DVD to Iphone using handbrake

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by puremagic, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. puremagic macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2007
    I am using handbrake on MacBook to copy DVD to my iphone 3g.

    One dvd has 3 chapters, and is over 1.5g in total.

    I use the standard iphone/touch handbrake settings.

    I don't want to lose the size, but am not sure about the other settings etc, but would like to be able to get more dvds on as well as music etc.

    Would appreciate any help?


  2. marykay9507 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2008
    how long is the dvd?? i have a few movies i have used handbrake for and they do not take up even 1gb of space
  3. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Select the "iPhone / iPod Touch" preset from the preset window on the right.

    Then, change the bit rate from the standard 960 to something like 700. Don't change anything else and you'll get a smaller file that still works on the iPhone.

    It will be a little softer, but still pretty good.

    You could even go down to around 350 or so if you REALLY want to save space and are happy with a VHS-like picture.
  4. puremagic thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2007
    Sorry for the late reply.

    The DVD is 7.4gb.

    I will try and convert using the instructions below.

    If successful I will try and convert the others to a small size.

    Is there a better program to do the convert?


  5. jds4300 macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2008
    About Handbrake and iPhone

    I have encoded over 400 movies for iPhone and iPod Touch using Handbrake. REGARDLESS of the DVD size, I encode EVERY movie to a TARGET SIZE of 700 MB and they ALL come out GREAT! I DO NOT CHANGE BIT RATE and I use the PRESET 480 x 320 for EVERY DVD encoding job! THIS WILL WORK.
  6. dfkaplan macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2008
    I've only ripped about 30 movies via handbrake... but they work well enough. I went on a trip recently and wanted to really maximize space, so I fiddled a bit with the settings. My optimal settings were:
    1. Select "Iphone/Itouch" in presets.
    2. In "Video" tab, select "2-pass encoding"
    3. In "Video" tab, under "2-pass encoding," select "Turbo first pass."
    4. In "Video" tab, put in a target size of 500.

    If the film is longer or shorter than two hours, I adjust accordingly. For older films, like spaghetti westerns or kung-fu flicks, I go a bit lower on the target size. For a 90 minute film, I go about 400.

    So far, it works pretty well. You only notice quality problems if you really get in close and look for it. I compared two films, one at 500MB and one at 1GB and there wasn't enough of a difference to justify going any higher. The downside is that the 2-pass encoding takes a bit longer, as you're adding an extra step.
  7. bori macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2008
    what do you guys use to convert AVI to iPhone format?
  8. dfkaplan macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2008
    I've been using Mediacoder: Iphone edition. Works well enough. I haven't fiddled with the settings, since I'm just converting smaller AVI's... works fine, though.
  9. chomby1991 macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2008
    Australia ->queensland ->Rockhampton
    ffmpegx is great for converting formats and not too long. im not sure if its freeware though but its definately worth it

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