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What bitrate to use?

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    I haven't gotten my iPad 2 yet. I don't own a 1st gen iPad. While I was waiting for my iPad 2, I thought I would convert some of my videos for viewing on the iPad 2. But what bitrate to use? I read someplace that the 1st gen iPad would handle 2 mbs, but choked on anything over 5 mbs. It seems that many of my videos are encoded at around 4 mbs... I am hoping that will play okay. The videos are mostly 720x480, so that shouldn't need to change, but they are all in mpeg-2, so I will be converting to mp4 with an h.264 codec.

    Can I just leave the bitrate as it is? Or should I down shift it?
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    Most of my videos are at 95 kbps at .mp4. The quality is not all that bad.
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    I am confused. That bitrate sounds like the audio bitrate. I am asking about the video rate, which usually is at least 1 mbs (and that looks bad on my PC screen, so I would not use anything like that). I would want the resultant files viewable on iPad and PC, and while 1 mbs may be okay on the iPad, it definitely is no good for the PC or anything with a larger screen.

    Usually audio bitrates are 64 to 128 kbs, so something in the 90's makes me think of audio.
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    Sorry. Most of my videos are at 750 MB or higher, depending how long the movie is.

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