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GUIDES TO: Converting Video for iPod - Mac & Window

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Listing of Software Websites


I've posted other software links I found while searching for information to convert my VHS tapes so I thought I'd post them here just in case others are seeking information for both MAC & WINDOWS.

NOTE: I will update the software listed thread as new information is found.

Updated video formats:

iPod can play the following video formats:

* H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 x 480, 30 frames per sec., Baseline Low-Complexity Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 kbps, 48 Khz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

* H.264 video, up to 768 kbps, 320 x 240, 30 frames per sec., Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 kbps, 48 Khz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

* MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 x 480, 30 frames per sec., Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 kbps, 48 Khz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

See the iPod 101/201 Tutorials here

WINDOWS UPDATED: Handbrake Tutorial:

The Complete Guide to iPod, iPhone and Apple TV Video Conversion (Windows)

The Complete Guide to iPod, iPhone and Apple TV Video Conversion (Mac)

**The new version of Videora settings that work in iTunes and on the iPod see my post here.**

The Complete Guide to iPod Video Formats and Display Resolutions
The Complete Guide to Converting DVDs toiPod Format -Mac
The Complete Guide To Converting Video to iPod Format - Mac

SUPER - Free

See website for additional details. This software will also rip the audio from DVD's.

SUPER download page




The complete change set is available and well worth a read (PDF), but here’s a summary for the impatient:

• User presets (Mac)
• AppleTV and PS3 support
• Anamorphic, even in QuickTime
• Surround sound (both AAC 5.1 and Dolby Pro Logic II)
• Chapter markers (QuickTime-style)
• Official support for the Windows GUI
• PPC Linux support
• High profile H.264

baggss has provided a tutorial at the links below:

How To Rip A Movie with Mediafork

How To Rip TV Shows with Mediafork


Videora Apple TV Converter Released

We are happy to announce the first release of our new Videora Apple TV Converter. With this software you will be able to convert your many different types of videos into a format that is playable on the Apple TV.

Click Here To Download

Apple TV Video Codec Support:
MPEG-4: 640 by 480, 30 fps, Simple Profile
H.264: 320 by 240, 30 fps, Baseline profile up to Level 1.3
H.264: 640 by 480, 30 fps, LC version of Baseline Profile
H.264: 1280 by 720, 24 fps, Progressive Main Profile.

The current version of Videora Apple TV Converter already has profiles to convert video into the first three SDTV formats. We are working on profiles that will convert video into the fourth HDTV format but these likely won't be ready until the Apple TV hardware is released and we are able to find out it's exact main profile support.

Just a note, there is absolutely no point in converting low resolution video (say 624x352) to HDTV resolution (1280x720). Such a conversion does NOT create sharper video, it just scales the video up and takes a lot longer to convert. The Apple TV hardware should have a high quality video scaler and will be able to do this itself. Time will tell whether the Apple TV will provide a better quality upconversion


Videora iPod Converter

Click Here To Download Current Version

Videora iPod 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 iPod understands.

When combined with Videora, a video search and download program, Videora iPod Converter + Videora allows you to download, convert and (in some cases) copy video to your device automatically, using BitTorrent and RSS technology. See ITVCasting for more details.

Conversion Guide - Use this link to set up DVD Decrypter to rip DVD movies for iPod use.

Forums for support help

Release Notes:
With this latest version, Videora iPod Converter will now automatically add your video files to iTunes once your video conversion is complete. If iTunes is not open, Videora iPod Converter will automatically open it and then add the file to your Movies Library. This removes the added step of having to import it on your own through iTunes. You can turn off this feature by going to Settings > Devices > iPod, un-checking the box and hitting save.

If you do end up turning this new feature off, but at some later time want to add some files you’ve converted to iTunes, you can now do this easily through the Library section. We have added an “Add to iTunes” button which does exactly what it says when you click a file. We have also added an “Open Folder” button which will open a new Windows Explorer window in the folder where the video you clicked on resides.

The program icons should show up properly now as they have been included in the installer. We also forgot to make the Apple TV Device settings editable in the last release and that has now been corrected.

NOTE: We have added 2-Pass support for both MPEG-4 and H.264 encodes. To activate it for your specific profile, you must select the proper encoder with “2-Pass” in its name. The mode “Automated 2-Pass” setting doesn’t do anything at the moment but will be used in the future for error checking. So once again, to enable 2 Pass support, select the proper encoder in Settings > Edit Profiles > General section.


3GP Converter - Freeware

3GP Converter

This software will also convert .VOB files to an iPod compatible format. So you can rip your DVD and then use this software to convert the files.

1) After downloading 3GP Converter you will see a Setup.exe file. You need to open this file.

2) You will see the 3GP_Converter configuration Manager here:

3) You first need to select the language of your choosing then click 'Apply'

4) Once that is done select "Model: MP4, for iPod" then click 'Apply' to set.

5) When done the 3GP_Converter will open. Then click on the 'browse' button in the Output Directory section located in the middle of the application to select the destination for the output file.

6) Then click on the drop down button to select one of the conversion options.

7) When done you can then select your movie/video file or Video_TS folder and drag-n-drop it into the top window and 3GP will begin the converting process.

8) When 3GP is done converting the movie it will automatically open iTunes and transfer the converted movie directly into the iTunes library.


