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How to: Video to iPod (MPEG4) Converter


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Good News! This tutorial is outdated, but we have a newer and easier tutorial for you.  To convert videos to your iPod, read our Easiest Way to Convert Any Video to iPod Tutorial. It uses newer software that wasn’t available when we first wrote this tutorial.

A quick search for a software to convert videos into MPEG4 files for the iPod Video will reveal mixed results. Time after time, I see numerous people ask for an easy, free way to convert their video files to videos compatible with the iPod. Well, look no further, 3GP_Converter is the only program anyone will ever need. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to convert your video file for your iPod Video with 3GP Converter:

1) Programs You Will Need

Download and unzip 3GP_Converter
Save 3GP_Converter. Unzip the file to any folder.
2) One Time Configuration

Inside the folder there are two files named 3GP_Converter and Setup. First, open Setup. Make sure the language is set to English. Next, scroll down the list and select “Model: MP4, for iPod” and then press Apply. This is a one time configuration for 3GP Converter.

Convert video to iPod

A different window similar to the one below will popup. This window is the second file in the folder I mentioned named 3GP_Converter.

Convert video to iPod
3) Convert Your Video to iPod format

If 3GP Converter is not yet open, go to the unzipped folder and open 3GP_Converter. In a separate window, go to the folder where your movie is located. Go back to 3GP Converter, hit browse and select the place for the converted file. Make sure “AVC QVGA/192kbps” is selected. To start converting the movie drag and drop the video into the box under “Drag&Drop files here.” It will take a bit of time to convert your movie. Once conversion is done, iTunes will automatically be started and the Video section will be displayed. All you have to do is put it on your iPod Video and you are good to go.
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97 responses so far ↓

  • 1 john // Jan 16, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    192 is a little too lossy for me, the 600 setting results in a larger file, but the quality is great and still only half the size as the original. I have used many programs, some not free, and this one never has the audio video syncing issues i have with the others, and it is much faster! Dont worry about getting your screen dimensions right, it does it for you. Just select your setting, drag and drop, and you have ipod ready videos! Very easy to use. Highly recommend!

  • 2 Kuo // Jan 17, 2007 at 1:44 am

    Thanx for the input John. This program is indeed a very simple tool to use. Anyone, and I really literally do me ANYONE, can use this program without ANY problems!

  • 3 salz // Jan 19, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    So this program won’t give me any avi synth issues…hopefully i will try it out i dont mind if it takes a long time just as long as the quality and the words match the voices on the screen
    i have a quick question do you know how i can encode subtitles to my movies and put it on my ipod all in one step…i have a .sub file and i know a long way of putting subtitles on a movie and then converting it to ipod format but is there an easier that does not have avi synth issues?

  • 4 Kuo // Jan 19, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    I am not sure of a way to put subtitles in easily, but I’ll get on it today and hopefully have an answer for you tonight. If not tonight, I’ll have an answer for you this weekend.

  • 5 Sean // Jan 20, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    So is it confirmed that this won’t give me the problems i keep having with .avi files that I convert using Videora?

  • 6 Kuo // Jan 20, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    As far as I know, 3GP Converter does not have any problems. And many others would say the same.

  • 7 salz // Jan 20, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Why is it that the size of an avi file converted to MP4 is really small

  • 8 Kuo // Jan 20, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    This converter is really good at compressing the file. The AVC QVGA/192kbps I specified to use is good enough quality for me, but by all means if you want better quality (larger avi file), you can use AVC QVGA/600kbps or better.

  • 9 salz // Jan 20, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    I want the same quaility as what i started with… how do i get that without having any problems with peoples voices not matching with the sound?

  • 10 Kuo // Jan 20, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Just use this converter and tutorial to help you. If you want the same quality, but still a manageable size, go with the AVC QVGA/600kbps setting. Follow the instructions and just change the setting to that and you will be fine.

    Best of Luck!

  • 11 Matt // Jan 20, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    About how long should it take and where will the converted file be?

  • 12 Kuo // Jan 21, 2007 at 12:30 am

    There’s an output directory selection right under the drag and drop box. And how long it takes depends on how big your movie is as well as which bitrate you choose (eg 192kbps or 600kbps). 192kbps takes less than 5 min from my experiences.

  • 13 Matt // Jan 21, 2007 at 12:46 am

    For some reason itunes stops responding when i try and sync the converted movie to my ipod, anyone know why?

