Sunday, July 02, 2006
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Family Guy: Stewie vs. 50 Cent
What if I have a video that's not in the correct format for iPod?
1. Download Videora iPod Converter. This is a great piece of software and I highly recommend it. I've had no problems.
2. Install Videora and run it. On the left hand side you should see 'Convert'. Click that.
Note: Videora iPod converter makes a COPY of the file you want to convert. The COPY is the one that will work on the iPod.
Side note: Just to make things clear, if you have a widescreen video...choose the first profile in the drop-down menu. For everything else the default or 'MPEG-4/Downloaded Video' profiles should work fine.
REMINDER: There will probably be some slight 'pixelation' because of the encoding profile you transcoded the video with. Either live with it, or re-transcode the file with a profile that has a greater number of 'kbps'. However, this will increase the video's size on your iPod.
That was easy, wasn't it? I promise you, if you follow these steps you'll be able to encode any video file and enjoy any video on your computer onto your iPod. It's really not so complicated...I just wanted to cover ALL the bases.
I got the videos on my computer! Now what?
1. Locate the video on your computer.
2. Make sure it is in a format that the iPod can handle.
The formats are: .mp4 (files from Google Video and iTunes), .mov, and H264 (I have never used this format).
Note: .mov files are files that are Quicktime movie files ...you can't play them in iPod–you have to convert them (I'll get to that later).
Note: If your video isn't in the format of .mp4, .mov, or H264, you will have to convert the file using Videora Ipod Converter. I will write a tutorial on this too.
Questions? Concerns? Please comment! I want to help you.
I just got an iPod and I want videos!
1. Go to iTunes. This is probably the easiest way. Don't fret though, you can get awesome videos for free! How? It's easy, from the music store go to the podcasts section on the left side. In the podcasts section there should be a link to the video podcasts section. Click it then browse to your hearts content. Found something? Click the 'subscribe' button to quickly and easily download all the podcasts in that section or you can go to the bottom and download each podcast individually.
2. Go to Google Videos. This is a GREAT site. Why? Because for every FREE video (some you have to pay for) there is a link on the right side of the page that allows you to download the video in the iPod Video format: .mp4. It's so easy even a monkey could do it. For example, try searching for Family Guy, you'll see that you can find some funny skits.
3. You didn't hear it from me, but, there's an extension for Firefox that allows you to download videos off YouTube (tons of videos there). This isn't illegal (I’m pretty sure it's not), but discretion is advised. If you do want to download videos off YouTube here is a tutorial. Note: I don't do this.
4. Read this blog! I will post links to great videos daily, so I promise you'll find something you like.
The reason I decided to create this blog was because I felt that people shouldn't have to search everywhere for information on what videos you can put on the new iPod or even how to put videos onto the iPod. I'm here to help you, becuase I know that sometimes it can get confusing.