Converting DVD's to iPhone

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  1. G5Unit macrumors 68020

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    I have been converting my movie's using Handbrake(which takes forever!) at around 1000kps and 480px by 288px. My videos range from 500mb being 1 hour and 30 minute movie to 1000mb on a movie a little bit over 2 hours long. Am I using the most efficient software and settings? I'm using Mpeg 4 by the way.
     
  2. applehero macrumors 6502

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    I'm in the same boat.....

    it is taking me about 16 hours to rip a 1 1/2 hour DVD. Granted that's for maximum quality, 1450 kbps, 640 x 480 for full screen 320 x 176 for widescreen DVD's, 2 pass encoding.

    Would love something faster!
     
  3. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    What exactly does 2 pass do? I never knew?
     
  4. applehero macrumors 6502

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    Just increases quality of playback. I don't really know how much as I have not tried it without the 2 pass encoding.
     
  5. MacDryCleaner macrumors regular

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    Handbrake

    It takes me about 20 minutes to rip a 2 hour movie ... I will check my settings and report back. I rip about 2 movies a day and have a great digital library now.
     
  6. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Wow what computer are you running on? I have a single 1.8 ghz PM G5.
     
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    I'm assuming that you are just doing plain MPEG4 not h.264?
     
  8. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes, what is the difference? I have had trouble with this.
     
  9. applehero macrumors 6502

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    1.6ghz PB G4. Once I get my network drive set up, I'll start using my 2ghz C2D iMac. But for now, I need the vids on my PB for transfers while traveling.

    Is there a different set up of Handbrake that will provide the same quality but process faster?
     
  10. rayward macrumors 65816

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    Don't you need h.264 to be compatible with iTunes?
     
  11. roland.g macrumors 603

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    The newest release of Handbrake has Apple TV and iPod (I think on the iPod) presets. Not sure whether the iPhone will play MPEG-4 or only H.264. Apple TV does both. Visual Hub and it's mini (free) version offer presets as well.
     
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    I am assuming since the iPhone is also and iPod, the iPod settings will apply. Especially since YouTube went through a conversion to h.264 to accommodate the iPhone.
     
  13. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    I use isquint. I have a 2.33 C2D and it take about 15 minutes for either mp4 or h.264 on the highest quality setting for a 1 1/2 -2 hour movie.
    It was the first program (free of course) that I tried. Haven't tried anything else since because it's been good to me so far. All the mp4 I've ripped have played fine on my iPod with video and in iTunes so I'm not sure if the iPhone needs h.264 or not.
     
  14. applehero macrumors 6502

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    According to the documentation, iSquint will not RIP a DVD, that's what we're doing here. Did I mis-interpret the documentation???
     
  15. roland.g macrumors 603

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    If it doesn't you can use MacTheRipper to extract it and then rip from there. I can't remember on iSquint since I have used Handbrake mostly.
     
  16. applehero macrumors 6502

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    I am also using Handbrake, just not thrilled with the RIP times... I've dropped my output size a bit and it has reduced the time significantly, but until it finishes, I won't know if quality has reduced.
     
  17. timmypv15 macrumors regular

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    i downloaded handbrake but it said i need more than NET framework 2.0 or something, but i also downloaded a trial of WonderShares DVD to iPhone converter, and the evaluations look nice
     
  18. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    My bad. You're right. I was just talking about converting them once I have them ripped. I didn't know the initial ripping was part of the issue seeing as how the OP said "converting my movies".:)
     
  19. wqoed macrumors newbie

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    Handbrake is the freeware for ripping DVDs.

    2 pass encoding can improve the speed.

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  20. Bossx20 macrumors newbie

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    ^ 2 pass encoding decreases the speed. its takes about twice as long.


    what do you think the minimum average video bitrate could be set to in order to still have decent looking tv shows?

    im trying to conserve some space.
     
  21. applehero macrumors 6502

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    Not sure. I think you'd just have to experiment. I use 1450 as I would rather have better quality than faster processing. I would start with 800 and go from there.
     
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    Odd that that the ad on that site is for a product called VisualHub, which is comparing its features to isquint. Anyone know how good this Visual hub software is?
     
  23. scootermafia macrumors member

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    Okay, use Visualhub or iSquint, but take it from me - this is the best way to conserve space on iPhone. Go into advanced, set video bitrate to 256kbs and audio bitrate to 64kbs (64kbs AAC sounds about as good as 128kbs mp3, so you won't hear problems), and make sure on the main menu h.264 is set. You can select two pass encoding for a better picture. This will produce movies that are 200-300mb, look fine, and will save space on iPhone. h.264 looks magically better than other codecs despite the hilariously low bitrate.
     
  24. scootermafia macrumors member

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    Or, 'shop' for movies from my 'friends' CK aka CompressionKings. They are good at making movies that are iPod compatible.
     
  25. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    isquint is free. It CONVERTS just about any video to ipod format. Visualhub is the upgrade you pay for that does the same thing and then you get whole lot of extras features as well. Not sure if Visualhub will RIP (which was pointed out to me as the main discussion here) dvds or not...
     

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