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Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2008 3:01 PM (in response to jordanapple)
What is the best video converter for high quality MPEG-4 for Apple TV?
That's kind of an open ended question....
QuickTime works, VisualHub works, Elgato sells a H264 Turbo device, ....
What are you trying to do.933mhz G4 Quicksilver and 1.33Ghz G4 12 Al PowerBook with OS 10.4.9., Mac OS X (10.4.10), I DO NOT receive any form of compensation from my recommendation or link.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2008 3:38 PM (in response to jordanapple)I just want a very high quality video converter.Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.3), iPod Touch 16GB, iPhone 8GB, Apple TV 160GB
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2008 3:49 PM (in response to jordanapple)
I just want a very high quality video converter.
There is an old saying "good, fast, cheap - choose any two". QuickTime can produce very high quality encoded video.
What is the source of your raw material? Since this is the Apple TV Forum, do you want content that is designed for Apple TV?933mhz G4 Quicksilver and 1.33Ghz G4 12 Al PowerBook with OS 10.4.9., Mac OS X (10.4.10), I DO NOT receive any form of compensation from my recommendation or link.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2008 3:50 PM (in response to jordanapple)The files are AVI format and I want them to be formatted to look good on the Apple TV, I like doing this because I have an Apple TV, but also it makes the videos look amazing on my touch.Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.3), iPod Touch 16GB, iPhone 8GB, Apple TV 160GB
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2008 4:30 PM (in response to jordanapple)Personally I'd use mpegstreamclip.
However be aware AVI is a dinosaur when it comes to formats, even M$ stopped supporting it well over 10 years ago. AVI itself is not a video codec but a container that can contain any number of compression types, in most cases mpegstreamclip or other applications will be able to convert these files, but some AVI's contain compression types that are incapable of being converted.MP 2 x QC Xeon 3 Ghz, 4 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2008 4:48 PM (in response to jordanapple)I see there are many options for converting, what would be the best one for apple tv?
Convert to MPEG with MP2 Audio?
Export to MPEG-4?
Convert to MPEG?Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.3), iPod Touch 16GB, iPhone 8GB, Apple TV 160GB
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2008 4:58 PM (in response to jordanapple)
The files are AVI format...
There is another old saying worth remembering "you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear".
Unless your original files are 'high quality', the mpg-4 files certainly won't be no matter what you use.
I use the low cost VisualHub and it works great converting to Apple TV files; it's one of the output formats you can choose. MPEG Streamclip is free and based on the same ffmpeg routines used in VisualHub, but the user interface is different..933mhz G4 Quicksilver and 1.33Ghz G4 12 Al PowerBook with OS 10.4.9., Mac OS X (10.4.10), I DO NOT receive any form of compensation from my recommendation or link.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 3, 2008 6:13 PM (in response to jordanapple)?Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.3), iPod Touch 16GB, iPhone 8GB, Apple TV 160GB
Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2008 5:17 AM (in response to jordanapple)There is no one application which can do it all. The top three are Handbrake 092, MPEGStreamClip 191 and VisualHub 134.MacPro 2.66 mhz Dual-Core Xeon 2 terabytes of HD, Mac OS X (10.5.2), MBP C2D, iMac C2D, PB G4
Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2008 5:47 AM (in response to Smokerz)Handbrake won't convert AVI files, But there are many more than those mentioned that will
The choice of conversion software is a personal choice, I have around a dozen applications that will tackle AVI's, however VisualHub is not one of them, not because there is anything wrong with it but rather I have enough such applications in my arsenal already.
I would use mpegstreamclip in most scenarios for what you are wanting to do but maybe not always. It is a good idea to have a few applications to choose from as not all do the same thing. mpegstreamclip has a few more options than some bog standard applications without becoming overburdening with choices.
You might want to try a few applications yourself before deciding on the software for you. isquint is a free limited version of visualhub, you might want to give that a whirl to get a feeling for visualhub.
Be aware though that quality conversions do not happen quickly, claims of being faster than other applications may well be correct, but are usually a trade off against quality. Again you need to choose your software to reflect your preferred balance between speed and quality.
Here's how I use mpegstreamclip, http://web.me.com/gartside1104/z008/Mpegstreamclip.html but your AVI's may well be low quality, you shouldn't set the bitrate any higher than your source file and likely lower, you shouldn't increase the frame size either.
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Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2008 2:39 PM (in response to Winston Churchill)Can someone PLEASE help me. I am pulling my hair out. Here we go. i have a new Apple TV. Was set up pretty much fine with iTunes recognizing a variety of ripped files in .mpg format. I deleted these files from the itunes library and now itunes won't recognize the files. I had been using the itunes convert to apple tv function to format the MPEG-4s for Apple TV in the .m4v format. The only thing I recognize as different is before in windows the type of file was described as something like "MPEG 4video audio stream" and now it's described just as "MPEG-4".
I just want to convert these to the highest possible quality and have them accessible in iTunes. I've been googling this for a day and a half and trying different covnerters but I'd really like it if I could just get the files recognized as they are by itunes then use the itunes converter.
I can;t tell you how much I'd appreciate a solution here. Thanks.Lenovo Thinkpad, Windows XP Pro, Apple TV
Currently Being ModeratedAug 5, 2008 4:09 PM (in response to jordanapple)Not sure what the OP is using as a source, but I recently started copying TV programmes from my Sky+ PVR (a closed encrypted system, the only way to get video out is analogue) using a Canopus firewire video capture device (via s-video cable), and then converting to h.264 with Compressor (part of Final Cut Pro, but in my case I discovered I had it as part of Logic Studio). Compressor is very slow, even on my 8-core Mac Pro, but the results of de-interlacing are very good compared with Quicktime.
Not sure if this is relevant to what the OP is asking about, but thought it might be useful info for some people.
For DVD's I use Handbrake mostly (which just gets better and better), but resort to Mac The Ripper then MPEG Streamclip if I have problems with Handbrake (occasionally copy protected DVD's crash Handbrake).Mac Pro 2.8Ghz 8-core / MacBook CD 2.0Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.4), 8GB RAM, GeForce 8800GT / 2GB RAM