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April 01, 2011, 04:57 PM
Handbrake and Toast
So I am trying to salvage some older DVD's that are becoming scratched etc. I used Handbrake and it gave me a m4v file which is not recognized by my DVD players. So I am using Toast 10 to reconvert it to DVD. It is asking whether to use NSTC or PAL. which one should I use? Does handbrake have a quicker method without using Toast?
April 01, 2011, 05:13 PM
James R. Cutler
NTSC is standard for US.
April 04, 2011, 11:58 AM
Chuck Reti
Handbrake is for conversion of DVDs to computer and iPad, iPhone, iTouch, iPod-compatible files. DVDs are muxed MPEG2 video, so no, your DVD player won't know what m4v's are.
If you are simply trying to back up your physical DVDs by burning new ones, built-in Disk Utility will do this handily. Launch the program (in Applications>Utilities) and use the Help feature which has easy instructions on copying CDs and DVDs.
The process you're following involves decoding, and re-encoding and re-compressing already heavily processed video, not at all good for preserving any degree of quality.
April 04, 2011, 12:21 PM
You may need something like MacTheRipper rather than Handbrake. FastDVDCopy is no longer available. Someone suggested that an alternative to that is RipIt.
I've not used that one , which costs $25 and requires 10.5.

This message has been edited. Last edited by: Donna,
April 04, 2011, 02:13 PM
Steven Klein
Donna, I've used RipIt and really like it. But it's designed to create files playable in the DVD Player app; it has no burning capability.

For burning, I recommend DVDRemaster.

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April 12, 2011, 10:27 PM
I used Toast pro and it went OK thanks