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Simple UI conversion tool with drag-and-drop functionality. This video converter supports wmv, avi, mpeg/mpg and rmvb saving to iPod, iPhone and iPad frendly formats. Batch convert folders of movies or tv episodes easily.

The objective here is not to replace the HandBrake interface, but to provide a simpler way to convert multiple files according to a standard profile (H.264 or MPEG) that would be supported by any Apple iDevice.

How it works

How it works
  1. You load the software, it's very small and should load very quickly.
  2. Drag all video files that you want to convert. You can also drag folders. All video files inside will be added automatically. Files supported are: avi, wmv, rmvb, mpg and mpeg.
  3. Select one of the two standard profiles: Fast or High quality.
  4. You can eventually remove files you don't want to convert by selecting them and pressing DEL, when you are finished press run.
  5. The program will ask you where to save the converted files. If you want to automatically import them into iTunes or other software select the appropriate folder.
  6. A batch script will be generated so you can continue to convert if for some reason the process has stopped.
  7. Finally, the HandBrakeCLI console will open and the process will begin.

To facilitate the usage you can mark "Top-most" check so that the iConv window will be on top of all other windows.

Output files playing on various iPods
(output files playing on iPhone 3G S, iPod Touch 1st gen, iPod Classic 160GB and iPod Nano 4th gen)

Profiles in use

The two profiles available just represent parameters passed to the HandBrakeCLI, where {0} represents the source video and {1} the destination file (without the extension, which is defined in the profile itself.

Both modes generate files that should be compatible with all your iDevices (iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad) at the maximum resolution all of them have in common 640x480.

Fast mode

-i "{0}" -o "{1}.m4v" -f mp4 -X 480 -e ffmpeg -q 9 -E faac -R 48 -B 128 -v 0

This mode uses FFmpeg to encode the video. The conversion is done very quickly but quality may vary. The default quality setting in this mode is "-q 9".
  • Container: mp4;
  • Maximum width: 480px;
  • Video encoder: ffmpeg, quality 9;
  • Audio encoder: faac, sampling rate: 48KHz, bit rate: 128kb/s.

High quality mode

-i "{0}" -t 1 -c 1 -o "{1}.m4v" -f mp4 -X 640 -e x264 -q 20 -E faac -R 48 -B 160 -v 0

This mode encodes using the H.264 codec, the quality is superb but the process takes a little longer and you will have bigger files.
  • Container: mp4;
  • Maximum width: 640px;
    • All modern iPods, iPhones and the iPad support up to 640x480 pixels. The higher the resolution, the better is going to be the result.
  • Video encoder: x264, quality 20;
  • Audio encoder: faac, sampling rate: 48KHz, bit rate: 160kb/s.

Custom mode

Refer to the HandBrakeCLI documentation to write your own custom mode.

Last edited May 5, 2010 at 1:19 PM by raphaabreu, version 11