I am about to take a long flight and would like to take my 13" Macbook Air (late 2010 model) to watch some movies. I don't have a DVD drive, so I will be ripping DVDs (that I own), encoding them, and transferring the video files to the Macbook Air. I would like the battery to last as long as possible. What encoding methods should I use so that the Macbook Air uses the least amount of battery?
(I will be using Mac the Ripper to rip the DVDs and Handbrake to encode the video files)
Update: According to some notes by a Stanford student in 2009 about video encoding:
H.264 better video quality but more processor intensive, than MPEG-4 (easier for older or legacy machines). MacBook Air couldn't keep up! Video takes full advantage of processor for encoding and decoding. MPEG-4 worked fine on the original MacBook Air.
Not sure, but it makes it sound as if H.264 makes the Macbook Air work harder, thus draining the battery more quickly.