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Converting AVI to MP4 for iPad - why files are bigger?

Discussion in 'iPod discussion' started by ppresto, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. ppresto

    ppresto Member

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    Okay, first off I'm pretty much an idiot when it comes to these sorts of things so please bear with me.

    I have an AVI I wanted to put onto my iPad but iTunes wouldn't let me just drag it or add to the library. I figured I needed to convert it to something else so I tried Xilisoft, SUPER, and Videora (I hate Videora's interface/GUI but that's neither here nor there) and have successfully converted it to an MP4 with each of them but here's the problem: the file size gets significantly larger. It goes from a 732 MB AVI to a 1.32GB MP4 file with Xilisoft, 1.2GB with SUPER, and just under 1GB with Videora.

    How do I keep the file size from getting larger? I'd like to keep it about the same without losing any quality - is this possible?

    I realize this isn't REALLY an iPod question, but I don't see an iPad specific forum section and didn't know where else I should actually post this since it's more a software question. PLEASE HELP!
     
  2. Kell_B

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    If you don't like videora, you can use HandBrake. Also use CTmanager to add your video files to your iPhone without iTunes. Much faster!
     
  3. Mez

    Mez Active member

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    Maybe AVI is a more efficient format. Why would you assume mp4s would be at least as efficient as AVI?

    This is as good a forum as any. Most of the concepts are the same. I have used handbreak. It works but my interface was only a dot prompt. I now just use Defab platinum but that is expensive and only works of DVD disks. However the compression was 9g to .5 g.
     

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