How to get video on to your iPod

iPod Video

The iPod with video playback is not the most impressive portable video player out there. Archos has devices that support both recording and more commonly used video formats. The lovely screen on the Playstation Portable is 16:9 and way better for video. Creative has a nice device as well…

However, the iPod is smaller, more portable, more sexy and something that I actually bring with me. Of course you won’t think of buying limited, low quality television shows from the iTunes Music Store when you can record them with no limitations in high quality for free. You just have to do a quick conversion to get them on to your sexy little player.

I’ll use a DVD as an example.

These are solutions for Windows only. Head over here for a Mac solution.

The free, but a bit slow method:

Convert Video to iPod

Rip the DVD with DVD Decrypter in IFO mode. Encode the movie to high quality Xvid using AutoGK. Transcode the Xvid to QuickTime H.264 using Videora iPod Converter.

Pros:
Free. You also get a high quality Xvid Rip.

Cons:
Slow. Not perfectly user friendly.

The around $30 and fast method:

Convert Video iPod 2

Buy and install PQ DVD to iPod Video Converter. Pop the DVD into the drive. Navigate to the movie and hit the “Record” button. Then PQ DVD to iPod Video Converter will convert the movie remarkably fast. This solution will also directly convert the DVR-MS files you record on your Windows Media Center Edition and a lot of other formats as well.

Pros:
Fast and user friendly. Supports DVR-MS.

Cons:

Not free.

Update:
This one looks promising: DVRBox (Thanks, Mark)
And, I am going to test the new CloneDVD Mobile from the excellent people at SlySoft.

Update2:
And here is another one that looks promising: ConvertMovie

Update3:
Pegasys had made another one: TMPG VideoSync

How to get video on to your iPod

28 thoughts on “How to get video on to your iPod

  1. “This solution will also directly convert the DVR-MS files you record on your Windows Media Center Edition and a lot of other formats as well.”

    Could you show how that is done?

    Would it be possible to make an automated solution that grabs stuff you record from tv, converts it to something the iPod would eat, and syncs it to the iPod?

  2. I haven’t had the possibility to play around with the DVR-MS conversion yet, but I will for sure find a solution that can automate conversion from MCE to iPod. When I get home I will start experimenting. I haven’t brought my media center along for my vacation. :-) All hints on how to do this will be appreciated. Mail and comments…

    If it is impossible to script the iPod converter mentioned here, we’ll have to look at some of the other solutions here:
    Converting DVR-MS files from your media center

  3. Nope. No media center in my suitcase. And, the portable media centers are in need of a serious update. They’re currently complete crap.

    It will be very interesting to see what kind of Front Row 2.0 Mr. Jobs will present together with the rumored Media Center Mac Mini.

    If he serves a complete solution with seamless integration between your media, TV recordings and iPod… we might have a killer solution.

    But, he (like all other players in the market) seems to be busy making closed solutions and limiting rights management systems. Seamless and open – I’ll believe it when I see it.

  4. Steve says:

    Forget Videora. It does not convert files from Win Media Center. Neither does Ipod Media Studio. Dont waste your money on either of these

  5. […] I also considered a box from Belkin running on four AA batteries giving more power, but went for the small Griffin box after reading some reviews. Of course I can’t give you a proper description of my experience yet. You’ll have to wait until I have done the hard test: 3 + 8 hours on a plane on my way back from Florida to Oslo… Coming up soon on eirikso.com: – My experience in converting DVD and video to iPod files – The Griffin PowerMate – why I love this little wheel – Sleeptracker – does it work? …and other stuff that I for some reason want to share. […]

  6. DVRBox does most of what you want – DVR-MS to MPG, then use ffmpeg to get MP4 for iPod. DVRBox will (soon) support iPOD format directly.

    Best of all, it’s free & open source.

  7. Richard says:

    Just got my vid ipod and have had nothing but hellish problems trying to find one free encoder for avi – ipod format ( i believe that is mp4)… can you recommend something.. i have no use for converting dvd’s. Everything I own is avi.

  8. Using Zune Video converter to transcode to iPod wouldn’t be the most intuitive thing to do, but it seems like your page lists a lot of tools that can be used towards other portable devices as well.

  9. Make a huge iPod maxi…

    Update Did you find this article looking for news on the new iPods from Apple, 28th of February 2006? This article was written almost a year ago, in March 2005. I’m asking Apple if they can make an iPod for kids. An iPod that can be dropped, step…

  10. Make a huge iPod maxi…

    Update Did you find this article looking for news on the new iPods from Apple, 28th of February 2006? This article was written almost a year ago, in March 2005. I’m asking Apple if they can make an iPod for kids. An iPod that can be dropped, step…

  11. K Brown says:

    i recently got a brand new computer with windows vista premium, and one of the programs on it was roxio creator basic v9. i just used the sub-program of it, MyDVD 9, added the DVR MS file, and it automatically converted the file to a .MPG file. so anyone with a new computer already has what they are looking for and doesnt realize it. You don’t even have to follow through with burning the DVD if you don’t want to. I haven’t tried any other file types yet, but I have had some experience with Roxio, and it does work well with most files anyway.

  12. Hey Eirikso

    Thanks for the review of PQ DVD to iPod Video Converter. I haven’t checked out this software before. It seems to be just as easy to use as Cucusoft. I’ll have to get myself a copy and put it to the test with a few videos I have sitting around.

    Many thanks,
    Paul
    Cucusoft Converter Review

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