Free iPod Video Converter 1.32 build 852 - Jodix

What is Free iPod Video Converter
Free iPod Video Converter provides an easy and completed way to convert all popular video formats to iPod video. You can enjoy DVD/VCD and AVI, MPEG, WMV, RM, RMVB, DivX, ASF, VOB video files in your iPod with few clicks. The program is a freeware and does not contain any form of malware, including but not limited to: spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors.

Key Features
-It's clean and free, without any adware or spyware.
-It supports all popular video formats including AVI, MPEG, WMV (ASF), RM, RMVB, DivX, ASF, VOB etc.
-It's stable and fast.
-Easy-to-use wizard-like user interface helps you setup conversion process easily.
-The output video has excellent image and sound quality.
-ID3 Tag can be derived from the input files automatically.
-Batch Processing is supported, it can process an unlimited number of files at one time.
-Detailed HTML help file is included.
-The installing and uninstalling process is very easy.

Download link:


Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003 Server, DirectX 8.0 or higher

There are links to these other applications on the site:
- Free DVD MP3 Ripper
- Free WMA to MP3 Converter
- Free RM to MP3 Converter


MediaCoder - Freeware


MediaCoder is an open source universal audio/video batch transcoder (converter), which puts together lots of excellent audio/video codecs and tools from the open source community into an all-in-one solution, capable of transcoding among different audio/video formats. With many extra features and a expandable architecture, MediaCoder is more than a GUI of a bunch of command line tools.

Feature Highlights

* Convert to and from many audio and video compression formats and re-multiplex into various container formats, on the fly, in batch
* Give you the control over the transcoding process and all the parameters of the transcoded files, so you can learn about, compare among and play with various codecs
* Specific user interfaces for specific devices with device plug-ins and extensions
* Fully standalone, no dependent on any media player, filter or codec, no registration of any components into system
* Multilingual user interface

Typical Applications

* Improving compression / reducing file size
* Converting for audio/video portable devices (digital audio player, MP4 player, mobile phone, PDA, PSP, VCD/DVD player etc.)
* Extracting audio tracks from video files
* Ripping audio/video discs

Supported Fomats

* MP3, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, AAC+, AAC+V2, MusePack, WMA, RealAudio
* FLAC, WavPack, Monkey's Audio, OptimFrog, AAC Lossless, WMA Lossless, WAV/PCM
* H.264, Xvid, DivX, MPEG 1/2/4, H.263, Flash Video, 3ivx*, RealVideo*, Windows Media
* AVI, MPEG/VOB, Matroska, MP4, RealMedia*, ASF/WMV, Quicktime*, OGM*
* CD*, VCD*, DVD*, CUE Sheet*

The latest MediaCoder Full Edition includes:

MPlayer, MEncoder, FFMPEG, Nero reference audio encoder, 3GPP AAC+ encoder, Lame MP3 encoder, Vorbis encoder, FAAC encoder, MusePack encoder, OptimFROG encoder, WavPack encoder, FLAC encoder, Monkey's Audio (APE) encoder, AAC lossless encoder, Matroska Muxer, MP4Box, PMP/PMPAVC Muxer

Download page and direct Download link of full version. See website for more details


RipIt4Me Version

What is RipIt4Me?
It is a freeware utility that helps you backup your copy protected DVDs.

Recently released DVDs are now very often equipped with stronger copy protections - such as ARccOS™ and RipGuard DVD. Programs like DVD Shrink or DVD Decrypter cannot handle these types of discs.

With the help of RipIt4Me, ripping these DVDs will be a very easy task. The program is fully automated and the wizard will guide you through all the necessary steps involved. If you prefer, there is also a true "1-Click" mode that will perform all the involved steps automatically for you.

Please refer to the official RipIt4Me Guide and FAQ for more information on how to use this program.

Here is the original thread for additional information:

I used it to rip a movie and it worked great w/o any problems and was very easy to use. Read the user's guide first. It's very detailed. Both modes of ripping are on the guide so take the time to read the whole guide. Some Sony DVD's may give you an error message when trying to rip them. This is where this software will work to successfully rip the DVD so you can convert it. If the converted DVD has audio problems then try ripping in 'movie only' mode instead of ripping the whole DVD.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you first open RipIt4Me and then load the DVD. I must be done in this order. As stated on the Doom9 thread it will prevent the "Autorun.inf" from running.


Download link for DVD Decrypter thanks to 'thenickster' here:

The easiest ripper to use and will give you one .vob file to transcode. Use the guide to set on the Videora site.

Set up guide for DVD Decrypter. This set up will give you one (1) .vob file to transcode.


DVD Shrink - DVD Shrink v3.2.0.15

DVD Shrink is a versatile freeware tool for fitting a DVD-Video disc on a single DVDR disc.

DVD Shrink is capable of both re-authoring and re-encoding the movie. It features an intuitive user interface which makes it easy to choose what to keep, and what to lose.

DVD Shrinks allow the user to select compression level for each video track separately to obtain the desired disc size (which is usually below 4.38GB). The software is capable of producing either an ISO image of the ripped DVD, or a VIDEO_TS folder for further processing, viewing or burning.

See interactive guides here:

Download Shrink here.


