need help converting movies to correct iphone size

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by specops, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. specops macrumors regular

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    ok so what i want to do is convert my movies i have downloaded to the correct size so that i can either watch the movie in widescreen or fullscreen mode like they did with that "cars" movie demo.

    im using Xilisoft software right now and it doesnt seem to make it the correct size when i convert it...

    so im asking you guys what programs and settings do you use to get the results im looking for?
     
  2. loudestnoise macrumors 6502

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    I won't shoot you down, but there are many threads discussing this. I'd suggest first of all sizing your vidoes 480x320 or for widescreen movies 480xWhatever Aspect Ratio maintains the 16:9. I have no idea what Xilisoft software is, nor do I care to Google it, but many users here on the forums either use Handbrake for converting DVDs, or apps like iSquint, VisualHub, or even QuickTime Pro to convert videos into iPhone accepted formats. The recent update to QuickTime adds an export to iPhone, which I have found works well. Hope that helps.
     
  3. fozo macrumors member

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    Fyi, I use the program from Cucusoft. It's the best that I know of. If you are going to use that app, make sure to use the mp4, not the first choice.
     
  4. True Tao macrumors member

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    I've been using Hanbrake and so far it's great. It has ipod presets that can be used for the iphone you just have to remember to pick the right aspect ratio for the movie your encoding. I just leave what the program comes up with for width/height......640x272 for 2.35 movies and use the auto crop. It does take a long time to encode though
     
  5. Hipnomac macrumors regular

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    I do the same thing, then size down to 320, the size of the iphone, takes me about a little under 30minutes directly ripped from DVD
     
  6. True Tao macrumors member

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    Hmmmmm......Why do you chop it again is it just for speed of ripping? Geez how do you get it down to 30 minutes you must be encoding at like 50kbps.....
     
  7. Hipnomac macrumors regular

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    I chop it because thats the actual size of the iphone, even though it supports higher. 1500, what kind of computer are you using? I don't do anything else while its going.
     
  8. chopper dave macrumors regular

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    ffmpegx

    If you are encoding DVDs, use Handbrake- it is easily one of the best and easiest free applications for this.

    For transcoding divX/xvid files, I use fmpegX with pretty good results. It isn't as user-friendly as it could be, since it is very possible to use settings that will not work on the iPhone, but once you find what works, it's very easy.

    http://www.ffmpegx.com/

    ffmpegX has an "ipod" preset for H.264 encoding, of which I just modify the bitrate, resolution, and audio encoding parameters. I always cut the resolution down so that either the height or width is one of the iphone's default resolutions. There is no point in carrying extra resolution, right?

    I choose 600-800kbps video for TV shows and movies, 400kbps for cartoons, and transcode the audio down to 96-128kbps aac (especially if someone has it in 256kbps mp3 or something silly like that).

    What comes out is a pretty small file that still looks really good. You can get a 20 minute TV program in at 100mb that looks the same as something twice as big, since you are taking advantage of encoding specifically for the iphone screen.

    On a slightly related question, what do people use for transcoding audio to aac? I have a bunch of albums in vorbis format that I need to switch over, and every program I find wants to charge me $20 for this incredibly simple task. I want it to keep tag information and be able to batch process several gigs of music without me putting in much input.
     
  9. Greg61 macrumors newbie

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    iPhone movie settings: A really easy solution.

    Hi, I've been wondering about this, myself. I use Handbrake (a GREAT program!! Hat's off to you guys!!) and was getting success with it's default settings, the MPEG-4 settings, 1000 bitrate and everything else defaulted in the Audio section. The only problem is that I had severe issues with dropping audio using the MPEG-4 setting while ripping a large percentage of my DVD's, which went away with the h.264 setting. Also, I found that 1000 bitrate wasn't good enough for fast-paced action and jacked it up to 2000 (for my Apple TV). Unfortunately, somewhere in the adjusted settings, it made it unplayable on the iPhone.

    So, I read some threads about a program called VisualHub (It's only $23) and bought the program. It already has an iPhone setting that you can select.

    What I do now is continue to use the high res. Handbrake settings and if I want to watch a movie on my iPhone, I just convert it the night before. This was a well spent 23 bucks!
     
  10. True Tao macrumors member

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    I'm using a Gateway laptop......1.73 centrino....512 ddr. Yeah I know not the best set up to do this I'm only getting around 20fps.

    I have a question still on the aspect ratio your using though. When you playback your movie ripped at 320x# can you still zoom to full screen on a 2.35 movie and if so how much of the sides are chopped off? I would imagine it's the same as when I use 640x272 and autocrop, no? Thanks.
     
  11. Hipnomac macrumors regular

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    The movie looks the same as it would at 640, its just sized downed. It looks great on the iphone. And do you mean Zoom to full screen on the computer? Yes, I can zoom full screen on the computer, the quality just isn't that great.
     

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