Before watching videos on a smartphone was an everyday occurrence, for many the portable video player of choice was an iPod. Four years after Apple launched the iPod, several iterations had perfected what the device could do. It was able to carry music, photos and video that could be played in the palm of your hand then. Now, these capabilities are taken for granted – assumed to be standard, not only for dedicated portable media players, but for smartphones, tablets and who knows what else is around the corner. Still there are plenty of people who prefer to watch movies on an iPod video player. However, getting video saved on a computer isn’t always easy. There’s no need to be intimidated, it’s a lot easier than you might think.
WHERE DO I FIND IPOD VIDEOS
Assuming you’re not shooting your own videos, which you can do with some iPod models, there are many websites where you can watch free videos online. If your iPod has an Internet connection you can just stream the video. If you want to watch the videos whenever you want, you will need to download and save those videos. Many of those sites allow downloading of their content for personal, non-commercial use. Just visit those sites on your computer and then use RealPlayer to download the video in seconds If you don’t already have RealPlayer, click the orange button in the top right corner of this page to download a free version and start saving videos that you will be able to watch on your iPod.
As far as where to find iPod videos, it really depends on what you want to watch. Unusual, beautiful, and special videos by independent artists can found at Vimeo. If your search is for something more on the academic side, Khan Academy is not to be missed for an extraordinary range of subjects. For a general-purpose site with videos covering movie trailers, games, sports, television and entertainment of all sorts, Metacafe is popular. For more ideas on where to find videos, check out this post on where to download videos online free. Finding videos to watch on your iPod is just the first step. To actually get those videos on your iPod, you’re likely going to need a iPod video converter since the video format you used to download the video is likely not compatible with your iPod video player.
HOW TO CONVERT VIDEO FILES TO IPOD
You may be asking, “Where can I find an iPod video converter?” The good news is that there is a free iPod video converter included with RealPlayer. It’s so simple to use that you won’t have to spend time trying to figure out what format the videos on your computer need to be converted to, in order to play on your iPod. RealPlayer could just as easily convert videos for use on dozens of brands of smart phone, tablets or other devices.
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Use RealPlayer to download online videos and then easily transfer them from your computer to your iPod. RealPlayer even converts the video to a compatible format before transferring it to the iPod.
The procedure involves the same kind of video file format conversion discussed in other posts only RealPlayer does all the heavy lifting. It’s also similar to the steps RealPlayer performed to convert video to MP3. Instead of just converting audio and video format to MP3 audio, here, the source video and audio both have to be specially re-formatted to match Apple’s requirements for iPods.
For this iPod video converter example, we’re using a fifth generation iPod Nano with 16GB of storage. We are downloading a short video about old British racing cars from Vimeo.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed the free version of RealPlayer, it handles all the steps to save and convert video files to iPod. Here’s how it works:
- Go to the website and play the video you want to save.
- Hover the cursor in the top right corner of the video frame.
- “Download This Video” appears in a box on the upper right. Click it.
- RealPlayer Downloader opens and shows the progress of the video download.
- The video is automatically placed in the RealPlayer Library.
- Open the RealPlayer library and click on the clip’s thumbnail and select Convert To from the menu.
- The RealPlayer Converter opens and the clip is added.
- Click on the Convert To button and select Apple iPod as the device. Click on Details to be sure the video format is Apple h.264.
- Leave the audio at AAC, but the bit rate can be changed if you want better audio quality.
- Click the OK buttons to exit Details, and then press the green Start button.
RealPlayer works as an iPod video converter and does the rest.
HOW TO GET VIDEOS FROM YOUR COMPUTER TO YOUR IPOD
Once the free iPod video converter in RealPlayer has done its stuff, click OK to add the newly converted iPod video file to your iTunes library. A copy is also placed in the RealPlayer Library. It should have the file format .m4v listed under the thumbnail, along with the title, running time, and date. Since the video was converted to play on the Apple iPod, the .m4v file is now only about half the size of the original video downloaded from Vimeo.
To transfer the video to the iPod:
- Connect the iPod to the computer
- The iPod will sync with iTunes
- Drag the converted video from the iTunes Movies section onto the iPod icon
- The video then transfers to the iPod
In this case, a four-minute video (44MB), took four seconds to transfer from the computer to the iPod. Now there’s an iPod video to watch. Even on the relatively outdated iPod we used in this example, the results are quite nice. It plays a beautiful picture with excellent sound.
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Turns out getting video on an iPod isn’t as hard as you might have thought. You don’t even need to know what video format works with the iPod (well, if you must know, its .m4v). There’s no need to pay for an iPod video converter when a free iPod video converter is included with the free version of RealPlayer. Plus, RealPlayer provides a way to download videos from the Internet with just one click. For some, the hardest part of adding videos to their iPod is narrowing down the video list.
What type of videos do you watch on your iPod? Is that your portable device of choice when you travel? Let us know in the comments below. As always, if you have any questions just let us know in the comments and we’ll get right back to you.