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Ripped DVDs show much darker than source.  Any ideas on how to fix it?

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Ok, so this is not quite an ATV question (since I see the darker image when playing directly on iTunes on the Mac) but a lot of people are talking about this topic on this forum...
I've tried everything (or almost everything):
I tried Mac The Ripper + VisualHub (with the "go nuts" option)
I tried Handbrake (up to 8000kps)
I tried MediaFork (up to 8000kps)
Regadless of the framerate, options, different combinations possible on each of those applications, the image generated is considerably darker than when viewing the DVD itself. I'm happy with the rest (resolution, "smoothnes", "chopiness", "blurriness", etc.) but it's killing me that I can't "increase brightness when ripping", so to speak, in order to get something much closer to what's displayed through the DVD.
Does anybody know how to compensate for this? I've seen other people complaining of the same thing but havein't seen any suggestions yet.
Thanks and Regards,
Julian
Dual 2.7 GHz PowerPC G5   Mac OS X (10.4.8)   2.5 Gb RAM
Dual 2.7 GHz PowerPC G5   Mac OS X (10.4.8)   2.5 Gb RAM

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Would you mind sharing the settings you use (or would use) to rip a movie with the highest quality possible (i.e. quality as close to as what you see in the original DVD) but still playable by Apple TV?
Since many of my commercial DVDs are themselves only encoded in 4 to 5 Mbps range and since H.264 represents a more efficient codec than MPEG-2, I personally do no fee obligated to use video data rates equal to the original nor the maximum the profile will allow simply because it is available. I do, however, like the Context-Adaptive Variable Length Coding (CAVLC) approach of QT Pro and have adopted its "break points" as, at the very least, starting points for manual conversions. Video data rates for some popular 16:9 encode display H.264 "Main" profile formats appear to include:
720p24 (1280 x 720 @ 23.98/24 fps or 25 fps.): 5.0 Mbps
540p30 (960 x 540 @ 23.98/24 fps, 29.97/30 fps): 3.8 Mbps
480p30 (854 x 480 @ 23,98/24 fps, 29.97/30 fps): 3.0 Mbps
405p30 (720 x 405 @ 23.98/24 fps, 29,97/30 fps): 2250 Kbps
360p30 (640 x 360 @ 23.98/24 fps, 29.97/30 fps): 1850 Kbps
Usually recommend testing a 2-4 minute segment that includes a brightly lit scene/a darkly lit scene with rapid vector motion (preferably compound vector motion)/rapid transitions and then adjust the video data rate/quality (quantimizer) settings as needed.

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