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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by JB4times4, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. Fabolous

    Fabolous Superuser

    Hi, read through the thread, and I'm still wondering, have we found definitive Handbrake settings that work?

    I think I read that 848 width will work. Is that using iPod Legacy and just changing the width?

    I am converting some 720/1080p .MKV files, if that makes a difference.

    Anyways, I've started a conversion already. Luckily, my quad core finishes these pretty quickly :D

    I'll report back soon with results.


    Using iPod legacy settings, just up the width to 848. Looks FANTASTIC. Almost as if no quality was even compromised (from 1280x720).

  2. diddiyo

    diddiyo Newbie

    if you're on tiger (10.4.11) try "mpeg streamclip" (free) which worked fine for me.

    btw this post deserves it's own thread as a sticky.
  3. drj400m

    drj400m Lurker

    I'm using Handbrake and cannot change the width! How are you guys doing that? I am using a dvd and letting Handbrake do it all, but it will not let me change the width in picture settings!

    Thanks for all the info!

  4. Jacqueline

    Jacqueline Android Enthusiast

    Agreed. Sticky going up now.
  5. autobahn

    autobahn Newbie

    I was able to get it to work using:
    PowerDirector 8 ? Video Editing Software
    I converted my BeyondTV DVR file (*.tp) to
    Portable MPEG-4 with options iPhone/Best Quality H.264.
    I made a filed that was 640x360 and a bit rate = 1500000
    I am able to play it fine with the free video player by Jeff Hamilton on the Android Market. Just dragged and dropped the file using the USB connection on my PC to a directory I named /video on my SD card.
  6. blazingwolf

    blazingwolf Well-Known Member

    That might be the difference. I'm using widescreen (16:9) based videos. So I want to be able to use the full screen. If you are converting a 4:3 then my settings might not work well for you.
  7. blazingwolf

    blazingwolf Well-Known Member

    Handbrake works just fine on Windows 7 64 bit.
  8. blazingwolf

    blazingwolf Well-Known Member

    No issues for me on the same OS.
  9. MicroNix

    MicroNix Android Enthusiast

    I'm still experimenting but the update to doubleTwist yesterday which added Droid support, is automatically converting my videos to mp4 when it syncs them! I tested one which was an AVI and it dumped it to the Droid as an mp4 and plays perfectly. No settings to tweak, no other software to use. Just plain simple as it should be! It also created the directory for it on the card.

    Now, whoever labled the photo AND media player "Gallery" on the Droid should be fired!!! I had to look back at the droidguide.pdf that was floating around to find where to play the videos from. That guide should have been with the phone.
  10. cherriza

    cherriza Lurker

    so I have a bunch of training podcasts downloaded on iTunes. I'm on a mac. Can I just drag those over to a video folder? Will the droid see them?

    I don't have my droid yet my ne2 is on monday so I'm getting it then.
  11. spectrrr

    spectrrr Well-Known Member

    soooooooooo all this talk about CONVERTING video to h.264 to play properly.......

    But when I want to take a video file with me, it's kinda a last minute thing, I don't really have time to "convert" the file, that's a HUGE drawback IMO. What are the chances that someday there will actually be a supported DivX/XviD CODEC for the phone?
  12. JRSly

    JRSly Member

    Even so, a video that's 480 tall will be as large as possible for the Droid screen. If you're trying to force every video to be full screen, you might be distorting the picture. Or it's possible that when forcing full screen you're chopping off part of the picture vertically, to force it to fit in 848-854 pixels..which isn't optimal either. Only in the extreme cases would the video be wider than 480px would allow and you would instead choose to fill the horizontal. These are the proper dimensions for various source files:

    DVD 4:3(they're easy)

    TV at 720p or 1080i/p

    Film Aspect Ratios

  13. blazingwolf

    blazingwolf Well-Known Member

    Why are you caught up on the 480? My height is 480 and width is 848 so where would I have an issue?
  14. JRSly

