How to put a web video on your iPhone or iPod
A guide to putting a video from a website onto an iPhone or iPod

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What you have:

The URL (website address) of a video you want to put on your iPhone or iPod. Usually this is an address of a website like YouTube, Dailymotion or similar.

Note: if you have already download a video file from the website go to this section instead.

What you want:

The video on your iPhone or iPod.

Instructions:

Depending on which way you want to go, the process could take 2 or 3 steps.

Step 1:

You need to download the video file from the website. This can be done in various ways. The two easiest are using a video downloader website or using an extension for firefox.

Firefox extension.

If you use the firefox internet browser, you may prefer this method. The 'Video DownloadHelper' extension for firefox can be downloaded from here. To use this, when you are on a page with a video just click the arrow on this button in the toolbar and choose a link that matches the video you are watching:

This will most likely download a FLV file which is a video file in a format that will have to be converted in the next step in order for it to work on an iPod or iPhone.

Video downloader websites.

There are many websites which ask for the URL (address of the page) of the page where the online video is and then give you a link to a video file to download. Two of which will be covered here.

KeepVid - Copy the address of the video from the address bar of your browser and paste it into the box on the KeepVid page, and optionally choose which site it is from the drop down box. Then click download:

Now follow the instructions to download one of the files to your computer. If you get the option of .flv and .mp4 types of file, the .mp4 file will probably be better quality also you may not have to convert the video in Step 2.

vixy.net - This site presents a box in the same way as KeepVid where you enter the URL of the page with the video you want to download. The difference with vixy.net is that the video can be converted, on their side, to a format compatible with iPhones and iPods, and is then offered for you to download.

After you have put the URL in the box, choose the 'MP4 for iPod' option from the drop down box and click start:

You will have to wait while the video is converted then you will be given the option to download it. As conversion is computationally intensive, a longer video will take a noticeably longer time to convert.

With vixy.net converting the file to a MP4 format for downloading you should be able to skip out Step 2 and go straight to Step 3.

Step 2:

This step involves converting the video so it works on an iPod or iPhone. Note that if the file you have is a .mp4 file you may be able to skip this step and go straight to Step 3; so give that a try first and if it doesn't work, come back here.

This step is essentially the same as the Put a video file on your iPod or iPhone section as what you got in Step 1 is just a video file that needs converting.

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.

The Super program is for Windows only. For users of other operating systems (Mac OSX, Linux, etc.) vixy.net could be used for simplicity as you can skip to Step 3.

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 3:

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.