Convert Your Videos - Idiot Proof (Windows)
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WARNING: FormatFactory now has an iPad preset. Don't use it! It doesn't work, but the guide below will make sure you get perfect ...
Convert Your Videos - Idiot Proof (Windows)
The topic of converting videos is always ongoing. I'll be writing a big how-to next weekend when I'm finished with my testing. However, I decided to write a quick guide to fulfill most cases.
FormatFactory now has an iPad preset. Don't use it!
It doesn't work, but the guide below will make sure you get perfect videos every time.
This guide assumes:
- You don't want to rip directly from DVD or Blueray
- Your video is not too large to fit on the iPad: 720p or below is OK
(right-click and look at Properties if you're not sure. It should be less than 1280×720)
I use FormatFactory (available from here) which has some
distinct advantages which I will describe below.
Tip: The software is free, but don't forget to uncheck the Ask.com toolbar and eBay thing during installation.
The problem with converting videos is always, what resolution should I use, what codec, file format and bitrate.
The tendency is to convert to the wrong bitrate or resolution. You shouldn't convert a video to a higher resolution than the source, and you shouldn't set the bitrate too low, or you will get poor results. Also, if you choose the wrong aspect ratio, you will get a forced black bars and the default zooming in the iPad won't work.
So you see, there are really a lot of ways to screw it up. Well not with this guide.
Generally speaking, we see a video on our hard drive and want it on our iPad, the simplest way. Here it is. FormatFactory works with every video format that I know of including .AVI, .MOV, .WMV, .MKV and Flash videos.
1) Install FormatFactory
2) Open FormatFactory and choose "All to Mobile Device" a window will open.
3) Drag your videos in this window. You can queue as many as you like.
4) Click on Output Settings -> Apple iPhone & iPod -> iPod 640 x 480 AVC (we'll change this resolution)
5) Change the resolution and bitrate to Default. In this case, default means just take what is in the source file. If it looks good on your PC, it'll look better on the iPad!
6) Confirm all the windows until you get back to the main screen and press run.
7) Wait - yes, it takes a long time based on your PC. In my experience, it can take up to twice as long as the video actually is.
8) When finished, click the "Output Folder" and drag it into the videos in iTunes and select it for syncing in your iPad.
9) Sync and enjoy!
Thats it, no mistakes! The main advantage of FormatFactory is the "Default" setting that just reads everything from the source video and duplicates these settings in an iPad compatible way.
As I said, I will be expanding this guide on the weekend for people with unusually high bitrate or resolution files to give advice on finding the "sweet spot" for down-sizing the videos. But I need more time for testing.
Update: Sweet Spot and Resolution and Bitrate Conversion Mega-Test here.
(P.S. If anyone has some advice about ripping copy-protected DVDs, I'm having trouble, please PM me and I'll put it in the guide with credit. Or write it yourself and I'll link to your post)
Last edited by NumbLock; 11-25-2010 at 11:20 PM.
05-23-2010 05:15 PM
What about the FPS? Should we change that and if so, what should we change it too?
I've always left at the default. I'm at work now, but I suppose that it could also take "Default" as a setting - so it would take whatever the source is set to.
Originally Posted by Checkpoint
Just a disclaimer though: I'm not having 100% success ripping DVDs with this app, especially on newer DVDs. But for videos that I have on my hard drive, I love it.
Oh alright. Thanks for the quick response and awesome guide! I usuallu just downloaded torrented videos so its working perfect for me.
Originally Posted by NumbLock
Numlock, you are a newbe's best friend!
You write well (I think you said you are a tech writer) and your tutorials are very helpful to folks just starting out. Good stuff
iPad 1st Gen 16G
Thanks guys. Right, I'm somewhat of a technical writer IRL. The iPad community has helped me out and I like to pay it forward.
Originally Posted by Bremen
In your opinion, is FF faster than Handbrake?
The problem I had with Handbrake is that I couldn't find any "Default" setting. I mean, the video resolution varies based on some factors, and most people tend to way overconvert. What you really want to be "Idiot proof" is to just take what is in the video resolution like it is in the source file, and convert it all exactly the same in a format that the iPad can read.
Originally Posted by zman
As I said, most people way overconvert and think they need some HD resolution. In fact, the DVD resolution is rather lower than most people assume, and the resolutions vary a lot (from Wikipedia):
At 25 frame/s, interlaced (used in regions with 50 Hz image scanning frequency)
720 × 576 pixels
704 × 576 pixels
352 × 576 pixels
At 29.97, interlaced (used in regions with 60 Hz image scanning frequency): 720 × 480 pixels
704 × 480 pixels
352 × 480 pixels
So all of these people trying to convert to something higher are getting 1) no improvement in video quality 2) taking way too long 3) huge file sizes and 4) Weird cropping
That is why I'm writing this guide. I say "writing" instead of "wrote" is because I still haven't found the perfect way to convert even copy-protected DVDs.
In summary, I like FormatFactory because it supports "Default" settings: what comes in, goes out in iPad format with no unreasonable file size, "just right" quality (based on the data rate in kbps) and no fuss.
I see your point.
How long does an average movie take to convert in FF?
Long enough that I've never seen one end. I just go do something else. Depending on the source really.
One popular 2+ hour 1080p movie took about three or four hours I guess.
Realistically about as long as the movie is I guess - but again, I don't sit there.
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