DVDFab Decrypter - Freeware

This has been updated with the lastest encryption busters.

Rips the whole DVD only. Best for those problematic DVD's that you have trouble ripping.
DVDFab Decrypter is a simple version of DVDFab Express . It copies entire DVD movie to hard disk, and removes all the protections (CSS, RC, RCE, Macrovision, UOPs and Sony ARccOS) while copying.

Operating Systems: Win2k/ Win98/ WinME/ WinNT/ WinXP


NERO 7 - Shareware $79USD or $99 Retail Version

Some of the applications included:

This will successfully transcode .WMV files as well. You can try it out the trial version. This software will transcode files with the new format 640x480 .MP4 and the files will work on the iPod. The AVC settings will not work on the iPod using 640x480 settings.

Use this link for a guide posted by kornchild:
Nero Recode 2 Guide


PQ DVD CONVERTER - Shareware $34.95USD Free to try

NOTE: PQ DVD to iPod Video Converter Suite now supports high quality 640x480 H.264 and MPEG4 video. It is the first and the only iPod DVD, video converter available on the market supporting 640x480 H.264 iPod Video.

PQ DVD to iPod Video Converter is released. It's a One-Click, All-In-One solution to convert DVD, Tivo, DivX, MPEG, WMV, AVI, RealMedia and many more to iPod Video. Super fast (300% faster than other solutions) DVD conversion speed with high quality plus advanced video editing features gives you everything you need to turn iPod into a portable media center. Watch iPod movies, TVs, home videos on the go - a new lifestyle to experience.

* PQ DVD to iPod Video Converter supports all kinds of video formats including: DVD, DivX/XviD video, avi, wmv, mpg, mpeg, dat(VCD), rm, rmvb, Tivo2Go, dvr-ms, qt, mov(ver 2) and more. DVD subtitle is supported.

Software Requirements:
-PQ DVD to iPod Video Converter software run on PC (Microsoft Windows 9 8/ME/NT/2000/XP) to convert DVD movies, videos into iPod video.
-(No Mac OS version has been planed yet)
-Apple iPod (with video) is required. (It is a new iPod model released in Oct, 2005.) Other iPod models (e.g. nano, shuffle, etc) does support video playback. For these models, see the upcoming iPod Video Photo solution.

Download link

DVD to iPod, video to iPod conversion tutorial posted by deskvideo here:


Video Monkey

Video Monkey is a free video encoding application exclusively for Mac. It was created after the demise of the great tool Visual Hub. Video Monkey borrows heavily from the Visual Hub video conversion tool, both conceptually and from the original code dump posted to SourceForge as TranscoderRedux.
There’s new stuff coming all the time, so check back often!!!




Handbrake 0.8.5 Beta 1
The complete change set is available and well worth a read (PDF), but here’s a summary for the impatient:

• User presets (Mac)
• AppleTV and PS3 support
• Anamorphic, even in QuickTime
• Surround sound (both AAC 5.1 and Dolby Pro Logic II)
• Chapter markers (QuickTime-style)
• Official support for the Windows GUI
• PPC Linux support
• High profile H.264

baggss has provided a tutorial at the links below:

How To Rip A Movie with Mediafork

How To Rip TV Shows with Mediafork

MacTheRipper 2.6.6 - Freeware

MacTheRipper is a DVD ripper (extractor). It removes CSS encryption, Macrovision protection, sets the disc's region to '0' for region-free, and is capable of removing RCE region checking. It can also copy ARccOS copy-protected DVDs. This is to backup your legally-purchased DVDs onto your hard drive.

Mac OS X 10.2 or later.
MacTheRipper's user forum is available here.

Working Download link - When downloaded please burn to a disk. See Official MacTheRipper download site shut down




ffMPEGX - Video/Audio Encoder for Mac OSX - freeware.

-As simple as 1.2.3 : Drop a file, choose a destination format, and click "Encode".
-Reads the following input formats: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DIVX, XviD, non-encrypted VOB and VIDEO_TS, Quicktime .MOV, .DV, .WAV, Real Audio, Real Video, H.263, MP4 H.264, PGM, YUV, PPM, AC3, PCM8/16 bits, mulaw/Alaw, WMA-1/2, SUN AU format, MP2, MP3, AAC, 3GP, FPS1, ALAC, and even more formats
-Converts the above formats to DivX, AVI XviD, H.264 MP4, MOV, DV, 3GP, Sony PSP, MP2, MP3, AAC, AC3, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VCD, CVD, SVCD, KVCD, KSVCD, DVD, KDVD and MPEG-TS with complete control over encoding options.

Step-By-Step Guides are listed on this page for:

-converting to DVD/SVCD/VCD
-converting to XviD/DivX/H.264
-converting to handheld devices
-about converting to audio formats
-guides about subtitles
-guides about authoring, joining, cutting, fixing..

They also have a forum for additional aid.

Product requirements:
-Mac OS X 10.3 or higher (an older version 0.0.9k is available for Mac OS X 10.2).
-To playback DivX, use codecs from www.3ivx.com or www.divx.com
-To playback mpeg-2, use VLC Media Player or the Apple MPEG-2 player component. To comply with applicable laws and licensing terms, the mpeg2enc, mencoder and mplayer components are not distributed with ffmpegX, and must be downloaded and installed separately. In addition, to comply with copyright laws, ffmpegX doesn't allow to select a DVD disk device as input and doesn't contain any DVD decryption software. Please make sure that you comply with all laws applicables in your country concerning copyright protection.



