Best .avi to .mp4 converter?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by G.O.B, May 28, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    May 15, 2010

    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!
  2. macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2008
    Penang, Malaysia
    Please use search function.

    But Try handbrake at I use that and I like it alot. Works on your dvds (legit ones of course).
  3. macrumors member


    Jul 11, 2008
    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.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2009
    New Jersey
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2008
    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?
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2003
    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.
  7. M87
    macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2009
    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.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2010
    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.
  9. macrumors member


    May 24, 2010
    Canada (Australian)
    Handbrake Audio

    Handbrake has been throwing my audio out of sync also!
    Any recommendations to fix or a better app?
  10. macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    The most populated city in the planet
  11. macrumors regular

    May 12, 2009
    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:D
  12. macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2008
    Ohio, USA
    Try Air Video. You have no control over the conversion settings but it i drop dead simple and fast.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2007
    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.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2003
    Nelson, Wales
    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
  15. macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2008
    Mos Eisley
    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).
  16. macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2010
    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.
  17. macrumors 65816

    Oct 28, 2007
    Download the SVN of Handbrake from

    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.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2008
    I use QuickTime:)
    Just start the video in QuickTime, click share, then iphone.
    boom! Goes into itunes automatically, and it keeps the quality.
  19. macrumors 65816

    Oct 28, 2007
    It is also 5x - 10x slower than other software encoders on the same system.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2008
    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.
  21. macrumors regular

    May 7, 2010
    Mty, Mexico
    I used voltaic HD works great but it is not free
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2010
    App Q&A testing by request.
    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.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2010
    South Korea
    I recently changed to Handbrake and so far I am liking it and had no problems.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2010
    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.
  25. mac8867, Feb 7, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2010
    Saint Augustine, FL
    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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