    JRSly Member

    Maybe it's just quibbling and I'm being really anal about it, I just thought it was wrong to simply always 'want the video to fill the screen' as opposed to making it as large as possible for the Droid(which would be 480px tall in 85% of the time) while maintaining the proper aspect ratio, which is what leaving the horizontal dimension blank does. If all your ever going to be doing is standard 16:9 movies, yeah, that's great and those dimensions work fine.
  15. holokaustos

    holokaustos Lurker

  16. blazingwolf

    blazingwolf Well-Known Member

    Right, I could see where on a 4:3 ratio that would have some issues and I should have mentioned that my sources where 16:9. That is why I mentioned it in another post.

    So far the videos I have done have no distortion and no clipping of the frames so I'm pretty happy with it. :)
  17. landis73

    landis73 Newbie

    Only the phone software makers could answer that one, I'm not sure myself. I don't have many xvid or divx videos, just a few. Most of mine are H264.
  18. MicroNix

    MicroNix Android Enthusiast

    Update: I successfully took a full length divx movie which was in AVI format, added it to "Movies" in doubleTwist, told it to sync the movies and it auto converted it to the mp4 format which the Droid then picked up in the "Gallery". Video playback was full screen and perfectly smooth with great quality. I don't know why anyone would want to go through the trouble of setting up a conversion program when this simplistic option is available...

    Next test is the dvr-ms files that my Windows Media Center generates. DoubleTwist sees them so I'm wondering if it will convert those as well. Results in my next post.
  19. holokaustos

    holokaustos Lurker

    Anyone care to give us an all-in-one tutorial of how to do the video conversion, with proper resolution size and all that? I've just gone through two pages of technical conversations and a definitive wrap-up would really help.

    As for me, I'm trying CloneDVD Mobile to see if any of its settings will work. I'll post the results in a bit.

  20. How long does it take to convert?? Thanks
  21. MicroNix

    MicroNix Android Enthusiast

    To be honest I didn't pay much attention but it didn't seem all that long. I will time another one and see. I do have a quad core machine though.

    I did have trouble with doubleTwist until the update yesterday. Now it seems fairly stable and syncs playlists for music, the videos it converts to the Droid are seen by the "Gallery" and native Apple podcasts sync as well.
  22. Okay, let me know thanks. Also what is the file size u are converting??
  23. syntrix

    syntrix Android Expert

    I'll have to check what resolution I did for when I used to have an iphone, but I noticed that when I copied over my music folder that I left a movie in there..... worked like a charm!
  24. Fabolous

    Fabolous Superuser

    Hey everyone, I think I found some great settings to convert with (for Handbrake):

    I'm not sure about ripping straight from a DVD, but when you have a file (mine are 720/1080p .MKVs in 16:9), you can use these following settings:

    Easy way: Select iPod legacy, change width to 848 (should turn box green automatically)

    Exact Settings:

    848x480 resolution, H.264 codec, 1500kbps avg bitrate, AAC 48KHz 160Kbps

    Here's a sample I made yesterday, watch it on your Droid and your eyes will be pleased!

    MEGAUPLOAD - The leading online storage and file delivery service

    No copyright infringement intended.

    It takes me ~45min to convert a full length movie with these settings. This is with a Ph. II X4 940 quad core at 3.7GHz. My guess is that if you have a quad core it will take roughly an hour, dual core, perhaps 2.

    Let me know if these settings work for you!
  25. MicroNix

    MicroNix Android Enthusiast

    Update 2: Took 18 minutes for doubleTwist to convert *and sync* a 699MB DivX/AVI file to the Droid. This is on a 2.4Ghz quad core machine with SATA drives.

    Also note, Apple podcasts sync just fine, but they are formatted for an inferior screen and therefore do not fill the Droid's screen :)

    So far, I'd say doubleTwist is the way to go even though it has its quirks.

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