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Old May 21, 2010, 11:51 PM   #1
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Easily Batch Convert avi, wmv, mov, flv to MP4

Ok, so I want to somehow convert my massive video collection to MP4. I've picked MP4 because it seems to be universally compatible with items like, quicktime, my iPhone, and my PS3. It also contains MetaData that I can then manipulate and edit with MetaX.

But this is what I am looking for specifically:

1. Something that can do batch processing. Maybe even with different source formats (select a group of avi and wmv files).
2. Something that has pretty much every codec built in. I don't want to batch convert like 50 files and then come back later and find that one of the files didn't have the audio codec, but I've already deleted the source.
3. Something that has a maximum resolution threshold. This seems to be a tricky one. The goal of this is to reduce a 30 minute show to something under a 1 Gig per-say (just a random example). Point being, I don't need HD resolution for everything, and I want to say that if this movie is above a certain resolution, or FPS, or what have you, shrink the size down a bit. But don't force other movies that are lower or that aren't at the same proportions into that format.
4. Something that's stable and gives a good success rate. A couple years back I used Automater to direct Quicktime to convert wmv and avi to mov files, and it seemed ok. I loaded them into iTunes and started to add metadate. Problem was, some (not all, but a lot) would crash at certain points during playback.

Any ideas?
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Old May 22, 2010, 12:39 AM   #2
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HandBrake meets all of those requirements, iSquint might do what you want as well.
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Old May 22, 2010, 02:15 PM   #3
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HandBrake meets all of those requirements, iSquint might do what you want as well.
1. Well HandBrake has a queue, yes, but one has to add each file one by one, adjust according, then add to the queue. Not exactly batch conversion, unless I'm missing an option somewhere.
2. Yes, HandBrake is great with source codec, and I'm sure there's very few files I could find that it couldn't read.
3. Again, don't see a maximum resolution, bitrate, etc threshold. I want to say, if the video is over 480dpi, bring it down to 480dpi. If it's under, just leave alone.
4. HandBrake is about as stable as they come, yes.
*5. Another feature that I didn't mention, is saving the video in it's original location. Meaning if I take a TV series and select multiple seasons from folders, I want all those videos to remain in the same source as the original. iSquint says it can do this automatically, but asks for a specific "saving in" path.

iSquint I downloaded and looked through a bit. It has the ability to batch convert by just dragging all the files, which is great, but then it looks like it will save all those files in one place, regardless if they are coming from different folders. It's advanced settings are a bit basic too, and it doesn't look like it has threshold limit conversions which is what I'm looking for, but I'll look at it some more. The main flag is that support for this program was stopped a couple years ago, so will it handle all of my current video, and will it do it with out any glitches that I may not realize until later on when I've deleted the source videos?

I can't be the only one trying to do this, I'll search more on macrumors, but anyone have a guide to massive video conversion, possibly using HandBrake either on macrumors or somewhere else...a recent guide too?
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Old May 22, 2010, 02:56 PM   #4
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I found Video Monkey which looks promising. Can just drag and drop all the files you want for batch converting. Then in a large grid shows frame size, framerate, bitrate, and audio quality for each file, along with their duration and expected output file size. There's plenty of default output setting, one being for all apple devices. However the Advanced tab and the convert to all the other default settings are greyed out.

Anyone have any specific experience and opinion with this software?
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Old Jun 29, 2010, 03:39 PM   #5
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I want to bump this up because I'm looking to do the same thing. My files ~100 are transfers from my TiVo. I've taken all the commercials out by hand and the files sit at ~3.3GB for a 1hr HD video. I want to keep the quality in HD but shrink the file by 1-1.5GB. I think the quality would be pretty good. The HD rips I've gotten of 2hr movies ~3-4GB in size and the quality is really good.

So 99% of us have HandBrake. How can we set different groups of files to run through? I have no clue what Automator is really capable of but if it'll do what we're looking for please let us know.
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Old Aug 18, 2010, 12:47 PM   #6
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Figured I'd bump this to see if anyone else had ideas/suggestions. I've tried the ones above, but they aren't quite right for what I need either.

If only Handbrake did batch encoding, it'd be flawless here. When you've got 80 episodes of a TV show, all of which are .avi, it sucks trying to input them one at a time to add them to the queue.

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Old Aug 19, 2010, 12:13 AM   #7
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Use the CLI version of handbrake with a bash script.
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I'm looking to find a way to convert avi files to MP4 using the same resolution, etc as the original file. I want to avoid loss of quality or pointlessly increasing the resolution in the new file. Any suggestions on the easiest (and best) way to do this?
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Old Oct 10, 2010, 03:41 PM   #9
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i think mpeg streamclip would work for you..
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How mpegstreamclip can make mass video files conversion?

Any alternative options today, for batch conversion of video files to mp4?

I hope there could be some kind of 'magic' way, to do it almost instantly without re-encoding.
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Old Sep 17, 2014, 03:17 PM   #11
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How mpegstreamclip can make mass video files conversion?
Click on "List" in MPEGStreamclip's Menubar, and then select "Batch List".
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Old Apr 15, 2015, 11:25 AM   #12
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Use Handbrake, and HandbrakeBatch

Simple. Just drag your folder on to handbrakebatch, pick an output type, select whether to output to same folder, click start. Couldn't be simpler, and more free.
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Update your version of Handbrake.
Batch converting video files on a Mac using Handbrake
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