MovieChapterizer opens up a world of cool chapter usage in QuickTime Player. Use MovieChapterizer to create chapter names for favorite sections of your movies. It's a snap to use. When you're done, open the movie in QuickTime Player and use the chapter popup button to jump instantly to any chapter markers you added. Check out the pictures below for how easy it is.

You can download and try MovieChapterizer for free, and add a small number of chapters. To use it to add up to 50 chapters you can also purchase a license code for $15 from our store page or by clicking the Buy Now button on this page.

See website for additional information.



PSPWare for Mac OS X - (ver. 2.1.4) - Movie Conversion - Shareware $15USD w/ a free trial offer.

-Sync your music, movies and photos and back up your game saves with ease. You specify what you want synced and PSPWare takes care of the rest automatically. PSPWare integrates your Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable) with your Mac.
-Tunes on the go: PSPWare integrates with iTunes. When you make changes to your music library, PSPWare will make the same changes on your PSP.
-Features include syncing of AAC and WAV audio formats, syncing of PNG, TIFF, GIF & BMP image formats as well as syncing of Safari Bookmarks to the new PSP web browser.

WINDOWS version is here

MoviePod - Shareware $10

What formats are supported?
MoviePod supports every common movie format* (MOV, MPG, AVI, ASF, WMV, VOB, DV and QuickTime plugins) so you can easily get your movie collection onto your iPod!

Windows version
Windows users stay tuned, a Windows version of MoviePod is coming really soon!



Here's what ViddyUp! can do:

UPDATE: Supports 640x480 MPEG-4 & H264 formats

* Works with all QuickTime-compatible files, and then some, but doesn't require QuickTime Pro.
* Creates MPEG-4 and H.264 files for iPod. You decide between MPEG-4's quick processing and average quality and H.264's slower performance and outstanding quality.
* Batch processing
* MPEG muxed audio support
* Cropping - choose from automatic 4:3, constrained 4:3 and manual.
* High-quality presets for iPod
* Low-quality presets for Podcasts
* H.264 single-pass and multi-pass, with better multi-pass performance than other QuickTime-based solutions.
* Sets each video clip's poster frame during encoding
* Sends each file to a special ViddyUp! playlist in iTunes.

Minimum System Requirements:

* Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later. ViddyUp! is not compatible with Windows®.
* iTunes 6 or later
* QuickTime 7.1.3 or later
* Temporary hard drive space equivalent to 3x the size of each video clip


* iTunes 7 or later
* iPod firmware 1.2 or later

ViddyUp! is only US $9.95. That's a bargain compared to almost $30.00 for QuickTime Pro!

Upgrading from Podner 1.x:

ViddyUp! 1.x is free for registered Podner 1.x users. Download and install the latest version of ViddyUp! and it will automatically recognize your Podner 1.x license and preferences.


PSP Movie Creator - shareware $34.99 USD

Software Requirements:

-PSP Movie Creator and PSP Video Express video converter software run on PC (Microsoft Windows 9 8/ME/NT/2000/XP) to record video into Sony PSP movie/video format (*.MP4). (No Mac OS version has been planed yet)
-PSP Movie Creator / PSP Video Express requires a USB cable or memory stick reader to transfer movies/video file onto Sony PSP.
-PSP Movie Creator requires a DVD-ROM, a DVD video player software installed in your PC (e.g. WinDVD, PowerDVD, etc)

A full length DVD movie/video can be compressed into a 256MB or larger PSP Memory Stick using PSP Movie Creator / PSP Video Express software. PSP UMD video disc is not required.



FLV Online Converter - ver.0.5.1229

This service converts a Flash Video / FLV file (Youtube's movie,etc) to MPEG4 (AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP) file. The service is using a compressed domain transcoder technology (outline in Japanese). Converts FLV to MPEG4 faster and losslessy than a typical transcoder.

When you submit an url, this service will download and convert to the video format. Then you can download the converted file.

FLV to MPEG4 Conveter engine is now OpenSource! You can download the source code via subversion: http://sourceforge.net/svn/?group_id=183657

FireFox Extension

It will download videos from YouTube and save it as a flash file so you can convert it the iPod.


Download online videos with Savevid.com
Savevid.com is a tool which gives you the ability to download videos from streaming video sites. You can download videos from Youtube, Google Videos, Metacafe, Spike and more in FLV, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV formats.

Help/FAQ: http://www.savevid.com/help/




AnyVideo Converter

Input formats:
avi, asf, mov, rm, rmvb, flv, mkv, mpg, 3gp, m4v, vob, YouTube videos and more

Output formats:
avi, mp4, wmv, swf, flv, mkv, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, mpg (PAL or NTSC), mp3, wma, ogg, aac, wave, m4a

See website for additional information.


You will have to register giving a user name & email address after being allowed 10 downloads without doing so. You can try it out.


TubeTV is a new freeware program for Mac OS X Tiger and above which enables you to search for, save, and convert Google Video and YouTube videos to a format suitable for playback on your favorite devices.

Note: I have and use TubeTV for YouTube videos and it works great. Haven't had any problems with it and it is for Mac.


