Converting to Itunes

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  1. ijn10 macrumors newbie

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    I need something that will convert all movie files into something itunes friendly. Within my research I have seen things that specify where the file will be going to (ie Ipod, Iphone), but is there something that can convert into iTunes and the file will be good on all types of ipods (dont know which one I want yet.)

    Also, which is the best type of file (size, quality, etc) for music/itunes/portable apple products?
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    All iPods accept .mp4 files using the H264 codec.

    www.apple.com/ipod and the technical specifications page of every iPod model will list you the formats.

    iTunes, Handbrake and MPEG Streamclip will be able to help you to convert your videos to this format, especially the last two applications.

    Btw, MRoogle will find you hundreds, if not thousands of threads about this issue. Even the search engine of your choice might bring up one or two dozen guides about this.
     
  3. ijn10 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't understand this whole codecs business. Can you explain it please?

    Itunes does converting? Are handbrake available for download somewhere?


    I'm also looking for something easy. I had a program, dont know where it is now, it used to be like a 2 click thing.
     
  4. ijn10 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Incase it wasnt clear, I've done lots of research/googling on this topic. Everything comes up as not very straight forward. I'm just looking for someone to put it in layman's terms.
     
  5. spinnerlys Guest

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    Let's say you have a movie, with the suffix .avi.

    That .avi suffix indicates, that the movie uses the .avi container (AVI = Audio Video Interleave), which is most common for videos distributed for the Windows platform. There is also the .mov (QuickTime) and .mp4 and .mkv container.

    A container is used for housing video/audio with the help of a codec. The codec is the actual algorithm used to compress and decompress the video/audio.

    So while you can have many files with the .avi container, they can also use many codecs, like Divx and Xvid, which are the most prominent ones right now.

    Handbrake and MPEG Streamclip are both free and can be downloaded for free at their respective websites.

    With Handbrake you just open the .avi file and select a preset on the right to be used for converting that video. There are some preset for the iPod, so choose on of that.

    Btw, MRoogle will find you plenty of threads that can describe this matter in more layman terms, as I'm currently not really able to.
     
  6. hatetea58 macrumors newbie

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    well, if they can specify videos to ipod or iphone, then they surely can specify videos to itunes. Those things are just fine.
     

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