Converting DVD's to iPhone

G5Unit

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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.
 

applehero

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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!
 

G5Unit

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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!
What exactly does 2 pass do? I never knew?
 

MacDryCleaner

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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.
 

applehero

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Wow what computer are you running on? I have a single 1.8 ghz PM G5.
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?
 

roland.g

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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.
 

killerrobot

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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.
 

applehero

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

roland.g

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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???
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.
 

applehero

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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.
 

timmypv15

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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
 

killerrobot

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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???

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".:)
 

Bossx20

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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.
 

bloodycape

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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.
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?
 

scootermafia

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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.
 

scootermafia

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

killerrobot

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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?
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...