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Summary:

When it comes to harnessing your Mac’s power for video encoding, you’re left with two choices: digital or physical. Digital Handbrake is the go to source for creating digital copies of your video. With Handbrake you can pop in a DVD and select the appropriate preset. […]

When it comes to harnessing your Mac’s power for video encoding, you’re left with two choices: digital or physical.

Digital

Handbrake is the go to source for creating digital copies of your video. With Handbrake you can pop in a DVD and select the appropriate preset. You can encode straight to iPod, iPhone or Apple TV. Handbrake is open source, and completely free.

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iSquint is great for converting DivX/XviD to Mp4. It’s freeware for basic use, or you can purchase Visual Hub which offers a variety of services. For basic use, iSquint works well and converts fairly quickly. For the best iPod TV out settings, select:

  • Check Optimize for TV
  • Check H.264
  • Scale the slider to the quality setting of your choice

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Quick tip for your iPods. If you want to import a video without transferring it to iTunes. Be sure your iPod is set to “Manually Manage” and you can now drag and drop files right onto the iPod icon in iTunes and transfer straight to it.

Physical

MacTheRipper allows you to import DVD Vob files right to your Hard Drive. Couple it with Dvd2OneX and you can shrink the file down to 4.4 gigs so it will fit right on a single layer DVD-R. Personally, if you can find it, I prefer the original version of Dvd2OneX, not the new Dvd2OneX2. Also Dvd2One isn’t freeware and requires purchasing.

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Toast 8 will take your Dvd2One or MacTheRipper file and burn it for playback on DVD players. Toast 8 is not freeware and will require purchasing to unlock all its features. Be sure to select UDF in Toast 8 to ensure proper playback.

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iTunes
When dealing with importing videos into iTunes, it’s a simple drag and drop. If the video you copy doesn’t go into the proper category (Movie, TV Show, etc) be sure to edit the Metadata as follows:

  • Right click and select ‘Get Info’
  • Click the ‘Video’ tab
  • From the drop down select: TV Show, Movie, or Music Video

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Comment any questions, I’ll see if I can answer them. Also if you use any other resources or methods for converting your videos, I’d love to hear about them.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended for any illegal activity. What you do with it is your problem.

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  1. Why do you need both Dvd2OneX and Toast 8? Dvd2OneX claims it will allow you to burn the DVD once you’ve shrunk it and Toast 8 claims it can do the shrinking. I have both and either one seems to do the job just fine.

  2. I use all of this except for dvd2onex and toast. I use DVD Remaster from http://www.metakine.com/ and it is about 10 bucks cheaper and can also burn to disc so I would not need toast. But if I did need to burn there is other lower cost software and freeware to burn dvds. I will sometimes use Burn from http://burn-osx.sourceforge.net/ when I need it. Just make sure to also choose UDF just like in toast. Good article it will help get people started in the right direction especially Handbrake and Mac the Ripper. I could not live without em.

  3. Jeremy Brooks Friday, January 25, 2008

    Don’t forget Popcorn. It can compress and burn the image from MacTheRipper. It also supports TiVoToGo.

  4. Great post. How about Audio stuff? I’m still looking for encoders.

    Thanks

  5. @Rob:I’m using the older version of Dvd2OneX, perhaps the burning feature was a more recent add on?

    @Jonathan: DVD Remaster looks really cool, thanks for the heads up.

  6. I recently used OSEx to extract AC3 audio from a few music video DVDs, and then used mAC3dec to convert the AC3 audio to AIFF. Of course iTunes will convert AIFF to AAC. Both apps are bare-bones, but they are free.

    And don’t forget about Lostify to tag TV shows.

  7. I’d also recommend adding Lostify or MetaX to your guide, as it’s much more efficient to tag with these tools than with iTunes (and I think they allow you to change more metadata than iTunes does; certainly that used to be the case).

  8. I suppose there is no method as of yet for putting a movie bought from iTunes to a DVD right? Just confirming as I was trying to do it but found that it couldn’t be done.

  9. visual hub is from the same makers of isquint and basically an amped up version allowing for video conversion to psp, ipod, dvd, dv, dvd, avi, mp4, wmv, mpeg & flash. i believe it’s $23 or so dollars, but well worth it imo.

  10. Are there any freeware programs to do the compression or shrinking?

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