  • 14 Matt // Jan 21, 2007 at 1:08 am

    figured it out, thanks

  • 15 Sean // Jan 21, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    OK well I converted 2 .avi movie files with the 3GP converter and both started out fine. Then, just like with the ones converted w/ Videora the audio gradually fell out of synch with the video.

    Still searching for a program that works!

  • 16 Kuo // Jan 21, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    Hmm, first time I’ve encountered someone with audio sync problem with 3GP Converter. There’s one other program that I would recommend and that is Any Video Converter (http://ipodlegends.com/how-to-convert-any-video-type-to-ipod-format/). If all else fails, try the audio sync fix for videora (http://ipodlegends.com/videora-audio-sync-fix/).

  • 17 YouTube to iPod » Apple Legends // Jan 26, 2007 at 1:18 am

    [...] PC users can use 3GP Converter. Check out our 3GP Converter Tutorial. You may also use Any Video Converter. Check out our Any Video Converter Tutorial. [...]

  • 18 pedro // Feb 5, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    How can i put legends on a movie, on IPOD??
    Thanks for many help…

  • 19 Greg // Feb 6, 2007 at 11:27 am

    i am getting ready for apple tv and want to store movies in itunes but aspect ratio is not right can you help me?

    every thing else is fine i get the movie but every thing is just streached verticly

  • 20 Kuo // Feb 6, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Pedro – Currently, it is not possible to have legends or a menu on the iPod. It would be nice to have them though…

    Greg – I’m not sure I understand you. I havn’t had any experience with Apple TV yet so I can’t really help you with this issue unless you’re using a software I’m familiar with. What are you using?

  • 21 jcr0407 // Feb 13, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Looking for some help. When I encoded season 1 of Lost, 3gp was able to make the mp4 with audio and video. Trying season 2 has been problematic. It only encodes video, no audio. I played the .vob files in VLC player to ensure that there was indeed audio and video, but no luck with the converted files!! Any help is appreciated!!!

  • 22 Kuo // Feb 13, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    jcr0407, Try Any Video Converter listed above. Hope this helps.

  • 23 jcr0407 // Feb 13, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    Are there any free programs out there like 3gp? Any Video costs $30 or for the free d/l I get 3min of video

  • 24 Nik // Feb 13, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    I’ve been using Videora to convert a dvr-ms file to play on iPod. I had an audio syncy problem and was hoping to solve it by using 3GP-Converter. I followed instructions but get no audio when I use 3GP … Any suggestions?

    I tried running 3GP with an AVIsynth script adding DirectShowSource with fps=30, convertfps=true parameters… It seems to add audio to the file but I haven’t tested to see if the audio sync problem I had with Videora will exist with 3GP. Anyone have any experience with this?

  • 25 Kuo // Feb 14, 2007 at 1:45 am

    WHAT? Any Video Converter costs money now?!? jeez… Lemme check it out again, jcr. If it really costs money now, I can upload the free full-version I have.

    And Nik, I usually suggest the Any Video Converter next, as stated above, but I’ll have to check out jcr’s statement before giving you an answer.

  • 26 Kuo // Feb 14, 2007 at 1:56 am

    Ok, I guess you were right jcr. It seems they are charging for the Any Video Converter now and giving only three minutes. Luckily, I still have a copy of the old full-version. You can download it here. Nik, I recommend using this program. Give it a try.

  • 27 Randy // Feb 19, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    I keep on getting this error when I try to convert a .wmv or even a .avi into a g3p. I’d like it into a G3P for my Sony Ericson Z710i but it doesn’t work. Here are the settings I’ve tried:

    General: G3PP+AAC General Setting
    QVGA Normal Quality 15fps Mono

    And pretty much everything that falls under G3PP.
    Can I get a bit of help please?

  • 28 Randy // Feb 19, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    Sorry for double post, I forgot to mention my error is Error: -2095.

  • 29 Randy // Feb 20, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Well I found an alternative, and I noticed I posted in the wrong site…sorry about that XD

    (I don’t know how I managed that but I did. Oh well)

  • 30 Amir // Mar 5, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Error: -2095
    Install quicktime, that will solve the problem

  • 31 bmk1245 // Mar 7, 2007 at 9:48 am

    Audio/video sync problems in 3GP converter could be solved by placing -r NUMBER in Transcoding.ini file. NUMBER is exact video framerate (23.976 for 23.98Hz frame rate, etc).


