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- How do I convert videos to my iPod or iPhone?
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- Ripping DVDs onto iPod or iPhone
Take whatever source you have (DVD or video file) and rip it to an MP4 (mpeg 4) video file at 320 x 240 resolution so it can be played on an iPod or iPhone. The 5G (fifth generation) iPods will not accept video at resolutions higher than 320 x 240 so you usually need to convert your video. A typical DVD movie will take up about 500 to 700 megs when converted.
How to get there using free software on Windows:
How you do this depends on what operating system you are running. This page covers how to convert video for your iPod or iPhone using Windows. Another guide exists for converting DVDs to iPod or iPhone on Mac OSX and converting DVDs to Zune on Windows.
Start with a clean slate:
Blow away any previous tools and software you might have installed that you don't need and you think might conflict with getting a good DVD rip. Also blow away any old media files you don't need. This process is fairly heavy on resources so generally the more room you have and the less things that can get in the way, the better.
Software you need:
Assuming you are converting a DVD to your iPod, you will first need to "rip" the DVD to a file on your hard drive. If you are just converting files already on your hard drive, you can skip this part and go to the converting section. To rip a DVD, we use DVD Decrypter and put it into "single file" mode because video on DVDs is broken up into multiple 1 gig files and we want to end up with a single file.
- DVD Ripping Package: DVD Decrypter 188.8.131.52 (free download)
- MPEG 4 encoder: Videora iPod Converter (free download)
- iTunes (free download)