Supported video codecs on new iPod?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by m-dogg, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Does anyone know if MPEG-4 is the only supported video format or would MPEG-2 play on it as well?

    One of the biggest uses I could see for a video iPod would be to load all my digital camera videos. They are all MPEG-2 though. They look crappy on a large screen anyway, so that would be a great way to show them to people.

    I haven't seen any reference to MPEG-2 on Apple's iPod site...

    I hope they do. I realize that MPEG-4 is the future, but to not support MPEG-2 would be like releasing the iPod with support for AAC but not MP3.

    And buying a Quicktime 7 Pro Key for the ability to convert/author material for ipod playback does not seem like an acceptable solution to me.

    Thanks! m-dogg
  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    The technical specs clearly states:

    "H.264 video: up to 768 Kbps, 320 x 240, 30 frames per sec., Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 Khz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats
    MPEG-4 video: up to 2.5 mbps, 480 x 480, 30 frames per sec., Simple Profile with AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 Khz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats"

    That's your lot. No MPEG2. No DIVX. If you add an MPEG2 file to iTunes it might transcode it for iPod usage?
  3. macrumors 65816


    That's what I was afraid of. Seems like it will be difficult to play any video other than what you buy from Apple, which is crippling it in my eyes.
  4. macrumors 604


    Actually I'm pretty sure iTunes will convert it to 320x240 in H.264 if you try to add MPEG-2, just like it converts WMA. Give it a shot.

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