    Title=AVC QVGA/•W€‰æŽ¿(384kbps)
    TitleE=AVC QVGA/384kbps
    Command0=”"\cores\ffmpeg” -y -maxfr 30 -i “” -title “” -timestamp “” -bitexact -vcodec h264 -coder 0 -bufsize 256 -g 250 -vlevel 13 -fixaspect -s 320×240 -r 23.976 -b 384 -maxrate 768 -qmin 2 -qmax 51 -acodec aac -ac 2 -ar 48000 -ab 64 -f ipod “.M4V”"
    Command1=”"\cores\QT3GPPFlatten” “.M4V” “_2.M4V” -c QT_H264_QVGA_AAC.ini -t mpg4″
    Command2=”rm “.M4V”"
    Command3=”"\cores\ATOMChanger” “_2.M4V” “.M4V” “Camouflage_MOVIE_for_iPod.ini” “”"
    Command4=”rm “_2.M4V”"
    Command5=”"\cores\AddiTunes” “.M4V”"

  • 32 Hely // Mar 7, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    I keep getting Error: -2048 when i try to convert my Winamp media files to MP4 for ipod. I have successfully converted winamp files an older computer through 3GP and can’t figure out why it won’t work this time.
    Anyone able to help please?

  • 33 Kuo // Mar 8, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    bmk, Thank You for your input.

    Hely – After doing a little research, Error: -2048 is “The File Is Not A Movie File”. Is the file corrupt? Have you tried multiple files and still failed?

  • 34 * eL SoL * // Mar 28, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    I’m having troubles when I click on the Setup after extracting it , it shows an error message saying “Language File Directory (languages) not found”

  • 35 mrmario15 // Apr 4, 2007 at 11:46 am

    I’ve been using 3GP converter for quite awhile and it’s the best there is! Now I have one question, guess I’m looking to expand.

    I want to play videos from the iPod to TV. What setting do you recommend for good quality?

    Thanks (great tutorial BTW, wish I had found this when I started)

  • 36 PJ // Apr 5, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    Anyone can use this program without any problems? Bullshit. It hasn’t worked once, it keeps reporting an error.

  • 37 ehqtrhqr // Apr 14, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    when i do 2000 kbps there is no desynth problem but it always put the video in 4/3 while it has to be in 16/9

    do someone kow how to solve this?

  • 38 Hari // Apr 28, 2007 at 9:30 am

    I always get an error in spite of following the exact procedure as mentioned above in the tutorial.

    Is there any better tool out there?

  • 39 Marcelo // Apr 28, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Kuo, Is it possible to choose a different audio channel? I have some movies that comes with audio in portugues/english/spanish, and 3GP always choose the first…
    Thanks for your app. It’s great.

  • 40 Pia // May 6, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    EL SOL: Try opening the file using winRAR instead of WinZIP. That solved it for me.

  • 41 Kazuna // May 10, 2007 at 3:27 am

    I always get Error:1, what does it mean?

  • 42 Mark // May 11, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Is it possible to crop out the blackbars from widescreen video with 3GP?

  • 43 Jason // May 11, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    Im new to this stuff, and I need some help. Once i drag the file over to the area in the second window, in about 30 seconds, the bar is at 100% but the frame count and other meters continue to change. Is the conversion finished, or have i done somthing wrong?

  • 44 Steven // May 12, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    I am having the same issue as Jason. I am trying to convert a 2 hour movie at 192 kbps. It’s been going about 20 minutes. Am I on the right track? Thanks.

  • 45 andrea // May 14, 2007 at 3:41 am

    i burned the red hot chili peppers live at slane castle to my computer. it doesnt just have one file, but 11 different VOB, IFO and BUP files. do i select them all to convert? I am not sure what to do…

  • 46 ha // May 22, 2007 at 7:49 am


  • 47 bob dole // May 23, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Use a program called VOBMerge. it will combine all the seperate vob files into one. vob files are the ones that actually have the video in it, therefore those would be the ones that you want put together. nice little program and free.

  • 48 deepak sood // Jul 5, 2007 at 4:40 am

    hi, i am trying to download this zip file. however, everytime i download and open it, it shows an error.

    can you upload the correct zip file on the site. thanks.

