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How To: Convert Any Video Type to iPod Format


Posted by Patrick, 21 Comments

Good News: This tutorial is outdated, but we have a newer and easier tutorial for you.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:
Download here.
New Program (Better, Faster, Easier): Download here.

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.

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21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Iska // Jan 18, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Yeah this program is ok for an iPod if you are looking for 4:3 ONLY. I have tried converting an avi which is 16:9. This program doesn’t want to keep it this way. it changes it to a 4:3 leaving you with a streached 4:3 video. I have fooled around with different setting and sizes, but nothing helps. I’m going to try using PSP settings, and see if that works. In the meantime, any suggestions?

  • 2 Kuo // Jan 18, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    Yes, I do actually. Someone tested the 3GP Converter that we posted and has said it can convert any video size, and ofcourse it’s free…. Look at the program and tutorial we posted for 3GP Converter: http://ipodlegends.com/free-video-to-ipod-converter/

    Best of Luck!

  • 3 YouTube to iPod » Apple Legends // Jan 26, 2007 at 1:23 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. [...]

  • 4 DigMo! » Blog Archive » Convert any movie to iPod and PSP // Jan 26, 2007 at 2:53 am

    [...] If you are a PC User check out this alternative.  [...]

  • 5 drew // Jan 28, 2007 at 12:31 am

    so does one have to use the 3GP converter in conjunction with the pocket divx encoder?

  • 6 Kuo // Jan 28, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    No, you do not use 3GP Converter in conjunction with the pocket divx encoder. Just use it by itself.

  • 7 zay // Mar 3, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    I downloaded the program, it worked great. I do have a question though. Why did the music videos go to my movies when uploaded to my IPod?

  • 8 Kuo // Mar 5, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    yeah, that’s a known problem zay. People have been having trouble with getting music videos to go in the right section. I have not yet found a fix for it.

  • 9 sanne // Mar 21, 2007 at 11:21 am

    if you select a single video file in Itunes and click info, under video tab you can change it to music video.

  • 10 Marie // Apr 17, 2007 at 3:40 am

    I am using iPod Video Converter from http://www.sothinkmedia.com, better than others i’ve tried.


  • 11 Convert Any Movie to Anything ! at Mac Creative // Apr 25, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    [...] If you are a PC User check out this alternative. [...]

  • 12 Fusion // Oct 11, 2007 at 7:23 am

    Thanks dude

  • 13 Extra // Nov 8, 2007 at 3:30 am

    Thanks for putting this on, it works.

  • 14 Eduardo // Nov 22, 2007 at 11:24 am

    hi guys

    What about the subtitles?
    what is the freee- software that converts avi + legend to my Ipod Nano?

    Thanks a lot

  • 15 Dave // Apr 11, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I decrypt dvds using dvd decrypter and for one movie I have five or six VOB files… How can I group them together into on file that I can then convert?

  • 16 osas // Aug 22, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Please could any assist with how to get free software to convert videos to ipod format. Also a software that would enable ripping of videos into chapters and titles.thanks for the help. if any info please send to my box at osahenie@yahoo.com

  • 17 osas // Sep 4, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    i pod legends.com

  • 18 Chelsea C // Dec 19, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    I just tested this and it works good for Ipod Touch thanks!!

  • 19 Sahar // May 12, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I have a mac and I used HandBrake to convert a couple of movies to mp4 (ends with .m4v). I can drag them into my iTunes, but they won’t sync to my iPod. I get a message saying that the format of the video is not supported by my iPod. Am I suppose to use another format?

  • 20 Melanie // Jun 10, 2009 at 1:38 am

    I converted the video, but I can’t get it to go from the Any Video Converter screen, and into my iTunes. The click and drag doesn’t work, and I can’t find any other way to export/import it. Any ideas? Am I missing something fairly obvious?

  • 21 Josue // Jun 11, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I downloaded the program and converted the files from a variety of formats to the iPod compatible MPEG-4 for my iTouch but it still doesn’t let me add the file to the iTouch….Why??

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