Okay. After finally after preaching about having a practical way of watching TV and movies at that time, you have finally gone and bought yourself a new iPod. now what?
well let’s see. There is so many options in a slim, 2.5 “LCD screen media center that each one of them is going to take a lot of time. So let us take it once, will we? This guide is going to take all the options you get and how to change everything and everything – DVD, TiVo video, mess for AVI, muxed MPEG and more for iPod compatible video – all within OS X And at the same time, we will teach you some iPod tips and tricks too!
Handling those dirty scratches
When you take your iPod out of the box, your first order of business is to protect your investment. You do not want any bad scratches from appearing on your precious media box, do you? It completely climbs and you can survive completely.
The good thing about this new iPod is that its design is slightly different from the Nano, which is scratched easily according to most users. The new iPod has better chassis and double-layered, probably for the protection of an LCD monitor. But if you want to make sure that your iPod does not show any scratches, most users recommend plastic cases, such as The Invisible Shield. If not, you can always get white models instead of black.
What videos can you play?
Let’s summarize the types of videos that can support your new iPod. According to Apple’s website, following the video specification of the new iPod:
• H.264 video: up to 768 kbps, 320 x 240, 30 frames per second, 160 kbps with AAC-LC up to 1.3, baseline profile level 1.3, .m4v, .mp4, and .mov in stereo audio. File format.
• MPEG-4 video: up to 2.5 mbps, 480 x 480, 30 frames per second, Simple profile with AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 Khz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file format.
For newbies, all this can confuse a little bit. What’s with all the numbers? Do not worry because it’s likely that you only need to remember some of them to get the most out of your new iPod.
First of all, start with the H.264 video. The highest video bitrate with H.264 codec is 768 kilobytes per second. The biggest picture size of your H.264 movie is 240 pixels to 320 pixels wide, which, incidentally, is the exact dimension of your iPod’s screen. Your iPod can play H.364 video on framerates up to 30 frames per second. Each app that we are using to encode with the baseline profiles. Your audio needs to be encoded as AAC 160 kbps, 48 kHz audio, and it can be in stereo or mono. Unless you adhere to all the guidelines, your movie can also be a Quick Movie or MPEG-4 movie file.
You have the second option MPEG-4 video, which supports a lot of bitrate compared to H.264 video – 2500 kilobytes per second. Large files will also be created using high bitrate, which means that you will have less space for additional songs and movies, but more sections of your favorite movie.
The biggest picture size for your MPEG-4 video is 480 pixels to 480 times wide – which is three times the size of your iPod’s display compared to the screen. Properly lower your iPod image so that everything is fitted on the screen. Again, the iPod can play up to 30 frames per second and your audio and file format options are similar to the H.264 video.
So which is better – H.264 or MPEG-4?
Well, this is a difficult question because in reality, each format fluctuates. Of course, H.264 is worth considering that it provides high quality and a file size that is much smaller than MPEG-4. When it comes to picture quality, however, both formats are comparable, especially when encoded on high supported video settings.
For the speed of encoding, most people agree that H.264 video takes longer than standard MPEG-4. Take a two-hour movie for example. When you change the iPod using the H.264 codec, this process can be quite long (especially QuickPokey Export: Movie to iPod Video option).
Where to download the video for your iPod
If you are doing tired movies from your DVD collection or have used all your movie files in your computer, then it’s probably time for you to search for other sources of iPod compatible video. Below are some good sites that offer iPod video files that are both free and legal!
• ChannelFrederator.com – If you like to see short animations while taking a breath, then it’s a place to watch.
• PodGuide.tv – This is called “PodGuide” for nothing.
• Channel 101 and Channel 102 – Great Download Shows are on offer.
• Podcast section of the iTunes Music Store – One of the best things about the new iPod is that Apple has bundled it with its updates on iTunes. Now, you can load free videos from the store for your daily dose of iPod-casting.
• Apple iTunes – sometimes you just have to go to the source of the same source you are looking for.
• Archive.org – This site is great for older videos and movies.
Watch iPod video on your TV
what to say?! Yes, that’s true. And for some users who prefer widescreen opposite pocket-TV, this is the best thing about the new iPod. Now, it’s easy to output your iPod video to any TV. Just use a special video cable (and it will not be the one sold by Apple), output it through your iPod’s headphone jack and violet! You are a couch potato, baby!
If you are more interested in watching videos on your TV, then you might want to go with MPEG-4 format because it can be larger than 480 x 480 image size. When you encode widescreen movies and output them to the TV, the pixel limit is usually 230,400 pixels. So when these large images are displayed on your TV, you will have to see all those extra pixels.
Okay so you can watch the video on TV, big thing … what about my other videos?
When you download video files from a web or file sharing network, some of these files can not be marked as iPod compatible. Does it mean that you can not play them on your iPod? Well, the good news is that it is easy to find out.
Tip # 1 – Open iTunes
The easiest and least time consuming way to determine whether a video is iPod-supported or not is to simply open iTunes connected to your iPod. Later, drop the video file directly into your iPod’s library. If the video is copied to your iPod, it means that it is compatible. If it is not, then your iPod will not be able to play it.
To copy the video to your iPod, simply manage the songs and playlists in the iPod tab of your iTunes preferences.
Tip # 2 – Add Video to iTunes Library
Another way to find out if your video files are iPod compatible, add your video to your iTunes library. Just right-click the video and select Convert Selection in the iPod. If your video is already compatible, you will receive an alert from iTunes on your screen, stating that you are already compatible. If it is not, then your movie will turn into a compatible H.264 video for you.
We should mention that you do not need to add a video to your iPod library, so that they can be added to your iPod. Just drag and drop videos from Finder directly on your iPod in iTunes. Again, make sure that you have manually enabled the managed option.
You can also add songs and videos from any computer with iTunes in your iPod’s library. Just make sure that you have enabled the Managed option in iTunes manually. If your iPod was originally formatted on a PC, then you can add files from both PC and Mac. However, if you have Mac-formatted iPod, then you will only be able to add files from other Macs.
Tip # 3 – Open the file in QuickTime
Alternatively, you can also find out if your video is compatible with iPod or not if you open the file in QuickTime. Next, choose a window: Show movie information. In most cases, your video should be iPod-ready if the format is H.264 or MPEG-4, then the audio is ACC, and your video size is H.264 or 480 x 480 for 320 x 240 (or smaller) (Or smaller) for MPEG-4 Also see the data rate and make sure it is not greater than 900 kbit / sec for H.264 or 2600 kbit / sec for MPEG-4.
In most cases, the bitrate reported by QuickTime will include the video stream and the audio stream (normally 128 kbits / sec), so do not be surprised if the video has shown a high bitrate.
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