  • 49 Neurolog // Jul 12, 2007 at 6:28 am

    Hi. Indeed, splendid program. Yet, I have a problem with converting WMV files. Actually, it doesn’t convert them at all. :( What do I do?


  • 50 Neurolog // Jul 13, 2007 at 6:25 am

    Hi again! I just figured out and solved the mentioned problem. Finaly! :) I’ve installed a soft called “Avisynth 2.5″ and unchecked in “3Gp converter 0.34″ the box “Do not load via Avisynth automatically” from its “Option” menu. And…works great!

    Thanks anyway! ;)

  • 51 Anonymous // Jul 25, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    Question, okay so which setting will give me the best quality???
    or the other two?

  • 52 Mag // Jul 25, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    When I converted my avi file using 3gp, it worked fine, but the quality was a little blurry when I played it on iTunes, what should/can I do about that?

  • 53 The Harlequin // Jul 31, 2007 at 9:56 am

    thank you for this guide i got my mergers and converters and decryptors for my dvd last night and was stum for 5 hours this morning wondering why myfile was all mixed up when converted (i hadn’t merged it correctly) then the converter startd confusing me because it kept having errors but this way works


  • 54 do mhamai // Aug 2, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    eh for some reason i convert one of my movie files and it always has audio visual sync problems

    i do everything right should i maybe increas the framerate


  • 55 Darii // Sep 6, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    I’m trying to use this to get a vob file iPod compatable, but it always stops at 100% with :00:00:09 left.

  • 56 Julio // Oct 6, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Guys I have an issue, I and dropping my movie file as guided, the 600 onfiguration is used, however the file processing status will not go padt 19%, am I doing something wrong ? please help me !
    Many thanks

  • 57 ana // Nov 21, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    for the last week i have been getting a QT3GPPFLATTEN error right at the end of the conversion. It hasnt happened before and im unsure why it is happening now. Can anyonone help me please?

  • 58 ana // Nov 22, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    ughhhhh people come on i need some advice!!!!!

  • 59 Score // Nov 23, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Me too. I wonder if it is related to the iTunes/QuickTime upgrade I recently did. I think since then I am getting errors in QT3GPPFlatten too.

  • 60 ana // Nov 23, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    ahhh i upgraded as well…does anyone know what we have to do to rectify it?

  • 61 rkstanton // Nov 28, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    I’ve recently hit the same QT3GPPFlatten error. I’d also love to see if anyone found a way around it.

  • 62 fasheem // Dec 10, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    I’m having a problem specifically with the MP4 for Ipod, AVC QVGA/192kbbs setting. Every other setting I’ve tried works fine, but this single setting seems not to finish. the file goes to 100% completion, but the abort button remains clickable and no completed file appears in the destination folder. I’ve tried to uninstall and reinstall as well, no help. This has happened with a number of different files of different types. ONLY this setting [the one of course I need to use] will not work. Suggestions?

  • 63 marvine // Dec 11, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    why does the 3gp that ive downloaded cannot be extracted???

  • 64 marvine // Dec 11, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    plsss correct zipped files pls!!! or someone who have it pls send me the correct one at eladastig23@yahoo.com thanks guys i think this thing really works coz ive read all the comments.and 80-95% of it said its great!

  • 65 Eric // Dec 23, 2007 at 11:30 am

    This site appears to have the same file


    Hope this helps!

  • 66 Pierce // Dec 28, 2007 at 7:03 am

    Hi, i just downloaded this fule but i don’t know how to change the language -.- can any1 help me out?


  • 67 Angel // Dec 28, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    For the past few days I’ve been getting the QT3GPPFlatten problem too. This site sent me down the right path. Turns out you can keep your newer version of iTunes (7.5), the problem is QuickTime. I’m assuming the new version was installed along with iTunes 7.5. Anyway, just uninstall QuickTime and then go to the apple site and get the QuickTime 7.2 version. Everything is back to normal for me now (i.e., my 3GP_Converter is working and i have the latest iTunes).

  • 68 Bob // Jan 13, 2008 at 3:10 am

    I tried putting an AVI file with the settings
    MP4 for ipod

    and it says in the log
    cannot load avisynth.dll

    what can I do?

  • 69 Viltsu // Jan 25, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    The 3GP_Converter.zip is corrupted when i try to open it. Downloadid it twice, same both times.

