A very good application for ripping DVDs is HandBrake which is also suitable for converting other types of files on the HDD to various formats that work with iOS. We should also mention that it boasts a lot of built-in presets that make your life easier.
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Even though new devices are launched, it takes a while until new presets are made available which can take advantage of what those new devices have to offer. To give you an example, the third generation of the Apple TV as well as the third-gen iPad now are offering support for 1080p playback, but the HandBrake presets for these two devices are still targeted towards the predecessors of these two devices so as a consequence it will not offer the best video quality for these new devices.
The good news is that it is quite easy to make your very own presets in HandBrake once you learn a few tricks. One example would be to develop one for econding at up to a resolution of 1080p so the source material also has to be 1080p. Keep in mind that HandBrake is not able to rip Blu-ray discs but we should note that it still is able to transcode those that have been ripped using specific software like MakeMKV. The following method can also be used if you want to develop a tweaked version of the built-in presets, depending on your necessities. The first thing that you have to do is select a source file because otherwise HandBrake will not allow you to select or edit a preset. You have the possibility to choose just about any type of video file that the software is able to recognize. After making the selection you must click on Toggle Presets which can be found in the toolbar in order to view the available presets. Next, you must perform a click on the drop-down triangle which you will find next to Devices. One of the available presets is the AppleTV 2 preset which you should load if you want to follow our example. After the selection has been made it will load the settings of the preset and next you have to click on the “+” which is located at the bottom of the drawer so that you can start making a new preset. Now, from the Use Picture Size menu you must choose Source Maximum (Post Source Scan and after that enter a name and also a description if you want. You will also have to think about whether you prefer using the picture filters provided by HandBrake. Then you will notice the preset located on the preset list at the bottom.
You can choose this one as the default preset for all of the new video encodings from now on by selecting it in the drawer, clicking on the gear icon and after that from the pop-up menu you have to select Make Default. Once you do this the preset is going to appear in bold. The best thing about this preset that you have made is that it is going to create the highest resolution format video files for those who have one of the latest devices from Apple, based on the type of video you feed to it.