Handbrake Lite vs. Handbrake vs. Something Else?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by neoelectronaut, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. neoelectronaut macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2003
    Southeastern Louisiana
    Before anyone yells at me, yes I have read the "steps that work" thread.

    Now that that's out of the way, here's my question.

    What do YOU use as an iPod video conversion App, or rather, what app do you use at which settings? I'm trying out Handbrake Lite right now for the first time to see how it runs, but I'm likely going to head back to Handbrake since it seems to include the ability for .h264.

  2. AliensAreFuzzy macrumors 68000


    May 30, 2004
    Madison, WI
    I use handbrake with the mpeg-4 encoder at 304 height and whatever width at 1000kbps (620 for cartoons) and that works great for me because then I can watch them on a TV too. PM me if you have questions
  3. killuminati macrumors 68020


    Dec 6, 2004
    Does it work to go with 1000kbps for the ipod? I was told not to go over 700 and something. I know it would make a much bigger file but how much better would the quality be?
  4. AJ Muni macrumors 65816

    AJ Muni

    Aug 4, 2005
    I dont wanna highjack the thread...but i noticed that when i used handbrake to rip a dvd...the picture looks dark.. the bit rate is set at 128...if its higher would the picture be clearer?? also would the file be bigger?? sorry guys im just experimenting...
  5. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    Use MacTheRipper....

    ...and I use iSquint. It works nicely, gets the job done easily. For more control, check out ffmpegX. The iPod doesn't support MPEG-4 bitrates over 700/second.

    Linkety to ffmpegX. (Works great for a lot of other stuff but has weird A/V sync issues sometimes. Great software otherwise!)
  6. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    I use Handbrake to rip movies using the H.264 encoder (baseline profile) at about 600kbps with sound at 128kbps. You have to add them together. The iPod supports H.264 up to 768kbps so 600 + 128 = 728.

    Haven't really done many movies but I am starting to rip my TV shows but this time using the MPEG4 encoder at 1250kbps and 128kbps sound. I use the high bit rate and rip the shows at either 576x320 or 480x(whatever) so that when I eventually get a new iPod I can watch them on a TV at decent quality. The resolution is fine, it conforms with the macroblock limit of the iPod and iTunes says they are in the right format when I tried to use it to convert them.
  7. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    Why am I just hearing this now??? Quite a few wasted conversion sessions going on over here.

    BTW, iSquint appears to make video darker as well. I wasn't aware that Handbrake does the same. I guess my method of ripping a large file for my system in Handbrake and making a smaller version for iPod with iSquint will have to be revised. Though, maybe all converters make them darker.

    The things I like about isquint are that it has a cue so you can put a list together and have them convert all of them overnight. That, and it gives you simpler defaults that are harder to f up.
  8. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    The iPod also accepts .mp4 files encoded with MPEG4 at bit rates up to 2500kbps. I've ripped a few shows and at 576x320 1250kbps I have trouble telling that it's not DVD. And the iPod can play 576x320 as it fits the macroblock limit.
  9. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    This may be a good time to point out that you can use any A/V cable with the iPod. Linkety

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