possible to convert DVD at highest quality, but still play on ipods?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by mdwsta4, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. mdwsta4 macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2007
    in the past i simply used handbrake or isquint's ipod/iphone conversion to compress DVDs onto my computer and view them on my ipod or iphone. however, more recently i've been using my MBP to stream videos and whatnot on my TV. since joining netflix i've also converted 2 or 3 DVDs onto my laptop at the highest quality possible for TV viewing.
    unfortunately, it seems as though i still need to convert the video again for ipod/iphone use. am I missing something? Is there a way to convert a video once, but have it be compatible with an ipod or iphone while still maintaining the best quality to watch on the full screen?

  2. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Use HandBrake - and use the 'Apple Universal' preset; it'll give you great quality for the TV as well as working on the iPhone and iPods.
  3. mdwsta4 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2007
    where is that option? i don't see that in the list?

  4. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Update to the latest version of HandBrake - the developers included it in the latest build.
  5. mdwsta4 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2007
    "HandBrake 0.9.3/2008112300 is currently the newest version available."

    is it not a direct option in that list?

  6. mdwsta4 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2007
  7. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    If you're using the latest version of Handbrake, click the gear icon in the presets bar and select "Update Built-In Presets".
  8. mdwsta4 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2007
    gotcha. found it. thanks!

  9. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

    TwinCities Dan

    May 19, 2008
    Double Parked out front of the Courthouse
    :eek: Damn, I just ripped a few movies using the "Apple TV Preset" because I wanted it to be the best possible quality on my tv. Now I realize this prevents me from putting it on my Touch.

    The only thing I see different between the presets is that the "Large File Size" box isn't checked. How much of a difference does that really do? Obviously larger is better quality. Is it really noticeable on a larger tv? I take it that everybody does the universal in order to prevent duplicate files, right? :confused:
  10. soLoredd macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2007
    What works for me is using iPod High Rez settings and upping the bit rate to 2500. This is maximum for the iPhone and it gives DVD quality on the Apple TV. No need for 2 files. It also lets you have 5.1 and 2.0. Great setting.
  11. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    The key differences lie in the advanced x264 options used... for example, the AppleTV preset uses b-frames, which is what makes it incompatible with iPod/iPhones. The Universal preset is very similar to the AppleTV one, except it does not make use of the advanced features that cause incompatibilities; you should use it if you want to playback on multiple Apple devices.
  12. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Out of interest - what quality improvement do B frames provide and will it be noticable/worth it?
  13. casperse macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2011
    One question?

    How can people set Constant Quality: 62% ??

    The slider only goes from RF: 51 to RF:0 ?
  14. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    RF != %, Handbrake used to show both, it doesn't since the last update.

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