Converting videos for IPT, choices?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by gear71428, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. gear71428 macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2007
    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?
  2. SuperDaddy macrumors member

    May 21, 2007
    Middle Earth
    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.
  3. chall5 macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2007
    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
  4. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    The Netherlands, Europe
    Can more people comment on this? I am interested in this too!
  5. blueharvester macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2007
    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.
  6. aidanpendragon macrumors 6502a

    Jul 26, 2005
  7. goldypoker macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2007
    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!
  8. blueharvester macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2007
    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?
  9. goldypoker macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2007
    My pleasure...I ripped the first few to harddrive myself until I read more about'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 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 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!
  10. cwolves macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2007
    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.
  11. blueharvester macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2007
    This worked a treat!! Fantastic, thank you.
  12. goldypoker macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Glad to hear pleasure!

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