How to put a video file on your iPhone or iPod
A guide to putting a video file onto an iPhone or iPod

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What you have:

A video file which will not play on your iPod or iPhone. Usually these will have one of these extensions .avi, .mov, .wmv, etc.

Note: if you have .vob or .iso files you should probably use this section instead.

What you want:

The video on your iPhone or iPod.

Instructions:

You might want to look at the note at the bottom as it describes situations where it is not possible to get the video onto your iPod or iPhone.

Step 1:

This step involves converting the video so it works on an iPod or iPhone. Note that if the file you have is a .mp4 or .m4v file you may be able to skip this step and go straight to Step 2; so give that a try first and if it doesn't work, come back here.

Windows.

If you are using a version of Windows then you can use a program called SUPER ©. This can be downloaded here (go to the bottom of the page and click the download link).

When installed you can run the program from the start menu if it doesn't start itself. It is then best to choose an output folder for the files. You can do this by right clicking on the programs window and choosing the "Output File Saving Management" option, then navigating to the directory you want the converted files to be placed:

When you have changed the output folder you can use the program by dropping the files you want converted onto the area where it says "Drop A Valid Multimedia File Here". There are many formats it will convert to, but we are looking at iPods and iPhones so in the "Select The Output Container" box choose one of the iPod options. The multiple iPod options allow for different settings to be used when creating the file (video quality, size, audio options, etc.), but we won't bother with them. Now click the "Encode (Active File)" button and wait for the videos to be converted:

When the program is finished converting the files, you should be able to find a video file, which is compatible with your iPod or iPhone, in the folder which you specified earlier for placing the output files.

Mac OSX, Linux, etc.

On a Mac you could use a program called ffmpegX which will convert video from a variety of formats into many other formats. It also has an option to choose the output type as iPod. There may be more than one iPod format so check them all and see which one you prefer.

If you are using Linux you could use a programm called ffmpeg which converts between many video formats, however this is a command line program and can be complicated to use.

Step 2:

This step is easy, you just need to put the converted file onto your iPod or iPhone. All you need to do is start iTunes and drag the file onto it or import it any way you choose. Now when you connect your iPod or iPhone to update or synchronize the video should appear on your device.

Notes:

You may have problems with certain video files. This could be due to a variety of reasons. The programs suggested are all based on the ffmpeg software and although it converts nearly all formats extremely well, it still can have problems with certain formats. However one of the most common problems is copy protection. Usually you will hit these problems with .wmv files.

DRM and copy protection stops unauthorised viewing of video files, and as a result will not usually let you convert them as this could allow unauthorised viewing. As a result these files are not able to be converted.

There are however programs availabe to remove some kinds of copy protection and DRM although these programs may be illegal to use in certain places.