Tried this and it works well for both Mac & Windows.

It is an online converter. See the blog for more details.

You can see this thread:

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VLC - Freeware

VideoLan Media Player for both Windows & Mac

VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. Here is a full list of features. Just click on the icons of your choice to download.

Using VLC:

1-Open VLC & go to File > Open File (Not the Quick Open File)
2-Then choose the mov file & click Advanced Output.
3-Change the Encapsulation Mode to Quicktime
4-Then under Output options, choose File and hit Browse and choose a path and name.
5-Set the Transcode options as follows:
---Video: mp4v - bitrate 512kbps scale 1
---Audio: mp4a - bitrate 128kbps channels 2
6-Click OK to close. VLC will open your file and play it & the progress bar will start going but no video will play unless you have play locally on.
7-Once it's done click on the output file you saved to open it in QT. Now you can export the file to another format.

You can check the -play locally- box to watch the video while it's being encoded but it may be jerky while doing so. I suggest you leave it unchecked so it won't play during the processing part. Used this method with a file I encoded as an .avi file to fix the audio being out of sync.

MPEG STREAMCLIP 1.3.1 - Freeware that will edit footage from a DVD (see website for more info)

MPEG Streamclip is an application that converts MPEG files (including transport streams) and also includes a player to set In and Out points, cut unwanted parts and perform a partial conversion.

Using MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 in Mac OS X is now easier than ever with MPEG Streamclip!

A complete user's guide is included in the application.

To convert .RM files you can use:

1- Xilisoft - Shareware - $35USD with a free trial to try before you buy

Xilisoft Video Converter is a powerful video conversion tool, extremely easy to use. It can convert between almost all popular video formats including DVD, VCD, SVCD, MOV, RM, AVI, MPEG, WMV, MPEG1/2/4, 3GP etc, and also convert video files to all popular audio files such as MP2, MP3, AC3, RA, M4A, OGG, AAC etc.

See this tip posted by "spr02072" for when you videos are 'out of sync' when using Xilisoft converter:

Their is other software on the site to do conversions for audio & video.

2- IMTOO - Shareware - $35USD

Supported file format
Video: MPEG(mpg, mpeg, dat, vob); WMV; ASF; AVI; QuichTime(mov, qt); MPEG4(mp4); 3GP; DV(dv, dif); Real Video(rm); Animated GIF(gif - decoding only); Macromedia Flash(swf - decoding audio only);
Audio: MPEG Audio(mp2, mp3); WMA; WAV; AU; MPEG4 Audio(m4a); Real Audio(ra); OGG; AAC(will support soon); Raw AC3(ac3); NUT Open Container Format(nut);

You will need to first convert the file to .AVI or MPEG then to VCD or DVD. Check the guides for more information and take advantage of the free trial offer.

3- Xilisoft 3GP Video Converter - Shareware - $29.00USD with a free trial offer.

The 3GP converter allows users to convert AVI to 3GP, MPEG to 3GP. The 3GP Converter supports almost all popular video formats including mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4, wmv, mp4, 3gp, mov, rm, dv, yuv, h264 to 3GP file conversion. Xilisoft 3GP Video Converter also convert 3GP video file to popular video formats such as 3GP to AVI, 3GP to MPEG, 3GP to Divx. The 3GP Converter supports convert audio-only 3GP file to MP3, WAV, and vice versa.

-Supports all mobile phone video formats including 3GP, 3G2 (3GPP2) and MPEG-4;
-Convert various formats including DVD, VCD, SVCD, MOV, RM, AVI, MPEG, WMV, MPEG to 3GP, 3G2 and MPEG-4;
-Convert 3GP to popular audio files, including MP3 and WAV;
-Support batch conversion;
-Support multithreading,you can convert multiple files at the same time;
-When converting 3gp and Mpeg-4 files, you can pause, stop and continue at any moment;
-You can use the default settings or set parameters of the video and audio codec by yourself;
-The 3GP Converter supports preview. Users can choose to preview the input files before conversion.
-Converts any clip or segment of input file. The software allows users to choose start point and duration at will.

Download link

VOB Merge - Freeware

Application will merge your .vob files extracted from a DVD. It is easy to use and quickly merges the files. Save the merged file to your internal HD & don't use an external if it's format is FAT32 since that has a limitation on file size. A HD format NTFS doesn't have the same limitations and you can avoid the I/O error during merger.

Click on the 'program homepage' link & then the link that says "hier" to download the zip file. Unzip & open the app, find your files & make sure they are in the right order. If they aren't then highlight the one you want to move and use the move arrow keys to move the file into the correct order. Click the merge button and when the window opens just select the place you want to save the merged file to and type in the name you want the file to have & click ok. The files will quickly merge into one .VOB file. Then you can convert the one file for the iPod.

This is good to use when you have a DVD that has multiple programs on one DVD.


QTAmateur for MacOS X - Freeware

QTAmateur is a small, simple QuickTime video player. It can play any format that QuickTime can understand, handle fullscreen video playback, and export files to any format that QuickTime can write.

QTAmateur includes a Batch Export function which can convert any number of movies at a time to another format. Simply drag the desired movies into the window, choose the desired format, configure the output, and let QTAmateur take care of the rest.

