Monday 26 January 2009 — This is over 14 years old. Be careful.
I recently bought a new iPod nano, and I’ve had trouble twice with getting videos onto it. First, I purchased Dr. Horrible from the iTunes store, and didn’t realize I was buying the HD version. When I tried to sync it to my iPod, I was told that the video wasn’t transferring because it couldn’t be played on my device. Why can’t iTunes transcode it down to the resolution needed? (Dr. Horrible is funny, by the way, you should see it.)
Then I tried to load the Arabic Typography presentations, which are Quicktime files. Again, I was told they couldn’t be played. I know these aren’t HD, I’m not sure in what way they are incompatible.
Searching online, I find that Quicktime Pro will do the conversion for me. But I just paid Apple $200 for a piece of hardware, and am getting video content using their format, in one case paying Apple to download it. Why do I have to pay them again to be able to use the two together?
I tried using Handbrake to convert the video. It worked great on an .AVI file I tried, but crashed when attempting the .MOV conversion. Grr....
I have had the same problem with some media that I've downloaded; however, iTunes has a built-in function to make the proper conversion: Advanced | Create iPod or iPhone Version.
@ned - What Gyro said, I too use HandBrake/iSquint/Visualhub. I can also give you copies of any of those if you want.
and later found some 2-pass H.264 incantations to use with FFMPEG for my iPod Touch (2Gen). I'd suggest preserving the aspect ratio if at all possible while converting, but you may have to shrink down the video using the FFMPEG -s switch.
@Gyro: I have problems with iTunes refusing to transcode video using the "Create iPod Version" feature. FFMPEG works for me (albeit slowly, especially when doing a 2-pass H.264 transcode).
I have the DVD in my hands now. The extras are well worth the purchase alone.
I know a free program called Super will do the trick. I had to convert all sorts of videos to iPod format a few years ago and it handled the task easily. http://www.erightsoft.net/SUPER.html
Everyone else, thanks for the great pointers to other solutions!
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