iPod touch Converting videos for IPT, choices?

gear71428

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Sep 11, 2007
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I am about to start converting some videos for viewing on my ipod touch. What choices should I make in the conversion process?
Is 640X480 best for viewing?
How about bit rates?
Etc?
 

SuperDaddy

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May 21, 2007
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I'm not sure about bit rates or screen sizes, but if you are on a Mac I suggest using a program called Visual Hub. It will convert just about any file type you have (.iso, divx, avi, etc) into the format needed for an iPod. After it finishes converting the file, it will even put it into your iTunes for you.
 

chall5

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Sep 19, 2007
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I use Xilisoft DVD Ripper, encode for the Touch's native res 480x320 (if you only plan on watching them on the Touch) then try some different bitrates to see what you find acceptable. Personally I encode at around 800
 

blueharvester

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Oct 22, 2007
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I started doing this the other day for the first time. I downloaded a trial version of AnyDVD (and I'll probably end up buying it) to rip DVD to hard drive. Then I use HandBrake to convert into an iPod touch format. Mpeg-4 / 2 pass / 500kbps / 480 width settings look perfect on the touch. For a 2 hour movie the file is approx 500mb.
 

goldypoker

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Oct 26, 2007
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I started doing this the other day for the first time. I downloaded a trial version of AnyDVD (and I'll probably end up buying it) to rip DVD to hard drive. Then I use HandBrake to convert into an iPod touch format. Mpeg-4 / 2 pass / 500kbps / 480 width settings look perfect on the touch. For a 2 hour movie the file is approx 500mb.
I also use anyDVD and Handbrake...I have a couple suggestions for you that you may find helpful.

First, with anyDVD, you dont need to rip the movie to your harddrive first, handbrake (in conjunction with open anydvd program) can encode straight from the disc drive...this saves a ton of time and works flawlessly. The only time ripping to harddrive would be recommended is if you want to rip more than 1 or 2, then have handbrake encode a few in a row overnight.....

Second, although your Handbrake settings seem fine, you might want to try the "presets" section for encoding settings...there is a native one for the iphone/touch that produces fantastic video quality files, at just a little bit more file size than you describe...(appx 650MB for standard length movies)
You might want to try it out and see if the quality vs size works for you.

good luck!
 

blueharvester

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Oct 22, 2007
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Thanks for the tips goldypoker, I didn't realise that you could encode straight from the DVD drive, this will be really handy! How do I do this? What do I specify as the destination location in AnyDVD and source location in Handbrake?
 

goldypoker

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Oct 26, 2007
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Thanks for the tips goldypoker, I didn't realise that you could encode straight from the DVD drive, this will be really handy! How do I do this? What do I specify as the destination location in AnyDVD and source location in Handbrake?
My pleasure...I ripped the first few to harddrive myself until I read more about anyDVD...it's one of the main reasons for choosing anyDVD over competing products, although to be fair, I didnt confirm this ability with any of them......

To do it this way, first make sure that anyDVD is running, at least in the background (to tell if this is the case, you must be able to see the little "fox icon" in the "icon/system tray" in the bottom right hand corner of your computer screen...it doesnt necessarily have to be open on your desktop. Then, when you put a DVD in your DVD drive, it should pop up (in about 10-20 seconds...) with a little ballon notification that it is "scanning/reading" the disk...and ask you to wait for a few seconds. Once this is done (you can tell by placing the cursor over the small fox icon....it will say 1-DVD or something in drive...) you can start up Handbrake.
Since your not ripping anything to harddrive, you dont have to set a destination in anyDVD (as I mentioned, it doesnt even have to be open on your desktop!), all you have to do is select your DVD drive as the source in Handbrake...keep clicking the title until you can access the Video-TS folder of the DVD directly from there, and voila....encode straight from the DVD drive!

**The only problem you may have (and this is dealing more with handbrake than anyDVD) is if your PC is running Vista, you must first set your Handbrake program to an administrator rights program (just right click on the Handbrake desktop shortcut icon to do this..only needs to be done once...)
If your running XP it doesnt even require that.......enjoy!

If your on a MAC..... I have no clue, though, LOL!
 

cwolves

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Oct 11, 2007
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best possible settings for the touch using x264:

--level 3 --ref 6 --mixed-refs --filter -1,-2 --no-fast-pskip --no-cabac --subme 6 --analyse p8x8,b8x8,i4x4,p4x4 --vbv-maxrate 1200 --me umh --threads 2 --thread-input --no-psnr --no-ssim

Use 2 passes and feel free to bump the vbv-maxrate to 2000 or something depending on what your bitrate is (I usually set it to 3x the desired bitrate).

You can also technically up the ME algorithm to esa and the subpixel to 7 but it'll be much slower and you'll see almost no quality gain.
 

blueharvester

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Oct 22, 2007
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My pleasure...I ripped the first few to harddrive myself until I read more about anyDVD...it's one of the main reasons for choosing anyDVD over competing products, although to be fair, I didnt confirm this ability with any of them......

To do it this way, first make sure that anyDVD is running, at least in the background (to tell if this is the case, you must be able to see the little "fox icon" in the "icon/system tray" in the bottom right hand corner of your computer screen...it doesnt necessarily have to be open on your desktop. Then, when you put a DVD in your DVD drive, it should pop up (in about 10-20 seconds...) with a little ballon notification that it is "scanning/reading" the disk...and ask you to wait for a few seconds. Once this is done (you can tell by placing the cursor over the small fox icon....it will say 1-DVD or something in drive...) you can start up Handbrake.
Since your not ripping anything to harddrive, you dont have to set a destination in anyDVD (as I mentioned, it doesnt even have to be open on your desktop!), all you have to do is select your DVD drive as the source in Handbrake...keep clicking the title until you can access the Video-TS folder of the DVD directly from there, and voila....encode straight from the DVD drive!

**The only problem you may have (and this is dealing more with handbrake than anyDVD) is if your PC is running Vista, you must first set your Handbrake program to an administrator rights program (just right click on the Handbrake desktop shortcut icon to do this..only needs to be done once...)
If your running XP it doesnt even require that.......enjoy!

If your on a MAC..... I have no clue, though, LOL!
This worked a treat!! Fantastic, thank you.
 
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