Which is better? h.264 or mpg-4(compression,quality)

Discussion in 'iPod' started by shocky31, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. shocky31 macrumors newbie

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    Which encoding standard do ya'll think is better for not only ripping dvd's to your mac but for putting on the new ipod? h.264 or mpg-4, which one takes up less space and which one looks better, plz let me know what u think.
     
  2. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

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    H.264 looks better and is smaller.

    However, it takes a LONG time to encode.
     
  3. shocky31 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Could you guys name any programs to rip dvd's, i wanna be able to chose h.264 and aac audio, and be able to pick resoultion when encoding for ipod and have option to keep regular resolution when not using for ipod, i looked at hanbrake that that encodes the h.264 audio into mp3 and the ipod needs aac.
    Thanks for all your help
     
  4. Flying Llama macrumors 6502a

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    The best and most popular is HandBrake, it takes your DVD and directly converts it to either H.264 or mpeg4, and with either AAC or MP3 for the audio. It's free too. Seems like just what you are looking for! :)

    If you want more advanced options, you could use MacTheRipper to rip the DVD, and then FFMpegX to convert it to pretty much every format. Both are also free, though I would pick HandBrake for it's simplicity, and since you'll get the best quality and compression using H.264, HandBrake is also the best quality. Have fun!

    llama :)
     
  5. Flying Llama macrumors 6502a

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    But like dotdotdot said, H.264 is extremely slow. Ripping an entire 7.2GB DVD on my 1.8GHZ iMac G5 takes more than 4 hours! :eek:

    llama
     
  6. shocky31 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Maybe i should stop doing it using my 800mhz ibook g3 and use my dual 2.7ghz g5/2.5 gig's ram(if that matters) then huh?
     
  7. Flying Llama macrumors 6502a

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    ;)

    That would help, yes.

    llama
     
  8. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    I agree with llama. You may see a small amount of improvement.
     
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  10. briangig macrumors regular

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    i've been doing some conversions of h.264 on some tv shows i have laying around, and they take a long time (few hours maybe?) on my dual g4. these are about 175MB, HDTV Xvid, and they come out around 120MB in h.264, and look pretty good.

    also, while we are on the subject, I read somewhere about creating a workflow to convert files to h.264? Be alot easier than opening in quicktime and exporting. anyone help? I seem to be automator challenged.
     
  11. Flying Llama macrumors 6502a

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    llama
     
  12. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    I'll take a look at it right now :cool:
     

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