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    HandBreak advice... ...
    How can I make Handbreak go a little faster than just 10fps? *

    I transcode 1080p home movies to a lower resolution to watch on my iPhone 4. The settings I use are: 5000kbps, 2pass is checked, same as source or 29.9fps is also selected. It depends on the day. Why doesn't Handbreak ever go faster than 10-12fps on my Macbook Pro 13"?... ... So frustrating!!! Any tips?!?!???
    '10 Macbook Pro 13" - 2.4GHz - 4GB - 500GB 7200RPM HD -
    iPhone 4 - 32G

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    Uncheck 2 pass and you will simply halve the transcoding time

    and are you using the 64 bit version of Handbreak?
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    I don't know. I'll have to check... ...

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    Handbrake.
    Never judge a man, untill you have walked a mile in his shoes...
    That way you'll be a mile away from him, and you'll have his shoes.

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    HD footage, transcoding and resizing does take a long time. I'd switch to using constant quality or use one of the presets on handbrake.

    Depending on the source footage and what you do with it will really affect transcode time.

    Also know you don't have an uber powerful transcoding workhorse of a machine - although some transcoders may go faster (have you tried mpegstreamclip?) you're most likely never going to get terribly fast transcode speeds (I'd be surprised if you could manage faster then 2x original time) when taking 1080p footage, transcoding to a lower resolution, scaling the bitrate to 5,000 and (I'm guessing) converting to a different container.
    My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m, 16Gig ram; 2013 Mac Pro 6 core w/ D700, 16Gig Ram; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Linux; Apple TV (1080p version)

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ-linux View Post
    Handbrake.
    Maybe he had it right the first time!

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    I'm not understanding how people don't know what a handbrake is (not the software!). Every car, truck and bicycle on earth has one.

    Thus, I'm always confused that anyone would misspell it. I know homonyms can be confusing in some cases (their/there, I definitely get that), but once you know what a handbrake is, you'd never confuse it for a hand break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    Thus, I'm always confused that anyone would misspell it.
    Hears ure baje:


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    Wow, I've ALWAYS wanted one of those!! Thanks!

    PS. I do apologise if I offended anyone. Spelling mistakes happen to everyone, including me, and although I'm fairly compulsive about good spelling, I *usually* let things slide, but that one was really bugging me. So I just want to make clear that although I'm now a proud member of the spelling police, I'll try hard not to be a spelling *nazi.* There's a difference.

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