iPod Video Conversion (Retaining aspect ratio) and Chapters

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Vidd, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. Vidd macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2006
    Does anyone know any video converter for Windows that will reserve the aspect ratio?
    Any that I've tried choose to squash the image or crop it.

    If I convert widescreen movies I don't want to have it squashed; why can't it display it like it would on a normal 4:3 television? I don't mind letter boxing as long as it retains its aspect ratio and doesn't chop off any of the picture.

    The file that I've been testing with is a wide Rayman trailer.
    The results have been cropped, squashed and stretched.

    Any help?

    Thanks in advance.


    I plan to encode DVDs for my iPod and, obviously, they're quite long.
    If I just have the raw video file (I've lost my Shrek 2 DVD.), can I insert chapters?
    Is there a program that can rip the video with chapters from a DVD?

    Anyway, here's an image for reference:
  2. MissiWario macrumors newbie


    Sep 14, 2006
    :confused: I have the 30gb iPod.
    I have also been having problems with encoding on my windows laptop.
    A reply would be much appreciated.
  3. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006

    Not sure about the chapters.

    edit: Oh. You wanted a Windows app. Oops.
  4. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    Leave the aspect ration unchanged and the iPod will do the letter boxing.

    As for the chapters, I don't know, but I would like to know the answer for that as well.
  5. Vidd thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2006
    I already know that it'll add in the borders.
    The problem is that programs won't leave the aspect ratio alone; they either resize or crop it (like the picture in my first post).
  6. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    Ah, sorry about that, guess I don't read very carefully when I first wake up :eek:. I've never done any iPod video conversions in Windows, hopefully someone who has will come along and give you the info you're looking for.
  7. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Nero Recode http://www.nero.com does a pretty good job.

    You do need to have the settings for letterboxing right on the iPod too though. I had to try a few different options to get it to work right.


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