[mythtv-users] Using Handbrake to transcode recordings to an iPhone

Gabe Rubin gaberubin at gmail.com
Wed Mar 9 18:04:21 UTC 2011

On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 9:56 AM, Harry Devine <lifter89 at comcast.net> wrote:
> On 3/9/2011 12:50 PM, Gabe Rubin wrote:
>> On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 6:18 AM, Harry Devine<lifter89 at comcast.net>  wrote:
>>> I found a thread yesterday that discussed this, so I thought I'd give it
>>> a try since I just got a Verizon iPhone, and thought it would be neat to
>>> bring a few recordings with me to watch during my lunch break at work.
>>> I installed Handbrake on my backend, and ran the following command:
>>> ./HandbrakeCLI -i<file>  -o<file>.mp4 --preset="iPhone&  iPod Touch"
>>> That created an mp4 file that I got down to my Windows box.  When I try
>>> to use iTunes to put it on to my iPhone,  I get an error saying that the
>>> file could not be imported since it cannot be played on the iPhone
>>> (something like that; I'm paraphrasing).
>>> Has anyone had much luck or success getting recordings transcoded for,
>>> and on to, an iPhone?  Specifically an iPhone 4?  The iPhone OS version
>>> is 4.2.6 if that matters.  I also have it jail-broken too.
>> Harry, I tried to do this using tools available on myth (although not
>> handbrake).  I found that it was better to install handbrake on my
>> windows machine, copy the file from my mythbox, and transcode on the
>> windows box.  The added benefit is that the Windows box is a quad-core
>> phenom and the mythbox is a single core sempron, so it likely works a
>> lot faster on the windows box and does not tie up myth's resources.
>> The windows version has a gui frontend and presets for the iphone.  I
>> can transcode an hour HD recording to the iPhone in around real time.
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> Thanks!  I'll give that a shot.  But you are able to take the transcoded
> file and put it onto your iPhone via iTunes and play it, correct?
Yes.  I was also able to put them on an iPad (which was my primary
target).  I did it at the iPhone setting to conserve space and put
more movies on the iPad.  Works really well (plus the cool factor of
telling people that I converted these movies from my homebrew dvr, yet
another reason myth is a superior product).

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