I just started using HandBrake to back up my DVD collection to my external hard drive for safe keeping but it's taking me about 2 and a half to 3 hours to rip a signal DVD. Is this normal?
You might want to try another tool for ripping.
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I think most folks use MakeMKV for “ripping” then use HB for conversion.
Most of my handbrake encodes took 45min-1 hour and I was not doing high quality. It also made my computer sound like it was about to spin apart and was intensive on the CPU. I now rip with MakeMKV in about 15 minutes and have a raw mkv file that is 3-8 gigs that I will queue up at night and let handbrake shut the computer down. That gives me a chance to recode if the subtitles are messed up or something. Much easier on the computer and saves me time doing multiple movies. I recommend using this method for doing all your dvds. Much more efficient for your time usage and seems to be easier on your computer.
The subtitle issue I referenced happens with the foreign audio scan and burned in subtitles. Some dvds will have company wording or just random text that gets burned in. When I originally encoded, I got rid of the dvds, so now some titles show that and are annoying. With the raw mkv, I can recode and fix it, so I will keep those until I run out of room on my hard drives.
You should use another tool for ripping, like MakeMKV. Typical rip time would be about 15 minutes.
If you want further processing, then use Handbrake. Time could be 15 minutes to 15 hours depending on your preferences and choice of settings. 2-3 hours is certainly in the normal range, since HB is doing far more than a rip.
Funny, I almost asked this question earlier today.
I use MakeMKV to rip and Handbrake to convert. The converting varies from 3-5 hours. I don’t have a fancy computer but the final file ends up on my NAS.
Currently, when I have time I will rip a few DVDs and put them in the queue for Handbrake. I have about 100 files waiting to convert and my computer never stops processing because I’m mean like that. I figure it will take about two months to get my whole dvd collection digitized. And that’s if I don’t keep buying new movies.
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Ripping and Encoding are often confused, but different things. Handbrake does not rip DVDs it encodes.
Ripping is the act of extracting raw uncompressed video and audio files from a DVD/Blu-ray and in the process often removing copy protection to enable encoding software such as Handbrake to later convert the video.
Ripping a DVD you will end up with a 4GB – 5GB folder or file and it take around 20 minutes to complete. This is what MakeMKV, that others have mentioned, does. A Blu-ray rip would generally be around 20GB to 40GB.
Encoding, which is what Handbrake is doing, would use a ripped DVD file or folder as the source and convert it into a much smaller MKV or MP4 video file 500mb – 1.5GB for DVD. This takes significantly longer depending on hardware, and encoding method and 2 – 3 hours is average for good quality software encoding of a DVD. If you let me know the encoding settings you used in Handbrake (preset selected/RF setting) I will have a better idea.
Encoding time is determined by encoding type, encoding quality settings and hardware used. Software encoding, uses software, such as Handbrake, to analyze the source file and work out the best way to retain information 'and' reduce file size. This is very processor intensive and the most time consuming, but yields the best image quality. Hardware encoding, such as Intel QSV (also usable in Handbrake) hands over much of the work to specific hardware elements within an Intel i5 or i7 processor to analyze and then encode the video. This takes significantly less time, encoding a 90 minute DVD in around 30 minutes or less. The downside is image quality, for the same encoded file size it's much poorer than with software encoding. Not disastrous, but just clearly not as good.
Any software claiming fast encoding times is leaving out that the image quality will also be poorer to achieve those fast times. Handbrake isn't fast or slow, it takes the correct amount of time depending on what you ask it to do!
If your computer has a recent Intel i5 or i7 processor it will likely support Intel QSV encoding. Open Handbrake load your ripped DVD source file then click on the Video tab and click on the Video Codec drop down. If H.264 (Intel QSV) appears then your processor likely supports Hardware encoding. Select that then, using the same basic settings as before, encode the DVD and see how the quality and encoding times compare.