iPad mp4 movie format?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by NEUengineer, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. NEUengineer macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2010
    I use iSkysoft to convert my dvd collection into mp4's to put into iTunes and then on my iPad. The problem is that I cannot seem to find the proper format size to correctly display the entire picture. Even with the iPad settings in the program, the edges of the image are cut off. Any suggestions?

  2. reckless2k2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
  3. wrkactjob macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008

    am using this with great results, not free but easy and problem free.

    Tried Handbrake and just got lots of errors maybe to do with my 64bit W7 O/S , not sure but don't care now.
  4. sportster macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2010
    Katy, TX
    As said, Handbrake! free and works great.
  5. NEUengineer thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2010
    Yes, but what width and height do you set for the mp4 files? My problem is that i cannot seem to match the same picture i see on my computer if i just play the dvd. I am losing some of the width somehow.
  6. ssdeg7 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2010
  7. The Mad Kiwi macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2006
    In Hell
    I'd also like to recommend Handbrake, it's free and all you do is open the movie, click on the Apple TV setting and start, out come iPad itunes friendly files. Too Easy.

    You're just going to get a whole bunch of people here not answering your question because there's probably nobody here who uses iSkysoft. Pretty much everyone uses Handbrake because it's free open source and generally freakin' awesome.

    I'd also recommend Subler as well, open the m4v files in Subler it adds the meta data from tagchimp to the movie files before you drag them to itunes. It'll save you filling in all the actors and stuff yourself.
  8. NEUengineer thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2010
    You can choose the dimensions in Handbrake too. I guess what you guys are all saying is that you use whatever the default setting is for the Apple TV selection. I'll give it a try.

    On a side note, this setting had a default bitrate of 2500 kbps. iSkysoft can make movies with 8000kbps. There is a big difference in picture quality between the two.
  9. reckless2k2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    There's a normal and high quality setting you can use as well. The files are a lot bigger though. I use the Universal setting on Handbrake for my movies because they are played on iPhone, iPod Touch, Apple TV, and iPad. You can use the higher quality settings if you so choose.
  10. klnorth macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2007
    Converting with DVD Menu

    Does anyone know of a way to convert the entire DVD including the Menu system. Then be able to play back from the menu system like you would a normal DVD?
  11. whocaresit macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2010
    Forget all that.

    Mp4s play directly in Oplayer HD. (it also provides the option to play using the inbuilt quicktime plugin)
  12. NEUengineer thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2010

    By experimentation, I have figured out that the best format to play a movie on the iPad is 720x576. This is at least true for using iSkySoft to convert full DVD's into mp4's. It is of course possible that other converters work differently, so this is not something to assume for all programs.

    720x576 is a 1.25:1 ratio. Any radio larger than that, 1.333:1, 1.5:1, 1.777:1, will result in a significant loss of picture on the edges of the screen. Handbreak's default format is 720x480 which is a 1.5:1 ratio. You will lose a significant portion of the image width. If you compare image displayed on your computer monitor to what your iPad shows, you will see what i mean.

    640x480 is a 1.333:1 ratio. The loss of image there is not very significant, and i know that is an option in Handbreak. so if you really care to see more of the picture i would suggest using that setting.

  13. 3lionsbecks Suspended


    Jul 19, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    I use handbrake and it works so that the format is good on my iPad, iPod Touch, MBP and 27" iMac......

    Just use the default settings.
  14. maria17 macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2010
    Handbrake doesn't have iPad profile yet. you can output to MPEG4 video, as iPad can read it. If you're looking for a direct dvd-to-ipad converter, here is a ipad converters list with in-depth review I stumbled into yesterday from
  15. doodude macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2009
    pssst, look behind you...
    Im using "Im Too iPad Video Converter" & while it isnt free it does a great job automatically.

    The details straight from the converted files are:

    iPad H.264 video (*.mp4)

    L & W: 720 x 576
    Data Rate: 2021 kbps
    Total bitrate: 2149
    Frame rate: 29 Fps

    Bit Rate: 127 kbps
    Sample: 44 kHz
  16. brasierlly macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2010
  17. auzzuro macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2010
    Hi if i purchase the "Im Too iPad Video Converter" can i add sub in the conversion?
  18. brasierlly macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2010
    Handbrake works great, why do you want to pay for imtoo?
    Handbrake doesn't have iPad profile yet. you can output to MPEG4 video, as iPad can read it. I use handbrake with the appleTV preset and have no problems.

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