The Ultimate Guide To Video Ipod

The Ultimate Guide To Video Ipod



The Ultimate Guide to​ Video iPod
Alright .​
So after all that hype about having a​ practical way of​ watching TV and movies while on the go, you have finally gone and bought yourself the new iPod .​
Now what?
Well, let’s see .​
There are so many options squeezed into one slim, 2.5 LCD screen media center that it’s going to​ take a​ lot of​ time going over each one of​ them .​
So let’s do take it​ one at​ a​ time, shall we? This guide is​ going to​ take over all the options you’ve got and how to​ convert absolutely anything and everything – DVDs, TiVo video, messy AVIs, muxed MPEGs and more to​ iPod compatible video – all within OS X .​
And along the way, we’ll teach you a​ couple of​ iPod tips and tricks, too!
Handling Those Nasty Scratches
When you take your iPod out of​ the box, your first order of​ business should be to​ protect your investment .​
You don’t want any of​ those nasty scratches from appearing on your precious media box, do you? It’s a​ complete eye soar and one you can completely avoid .​
The good thing about this new iPod is​ that its design is​ slightly different from that of​ the nano, which according to​ most users scratch easily .​
The new iPod has better chassis and doubled-layered, probably to​ protect the LCD monitor .​
But if​ you want to​ make sure that your iPod doesn’t show any scratches, most users recommend plastic cases, such as​ The Invisible Shield .​
If not, you can always get the white model, instead of​ the black one.
What Videos Can You Play?
Let us briefly go over the kinds of​ videos that your new iPod can support .​
According to​ Apple’s website, the video specifications of​ the new iPod are the following:
• H.264 video: up to​ 768 Kbps, 320 x 240, 30 frames per sec, Baseline Profile up to​ Level 1.3 with AAC-LC up to​ 160 Kbps, 48 Khz, stereo audio in​ .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.
• MPEG-4 video: up to​ 2.5 mbps, 480 x 480, 30 frames per sec, Simple Profile with AAC-LC up to​ 160 Kbps, 48 Khz, stereo audio in​ .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.
For the newbies, this might all sound a​ little too confusing .​
What’s with all the numbers? Don’t worry because chances are you only need to​ remember a​ few of​ those for you to​ get the most out of​ your new iPod .​
First, let’s start with H.264 video .​
The highest video bitrate with the H.264 codec is​ 768 kilobits per second .​
The biggest picture size for your H.264 movie is​ 320 pixels wide by 240 pixels high, which is​ incidentally the exact dimension of​ your iPod’s screen .​
Your iPod can play H.364 video at​ framerates up to​ 30 frames per second .​
Every one of​ the applications that we’ll be using encodes with the Baseline Profile .​
Your audio needs to​ be encoded as​ AAC audio up to​ 160 Kbps, 48 KHz, and it​ can be in​ either stereo or​ mono .​
As long as​ you follow all the guidelines, your movie can even be a​ QuickTime movie or​ an​ MPEG-4 movie file.
The other option you have is​ the MPEG-4 video, which supports a​ much higher bitrate than H.264 video – 2500 kilobits per second .​
Using higher bitrates will also create larger files, which means that you’ll have less space for additional songs and movies, but more segments of​ your favorite movie .​
The biggest picture size for your MPEG-4 video is​ 480 pixels wide by 480 pixels high – three times as​ many pixels than your iPod’s screen in​ capable of​ displaying .​
Your iPod will shrink the picture proportionally so that everything fits on the screen .​
Again, the iPod can play videos up to​ 30 frames per second and your audio and file format options are the same as​ H.264 video.
So Which One is​ Better – H.264 or​ MPEG-4?
Well, that’s a​ tough question really as​ each format has their ups and downs .​
Arguably, H.264 is​ preferable considering how it​ offers high quality and a​ file size that is​ much smaller compared to​ MPEG-4 .​
When it​ comes to​ picture quality, however, both formats are comparable, especially when encoded at​ the higher supported video settings .​
As for speed of​ encoding, most people agree that H.264 video takes longer than standard MPEG-4 .​
Take for example a​ two-hour movie .​
When you convert that to​ iPod using H.264 codec, the process could take considerably longer (especially with QuickTime Pro’s pokey Export: Movie to​ iPod video option).
Where to​ Download Videos for Your iPod
