Custom movie size for iPad using Handbrake

Apple Ipad 16gb tablet
July 9, 2010 at 10:22:17
Specs: Macintosh
Sometimes you will choose to have an extra movie inside your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch and you can sacrifice some movie quality.

If you want to put your DVD movies on the iPad you could download Handbrake and VLC for free. If you are not sure what version to choose, get the 32 bit version of each app. After loading the Source DVD movie on Handbrake first use the preset encoder you prefer, Apple TV, iPhone & iPod Touch, etc, then if you want to lower the movie size you have the Ratio check option "Target size (MB):" under the "Video" tab, check this and set the size you want.

Keep the H.264 (x264) option and also "Framerate (FPS) Same as Source". You could always go down on quality and the iDevices should read them fine as they support a maximum bitrate not a minimum.

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July 9, 2010 at 10:27:18
Ok, great use Handbrake, but can you recommend a target size that still looks good?

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July 11, 2010 at 19:28:05

You can use 700 MB (Default option) as a target size for regular up to 720 x 480 resolution and 90 min movies.

Remember this is only recommended if you want a low/acceptable quality when saving space inside your iPad. But you could also play "iPhone" quality movies on your iPad which happens to be the same size in mb but at a lower 480 x 2.xx resolution.

If you want to encode a cartoon movie or video, use even a lower size. But 90 minutes movies or videos compressed below 600 MB starts to look very noisy. Also near 2 hours movies at 600 MB looks bad. So the ideal acceptable quality is above 600 mb for 90 minute movies and 800 MB to 900 for up to 2 hours movies.

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July 12, 2010 at 06:50:49
A Good write up
Thanks for good information

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July 12, 2010 at 21:35:15
Hi there, thanks, I am happy to help :)

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July 18, 2010 at 19:28:40
Handbrake is no option at present for selecting iPad or iPhone 4 profile for the output format.Here we put together some presets suggestion optimized for creating both iPad and iPhone 4-optimized video in Handbrake.

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July 18, 2010 at 22:16:13
Robert, true on the preset but this has nothing to do with my post.

On this page you linked, on Option 2 it is recommended the DVD source to create HD 720 movies (1280x720) and this is exactly the opposite I recommend here as my post is about sacrificing some quality or resolution to save space for an additional movie. But beyond this post and with all my respect this is a waste of time and offers no real benefit on quality. With this "upscale" resolution option the DVD movie just occupies more space on the hard drive and on memory and adds more pixels but no detail, quality or color. This is as if you try to inflate more a ballon to see more details on the printed image. For best DVD quality just use 720x4xx and higher bit rates up to 2500 kbit/s.

Another point is they don't mention bit rates, maybe to keep it simple, but this term is equally important as resolution because HD movies with low bit rates are noisy and many times worst in quality than a lower resolution movie with higher bit rates.

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