What videos will play on a 2005 iPod Video?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by bollweevil, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. bollweevil macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    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.
  2. Mushrooshi macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2007
    Google "iSquint".

    Never ran into trouble with it.
  3. bollweevil thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    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?
  4. sandman42 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2003
    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. 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.
  5. bollweevil thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    That article was precisely what I was looking for, thank you.

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