Need help converting a video to watch tonight!

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by badlydrawnboy, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

    Oct 20, 2003
    I have an .mkv file I'd like to put on my iPhone, which I plug into my SDTV to watch videos.

    What should I convert it to? I have VLC and Visual Hub. If you could help me out with both video and audio settings, I'd be grateful.
  2. NXTMIKE macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
    Download Handbrake. Convert it to a .m4v or use the iPhone preset.

    Than import it into iTunes as a movie. You may or may not need to click on Advanced > Create iPod or iPhone version (inside of iTunes).
  3. svenn macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    I have used Handbrake with success as well. I like it since it has presets for some devices so you don't have to mess with different settings and such.
  4. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Alternatively, if the MKV file is encoded using h264, then you might have luck using MKVTools to remux the audio/video from MKV to MP4. This would take a few minutes, as opposed to an hour or so (assuming a 90 minute movie and an older Mac).

  5. ninethirty macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2006
    This. DON'T USE HANDBRAKE. It'll take forever. MKVTools will likely do what you're looking for, although if the MKV has DTS or AAC sound in it and you're looking to convert to AC3, you might want to use ffmpeg.

    Great guide for getting that set up here:

  6. owine macrumors member


    Oct 29, 2008
    You have it a little backwards. The iPhone supports AAC, but not AC3.
  7. badlydrawnboy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 20, 2003
    Thanks everyone. I used VisualHub to convert to MP4 using the AppleTV preset. It seemed to work okay. The quality wasn't great, but I don't know if that was due to the conversion or the original file.

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