View Full Version : What videos will play on a 2005 iPod Video?

Mar 31, 2008, 02:37 AM
I have a 30GB iPod Video from 2005, the first iPod to bear the "video" moniker and have video capabilities. It is supposed to play MPEG4 and h.264, right? Well, I have never found a single video that it will play. I even made a video using iMovie, and it won't play it. What is going wrong? Thanks.

Mar 31, 2008, 03:24 AM
Google "iSquint".

Never ran into trouble with it.

Apr 1, 2008, 07:17 AM
iSquint looks good, but I don't simply want to be able to convert videos for the iPod. I want to know, in theory, what can my iPod play?

Apr 1, 2008, 07:30 AM
There are limits to the resolution and bitrate that it will play. Exceed those limits in whatever video you try to put on it, and iTunes will tell you, "xxxx was not copied because it is not playable on this iPod", or something like that. Check out this article (http://arstechnica.com/guides/tweaks/ipod-video.ars). Many of the video conversion programs (Handbrake for sure, possibly also iSquint, VisualHub, MPEG Streamclip, etc) have an 'iPod' preset, that knocks the video down to something the iPod can handle.

Apr 2, 2008, 06:37 AM
That article was precisely what I was looking for, thank you.