How to get the best video transcoding results on your Mac

My friend and frequent podcast co-host, Don Melton, has recently updated his excellent scripts for transcoding video on the Mac. He cares about every pixel and every bit, and wants the very best results possible. Based on the feedback to date, so do a lot of other people. If you're one of them, here's the intro from the latest version, fresh from GitHub:

Hi, I'm Don Melton. I wrote these scripts to transcode my collection of Blu-ray Discs and DVDs into a smaller, more portable format while remaining high enough quality to be mistaken for the originals.While I've used rougher versions of these scripts for many years, I didn't publish any of them until I was featured in, "How to rip and transcode video for the best quality possible," a podcast with Rene Ritchie. Those initial scripts were only available as separate Gists on GitHub. Now they're all collected in this repository: of these scripts are written in Bash and leverage excellent Open Source and cross-platform software like HandBrake, MKVToolNix, MPlayer, FFmpeg, and MP4v2. These scripts are essentially intelligent wrappers around these other tools, designed to be executed from the command line shell.Even if you don't use any of these scripts, you may find their source code or this "README" document helpful.

Go read the whole thing, and if you're into transcoding, give them a shot.

Source: Don Melton

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.