High quality DVD rip -AND- a low quality one for ipod?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by pprior, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    Tried to transcode a ATV ripped DVD into a smaller version for ipod for my kids, was taking nearly 24 hours EACH (whereas ripping and initial conversion takes maybe 45min).

    So I'm thinking why don't I just encode both a high quality version AND a low quality version when I do the intial encoding from the ripped video_ts directory.

    I tried this, and itunes seems to insist on mixing them and updating both to the ATV, which makes the movie list totally cluttered.

    Is there something I'm missing on how to keep a separate library of small ipod specific movie encodes? I'd like to be able to put them on my kids ipods for trips when desired, but not see them on the ATV or the normal itunes list and not have a bunch of extra hassle encoding them.

  2. Oilbrnr macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007
    I use MetaX for tagging and importing into iTunes saving the iPhone versions as TV shows.
  3. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    There is a little checkbox next to each item in iTunes. Uncheck all the iPod versions until you sync what you want, then uncheck them again.

    The Apple TV will not display unchecked items in the menus.
  4. martin1000 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2005
    Washington, D.C.
    I'd be interested in any suggestions too!!! I was just thinking about this issue.
  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Just use Handbrake and put two copies in its queue; one for ATV and one for iPod using presets. Should do them both in less than 5 hours.
  6. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    If your not worried about size of file, you can use the settings below and have one encode for both devices, but may need to check iPod Atom. Try out a couple of test encodes (1 chapter) and see if everything works to your liking. You can also reduce the constant quality for smaller files.

    My custom settings in Handbrake:

    Base Setting = iPod High-Rez
    Changes = 70% Constant Rate, No iPod Atom, Audio 160kbps, Codecs AVC/H.264 Video AAC+AC3 5.1, Strict Anamorhpic, 64Bit (Only if movie ends up greater then 4Gb), delete ":vbv-maxrate=1500:vbv-bufsize=2000" from advanced settings.

    My Devices: Quicktime, iTunes 7.7, iPhone 2.0.1, ATV 2.1 and PS3 (64Bit does not work for PS3).

    1) 64Bit Movies now work for iPhone 2.x.x software. YESSSS!!
    2) IMO My Settings = DVD Quality and have not seen any dropped frames on iPhone.
  7. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Not to discourage you, but imho I would be *very* careful of 70% crf with no vbv buffering for a consistent iPod encode. Especially if you have a 5 or 5.5 G. One mid 80's concert video and you will see +4000 avg bitrate with spikes in excess of 13000 and rather large file sizes.
  8. pprior thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    The 70% constant rate is for the ATV (watched on a large projector). I'm using the ipod preset for the ipod movie and I was amazed it was only a couple hundred megabytes. However the first time we tried it, the movies only played for a small time then the video hung but the kids could still hear the audio playing.

    I like the TV show idea.

    This is for ipod nano (new ones), not the iphone.
  9. macdot macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2005
    Just have it sync movies with ATV in the name or something like that.

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