quality of itunes purchased movies and dvd rips

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  1. mrgreeneyes macrumors 6502

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    hi,

    why are the movies from the itunes store poor quality?


    also i ripped a movie using toast and i played it in vlc and the quality was exactly as if i was watching from the dvd. but then when i add the movie to itunes and play it, it looks like the quality dropped down alot, it looks like it was a rip from a VHS rather from a dvd.


    thanks
     
  2. mrgreeneyes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    BUMP!
     
  3. hngo4619 macrumors newbie

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    Well, I haven't tried to buy movies from iTunes yet but the movies that I have been downloading, converting, and syncing to my iPod have all been DVD quality, or close to it.

    Here's a step by step procedure of what I do:

    1) You have to download Videora iPod Converter. It's free and downloads in less than a minute.

    2) I use LimeWire and you just search the movie up. Usually, you should find one that is ALREADY ON DVD so that it's not some recorded movie from a video camera in theatres or a virus.

    3) Then, find the one with the most Hosts that also has the largest or 2nd-3rd largest file size. That way, the quality is a lot better. It doesn't really matter what the movie file type is since you have Videora downloaded. I usually use the .avi file types since most movies are that type and they also usually have the best quality out of all the movie types that I've seen so far.

    4) If you downloaded a movie that isn't a file type that's compatible with iTunes/Quicktime/Your iPod, you load Videora, and follow the instructions and start converting the movie.

    5) At the end, you'll come to a menu screen that'll ask you what quality you want it, what format, etc. Keep the video format, and video size the same way as they were, don't change those settings. For the Video Quality, Enhance quality, and Audio Quality, you change change it however you like but the file size gets bigger and the conversion time takes longer.

    My way usually takes an hour or two longer than a normal movie downloaded in iPod format would, but the quality is a lot better overall. Plus, I leave it to convert overnight so I don't have to sit around waiting for it, and since I leave it to convert overnight and rarely anyone uses it, I can go into the "Progress" tab, and click the "Show Conversion Details" box and then change the CPU Usage to Low. This will, in theory, and very likely, increase the speed of the conversion although the times that I've done this, I didn't really notice a change but perhaps I'm just missing it. Anyway, this is my way and you can do anyway you like but this is really effective for changing ANY file type to iPod format, and it's free too. Plus, in certain cases, you might be able to download a video offline using Videora in the "Online Video" tab. :D:D:D:D:D
     
  4. mrgreeneyes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    when i rip movies from dvds, i use handbrake, and the quality is usually pretty good. but when i convert a downloaded movie from a bit torrent site, the quality is really bad, i even burn the movie to a dvd and play it on my tv, and the quality is perfect, but on my iphone or itunes it looks terrible.
     
  5. hngo4619 macrumors newbie

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    From a bit torrent site? What bit torrent site? Well, there might be something about the files you guys are downloading or something because my movies that are downloaded to my iPod after being converted are almost DVD quality if not DVD quality. Even the 4 YouTube Videos that I have converted onto my iPod Touch are High Quality, exactly as if you were watching it on the computer, except for one video which has about 3 seconds out of 4 minutes of bad quality in it.
     
  6. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    It's not the quality that is bad, it's that you are viewing them in a much higher resolution on your computer than what the resolution is on the video.

    The same thing goes for movies that you rip from DVDs. They will probably look grainey on your computer screen because of the higher resolution on your screen.

    Remember, these are made for television screen resolutions.

    Movies and TV shows I buy in iTunes look great on my 20" iMac but on my 23"ACD, they begin to look a bit more grainey with some loss in video quality especially around the edges of things.
     
  7. hngo4619 macrumors newbie

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    Hmm, that could be the case. I completely forgot about mentioning that. I just thought that my computer was special and it showed the movie in perfect quality. Haha. The resolution for the videos on my iPod Touch are all DVD quality because when I used Videora iPod Converter (as I mentioned in a previous post), it automatically changed all the settings, resolution, and file size so that it could fit on my screen and look perfect. I would highly recommend using Videora and you don't really have anything to lose since it's free besides the fact that you might download a corrupt file from LimeWire and it does something to your computer but that's highly unlikely and almost impossible with a good Antivirus application on your computer.
     
  8. mrgreeneyes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    is there a way to change the resolution on the macbook to make it look like its being played on a tv?
     
  9. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    System Preferences / Displays.

    Try lowering the resolution a bit in there and see if it helps.

    I used to think that the videos purchased in iTunes were slightly lower quality too till I realized that DVDs are made at lower resolutions for TVs than what our computer screens are set at. Ripping the DVD won't help other than ensuring there is no picture loss when ripping but it still doesn't fix the resolution problem.

    Anyways, I had purchased all nine box sets of the X-Files intending on ripping them into iTunes. Last month, the first six seasons became available on iTunes so I bought all of them. the quality is almost the same in the few box sets that I did manage to rip before I bought the iTunes versions. I noticed on my own rips that the edges are more jagged then my iTunes bought versions.

    Hope this helps some.
     

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