encoding to ipod

Discussion in 'iPod' started by twdawson, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2006
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    I have been using Handbrake to encode some of my movies to the ipod, but i have had very unreliable results, sometimes they go onto the ipod and sometimes not. I know this is to do with bitrate, which the ipod can only handle 768 kbs so i have been told.
    Handbrake seems to have a mind of its own, because i use the settings of H.264, baseline profile and a bitrate setting of around 600 to 700, but sometimes the bitrate is over the 768 allowed when the encoding is finished. I also use 640 by 480 settings.
    If it does not work the first time i am now running it through toast 8 which is doing what its supposed to do, and i get a useable file at the end of it. I would just use toast to start with but i cant crop from widescreen to 4:3.

    Anyone else have similar problems and got around it. I am still learning about all this video editing so i am relying on you guys for some help.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Use the following settings:

    MPEG-4 Encoding
    .mp4 file format
    1500kbps video bit rate
    128kbps audio bit rate
    2-pass encoding if you want it.

    Handbrake doesn't as yet support the correct baseline profile to encode the correct 1.5mbps 640xwhatever so use MPEG-4 for the moment.

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