MP4 conversion for iPod compatibility with Handbrake

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JubileeC, May 8, 2008.

  1. JubileeC macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Hi there

    I've got a few MP4s which I've extracted using Handbrake on its "Normal" setting to run on my hard disk. I wish to convert these so that I can use them on an iPod Nano 3G, but when I use either iTunes or iStrain it seems to take something near 600-700 minutes per 100 minute movie. As I am using a Core 2 Duo 2.16GHz on Leopard I think this seems excessive. Looking at the Handbrake settings, it seems these are no so different from those of the iPod setting, except for slightly different resolution and the iPod Nano option.

    So - is there an easier way to convert these files?

    I've searched for an answer to this, but I never seem to get anything which is about converting mp4s to mp4s for iPod nano.
  2. merl1n macrumors 65816


    Mar 30, 2008
    New Jersey, USA
    iSquint which is free or VisualHub (very cheap), both products are basically the same, but VisualHub has many more options.

    go to to read about them.
  3. JubileeC thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Is Visual Hub as slow as iSquint? If so, it's not worth buying for me. I tried the Shareware version, but it doesn't give me any idea how long proper conversion will late.
  4. Oliver Barker macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2008
    The only real difference in my opinion is that Visual Hub has more conversion options, like PSP and stuff. Though for any ipod, just use iQuint and specify the quality, if its low so as high as possible.
  5. spinne1 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2005
    Hermitage, TN USA (near Nashville)
    As far as I'm concerned the only app worth using for iPod use is Handbrake Lite:

    This is a direct link to the download file. This program is easy:

    Put DVD in, open Handbrake Lite, hit "Discard" when it asks you to update, make sure the "DVD" button is pressed (it should be by default), wait for it to read your DVD disk (takes less than a minute generally), then make sure the file it selected to rip is the actual movie (it will generally select the correct file by default as it will be the first file listed and will be the correct length timewise.) Now, if you hit "rip" it will rip the movie but will save it to your desktop as "movie.mp4." This is fine if you remember to rename it later. You could also change just the "movie" part of the download default to the actual name of the movie you are ripping. Then hit "rip." Depending on your Mac's speed it can take from less than an hour to a few hours.

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