Download link


iSquint - Freeware
An iPod video conversion application.

iSquint is an iPod video conversion app. It's up to 5 times faster than Apple's method, works well with AVIs and MPEGs, and it's infinitely free-er. It's also really easy.
Drag in your file, click "Start", and away you go. You can even set Screen-size and quality preferences. On a 1.5GHz G4, iSquint can convert most video files to iPod-screen-sized videos in realtime. Depending on a few factors, a 20 minute video will take up anywhere from 50-150MB of disk space.

-Update for 640x480 support.
- Fast MPEG-4 and H.264 conversion from almost every popular video format, from 3GP to XviD.
- QuickTime Pro and DivX codec not required.
- DivX/XviD AVIs, all forms of MPEG video, and many other formats QuickTime chokes on are supported.
- WMV 7/8 files supported. With the Flip4Mac plugin, all WMV files are supported - including WMV9.
- Batch Processing of multiple files. Save in-place, or to a different folder.
- Automatic aspect ratio detection. Anamorphic MPEG-2 and HDV detected too.
- Quality slider. Leave it as is to trust me, mess with it if you know better, or completely ignore it and play with the...
- Advanced settings drawer. Change every aspect of the conversion process.
- Just a few of the supported formats: .mov .mp4 .avi .dv .mpg .vob .3gp .asf .wmv .flv .m4v

Download link
If your looking for a way to convert your video or movies on the Mac this is just one way to do it using QuickTime Pro. If you don't already own this software then you will have to purchase it for a price of $29.99 US price. Check the Apple store for the price if you live outside the USA.


QuickTime Pro - Shareware $29.95USD purchased along with
MPEG2 - $19.99 - Support for MPEG-2

The QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component provides QuickTime users with the ability to import and play back MPEG-2 content, including both multiplexed (a.k.a. muxed, where the audio and video tracks are interleaved together into one track) and non-multiplexed (a.k.a. elementary) streams.

(1) Note that the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component will not demux audio and video, nor will it enable audio transcoding.

(2) Only VOB files containing MPEG audio layers I and II are supported.

Learn how to work with various QuickTime track types, create media skins and even create a slideshow with a soundtrack. Creating Video for iPod tutorial.

Here's a list of other QuickTime Tutorials that are available:

QuickTime, QuickTime Pro and iPod FAQ's


How To Add Subtitles to a DVD (The Complete Working Guide)

How To add permanent subtitles with VobSub

See the guides listed here for tutorials:

Adding Permanent Subtitles

Ripping and Converting with English Subtitle

I had the movie Pan's Labyrinth which is a movie in Spanish with English subtitle available. Since I needed the English subtitle I ripped the movie with "DVD Decrypter" in ISO (Read R) mode and used the default settings under the "Tools">"Settings" option.

I clicked on the ISO Read Mode tab.

-File Splitting is set to "Auto"
-DVD + File Capacity is set to "File System"
These boxes are checked:
-Create MDS File box
-Remove IFO RC Protection
-Remove IFO RCE Protection
All other boxes are UNchecked in that section.

Once the ripping part was done I then used "Handbrake" to convert the movie. I opened it up under Handbrakes "ISO" option. This allowed the English Subtitle to show up in which I then just selected it. I used the Handbrake settings listed here.

I left it overnight to convert using 2 pass option. The movie converted, transferred to the iPod and played successfully in iTunes and the iPod with subtitle viewable. The file size for the 1:59:07 movie was 1.35GB.


VEMoDe is a free program that gives you a quick and easy way to turn your videos and movies into portable videos. It will convert from many formats and includes settings for several mobile devices.

Easy to use interface. Just pick your file and go!
Very fast, high quality encoder (using FFmpeg)
Existing settings for several popular devices (iPhone, PSP, iPod Touch, iPod Classic / Video, Palm, Pocket PC, Zodiac, Treo, GP2X), plus you can create settings for other devices.
Support for optional subtitles
"Encode by Size" to get the most quality for your memory cards.
"Split by Size" to maximize quality and portability
Easy to configure encoding options.
Cropping options to get the best screen usage.
Select the start and end positions to remove those long credits.
Batch Processing and Auto-shutdown for overnight encoding.
It's free!

Download (1.2 beta)

Setup for Windows XP/Vista/2000/98
Zipped File

Includes support for the iPhone and iPod Touch as well as several improvements / fixes. See details in the README File:
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New York

Found some great guides while searching for information on the best way to convert and transfer videos to the iPod. These guides were written by CLINT ECKER (thanks for the helpful information) on the website ars technica.

Getting video onto your iPod by Clint Ecker Monday, October 24, 2005

This is a step-by-step guide using various softwares to convert files into an iPod compatible video.


This will work fine for VS tapes that are not copy-protected. If they are and you want to copy the programs onto DVD's to preserve them then there are several ways to do this. You can get a Video Capture Card and plug the VCR into the computer and import the movies. You can also use such devices as this which work also but is a little more expense: DVD Red PRO.

