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hellodon
Jun 20, 2010, 10:28 PM
What do you guys use to convert movies for iPad? Sucks that it doesnt just play avi files...most of what I have is already in avi format. I got this iSkysoft conversion software but the conversion time is pretty ridiculous! Almost 7 hours at first then once it got going it was upwards of 19 hours. I'm going on a trip in the morning and wanted to bring some movies but there's no way even one would convert

Anything quicker? Easier? Free-er?

Thanks in advance!



bhodge10
Jun 20, 2010, 10:43 PM
Take a look at air video. Realtime conversion when on wifi and 3G and also will convert movies that you can transfer to iTunes then to iPad

PlaceofDis
Jun 20, 2010, 10:51 PM
handbrake can convert it, air video is another option.

hellodon
Jun 20, 2010, 11:34 PM
awesome, thanks guys.

So with Air Video I can just convert them and have the actual files right on my iPad? Doesnt require me to access my computer over wifi/3g right?

I have had so many issues with handbreak. I really wish I knew what I was doing. Ive never had a successful rip using it. Ive tried with DVD's and ended up with bad video and no sound, good video with no sound, sound but no video..and it sucks because I never find out that something is wrong until the conversion is done which takes quite a while. Its been a while, maybe I should try it again.

TheMadBrewer
Jun 21, 2010, 01:55 AM
I use the command line version of handbrake along with a script called breakfast which monitors a "hot folder" and kicks off the conversion. I have an old mini (first Intel version) that just runs this. It used to be She Who Must Be Obeyed's computer until She found out the TV had a faster mini than She did (the HTPC running plex). That was painful :)

btrav13
Jun 21, 2010, 06:39 AM
Air Video requires both the host machine and your iPad to be online. I use ffMPEGx for my video conversion needs. It's free at freemacware.com.

Aaon
Jun 21, 2010, 06:43 AM
I use Handbreak myself, which I think works pretty well. I was a big fan of iSquint with my iPod, but it seems to have been discontinued. I haven't been 100% successful with hand break, but it seems to do the job pretty well.

J.C
Jun 21, 2010, 07:21 AM
Air Video requires both the host machine and your iPad to be online. I use ffMPEGx for my video conversion needs. It's free at freemacware.com.

Not true actually. The 'Queue' function converts and saves in the same location as the original. No need to keep the app running on the iPad. You can then sync to the iPad with iTunes.

magiclaffs
Jun 21, 2010, 11:02 AM
I use the PDQ DVD suite to convert movies. Just toss the DVD in the computer, click where you want to save the movie and abou 20 minutes later it is done. Then just drag to Itunes.

nizarghosn
Jun 21, 2010, 11:58 AM
i have transfered successfully my avi movies coming directly from my d300s to my ipad through the sd card adapter .. and it works perfectly , with hd quality on the ipad it's wonderful .. cheers

illitrate23
Jun 21, 2010, 07:39 PM
i use handbrake most often, with the mac.jedi scripts to automate the process
i've just tried out VideoMonkey too - which has a nice and easy interface.

on an iMac i7, both methods convert a 40 minute tv show avi in about 6 minutes, and the quality looks okay even playing full screen within iTunes

Chew
Jun 22, 2010, 06:56 AM
I converted some MKV Videos to Mp4 with Handbreak for being able to view them on my iPad. Unfortunately, the outputted files were about 3 times bigger than the original files (orig around 50MB, output up to 150MB). I don't know, did I do something terribly wrong? I didn't change the configuration of Handbreak much...well, but as least, it works.

blackNBUK
Jun 22, 2010, 08:22 AM
You could also try avidemux. This can take avis in divx or xvid formats and repackage them into mp4s. It doesn't always work but because it doesn't transcode it is much, much faster than handbrake.

anKim
Jun 22, 2010, 08:42 AM
consider THIS (http://convert-tune.com/) video converter:)

koruki
Jun 30, 2010, 06:22 PM
Handbrake though I usually queue up an entire season of a TV show and do it on the i7 980x PC cause its much faster. I just wished handbrake select all instead of selecting each file one at a time and clicking add to queue.

pondie84
Jun 30, 2010, 07:55 PM
I use videomonkey because I like the convenience of being able to add the metadata at the same time. I just set them up and do it overnight so I don't notice the time that it takes.

Grilloman
Jun 30, 2010, 09:01 PM
What do you guys use to convert movies for iPad? Sucks that it doesnt just play avi files...most of what I have is already in avi format. I got this iSkysoft conversion software but the conversion time is pretty ridiculous! Almost 7 hours at first then once it got going it was upwards of 19 hours. I'm going on a trip in the morning and wanted to bring some movies but there's no way even one would convert

Anything quicker? Easier? Free-er?

