Videos for iPhone in a reasonable amount of time?


macrumors member
Original poster
Mar 31, 2007
Any advice on how to rip some videos for an iPhone in a reasonable amount of time? I'm trying to convert a 2:18 DVD right now with Handbreak and it's estimated to take 76 hours right now. I don't care about having really great quality, I'd much rather get the files in a reasonable amount of time.

My computer's a few years old - it's an 800 MHz G4 iBook w/ 640 MB RAM, so I know that isn't helping things, but there has to be an easier way. Right?


macrumors member
Aug 19, 2007
Woah. Thats some vintage macage right there. Im afraid processor speed is a major factor in encoding, and so you really arent going to get much better results on an 800 MHz G4 no matter which program you use.

Im sorry thats not helpful. I personally use Visualhub, and it works reasonably quickly on a Core Duo 2.0 GHz


macrumors member
Original poster
Mar 31, 2007
Blast. The computer is 3 1/2 years old, so it's not that ancient. Everything else I need it to do works just fine. I'd hate to put it out to pasture just for this.

On the upside, I'm down to 49 hours.


macrumors 601
Jul 4, 2007
Denver Colorado
As was mentioned, all you can do is suffer through this or get an updated computer. A 2 hour movie will only take about 30-35 minutes on my MBP.

I tried using handbrake on an old pentium 4 XP laptop and it told me it would take almost 4 hours. Never bothered.


macrumors 65816
Jan 23, 2002
Here and there!
Handbrake is excellent, but, as linshiwen said, you're running it on a very slow machine. Even a Mac mini would blow that iBook out of the water, I'm afraid.


macrumors 6502
Dec 16, 2005
Seems like people have forgotten the cheaper easy option.

You'll need to rip the dvd as a folder to your hard drive. This may take an hour depending on the dvd.

Drop the folder onto the elgato software and choose the iphone preset. I've had 55 frames a second out of an iMac 800 Mhz but it can vary down to 15 depending on what settings you choose. Plus it doesn't use all the cpu up.