Convert AVI to IPAD format - What Free Programs

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  1. absolutic macrumors regular

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    Guys and girls, I've seen this same issue discussed couple of months ago but I am sure other programs have appeared. So my question is

    What are the FREE simple converters to convert various .avi files (i.e., divx, xvid, etc) to a format compatible with IPAD so it could be dropped to IPAD through iTunes and it actually accepted it? Looking for something that converts quickly, realizing that the size of IPAD screen does not necessitate HD quality.
     
  2. BergerFan macrumors 68020

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    I used to do all my video converting on my PC, but now, unless I'm converting from a DVD(Handbrake), I use the AirVideo app exclusively. It's way too easy to click 'convert', and videos are added to the conversion queue. You don't have to stay in the app either, just add files to the queue and let your computer do it's thing. I know it's not free, but some things are just worth a few coins. :)
    I use VLC Player on my PC, so it makes sense for me to have all my videos in a format that's compatible with everything.
     
  3. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Handbrake is the best. I use the Universal preset and it looks great.

    It's free.
     
  4. steviem macrumors 68020

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    I have about 300 videos remaining in divx and I've found adding each one in Handbrake individually to the queue really time consuming.

    Does Video Monkey let you select several files at once?
     
  5. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020

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    Yup, just drag them all into the window and click 'start'.
     
  6. steviem macrumors 68020

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    Nice - looks like I'll be installing that tonight and getting the last of my avis into mp4 and then getting them into MetaX :D
     
  7. ukyo229 Guest

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    AVI is a container, so you have to encode an already encoded file all over again... you really want to do that? :confused:
     
  8. steviem macrumors 68020

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    Yeah - how else can I play the files on the iPad? (apart from Airvideo, but I still want to sync videos over to the iPad.)

    So far the conversions have looked great on anything from iPhone to PS3 on 1080p TV.
     
  9. absolutic thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks everyone, I typically storage my avi files on my PC Desktop so I will check out Handbrake
     
  10. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Hey thanks for that link. I wasn't aware that someone filled the void. I'm still using Visual Hub and relieved it won't "go away" with the change of some code in a future OS X update.
     
  11. Dodgeroo macrumors regular

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    I agree with BergerFan AND Chundles ;)

    Air Video is awesome for streaming and conversion (and the iPad version is fantastic), but Handbrake is best as a standalone solution if you don't need the streaming option.
     
  12. absolutic thread starter macrumors regular

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    OP reporting here.

    Thanks I just tried it (handbrake)

    and was able to encode an 1:45min movie in apprx 16 minutes (on my quad-core PC) which was great, it immediately went to iTunes with no problems and it works fine on IPAD.

    Thanks everyone again, problem solved. It would be easier of course if it played it natively, but hey, 15 minutes is not that bad.
     
  13. jroeben macrumors newbie

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    If you would like to cut down the 16 minutes to maybe 2 or 3, check this thread where I describe a method to quickly remux Xvid/Divx video files without the need to reencode them. A little further down I also posted a commandline for batch remuxing and batch Handbrake encoding (both for MacOS, though, so you might have to adapt this to whatever OS you are running).

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=9937688&highlight=avidemux#post9937688

    Enjoy and I would really like to get some feedback.
     
  14. absolutic thread starter macrumors regular

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    Very interesting, I will try your solution tonight and see if it works. I guess it does not hurt to try it first, and if it doesn't work, then you just wasted 2-3 minutes which is not bad, and then go back to the old solution
     
  15. jroeben macrumors newbie

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    Well, I received my iPad on the 27th and have been using my method ever since. It works ;).
     
  16. Harmush macrumors 6502a

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    +1

    I would also recommend handbrakes presets. Works great for iPhone too.
     
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  18. EthanXC1 macrumors member

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    This.
     
  19. nidserz macrumors 6502a

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    What settings do you use on Visual Hub for the best quality without significantly increasing the file size?

    Also for Hand Brake? What settings do you recommend for optimal iPad viewing (as clear as possible) and what is the approximate file size (in relation to the original)?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  20. steviem macrumors 68020

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    Video Monkey gets a +1 from me

    98 videos in my MP4 folder waiting to get their metadata sorted for iTunes :D
     
  21. Sparky9292 macrumors 6502a

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    Video Monkey doesn't have an iPad setting. Do you just use AppleTV?
     
  22. steezy1337 macrumors 6502

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    Holy Resurrection, Batman!

    we've got VLC App now so this thread is moot =)
     
  23. Kevinjack, Sep 24, 2013
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  24. Mylo130 macrumors member

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    You really don't need to convert your files at all. I use AVplayerHD. It plays pretty much every format that I've thrown at it. You don't have to connect to iTunes to add a movie to your iPad...it's nice.
     

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