Mpeg4 or H.264?

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  1. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    Hi everyone:)

    I want to put some more of my DVD's onto my 5G iPod. I've encoded all the ones I've done so far in Mpeg4. The quality is good, but the movies end up being very large. Will H.264 be any better? Is it better quality?

    Thanks:)

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  2. Apple2Mac macrumors regular

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    H.264 will be a much better quality encode at the same or smaller size, however the trade off is that it takes longer to encode....
     
  3. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    I find H.264 makes the files much smaller (ie an Mpeg4 movie may be 700MB, while a H.264 movie will be ~200MB), but it does take much longer to encode. I find the quality on the iPod isn't any different, but when you make a H.264 movie full screen on a MacBook, it can be hard to tell its not a DVD.
     
  4. risc macrumors 68030

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    ^__ LOL!

    Did you just say a 200MB H.264 MP4 looks DVD quality? :eek:

    HAHA! x 50!
     
  5. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    i can tell its not. it looks very good though. i did mention its on a 13" display, not a 4' plasma screen.
     
  6. dextertangocci thread starter macrumors 68000

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    HOLY &^%(!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Is this normal???? I get about 80 FPS when encoding in Mpeg4 on my 2Ghz MB. Bitrate - 2300, sound bitrate - 320:eek: The most I got on my last rev. 12" iBook was 9-12FPS!!!

    I havn't tried H.264 yet. How much slower will it be?
     
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    I have 200 MB H.264 files that look like DVD quality. It's not the filesize, it's the resolution and bitrate that are important - if that file is an hour long then it's going to look a lot worse than a 4-minute music video.
     
  8. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    yeah, 80 is pretty normal. i spike up to 95 sometimes.

    H.264 would be quite a bit slower, but still faster than real time. i get 30-40fps.
     
  9. risc macrumors 68030

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    Yeah I've seen nice H.264 files at 200 MB too, they are about 20 minutes long. A 90+ min movie at 200 MB sure would look great...
     

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