reasonable iPad movie sizes?

gillybean

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When you guys convert your movies to iPad-playable format, what sizes do they come out as?

I just converted 2 normal movies using the software I've been using for converting, and they came out to 2.98GB and 3.62GB. I'm thinking this can't be right, since at 3GB a piece, the iPad can't really hold too many movies. The source file for the 3.62GB movie was a 700MB avi file.
 

drjsway

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I think 3gb is necessary for good quality 720p. If converting from DVD, 1.5GB or less is enough
 

gillybean

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What format are you converting to/from?
One was an AVI into an mp4 file.
The other was a MKV into an mp4 file.

If 3gb is necessary for a good 720 does that mean people with 32gb iPads can only hold 5-6 movies at a time on there (assuming they want space for music and other stuff too?)
 

drjsway

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One was an AVI into an mp4 file.
The other was a MKV into an mp4 file.

If 3gb is necessary for a good 720 does that mean people with 32gb iPads can only hold 5-6 movies at a time on there (assuming they want space for music and other stuff too?)
Yes, but I think few people need more than 5-6 movies at a time. If you do, you just have to sacrifice quality a bit. You can always encode them at 1024x576, in which case, 2gb is enough to retain full quality, but I like full 720p for when I occasionally zoom in.