Okay – my last post was about an ipod guide. It sucked. Not the guide. But the post. I hadn’t checked out the guide yet. I got all excited about it and wanted to post about it. I’ve decided I am a fool and hope to make everything better by spelling out exactly how someone would go about downloading a large video file off the internet and then convert and play it successfully on an Video iPod using all free software specifically for windows.
Follow along if you’d like.
Bittorrent. Download it here.
Now you need a tracker. Download it here.
Now you need to find whatever video it is you are looking for. Search for ipod if you want to avoid converting the file into one that can play on your Ipod. Try here: The Pirate Bay.
Check out the comments people leave and make sure it gets a few approvals and successful downloads before you waste your time. Also make sure that there are a decent amount of people seeding the file. The sixth column to the right indicates the number of people seeding the file. It’s labed SE.
Hopefully it comes in all in one piece and you don’t need to a program like winrar and extract it to a new folder.
At this point I’d like to suggest using VLC media player if you’d decide to watch the video on your computer. That way you don’t have to know what a codec even is.
Okay. So now you decide you need to convert the file to one that will work on your ipod. I found Videora mentioned in a forum I stumbled onto.
So I checked them out. It took me some poking around but I eventually found what i was looking for Videora Converter:
“Videora Converter is a free video conversion application developed by the creators of Videora. It allows you to convert your regular PC video files (avi, mpeg, etc) into the proper video format that your mobile or fixed video device understands. Each version is tailored specifically to the device in question.”
I then surfed my way to this forum where someone gaurenteed success by using these settings wthin the Videora Converter:
mode – MPEG-4>CBR
resolution – 320×240
passes – one
bitrate – 768kbps
framerate – 29.97
bitrate – 128kbps
sample rate – input
channels – stereo
volume – 100%
Someone further into the forum thread said ” The key is “-async 1″ without quotes to the Custom FFMPEG Flags in the Profile for sure!”
So even though I have clue what the hell anyone is talking about I just type in what they tell me and what I’m telling you. Then I clicked on Transcode New Video. Selected the video file. And it began converting. Sweet.
So then I open up itunes. Click on edit preferences. Check the ‘manually update ipod’ box. Add file to library. Click on the movie file. Ok. Now plug in my Ipod Video. Click on the ‘automatically sync Ipod with library’ button in preferances. It should load it up in the Video Ipod. It worked flawlessly for me.
Please let me know how useless this is or if you have any questions. 😛