Thanks in advance!

so, yxplayer doesn't work for you? http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yxplayer/id373751560?mt=8

It plays mkv, avi, h264, etc without convert. Just copy files with itunes in yxplayer application.
I tried a mkv 720p and played choppy but a normal resolution avi played fine!

A Macbook Pro
Aug 2, 2010, 01:31 AM
Nobody has mentioned Quicktime X yet? Works great, and from Apple.

wackymacky
Aug 2, 2010, 01:33 AM
I use either Handbrake, Toast or MPEG Streamclip .

drewc1138
Aug 2, 2010, 10:42 AM
I'm still using Visualhub.

highdefjunkie
Aug 3, 2010, 09:06 AM
I bought Aimersoft and for some reason when I try to convert Itunes movies to any format it comes out choppy. Driving me crazy!

chrisk1250
Aug 3, 2010, 10:39 AM
I've tried a bunch of things like HandBrake, VLC, etc, but they all seem to have a poor quality conversion. It might just be my file, idk, but I always get a poor conversion. A lot of times the audio gets incorrectly synced.

Anyways, what I do is kind of a hack, but it looks great.

Get Perian, it's a Quicktime codec that allows you to play .AVI files (amongst tons of others).

Save the video via Quicktime as a movie. (It'll make a .MOV).

Put that into iTunes and then use iTunes to convert it to a iPhone...Touch...Pad version and it'll make it a .MP4 or .M4V for you.

jrbd90
Aug 3, 2010, 11:33 AM
another vote for avidemux.

Not only for mp4 repackaging but it is good for avi editing.

mKTank
Aug 3, 2010, 03:25 PM
Media Coder. The best converter around.

AppleNewton
Aug 3, 2010, 04:35 PM
I'm just curious why you even have avi files?
Id say just get the actual source of the videos and encode them directly in handbrake to get the best quality and compatibility.

Corax
Aug 3, 2010, 05:28 PM
What do you guys use to convert movies for iPad? Sucks that it doesnt just play avi files...most of what I have is already in avi format. I got this iSkysoft conversion software but the conversion time is pretty ridiculous! Almost 7 hours at first then once it got going it was upwards of 19 hours. I'm going on a trip in the morning and wanted to bring some movies but there's no way even one would convert

Anything quicker? Easier? Free-er?

Thanks in advance!
What kind of computer do you use?
With a Mac it's very very easy to convert.
You just need to use the standard Quicktime X, but got to have the perian plugin for Quicktime installed.
I have already several AVI movies converted to m4v for my iPad. Very very easy.
Here the steps:

- Open AVI movie with Quicktime X
- Select 'Save As' in the menu
- As structure select 'Apple TV'
- Now you save and wait till converting is finished

Thats it!

asharer
Aug 5, 2010, 02:21 AM
just find a converter with iPod, iPhone format options
i usually use downloader editor converter- asharer video sharer
it can help you, i am sure

BillyBobBongo
Aug 5, 2010, 02:46 AM
I'm still using Visualhub.

Me too! :)

Video Monkey (http://videomonkey.org/) is based upon the same code and I've found it to work just as well too.

MCRunning
Aug 5, 2010, 03:15 AM
Handbrake all the way

WilliamLondon
Aug 5, 2010, 12:45 PM
i have transfered successfully my avi movies coming directly from my d300s to my ipad through the sd card adapter .. and it works perfectly , with hd quality on the ipad it's wonderful .. cheers

I'm confused - are the AVIs that your camera produces special in some way? Just curious - sounds interesting.

Makosuke
Aug 6, 2010, 02:19 AM
Question for those using Avidemux: How are you getting it to produce mp4 files that work in Quicktime?

I have some slightly funky AVIs with h264 video and mp3 audio that I want to remux to MP4 without reincoding--just take the video and audio streams and stuff them in an MP4 container.

I could use ffmpeg command line, but since Avidemux includes that feature and a GUI, I figured it was easier.

Except, while it happily runs and produces an MP4 file with the correct data, QT Player completely refuses to open said file. VLC, MPlayer OSX Extended are fine with it.

Is there some setting I need to fiddle with to get it to work? Or, alternately, is there another GUI app that'll do a passthrough remux?

dmazza88
Aug 26, 2010, 01:14 PM
Just downloaded Handbrake. Which present do I use if converting an avi for to an Ipad?