  • 70 zaf // Feb 4, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Hey, I just downloaded, set up, everything…but, I can’t drap and drop. Can anyone help?

  • 71 Beth // Feb 11, 2008 at 8:00 am

    For some reason, the drag and drop doesn’t seem to be working for me xD
    I’ve heard some people say that this doesn’t work so well with Vista- anyone know how to sort it out, or a different converter that will (and doesn’t mess up the video)?

  • 72 caitlin // Feb 11, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    everything is processing, but if it continues at the rate that it is, then it will take almost 12 hours to process a two and a half hour movie. I read that it should take around 5 minutes or less at AVC QVGA/192kbps which is what i have it set on. Is this okay?

  • 73 ashif // Feb 24, 2008 at 1:39 am


  • 74 Danielle // Feb 26, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    for some reason, when i try to extract the files, my computer says with the little “i” bubble– “there are no files to extract” …?

  • 75 Cathi // Feb 26, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    I just wanted to say a big THANK you for this little tool. I have a DVD of my fave film that’s out of print that I borrowed from a friend….ripped, converted and synched to my iPod using instructions and software I found here and it looks GREAT! I can’t say thank you enough.

  • 76 Steve // Feb 29, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I use the second highest setting (784) when I’m converting and I find the audio/video sync difference is negligible. I’ve tried many other programs and find this the easiest and one of the quickest to use and the sync is better then a lot of the converters that cost $30+

  • 77 Koyfish // Mar 13, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks so much Angel for the conversion problem fix. I’m downloading quicktime 7.2 and hope it works!

  • 78 3GP Dude // Mar 28, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Koy, the latest quicktime should fix it. You’ll soon see.

  • 79 dazzer // Apr 18, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    When i Save the 3GP_Converter says “compressed (zipped) folder is invalid or corrupted if it is because i haven’t un zipped it how do i

  • 80 Will // May 5, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Whenever I convert all the video files on a dvd all of them turn out in english like i want but one of them ends up being in spanish or french. I’ve been doing everything exactly how the tutorial showed

    any help?

  • 81 bob // May 11, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Ok so is thois really Free?
    What about movies download from Limewire and are in spanish when you convert it using Cucusoft. Will this site or is there soemthing I can use to convert it into english language vs it being in spanish?

  • 82 Lilly // Jun 24, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I can’t figure out how to drag and drop. How do I do that? I tried to drag it directly from Explorer, I tried to pull it in by double clicking on the white box. I’m a novice and this is very confusing to me.

  • 83 taimoor ali // Jul 13, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    i cant drag the file on to the 3gp converter

  • 84 taimoor ali // Jul 13, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    what do i do help plzzz

  • 85 scott // Jul 21, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    when i drag the file into the box i get a problem

  • 86 Russell G // Sep 14, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Right click the file named 3GP_Converter.exe and select “Properties”. Click the tab “Compatibility” and check the box that says “Run this program in Compatibility mode for:” and select “Windows XP (Service Pack 2)” then hit “Apply”. That should allow you to use the program in Windows Vista.

  • 87 Mea // Sep 17, 2008 at 3:39 am

    When I try to drag and drop I get the error message “files on network not supported”.

    Any ideas/suggestions anyone?

  • 88 Leah // Sep 22, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve converted some shows and they work fine, except there is a small beeping (sounds like a high pitched “blip” sound) every now and then. Does anyone else get that, or is it just me? It’s irritating…

  • 89 Verinox // Sep 22, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    the beeping sounds you are hearing are most likely the result of using an onboard sound card during the conversion process. many onboard sound cards pick up electric interference since they are situated directly on the motherboard, and this is a fairly common issue. if you don’t have onboard sound, then there is something else strange going on.

  • 90 Ann // Oct 31, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    I tried the drag n drop the first time but it didn’t work. So I went to read the comments on the download page , in which the first one solved my problem…

    I use VISTA btw

    I went to setup.exe to configure the settings (format, language) and closed 3GP Converter. Then I selected the movie ‘open with’ and opened the movie through the 3GP Converter and it worked :D

  • 91 Armando Dalut // Nov 25, 2008 at 5:57 am


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  • 94 toni le smith // Mar 1, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    i need an ipod video

  • 95 tran // May 12, 2010 at 8:09 am

    i can't drag the files over. does anyone know what the problem is?

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