I was playing with the video features in Caitlinâ€™s new iPod and found it very easy to use QuickTime Pro to make iPod videos. For fun, I exported my OSCON â€œBuilding Liquid Websites with PHPâ€ talk to the iPod (download, 139MB).
Strangely, the video is actually larger than my original version so I guess the sound encoding was bandwidth abusive or H.264 to H.264 transcoding wasnâ€™t efficient. I should look into it in the future.
For those of you too cheap to use Quicktime Pro 7, there is there is a whole lot of software out there to make it easy and cheap.
I tried the recommended Podner program on a smaller file and it crashed on me. I tried the free iSquint and the file, when the resolution was reduced for iPod, came out too dark. Looks like you guys need a anti-aliasing algorithm, instead of using pixel averaging there.
This is a pity since there are a whole lot of other iPod video formats/resolutions that Quicktime Pro doesnâ€™t allow me to access. Iâ€™ll probably look more into this in the future. For now, have some fun with the download above.
By the way, the compression (of the 50 minute talk) took a few hours on my 1.5Ghz Powerbook. On a 2x2Ghz PowerMac G5, smaller 2 minute clips went were very fastâ€”around real-time speed. Much better than the â€œall nightâ€ Sean told me it took to compress his dance clips on his Mac Mini.
Anyone know of some Apple Compressor settings that will work? Itâ€™d be nice to be able to put this stuff into a pro workflow.