View Full Version : Best Possible Video Encoding Settings for iPod?

Jan 19, 2007, 03:12 PM
I've been using VisualHub lately to convert TV Shows that I recorded with my EyeTV 250 to an iPod format. That being said, it still seems like I'm getting a lot of blockiness during fast moving clips and stuff.

Using VisualHub, here's what I've been doing.

Optimized for TV
Quality (Go Nuts!)
H.264 Format

Advanced Options
Bitrate: 1500
2 Pass turned ON

The question is... how much higher can I go before it won't play on my iPod at all? I wanna view the TV Shows on my TV but, you can see the blockiness still... and when you actually watch iTunes Store video (same resolution) it looks nice and sharp. I do understand that the EyeTV 250 does have to convert the signal to digital and you probably lose quality already there as well as convert that to iPod format but, I'm trying to see if I can get the most quality I can.

Anyone have a certain technique they use that works well for them?

Edit: By the way, this Mac Pro converts video FAST! Holy crap! It takes about 8 minutes to convert a 20 minute TV Show with 2 Pass turned on! I LOVE IT! If you look in Activity Monitor while you're converting you'd see all 4 Cores filled to the top with Activity... now THAT'S a computer! Just thought I'd share my excitement about having one of the fastest Macs available.

Jan 19, 2007, 03:20 PM
I'm getting a lot of blockiness during fast moving clips and stuff.

This is something you're going to find very difficult to get around, it affects all compressed formats. Early DVD players used to suffer horribly with this and action films.

I stand-by 2-pass encoding, but you're already doing that.