“Last week, I took a look at Apple Computer’s latest iPod, which blends all the great features we’ve come to expect from the premier MP3 player on the market with a brand-new feature: video support. The problem, of course, is how to get video content from a PC or Macintosh into the new iPod. As it turns out, you have a variety of ways to do so. Let’s take a look,” Paul Thurrott writes for Connected Home Media.
Thurrott covers various methods, including:
• Buy Videos and TV Show Episodes from iTunes
• Converting Home Movies:
– “Both Mac and PC users can use Apple’s excellent QuickTime Pro 7 ($29) to convert MPEG-2 or AVI video to an iPod-friendly format.”
– “Windows users might also consider a free tool called Videora iPod Converter, which can convert various video formats into iPod-friendly 320 x 240 H.264 video.”
• Converting DVD Movies:
– “Although it’s technically still illegal to back up a DVD movie for personal use, I’ll temporarily thumb my nose at the ill-conceived Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and at least discuss the process. After all, you paid for the movie. Why shouldn’t you be able to watch it on your own iPod? Mac users will want to check out a free (and open-source) tool called Handbrake… On the PC side, I use a variety of tools to rip DVD movies. Slysoft AnyDVD ($39) unprotects Hollywood DVD movies, letting you use conventional software tools to duplicate or rip them for backup purposes. And I use a free tool called Auto Gordian Knot (AutoGK,) to convert unprotected DVD movie files into XviD or DivX videos.”
Full article here.
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