I've been dubbing my VHS tapes to DVD and ran into a problem. My VCR has only one video & audio out plug. I connected it to my VCR/DVD combo deck. After dubbing I found that the audio played out of the right side only when played on the iPod using ear/headphones. Found a way to correct the problem but using QT Pro which is very slow:

1-Open movie in QT Pro.
2-On toolbar go to window>show movie properties.
3-Highlight the audio track in the upper section of the window.
4-Then select the audio settings tab in the lower section of the window.
5-Go to the Channel Assignment sub-window on the right of the lower section of the main window.
6-Click & hold on line that says '1 left' (or 2 right if applicable to your situation). My audio is on the right channel only & this is to add audio to the left channel.
7-When the pop-up window opens select right (or left) & release mouse button.
8-Save As a 'Self-Contained' movie. This gave me a .MOV file. (This part of the process went fast).

At this point play the movie and listen to it through your headphones and see if the sound is coming through both the left and the right. If the audio is playing from both then open iTunes select File>Add folder/file to library>highlight the movie & add it to the library. Then transfer the movie to the iPod. This file should work fine on the iPod since it has already been converted and nothing has changed but the audio assignment and all other aspects are the same for iPod format. If the movie was never recorded with audio on both channels then you will probably have to then use the "export to iPod" feature in QT Pro which is what I had to do next.

9-I then had to convert the .MOV file for use on the iPod using QT Pro "export to ipod" feature.

I tested the converted file on the iPod and the audio plays out of both the left & right earphone. The down side to this is that QT Pro is way to slow in converting so I load it up at night and let it convert the files I've alread dubbed.

I have found that the best way to do this is to get an audio adapter and plug it into the back of the VCR so that the audio can be recorded on both the left and the right channels and this process will not be needed.

Here is a place I found that sells cables and adapters. The 5th one down is an audio adapter that you can plug into a VCR audio out if you only have one out and you need to have two audio out to plug in both left & right (red & white) 'out' to the recorder 'in'.

You can also use DAZZLE and DAZZLE Platinum and connect it to your computer to transfer VHS movies directly to a DVD that can be used in any DVD player and viewed on any TV. I use the Dazzle Platinum connected to my PC.





Runs on Windows MCE 2004, Windows MCE 2005, or Windows XP running TiVoToGo Desktop or connected to a Windows MCE PC over a network
ReadySync converts your shows as soon as they are recorded, so you always have TV ready to go
Converts and copies Windows Media Center Edition and TiVo recorded content to your Pocket PC
Converts and copies television shows directly to your iPod, PSP, Pocket PC, Smartphone, Laptop, Storage Card or creates a library of shows in your "My Videos" folder
Select from four different playback quality settings: Compatible, Good, Better, or Best
Records up to 8 hours of television shows on a single 512MB card to a Pocket PC
Records up to 3 hours of television shows on a single 512MB card to a VGA Pocket PC
Records up to 11 hours of television shows on a single 512MB card to a Smartphone
Converts either Standard definition (SDTV) or high definition (HDTV) television shows
Copies and converts television shows in the background while you use Media Center
Works with or without a Pocket PC, Smartphone, or Storage Card connected to your Windows PC
Automatically detects Pocket PC, Smartphone, and Storage Card connectivity
Video decoder validation automatically scans for the most compatible video decoder installed on your PC
Video preview window to view TV show during selection process
Optimized support for VGA displays (640 x 480)
Optimized support for QVGA displays (320 x 240)
Optimized support for Smartphone displays (208 x 160)
Help assistant: a direct link to Proxure's email support
Installation package includes: Quick Start Guide, MyTV ToGo, and MyTV ToGo Activation Utility


Windows Media Center Edition + iPod, PSP, PC laptop, Windows Mobile based Pocket PC or Smartphone running at 200MHz or greater.
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Tom Honey

New member
Oct 24, 2005
Bath, UK
Have you tried these programs?

wihh is best?

im looking for the simplest and quickest method for Mac.

i dont have time to try all of them.

so far i have tried ffmpegx unsucesessfuly.
Mar 16, 2004
New York
I'm using:
1- MTR - Mac The Ripper
2- DVD2oneX - to prepare the files for compression
3- Handbrake or ffmpegX - to convert the files after the above.

So far this combination has worked for me. If your just converting files already on your computer instead of ripping from a DVD then make sure the files are prepared by using CD/DVD prep software. That may be why that software isn't working for you. I had that problem and used DVD2oneX and then was able to converter the VOB files that wouldn't converter using ffmpegX before. DVD2one has a free trial 30 day use so you can try it and see. There are other ones listed on the link below.

See the info here:

Also, you can try Handbrake. This worked for me also. If it doesn't work for you then get a CDDVD prep software and use it first. Then use ffmpegX after and see if the file will convert.
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New member
Sep 19, 2005
Whats the best setting for converting wide screen tv shows to the ipod using ffmpegx . I tried different settings but the video just looks wierd.
Mar 16, 2004
New York
The file your using is not being recognized. It probably needs to be converted first to .avi. What type of file is it that your trying to transfer and is it a downloaded file from the internet?
Mar 16, 2004
New York
jaydon34 said:
Whats the best setting for converting wide screen tv shows to the ipod using ffmpegx . I tried different settings but the video just looks wierd.
If your having problems with widescreen make sure you keep it within the Apple specs for video/movies.

