Why can't I add movies and tv shows that i d/l'ed into iTunes?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by WhySoSerious, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. WhySoSerious macrumors 65816

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    why can't i add them? I downloaded tons of movies and tv shows, but i can't drag/drop them into itunes. what gives?
     
  2. thegilly macrumors member

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    Are they in a format that iTunes can recognise?
     
  3. WhySoSerious thread starter macrumors 65816

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    you know, honestly, i'm not sure. the files are all .avi

    does itunes accept .avi's? if not, what do i need to do to convert them and to what format?
     
  4. thegilly macrumors member

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    No, .avi isn't an iTunes format, unless there's a plugin I don't know about. You need to convert the files into .m4v or .mov. There's plenty of conversion software about. It would help to know whether you're on a Windows PC or a Mac. I'm going to assume a Mac because you're trying to drag and drop rather than import using an unnecessarily complex sequence of menus and dialog boxes :D, in which case both iSquint and VisualHub say they take .avi import so you might try either. They're both linked from www.isquint.org. There's probably a whole raft of other options, but since I've never downloaded an .avi it's not something I've had to deal with before.
     
  5. thegilly macrumors member

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    I suggest you find out how to set up a batch processing job and leave your machine working on it overnight--much less frustrating than trying to use your computer while it's working away at a seemingly endless task.
     
  6. atluten macrumors 6502

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    I second using isquint to convert all your files into iTunes and iPod compatible formats. It should be pretty easy to set up a batch job by just dragging all the video files into the window, setting your options, and clicking convert. Best of luck.
     
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  8. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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    Quality

    There will definitley be a drop in quality if you go with the deafault settings. I find that the deafaults are fine dr iPod viewing, but on my iMac 20" they're horrible. If you want to watch them on a computer, and have free disk space, choose the "go nuts" setting.
     

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