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From: Mark Knecht <markknecht@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] DVD->mp4 - handbrake vs something else
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2011 15:29:55
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-user] DVD->mp4 - handbrake vs something else by Andrey Moshbear
1 On Sun, Oct 30, 2011 at 4:39 AM, Andrey Moshbear <andrey.vul@×××××.com> wrote:
2 > On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 16:09, Mark Knecht <markknecht@×××××.com> wrote:
3 >> I'm getting a Kindle Fire in a few days. While I didn't get it
4 >> specifically to watch movies looking at the specs it does apparently
5 >> handle mp4 as a video format and they state online that you can watch
6 >> streaming movies & TV shows from Amazon's servers. I do a lot of blood
7 >> donations - roughly 20-25 times/year - that take 2-3 hours each so
8 >> either being able to read or watch a movie would be a pleasant way to
9 >> pass the time. Being able to hold it comfortably in one hand is
10 >> important to me.
11 >>
12 >> I started looking around in Google for something to encode a few DVDs
13 >> so that I could see how well it works. A program called handbrake was
14 >> showing up in a lot of links, but it requires an overlay. While I have
15 >> no problem adding yet another overlay (which on is best?) I wondered
16 >> what might be in the normal portage database that others here use for
17 >> this purpose?
18 >>
19 >
20 > I use vobcopy to rip each title to a vob (instead of VTS_${TITLE}_$n)
21 > then 2-pass ffmpeg the vob to transcode to mkv.
22 >
23 > Makes batch transcoding rather fast and painless.
24 >
25 >
27 Thanks. Here's my progress so far using a Casablanca DVD as a test case.
29 Again, my goal by the middle of next month is to run videos on the
30 Kindle Fire. The spec sheets for the Fire says it's supports mp4. I
31 don't see any other obvious video formats.
33 1) I tried vobcopy. I got 6GB of files. I assumed ffmpeg was the next
34 step but didn't easily Google how to run it in this specific case so I
35 set it aside for the moment.
37 2) Tried dvd::rip because it was in portage. It got through the rip
38 portion of the job but then apparently couldn't find it's own files to
39 do the encoding. I tried joining the dvd:rip email list but I'm still
40 waiting for the moderator to accept me 3 days later so there's no
41 where appropriate for me to ask questions on using dvd::rip.
43 3) I tried handbrake which requires using an overlay.
45 3a) Tried the sabayon overlay but it wants to change too many files on
46 my system so I dropped that.
47 3b) Tried the multimedia overlay because it had the most up to date
48 version of handbrake. Unfortunately that didn't build
49 3c) Tried the init6 overlay with provided handbrake-0.9.5 which built
50 correctly and runs fine.
52 Handbrake goes directly from DVD to a reasonably sized (1.3GB) m4v
53 file. That file plays fine in xine and looks very good. Being that the
54 Kindle Fire only has about 6GB available for user content that gives
55 me 4 movies at a time which is fine for me but I suspect I can do
56 better.
58 My issue now (I think) is to learn to use ffmpeg to convert from m4v
59 to mp4. I'd like to see about reducing the file size a bit if
60 possible. At the same time the native resolution of the Fire is
61 1024x600 so I'm wondering about whether I can make the movies look
62 better by making the mp4 file somehow know about that size.
64 Anyway, I'v made reasonable progress for a few days of sporadic
65 effort. Hopefully I'll be able to make more by Nov. 15th.
67 Cheers,
68 Mark


Subject Author
Re: [gentoo-user] DVD->mp4 - handbrake vs something else Mark Knecht <markknecht@×××××.com>
[gentoo-user] Re: DVD->mp4 - handbrake vs something else Grant Edwards <grant.b.edwards@×××××.com>
Re: [gentoo-user] DVD->mp4 - handbrake vs something else Andrey Moshbear <andrey.vul@×××××.com>