iPod Video finally reaches its potential

I've finally got around to using my iPod Video to actually watch videos with. What's confusing though is the number of tools and formats out there.

I want to be able to copy DVDs that I own onto my laptop - the file sizes shouldn't be huge. I also want those DVDs viewable on my iPod.

It's my understanding that I'll need two files in the end - something like a DivX for laptop viewing, and an H.264 or MP4 file for iPod viewing.

There are so many tools out there, some paid for and some for free. It looks like I'll have to start ploughing through what's out there to see what works best...

Comments:

You could potentially get away with just one copy. If you're already using iTunes to keep the content on your iPod, you can also view the h264 version in iTunes. To get the quality up there, I believe the iPod can support up to 640x480 at a certain bit-rate which should be good enough even though it won't be 720x480 which is DVD quality. This will result in larger files but still smaller for the iPod but better than 2 copies.

Posted by Ed on June 22, 2007 at 03:51 PM GST #

Thanks Ed. DVD Shrink and iPodifier seem to be a good combo so far.

Posted by Chris S on June 22, 2007 at 05:26 PM GST #

Try Nero Recode. It is part of Nero suite. It cost few dollars but it is worth every penny for it's ease of use and functionality.

Posted by Miro Halas on June 22, 2007 at 07:24 PM GST #

You can play H.264 on a computer perfectly - there's no need for DivX as well. I think it plays in Windows Media Player by now, but if not just download VLC - it's free, safe, handles more video formats than any other player, and there is probably a Solaris version (should you need that). Certainly they do every flavour of Linux and more. H.264 is simply the most advanced, impressive codec out there. Its only disadvantage is that even a high-powered machine can take hours and hours to convert stuff to H.264. Particularly if you do a 2-pass encode for best results. There is however some USB stick out with an H.264 encoding chip on it that speeds up the time greatly - it's something I plan to get. It's about $100.

Posted by secretdubai on June 24, 2007 at 11:11 PM GST #

Linux has loads of (GUI based) applications to convert your videos to mp4... and for ripping your DVDs as well. I do this all the time...

Windows? I've heard some people are still stuck in the dark ages of computing... I suppose there are some apps to do the same there...

Posted by weeble on June 25, 2007 at 04:01 AM GST #

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