H.264 video

File formats: .m4v, .mp4 and .mov
Video: Up to 768 Kbps, 320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3
Audio: AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 KHz, stereo audio

MPEG-4 video

File formats: .m4v, .mp4 and .mov
Video: Up to 2.5 Mbps, 480 x 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile
Audio: AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 KHz, stereo audio

Edit I found some info for you.
For widescreen it's 320 x 176 and
extra widescreen it's 736 x 313 = 2.35:1
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iPod Video Owner
Mar 25, 2005
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Great guide, just one thing.

I've been using DVD Decrypter, AutoGK and 3GP Convertor. It all works perfect and the quality is superb. The size is usually between 300-400mb per movie, but I'm just wondering if there are better programs then what I am using? Thanks!
Mar 16, 2004
New York
First, use what works for you especially if your getting great results and the picture quality is superb.

If it's not broke then don't fix it. :)


New member
Nov 10, 2005
Hey, I'm having problems putting video onto my new ipod vid.

I read about the videora program and downloaded it, then read the tutorial. I had a couple different videos i tried to convert, a .wmv, an existing mpeg-4, and another one. I selected H264/320x240/768kbps/stereo/128kbps, converted it, added it to i-tunes, but i can't add it to my ipod now. Help?

edit: I managed to get ONE of them on, but its only a picture with the audio going, and its under music...
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Aug 29, 2003
27°28' S 153°2' E
Another App for Mac

D-Vision 3...

"D-Vision is composed of two different parts. The first part, which is the one available by default when launching the software, is made for:

- encoding DVD movies in Divx, Xvid or h264.
- extract sound of a DVD in MP3 or AC3.

The second part of D-Vision is composed of some tools which allow you to:

- encode AVI and MPG files in Divx, Xvid or h264
- cut AVI files
- merge AVI or VOB files
- encode audio file in MP3 or AC3
- modify fourcc code of an AVI file
- embed subtitles from a SRT file on a movie (MPG or AVI)
- demux OGM files"

enjoy :)
Mar 16, 2004
New York
Converter Guide:
Mov to AVI with RAD Video Tools

Tom's Download - DVD Converter Tools


To convert Flash Video file (.flv) see this guide:



AFTERDAWN - Listing of Software for Windows Users:

Afterdawn - both freeware & shareware listings. See site for details.

PSP Video 9 1.73 Download - freeware

PSP Video 9 is a free video conversion and management application. It can convert regular PC video files (avi, mpeg, etc) into PSP video files, as well as manage/copy these PSP video files between your PC and PSP.

When combined with another application, Videora + PSP Video 9 form the first PSPcasting solution, allowing you to download, convert and copy video to your PSP, automatically using BitTorrent and RSS technology.

Here's a link to download CD/DVD covers as well as others if your making copies of commerical DVD's as a back up:


Here is a listing of software:


Website has a good list of a varity of software for ripping, editing, converting, copying, encoding, etc. Just click on the links. Most of the listed is for windows but I found one
MPEG2DECODER that will work on OS 9 & it's freeware. The listings are both freeware and shareware.


MPEG-4 ASP Information - just incase you wanna know:



ANYDVD - Shareware $39USD

AnyDVD is a driver, which unprotects DVD-Movies automatically in the background. This DVD appears unprotected and region code free for all applications and the Windows operating system as well. With AnyDVD's help copy tools like CloneDVD, Pinnacle Instant Copy, InterVideo DVD-Copy, etc. are able to copy CSS protected Movies. With the help of AnyDVD you can watch movies with non matching region codes with every DVD Player Software you like!

AnyDVD decrypts not just DVDs: AnyDVD allows you also to play, copy and rip protected Audio CDs! But AnyDVD does much more, of course. For example, it is possible to control the rotational speed of your DVD drive, so you can watch DVDs on your PC with far less noise!
AnyDVD is the perfect Add-On for your HTPC (Home Theater PC). It can prevent the automatic launch of software from your Video DVDs (e.g., PC-Friendly) and you can start user defined programs on disc insertion and removal. AnyDVD can adjust your monitor's vertical refresh rate (e.g. 72 Hz with NTSC and 75 Hz with PAL) automatically if you wish!

AnyDVD can remove unwanted user prohibitions, e.g. it removes forced subtitles or it lets you skip copyright messages and FBI Warnings.

-Works as a driver automatically in the background
-Removes encryption (CSS) and region code (RPC) from DVDs
-Removes analogue copy protection (Macrovision)
-Removes prohibited user operations like forced subtitles and other limitations
-Decrypts WITHOUT having to save the data onto the hard disk
-Decrypts "on the fly"
-Prevents launch of software from your Video DVDs (e.g., PC-Friendly)
-Allows setting of your vertical refresh rate depending on the video material
-Allows execution of programs on disc insertion and removal
-Allows speed control of your DVD drives
-Works with all DVDs
-Works with all DVD-drives, no matter what region code it has
-Works with every DVD copying and player software (e.g. CloneDVD)
-Works transparently for the operating system: DVDs can be shared over the network, they can be copied with the command prompt or with Windows Explorer, etc.
-Proven to be stable and fast, does not need an ASPI driver
-New Feature AnyCDDA: play, copy and rip protected Audio CDs!

System Requirements
IBM compatible personal computer with a 500 MHz Pentium and 64 MB RAM
Windows 95/98/SE/ME/2000/XP
Harddisk space needed: 2 MB

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