The iTunes Music Store isn’t the only source for videos for your iPod. You can convert almost any downloaded video into a format that is viewable on your iPod.Who is this for?
Anyone who finds the selection of videos on iTunes unsatisfying.
Anyone who want to put their own videos on their iPod.NOTE: This will not work for converting Movie DVDs directly to iPod format. I will be posting a tutorial for that shortly.What you need: iSquint
This is by far the easiest way to convert movies/videos to iPod format.Total Cost:
$0.00 How to do it
STEP 1, Drag your video to iSquint
Doesn’t get much easier than this. Just click and drag. I understand that if you are a recent Windows convert you may have some trepidation, as “drag and drop” has always been a tad sketchy on the Windows side. Rest assured, it will
work on a Mac.Click and drag. Easy.
STEP 2, Choose your settings
Choosing your settings boils down to one simple question, “Will you be playing this on a TV or not?”. If no, then select Optimize for iPod. If yes, then select Optimize for TV.
This slider can be left to the default, “Standard”. Unless you want to end up with bigger files that use up more space on your iPod resulting in less files and thus less hours of entertainment. Your choice... up to you.
Add to iTunes
Do you want a copy of the converted movie to be automagically added to iTunes? If yes, click it. If no, don’t.
Do yourself a favor, check this box! The quality of the final video will improve dramatically if this is selected. What’s the catch you ask?... well, it is sloooooooow. And I mean slooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow. But in my opinion the increase in quality is worth the wait.
Nooooo, don’t touch it! You may think you know what you are doing, but rest-assured you DO NOT. In my personal opinion this button shouldn’t even be included in the interface.
This should default to saving to your desktop. If you want to save elsewhere knock yourself out.
STEP 3, Start
Click Start, go get a cup o’ coffee, read a book, relax and think happy thoughts. You are now minutes away from having the content that you want on your iPod.