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Old May 28, 2010, 05:44 AM   #1
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Best .avi to .mp4 converter?

Hi,

Loving my new iPad so far, I just want to put some videos on it to watch when out and about. I hear the best way to do this is to convert the .avi files (or other extensions) which are on my MacBook into .mp4 so they can be viewed on the iPad.

Which program best does this? It doesn't have to be free, but good quality of video is an issue. Thanks everyone!
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Old May 28, 2010, 05:48 AM   #2
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Please use search function.

But Try handbrake at handbrake.fr I use that and I like it alot. Works on your dvds (legit ones of course).
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Old May 28, 2010, 05:51 AM   #3
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As previous post Handbrake is great. However for the iPad in the house i'm using AirVideo and converting avi's on the fly. Works great.
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 09:52 AM   #4
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I use ImTOO video converter. Good stuff.

http://www.imtoo.com/video-converter-mac.html
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 10:32 AM   #5
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I used handbrake to convert a bunch of .avi files to .mp4. I've noticed the voice track is off on quite a bunch of them. Is this a common issue?
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 10:35 AM   #6
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There's a low volume issue with Handbrake rips too, which discourages me from continuing to use it.

I've been considering the Elgato Turbo solution instead.
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 04:32 PM   #7
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I'd recommend trying to demux .avi files before going through the hassle of converting them to another format. I'm not a video expert, but I think demuxing basically just changes the container and converts the audio. It has worked for every .avi I've tried so far and it takes a couple minutes at most.

I believe the program I use is called avidemux.
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 04:47 PM   #8
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I can recommend handbrake too. You'll have to make a custom profile I think for the iPad to get it to encode in HD. I had some issues with ImTOO and 6 channel audio. It seemed to down mix it so the voice track was in my left ear and everything else in my right, pretty awful.
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Old Jun 18, 2010, 09:40 PM   #9
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Handbrake Audio

Handbrake has been throwing my audio out of sync also!
Any recommendations to fix or a better app?
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Old Jun 18, 2010, 09:45 PM   #10
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Has anyone used this website? Pls tell if it's good and legit. http://www.ipadconverter.com/
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 04:53 AM   #11
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I use handbrake or video monkey, video monkey proven to be best so far, but it doesn't rip dvds so you have to rip them first in mactheripper but after that it's all good
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 09:45 AM   #12
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Try Air Video. You have no control over the conversion settings but it i drop dead simple and fast.
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 09:52 AM   #13
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iSquint is pretty good, if you get hold of a copy of it. The dev stopped supporting it a while ago. i think the suped up version was called visual hub.

If not you can you the export feature of QT7 Pro to do it, I think.
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 11:01 AM   #14
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I'd recommend trying to demux .avi files before going through the hassle of converting them to another format. I'm not a video expert, but I think demuxing basically just changes the container and converts the audio. It has worked for every .avi I've tried so far and it takes a couple minutes at most.

I believe the program I use is called avidemux.
Downloaded it, but it looks like the sort of thing where you need to know something about video editing to use it. Horrendously complicated for a layperson like my self to use. I'm going to have to stick to something simple like handbreak
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 01:32 PM   #15
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Try Air Video. You have no control over the conversion settings but it i drop dead simple and fast.
You have quite a bit control, if you click the Global Settings button, on the top left. There's sliders for the resolution and bit rate, very good cropping options, a wide selection of audio bit rates to choose from, you can send to iTunes and because it converts practically every common video format, I use it to convert everything, except DVD rips(I use Handbrake for that).
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 02:03 PM   #16
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You may want to also try MPEG Streamclip to convert. I have had good luck with AVI-MPV conversion for the iPad with both it and Handbrake, with Handbrake winning on the time to convert and an easy to use queue function for multiple files. I use the Apple TV preset which produces the desired output for the iPad.

http://www.squared5.com/
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 02:16 PM   #17
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Download the SVN of Handbrake from http://forum.handbrake.fr/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=15901

Also keep in mind that pirated material in avi format may be poorly encoded and in need of repair. Handbrake uses libavcodec to decode like many other software packages so you may see similar issues in other software packages using libavcodec.
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 02:37 PM   #18
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I use QuickTime
Just start the video in QuickTime, click share, then iphone.
boom! Goes into itunes automatically, and it keeps the quality.
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 02:56 PM   #19
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I use QuickTime
Just start the video in QuickTime, click share, then iphone.
boom! Goes into itunes automatically, and it keeps the quality.
It is also 5x - 10x slower than other software encoders on the same system.
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It is also 5x - 10x slower than other software encoders on the same system.
That's true. :/
But I don't have to **** around with a bunch of presets and junk. I can just send it away to itunes.
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Old Jun 19, 2010, 05:00 PM   #21
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iSquint is pretty good, if you get hold of a copy of it. The dev stopped supporting it a while ago. i think the suped up version was called visual hub.

If not you can you the export feature of QT7 Pro to do it, I think.
These are my choices...I use visual hub for lots of stuff, but I've had it since the day and was a beta tester for Audial Hub. iSquint is pretty good for a no fuss conversion.
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Old Sep 14, 2010, 01:13 AM   #23
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I recently changed to Handbrake and so far I am liking it and had no problems.
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Old Nov 8, 2010, 07:17 AM   #24
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Without a doubt the best program is Handbrake - it is what a lot of the other programs are based on. If you go with Handbrake, you will also need VLC.
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Old Feb 7, 2013, 10:29 AM   #25
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Actual Test Results

So, I searched and found this thread, (and many others) wondering, which is the fastest... and not really finding anything empirical. So, I ran a test:

Source File: 1.89 GB avi movie file
System: rMBP 13" dual core i7 2.9 GHz

I tested the conversion to mp4 with three conversion tools:

HandBrake, v0.9.8 x86_64
convert time 0:18:19.1
output size 1.5GB

iFunia, v3.9.0
convert time 1:07:40.0
output size 3.01 GB

WonderShare Video Converter Ultimate, v3.0.2
convert time 0:44:45.5
output size 1.88 GB

All were converting to HD mp4. Some functionality notes:
iFunia, I like iFunia because it gives you the ability to set the aspect and crop properly to 16:9 which is what works best (for me) on AppleTV. It removes black to the left and right of the image on the TV.

WonderShare, is a great interface


I should point out... my first and foremost concern was speed. I am certain the cropping features of HandBrake are great, I didn't really play with it (but will have to now). During this testing, I did not crop or conert aspect ratio's at all.
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