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07-15-2014, 09:53 AM
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Converting .mkv video for iTunes/Apple devices

What's the best/fastest/easiest way to get video into iTunes? It seems most of the video files I have are MKV.

Also, in future should I avoid MKV files and seek out other formats?

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1. I'd use Handbrake. It has presets for target devices to make it a cinch. If you want to dig into the settings a bit more, check this out: http://superuser.com/questions/47242...iginal-quality
2. If all you're doing is putting files onto a specific player and all other things are equal, then you might as well go for the file that's already in the format you want and avoid the conversion step.

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1. I'd use Handbrake. It has presets for target devices to make it a cinch. If you want to dig into the settings a bit more, check this out: http://superuser.com/questions/47242...iginal-quality
2. If all you're doing is putting files onto a specific player and all other things are equal, then you might as well go for the file that's already in the format you want and avoid the conversion step.
Handbreak is awesome. Easy to use, and very user friendly. That being said I haven't used it in years, not sure what has changed.

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Thanks! Yeah, most of my library is MKV, but perhaps in future I should aim to get files in formats Apple supports in the first place.

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Handbrake is the easiest.

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Hardbrake is good but I used to use another product that could convert any video format into any other video format. I wish I could remember what it was. It was like handbreak on steroids.

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I got handbrake. Is there a setting I'm missing, or does it run through and re-encode video at the same speed it would take to watch the video? Not exactly efficient, especially if I can't queue up multiple files at once.

Maybe I should just be sourcing file formats Apple supports in the first place.

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yes I would stay clear of mkv. it doesn't play in apple box (steams from itunes), ps3, etc. mp4 is the format of choice for me. It plays in everything and the files are a reasonable size.

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I use MKV if I want to actually watch something in HD. I'll just plug my computer directly into my TV setup and go that way. Otherwise, MP4 are best in my opinion.

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