrake's encoding settings by clicking on the Video tab
2. Confirm the Video Codec is set as H.264 (x264)
3. Framerate (FPS) should be set to Same as source
4. For BD check Target Size and change it to 2999 (MB).

Step IV:

Video Filter Tab:

1. Don't do anything here.

Step IV: Adjust audio settings

1. Set Handbrake's audio settings by clicking on the Audio tab
2. Confirm the Audio Codec is AAC (faac)
3. Mixdown should be set to Stereo.
4. Change the Samplerate to 48
5. Change the Bitrate to 160

Advanced Tab:

This will Be the biggest difference from TGA_Gunnmans' post


1. Reference Frames “3”
2. Maximum B-Frames “3”
3. CABAC Entropy Coding “Checked”
4. 8x8 Transform “Checked”
5. Weighted P-Frames “Checked”
6. Pyramidal B-Frames “Default (normal)”


1. No DCT-Decimate “Un-Checked”


1. Adaptive B-Frames “Optimal”
2. Adaptive Direct Mode “Automatic”
3. Motion Estimation Method “Uneven Multi-Hexagon”
4. Subpixel ME & Mode Decision “Default (7)”
5. Motion Estimation Range “24”
6. Adaptive Quantization Strength “Slider in Middle”
7. Psychovisual Rate Distortion “Slider in Middle”
8. Psychovisual Rate Distortion “Slider all the way to the Left”
9. Partition Type “All”
10. Trellis “Encoded Only”
11. Deblocking “Both boxes Default (0)”

Step IV: Save as a preset for future use

1. Click on the Presets menu and select New Preset
2. Enter Mobile DVD or Mobile BD in the dialog box and click Add
3. "Mobile DVD or BD" will now be saved as a preset and listed on the right hand side in Handbrake to be used in the future

Step V: Convert the video and copy to your Mobile Device

Some people may be using different settings and thats fine. But these settings for me produce a smooth, stutter free experience even underclocked at 800MHz.
I Have also no problems with the file size playing under 3GB.


Depending on your own computer this conversion can take a VERY LONG TIME. I have an intel i7 920 with 12gb ram and a 2 hr. movie took 2 hrs. to convert.
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