Help me convert my iPod video, please!
November 21, 2006 4:06 AM Subscribe
What is the best way to convert my videos for iPod viewing?
posted by antifuse to computers & internet (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Ok, here's the story: I have lots of dvds (mostly TV dvd box sets) that I have legally (well, I suppose it's questionable what with the DMCA and all, but I'm going for fair use here) converted to divx in order to watch them on my computer. I would like to convert them to ipod compatible video so that I can watch them during my commute, or on my lunch break at work, or during random downtime when I've got my ipod on me. The problem is, every single ipod video converter I've found seems to be COMPLETE GARBAGE. My requirements aren't all that complicated, but I haven't found a converter that does what I need:
1) Maintain the aspect ratio. So if I throw a bunch of widescreen videos in with a bunch of non-widescreen videos, it will convert them all to 320 by (insert appropriate value to maintain aspect ratio). This is the primary feature that I can't seem to find anywhere.
2) Convert without doing that lame "live preview" thing that shows every 10th frame or whatever. I don't really need this at all, and it just slows things down.
3) Let me do a batch of videos, rather than having to do it one at a time (one at a time would be... painful)
I'm perfectly happy to pay for a good piece of software that'll do this, so long as I'm sure it can do what I need. Really, the biggest pain in the arse is the aspect ratio bits. I could probably live with the live preview if I didn't have to manually sort my stuff between widescreen and non-widescreen when converting.