May 3 2007: Note: The video specs are now out of date, but the outline of the procedure is still the same.
I should get on with some video-ripping specs. This is the broad outline. I’ll get specific later.
- H.264 (main): 2500 kbps
- 2-pass encoding
- If a grey-scale movie, check Gray Scale
- 4:3 content: 640 x 480
- 16:9 content: 720 x 400
- Stereo option, if available, otherwise 5.1 will be down-mixed to stereo
- 192 kbps
Next step is tagging. We use Lostify for this. Once done, drag into iTunes.
Scan the cover of the DVD and add this to each track, if from a movie or music video DVD, or the image pane of the first episode in a season if a TV show
TV Show “Album Art”
For TV shows, we use a frame that best describes the episode for individual “album art” on each. Using QuickTime Player, open each video file and copy a frame. Save these in JPEG format.
In iTunes, open each episode one by one and replace the automatic album art with the appropriate frame. For the first episode of any season you will get two images for that episode–the DVD cover and a frame.
There’s a lot of detail to each step but I wanted to blurt out the overall procedure before getting technical.