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Authored by: barryjaylevine on Nov 03, '05 06:01:30AM

I have a 30GB Video iPod so all the following has been tested.

H.264 is very processor-intensive. Let it crank all night and you can convert your 2 hr+ movies. MPEG4, on the other hand, takes much less time and (at the expense of more MB) works just fine.

That "divisible by 16" comment does not seem to be applicable to the iPod. I have media that ended up with a smaller height (due to the ratio of the original not being 4:3 or 16:9) and it plays just fine on the iPod and through the A/V cable to a TV.

Don't think you have to use 2.5Mbps for all your MPEG4; at 1Mbps, it looks great and even 700Kbps works fine. Run a few tests before converting all of your media to find a few settings that work for you. Anime can be less; Gladiator should be more.

Tools that work:
- iSquint
- MoviesForMyIpod (was MovieToGo)
- ffmpegX
- Mpeg Streamclip
- QT Player Pro
(many more coming in the next few months)

DV-Stream media - The "automatic" conversion utilities wil not recognize that the 720x480 format should be treated as 640x480 so you need to use 320x240 as the target size. Solution: Use ffmpegX or, if you have QT Pro, alter the pixel size to 640x480 and then "save as reference movie" (so you don't screw up your original media). Convert that reference movie. Also note that the utilities that will handle DV require the ".dv" extension (.mov on the reference movie is okay).

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Authored by: stuepfnick on Nov 12, '05 10:58:04AM


I would suggest everyone to use 3ivx as the Standard Quicktime MPEG4 Encoder. It works just as fine as the Apple encoder, but produces much better results at lower bitrates. Also a fine app to do everything you need is "MPEG Streamclip" There you can do everything, directly encode from demuxed or muxed MPEG1/2, any Quicktime Video, from unprotected DVDs, crop, de-interlace, etc., etc.

It does nearly everything and is FREE!!

Also I have one question:

Apple claims 480x480 as the resolution of choice for MPEG4. But I always get streched results, when playing it on the iPod. In Quicktime, I can enter and save the correct aspect ration (720x480), but iPod ignores that.

480x480 is the standard resolution of SVCDs. There also the 480 pixels width get stretched to 720 (1.5 times the size), while the height stays 1:1.

Please tell me, how to get that aspect ratio fine!

Thanks in advance!

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