If you’re tired ripping movies from your DVD collection or​ you’ve used up all your movie files in​ your computer, then it’s probably time for you to​ look for other sources of​ iPod compatible videos .​
Below are some good sites that offer iPod video files that are both free and legal!
• ChannelFrederator.com – If you like to​ watch short animations while taking a​ breather, this is​ the place to​ look in.
• PodGuide.tv – It’s not called PodGuide for nothing.
• Channel 101 and Channel 102 – Brilliant downloadable shows are up on offer.
• The iTunes Music Store’s podcast section – One of​ the best things about the new iPod is​ that Apple has bundled it​ with their updates on iTunes .​
Now, you can download loads of​ free videos from the store for your daily dose of​ iPod-casting.
• Apple iTunes – Sometimes you just have to​ go to​ the source of​ the source to​ find what you’re looking for.
• Archive.org – This site is​ great for old videos and movies .​
Watch iPod Videos on Your TV
Say what?! Yep, it’s true .​
And for some users who prefer widescreen as​ opposed to​ pocket-TV, this is​ the best thing about the new iPod .​
Now, outputting your iPod videos to​ any TV is​ easy .​
Just use a​ special video cable (and it​ doesn’t even be the one sold by Apple), output it​ through your iPod’s headphone jack, and voila! You’re a​ couch potato, baby!
If you’re more interested in​ watching videos on your TV, you may want to​ go with the MPEG-4 format since it​ can support the bigger 480 x 480 picture size .​
When you encode widescreen movies and output them to​ a​ TV, the pixel limit is​ usually 230,400 pixels .​
So when these larger images are displayed on your TV, you’ll get to​ see all those extra pixels .​
Okay So You Can Watch Videos on TV, Big Deal…What About My Other Videos?
When you download video files from the web or​ file sharing networks, some of​ these files may not be marked as​ iPod compatible .​
Does that mean you can’t play them on your iPod? Well, the good news is​ that it’s easy enough to​ find out.
Tip #1 – Open iTunes
The easiest and less time-consuming way to​ determine whether a​ video is​ iPod-supported or​ not is​ to​ simply open iTunes with your iPod connected .​
Afterwards, drop the video file directly into your iPod’s library .​
If the video is​ copied into your iPod, it​ means it’s compatible .​
If it’s not, then your iPod won’t be able to​ play it .​
To copy the video to​ your iPod, just select Manually manage songs and playlists in​ the iPod tab of​ your iTunes preferences.
Tip #2 – Add Video to​ the iTunes Library
The other way of​ finding out if​ your video files are iPod compatible is​ to​ add your video to​ your iTunes library .​
Just right lick the video and select Convert Selection to​ iPod .​
You will receive an​ alert from iTunes on your screen, telling you if​ your video is​ already compatible .​
If it’s not, your movie will be converted to​ a​ compatible H.264 video for you.
We should probably mention that you don’t really need to​ add videos to​ your iTunes Library in​ order to​ add them to​ your iPod .​
Just drag and drop videos from the Finder straight onto your iPod in​ iTunes .​
Again, make sure you’ve enabled the manually manage option.
You can also add songs and videos to​ your iPod’s library from any computer that has iTunes .​
Just make sure that you’ve enabled the manually manage option in​ iTunes .​
If your iPod was originally formatted on a​ PC, you can add files from both PCs and Macs .​
However, if​ you have a​ Mac-formatted iPod, you’ll only be able to​ add files from other Macs .​
Tip #3 – Open the file in​ QuickTime
Alternatively, you can also find out if​ your video is​ iPod compatible if​ you open the file in​ QuickTime .​
Next, Select Window: Show Movie Info .​
In most cases, your video should be iPod-ready if​ the format is​ H.264 or​ MPEG-4, the audio is​ ACC, and the size of​ your video is​ 320 x 240 (or smaller) for H.264 or​ 480 x 480 (or smaller) for MPEG-4 .​
Also, look at​ the data rate and make sure it’s not over 900 kbits/sec for H.264 or​ 2600 kbits/sec for MPEG-4 .​
In most cases, the bitrate reported by QuickTime would include the video stream and the audio stream (normally 128 kbits/sec) so don’t wonder if​ the video is​ shown to​ have a​ higher bitrate.
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Thanks for reading and I​ hope you find this information useful.




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