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The Beginner's Guide to iPad Video Conversion on Mac

Discussion in 'Microsoft Office' started by pavell, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. pavell

    pavell Flightless Bird

    So, you've just taken in a shiny new iPad and impressed by its beautiful
    display. There are several possible sources of content that you will
    want to convert for viewing on this big screen, and the best tools to
    use for the job will often be determined by the type and source of that
    content.

    The most common types of content include DVDs, downloaded digital video
    content (such as that downloaded from the web), content recorded from a
    TV using a digital video recorder (DVR), standard digital video content
    and high definition video content. We will be discussing each of these
    content types in turn, and our recommended tools for each.

    CONTENT
    Part I - Understanding the formats compatible with iPad
    Part II - Converting DVDs
    Part III - Converting Standard Digital Video and HD Video Content
    Part IV - Converting Recorded TV Content

    PART I. UNDERSTANDING THE FORMATS COMPATIBLE WITH IPAD
    You know that 9.7-inch high-resolution screen makes iPad perfect for
    watching video, but that doesn't mean that every type of video file will
    play on your iPad. The iPad supported video formats a
    H.264 VIDEO[/B] (UP TO 720P, 30 FRAMES PER SECOND; MAIN PROFILE LEVEL
    3.1 WITH AAC-LC AUDIO UP TO 160 KBPS, 48KHZ, STEREO AUDIO IN .M4V, .MP4,
    AND .MOV FILE FORMATS);
    *MPEG-4 VIDEO* (UP TO 2.5 MBPS, 640 BY 480 PIXELS, 30 FRAMES PER SECOND,
    SIMPLE PROFILE WITH AAC-LC AUDIO UP TO 160 KBPS, 48KHZ, STEREO AUDIO IN
    .M4V, .MP4, AND .MOV FILE FORMATS).

    PART II. CONVERTING DVDS
    One of the most common sources of iPad content will be DVDs. Although
    the legality of ripping the content from DVDs varies in different
    jurisdictions, many countries outside of the U.S. have no specific
    restrictions on the conversion of DVDs that you already own into other
    viewable formats.

    On the Mac platform, the most commonly used tools for DVD extraction is
    'MacTheRipper'
    (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14414/mactheripper).

    MacTheRipper is a simple DVD ripping tool; it does not actually convert
    video, but merely extracts it from the DVD. The use of MacTheRipper is
    relatively straightforward: Simply insert a DVD and start the
    application and you will be presented with a main screen of
    MacTheRipper.

    MacTheRipper defaults to full disc extraction, it will simply extract
    ALL content from the DVD. To extract a title from the DVD as a specific
    file, you instead need to click the “Mode” tab and choose “Title -
    Chapter Extraction” from the pull-down menu. The result of this
    operation will be in MPEG-2 format, and can be viewed through any
    software application capable of MPEG-2 playback, or converted using one
    of the tools discussed further in Part III.

    Fortunately, there are other end-to-end iPad conversion solutions
    available. 'DVD to iPad Converter for Mac from iFunia'
    (http://www.ifunia.com/dvd-to-ipad-converter-mac.html) is the second and
    better option. It provides an integrated solution to preform the
    extraction of DVD content and conversion to an iPad-ready format.

    The iFunia DVD to iPad Converter program comes with an intuitive
    interface with 3 easy steps. You can simply insert a DVD and start the
    program, it will then read the inserted DVD or DVD folder, then select
    the iPad presets and output destination folder and click Start button.
    That’s so easy! You can learn the detailed step-by-step guide from
    iFunia’s website ('How to Rip DVD Movies to iPad on Mac | iFunia iPad
    Column' (http://tinyurl.com/y76gdem))

    In addition to the ability to take content from a DVD directly to an
    iPad-ready format, iFunia DVD to iPad Converter for Mac also offers
    simple movie editings, the ability to queue up multiple tracks from a
    DVD, support for the finetune of video and audio settings and the
    ability to extract audio track compatible with the iPad.

    PART III. CONVERTING STANDARD DIGITAL VIDEO AND HD VIDEO CONTENT
    Standard Digital Video Content refers to the various types of digital
    content that can be stored on a computer, such as that obtained from web
    sites and already pre-extracted from DVDs into other non-iPad-ready
    formats. HD Video Content means high definition video. The HD video
    generally refers to any video system of higher resolution than
    standard-definition video, most of them are at display resolutions of
    1280×720 (720p) or 1920×1080 (1080i or 1080p), and obtained from AVCHD
    and other HD digital camcorder.

    There are many free tools for iPad video conversion on Mac, like
    'iSquint' (http://www.isquint.org/), 'VisualHub'
    (http://www.visualhub.net/), 'MPEG Streamclip'
    (http://www.squared5.com/), etc. But iSquint and VisualHub have been
    discontinued and are no longer for sale, while MPEG Streamclip cannot
    convert HD video content. Maybe you can convert HD video from most
    digital camcorders through Apple's iMovie HD application included in
    iLife '06 or above. But iMovie does not provide any additional default
    presets for higher-resolution iPad, also the conversion times will be
    quite slow as it uses the underlying Quicktime engine.

    So far the best option for HD and SD video conversion for iPad maybe'
    iPad Video Converter'
    (http://www.ifunia.com/video-to-ipad-converter-mac.html), still from
    iFunia Corp. It’s designed specifically for Apple’s new tablet, provides
    standard presets for iPad encoding, as well as simple video editings.
    For the average user, the main iPad Video Converter screen is nice and
    clean, providing just the necessary basic functions. You can simply drag
    in the content that you would like converted, selecting your basic
    output options, and hitting the “Start” button. Check the detailed
    step-by-step guide from 'How to Convert Video to iPad on Mac | iFunia
    iPad Column' (http://tinyurl.com/y6ggpzt)

    PART IV. CONVERTING RECORDED TV CONTENT
    Another type of content that many iPad users will want to convert is
    content recorded from broadcast television sources, such as
    over-the-air, cable, and satellite programming. This content can come
    from digital video recording software installed directly onto a Mac, or
    from an external DVR such as a Tivo, and 'EyeTV'
    (http://www.elgato.com/) allows for the handling of either.

    EyeTV is probably the most popular solution for recording TV content on
    a Mac. Selecting a show from the online TV guide will have the advantage
    of ensuring that the particulars of a given recording for you, and when
    scheduling a recording, you can also tell EyeTV to export to an iPad
    format immediately after it finishes the recording. The converted video
    will also be automatically imported into iTunes with the correct name,
    description and show tags filled in from the TV guide information, ready
    to be synced to your iPad device.

    CONCLUSION
    With the iPad’s new release, the number of options and conversion tools
    will continue to evolve. This article is not intended to be a
    comprehensive guide to every single possible tool available, but simply
    to provide some information on the more popular tools that are used for
    the various types of content and video conversion projects and provide
    some guidelines on the methods for obtaining the best results from
    these.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    Bellu Su is a devoted fan of Apple who works to gather information, tips
    and news for iPad users and Mac OS users.




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    pavell
     
  2. JoAnn Paules [MVP]

    JoAnn Paules [MVP] Flightless Bird

    Who cares???

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    JoAnn Paules
    MVP Microsoft [Publisher]
    Tech Editor for "Microsoft Publisher 2007 For Dummies"
     

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