I'm trying to make movies that will not break compatibility with my ipod touch and still look good, so far I have failed. I am ripping my own dvd collection and I'm using handbrake to encode them in. What I do is I pick the iphone/ipod touch setting, then I pick anamorphic par and I use an avg bitrate of 960 and I encode in h.264. Scenes that are brightly lit look good but dark scenes are terrible. They come a blocky mess and its just horrible. I've also tried encoding h.264 at an average bitrate of 1500, I've tried encoding in mpeg-4 at an average bitrate of 1500, and I've also tried encoding in h.264 and mpeg-4 with features like deblock and denoise turned on and dark scenes still look pretty bad. The ipod touch screen is small enough that you loose a decent amount of detail in movies simply because the screen is so small so its really annoying losing even more detail. Is there anything I can do to make dark scenes encode better? How does Apple do it? The dark scenes in their content isn't perfect but compared to what I'm getting its impressive. Oh and I'm on a windows machine, at least for the time being.