Good News: This tutorial is outdated, but we have a newer and easier tutorial for you.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 an easier software package that wasn’t available when we first wrote this tutorial.
While there are many different ways to go about converting file types such as mpg, wmv, and avi to the iPod-compatible mp4 format, many of the programs that automate the task cost money. Even then, many of those same programs don’t even work at all. A recent addition to the freeware scene over at download.com is Any Video Converter 1.02, which will convert virtually any video type to iPod format in an extremely easy and straightforward manner.
This program is really and truly simple to use, and it works flawlessly as far as we’ve tested.
Any Video Converter:
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1) Select “Open Video File” at the top left corner of the screen to open the video file you wish to convert to the iPod-playable .mp4 format.
2) Change the profile, zoom factor, and output location options as you see fit. The default profile is for the iPod format and you will most likely never need to change it unless you wish to convert the video to a different type of file, which the program is also capable of doing. The zoom factor is the difference between a normal 4:3 aspect ratio and a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. Most videos are fine with the default of 4:3. The output folder is where the program will store the converted file when it is done. You can change this to the directory of your choice, or simply use the default directory.
3) Press the “Start Encode” option at the top of the screen when you are ready. A progress bar will show up beside the video you are converting. When it is done, the converted video will show up in the output directory you specified earlier. If you need to stop the conversion at any time before it is completed, simply press the “Stop Encode” button at the top of the screen.
Hopefully this guide will help you operate this relatively self explanatory program – you can download it at the link above.