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Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sstarch1, Jun 30, 2007.
What is the best free program out there to convert videos for the iPhone for an apple computer?
HandBrake. Google it.
Or VisualHub if you want to convert non-DVD movies.
iPhone video converter is really good, you have to pay for it though.
What settings to use, if you use handbrake? What can the iphone play?
I am also interested in what settings you guys use but I am trying to convert some avi video using VisualHub.
VisualHub has a trial setting that only lets you do 2 minutes of conversion....?
FFMpegx is free.
I could never get it work though for some reason.
oh, i dunno, it works fine here on my MB..
I too am interested in finding out other people's settings. I did some pre-iPhone purchase conversions and iTunes won't let me sync them because it says they are unplayable.
I just use the iPod preset. Works well.
Handbrake can rip DVDs on Mac, while ffmpegx supports converting video files.
Both programs are FREE.
If it doesn't work, the following link maybe helps: iPhone converter
It seems to be shareware.
Download the latest iTunes 7.3 to try again.
videora or isquint are free and pretty good. Handbrake is good too.
will the iphone play itunes encoded apple tv files, or is the limit still 640x480
is the purpose of these converters to make the DVD content less voluminous? Say a movie is 1GB in the original DVD version, roughly how many MB should it have for iPhone quality?
I am in the process of ripping my DVD collection via Handbrake and am very please so far. I use the iPod preset and then modify as necessary. For full screen movies I use the 640X480 output size at 1000kbps. For widescreen it varies depending on the aspect ratio, but I will shrink it down to 336X??? or 320X??? (the reason for the ??? is because I set the Keep Aspect Ratio option and adjust it to whatever looks best around that size range). I do not mess with the audio settings. This creates about a 1GB movie. It's a little bigger than I'd like, but the quality is excellent. You can experiment with the kbps setting and go with whatever you're willing to accept for quality, personally, I like higher quality over size.
Handbrake Users: Question for ya.
Just curious if anyone here has found a good solid setting in Handbrake that will render a video playable on an iPod, Apple TV, and the iPhone?
Wow, according to the status bar it'll take me 5 hours to rip a 1:50 hours movie with Handbrake! That's on a Macbook Pro 2.0 GHz. Am I doing something wrong?
That doesn't sound right. On my 2GHZ C2D iMac it only takes about 2 hrs to do a 1 1/2 - 2hr movie. Can you tell me your settings?
I'm using the iPod settings (h.264) and am cranking down bitrate to 500 kbps. I've never done this before so am not sure whether these settings make sense.
Er, not sure how that would help. But I kinda had to have 7.3 to activate my iPhone. I'm talking about DVD rips via HandBrake that I made with the hope of using on iPhone before I bought it. I didn't use the iPod preset, but I'm hearing from others that it seems to work well with iPhone.
How about some windows based converters that do actual files? Handbrake seems to be for DVD only.
What I have done
I have converted 125 of my movies to iphone size. approximately 250 megs a piece for a 2ish hour movie. quality is great on iphone, terrible on ANYTHING else. I used visual hub. great proggie by the way. it takes about 12 minutes per movie. I used my already pre-ripped movies that were in h.264 apple tv format at 2-3 gigs per movie, down to 250 megs per movie for the iphone, I created a separate iphone library as well.
Good luck everyone! I love my iphone!
This is important:
iPod and iPhone can display video LARGER THAN 640x480.
You do not need to worry about exceeding one of those constrains.
iPod and iPhone will play any video of supported format with the following size guideline:
If the horizontal resolution (in pixel) = W, the vertical resolution = H, as long as (H/16) x (W/16) < or = 1200, then you will be fine.
For example, for a VGA resolution (640x480), you got W = 640, H = 480, thus 640/16 x 480/16 = 40 x 30 = 1200.
So if one of your constrain (such as the width of a 720x410 movie) exceeds the documented limit of 640, as long your vertical constrain remain small, you will be fine.
Therefore, you can always use the largest (original) resolution in HandBrake when decoding your DVD (which usually come in 720x4xx format) without worrying about playback problem.
Trust me, this is documented in MacWorld and I have tons of videos over 640 width playing on my iPhone.