This tutorial applies to not only Apple device users but also other gadgets as well. For instance, if you want to convert a huge high resolution movie to fit in your Samsung SGH series cellphone, which is in fact a very old device, you can do so without any hassle. Later on, we will talk about ripping a movie to DVD format from your iPod or any other device.
The movie conversion part?
I use ‘All Okay Movie Converter’; you can download it from the internet. They don’t provide the full licensed version, therefore you are gonna have to buy it. Some people have reportedly used the cracked version too – the choice is yours.
Next thing you need is to determine the resolution of the said movie which needs to be converted. This resolution has to match the screen resolution of your device. ‘All Okay Movie Converter’ has a huge variety of available resolutions. Once you have set the appropriate resolution, you need to configure the sound output, video extension, and video quality.
I normally set the video quality to “High” instead of “Very High” because the latter takes up a lot of memory. The sound quality is set to Medium or High depending on my mood and love for the movie. Another thing you need to know is that the higher settings will take up a lot of time for the entire movie to convert. Therefore, set them according to the time and overall memory space available in your hard drive.
You will also be transferring these movies to your smartphone, which means that the space issues need to be kept in perspective.
The Encoding / Ripping Part for your iDevices and Smartphones:
Here are the available options:
- Encode your videos for the least capable devices so that you never want to encode for them again.
- OR, you can go for a “more-than-once” encode option.
Encode the movies once:
The Apple video camp is broken down into two different categories. You have an iPod nano, classic, touch and all iPhones in one category. Then you have the iPhone 4 that supports its own frame rates by default. Same goes for the iPad as well.
So, if you’re making attempts to transfer video files from the second group to any member of the first group, you won’t be able to do it. The files that you’re trying to transfer have high resolution and high bit rate, so it’s not possible.
This is where you can encode a second copy of that video with a lower bitrate and low resolution. This way, your iPod or iPhone 3 series devices will be able to play them without any issues.
Encode twice (if needed):
The second method is to encode your videos separately. It is a little hectic, but it ensures quality for individual devices. You can encode your videos for the iPod and the iPhone 3 series in a separate folder. Likewise, you can also encode your videos for the iPad and the iPhone 4 in a different folder.
At this point, you have the additional option of going for 3rd party applications to encode those videos. You can download Handbrake, Allok converter or any other popular video converter that crunches the video files into a playable format.