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How to Encode Blu-ray and DVD to H.265 Videos with Handbrake 1.0.0


Handbrake released 1.0.0 version with many new features and functions. In this newest version, you will find it support Intel QuickSync Video for H.265/HEVC and the x265 encoder quality improvements especial using tune grain. Rest of the article will show you how to encode DVD and Blu-ray disc with H.265 with Handbrake 1.0.0 version.
Read more: Handbrake Leatest Version 1.0.0 Features & Alternatives.

Encode Blu-ray DVD with Handbrake 1.0.0

To rip a Blu-ray or DVD with HandBrake, you need to download the free software.

Step 1. Input source file.


For load DVD:
The first time you launch HandBrake and attempt to scan a DVD, the software will inform you that you need additional decrypting software and will offer to send you to a page where you can download the libdvdcss installer (currently version 1.4.0, although you can always find the latest version here). Run that installer, and it will put libdvdcss where it belongs on your drive.
For load Blu-ray:
Before starting the encoding process with Handbrake you need to use an unlocking software to circumvent the Blu-ray's protection. I really suggest you let AnyDVD HD (a small program that runs on the background) do that job.

Step 2. Choose output file container format and codec.

Click the "Video" tab, change the video codec from H.264 to H.265 (x265). Also make sure to change the container from MP4 to MKV so that you can embed subtitles if you want to.


Step 3. Optimize output H.265 video preset.

In the Video tab you'll want to select some specific settings. Make sure framerate is set to ‘same as source' and that the ‘Use advanced video tab instead' box is unchecked.

Then, select an x265 preset of Medium by adjusting the slider down from the default Ultrafast setting. On the next page I'll explore how the x265 preset determines encode times, file sizes and quality, but basically you want to leave it on Medium for the best balance of encode time and file size. Setting it higher will result in a larger file and faster encodes, and setting lower will reduce the file size at the expense of significant longer encode times.

As for quality, set this to Constant Quality with a value of 23 for 1080p videos, and slightly higher (22) for 720p videos. This is the slider you'll want to experiment with the most: adjusting it closer to 0 gives better quality and higher bitrates, while moving it the other way has a negative effect on quality and delivers smaller files. I find 23 to be a great balance between quality and file size, although if you're willing to put up with more compression artefacts, experimenting with 25 or lower is a good idea. However, I wouldn't go any lower than 30 or any higher than 15 for the best results.


Step 4. Optimize output H.265 audio preset.

In the Audio tab you can change the codec to HE-AAC (FDK), the bitrate to 256, and the mixdown to 5.1 channels. If your source has only 2.0 channel audio, leaving the setting on 5.1 will still encode only 2.0 audio; in other words, it won't transform a stereo source into surround sound using any filters or magic. Here you might want to play with bitrates to whatever you desire, although I think 256 delivers great quality for TV show audio.

Optional: Pass through any subtitles from your source by heading to the Subtitle tab, clicking Add Track, then selecting Add All Remaining Tracks. From here you can also "burn in" subtitles, which codes the text into the video stream so you can see the subtitles on video players that don't support in-file subtitles (though you can't turn off the subtitles). Setting subtitles to "forced only" tells a video player to display subtitles even when the audio track matches your set language: this is useful for displaying a subtitles when dialogue isn't in English; for example, during alien conversations in a sci-fi film.

Optional: Save these settings as a preset so you can revisit them easily in the future.


Step 5. Start H.265 encoding process.

Click Start and let the encode happen, which may take a considerable amount of time depending on your hardware. After the encode is done, text saying‘finished' will appear in the bottom left corner.


Handbrake 1.0.0 Alternatives (H.265 features)

If you are looking for a easier way to rip and encode Blu-ray & DVD to H.265 video, you can turn to Brorsoft DVD Ripper, Blu-ray Ripper or Ultimate, which supports H.265 encoding acceleration on a PC with Nvidia Maxwell or Pascal GPU graphic card. The ripping speed of Brorsoft is about 5-6X faster than competitor.

Read the comparison of the Brorsoft program for ripping and encoding Blu-ray & DVD disc:

DVD Ripper VS. Blu-ray Ripper VS. Video Converter Ultimate

DVD Ripper for Mac VS. Blu-ray Ripper for Mac VS. iMedia Converter for Mac

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