Converting video to specific requirements

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by cool11, May 27, 2009.

  1. cool11 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2006
    There are many video converters on mac but I 've not found something to suit my needs.

    Videomonkey(buggy?), roadmovie, mpeg streamclip etc.

    Sometimes we do not want just a beautiful interface but also get the job done the way we want it.

    So this is what I want:

    - specify the exact video format I want my video to be converted. Not just a selection 'for ipod, for apple tv' and so on. So what? Am I supposed to make several conversions in order to see what each so labeled options mean in reality? I try to export to .mp4 and this should be a straightforward process.

    - most important: limit output filesize. Specify the desirable filesize and converter should output a file that has this filesize. If anyone has seen convertxtodvd in windows, he should understand what I mean.

    I hope there are some applications in osx to help me do the above tasks easily.
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    I love VisualHub (iSquint). Also handbrake does a good job converting video files. :)
  3. cool11 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2006
    I used visualhub.
    It is a good application but it is discontinued. Also it does not have a limit size feature.
  4. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    Handbrake can do specific file sizes, Quicktime Pro gives lots of options.
  5. cool11 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2006
    I tried handbrake. I gave a size limit, but the output file was much larger!
  6. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    You can use MPEG-Streamclip to convert to .avi, .mov, .dv, .... with a lot of codecs like .h264 or DV or else.

    It has no size limit feature like Handbrake, which also doesn't seem to work, but maybe limiting the data rate will help.
    For MPEG Streamclip it's Kbit/s, Mbit/s, KB/s or MB/s, so just make a little calculation like:

    film is 1h 57m 36s long and shall have a maximum size of 1.2GB (1228.8MB = 1258291.2KB - factor 1024).

    1h 57m 36s = 117m 36s = 7056s.

    To get MB/s >> 1228.8MB / 7056s = 0.1741MB/s >> *8 >> 1.393Mbit/s.

    To get KB/s >> 1258291.2KB / 7056s = 178.33KB/s >> *8 >> 1426.634Kbit/s.

    Maybe that will help limiting the file size to whatever size you want.

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