Video to iPhone

7 03 2010

I’ve got a DTV (digital TV) tuner in my PC and will often record TV shows directly to hard drive.

Recently I bought an iPhone and wondered if I could convert my recorded shows to work on my iPhone, it should be possible, so I went online looking for a quick and easy way of
doing it.

There was no easy way to do it, and clearly there were others searching for the answer too.

Responses usually consisted of “Why not download program X, it’s free, you’ll love it” So I did, on numerous occasions with less than pleasing results… either the video quality was dodgy or the sound was out of sync.

No, let me re-phrase that, the sound was ALWAYS out of sync.

So, ok, when some of you read this, you’ll bail out, but I have found a way to do it in Sony Vegas… it’s not perfect, but a lot better than what you’ll get from any of the free programs out there.

Load Vegas and add your program to the timeline, it’s best if the video does not start immediately… that there’s a few seconds of advertising or station ID before the show starts.

Make sure that the video is set to start at zero on the timeline, then seperate video and audio so that you can slide the audio.

You will need to slide the audio eight seconds ahead.
*** Oops, sorry, I got that wrong, Move the video eight seconds forward, not the sound. ***

Choose render from the edit menu.

Save as type should be MainConcept AVC/AAC (*.mp4)

Click Custom

Call this section “iPhone”

The Format box should look like this:

Audio: 128 Kbps, 44,100 Hz, 24 Bit, Stereo, AAC
Video: 25 fps, 320×180 Progressive, YUV, 768 Kbps
Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.093

Select Custom Fram Size in the Frame Size box and type in
320×180

Profile “Main”

Frame Rate: 25.000 (for Pal)

*** Important*** Field order must be “None (Progressive Scan)”

Pixel aspect ratio: 1.0926

Reference frames “2” Yes to Deblocking

Variable bit rate

Maximum and Average Bit Rate at 768,000

Click the Audio Tab at the bottom

Include Audio, of course.

Sample Rate: 44.100 HZ

Bit Rate: 128,000bps

Next Tab (Project)

Video Rendering Quality “Same as project”

Click ok, and save.

Render your video.

In your iphone pictures folder (which you may have created on your computer… it’s on the computer, not the phone)

Create a folder in there called “Movies” and drop your rendered file into this folder.

Sync your iPhone

Your video should appear in a folder which your Photos app will find.

Play your video.

Now this may need a few tweaks as people look slightly fat to me, perhaps I need to set “square pixels”.
But the audio is perfectly synced up with the video which is a good thing. (Discovered later that I had stretch video selected, this should be unticked, stretching always makes pictures look bad, even if it does take up the whole screen)

After you’ve done this once, your setting will remain in vegas, so doing this again shouldn’t take you more that a couple of minutes to set up… eat breakfast, have a shower, sync your iphone and you should be ready for that long train trip or flight šŸ™‚

* do look out the window from time to time, you may miss something really great otherwise *

Wolfie!

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