Apple recently surprised the market with its new iPod video, also know as the last generation of iPods. This powerful new gadget doesn’t just play music; it plays videos and photos as well and serves to be an all-in-one portable entertainment platform for the market. The new video function is a great addition but many owners will require some technical help to put videos into the iPod.
Firstly, you should know that the iPod can play H.264 / MPEG-4 encoded videos with AAC audio tracks. Due to this fact, the resolution is rather limited, together with the limitation of the bit rates that you can use on the device. For the new iPod video, this limits means (for the H.264 video) up to up to 768 Kbps, 320 x 240 and 30 frames per second. For the MPEG-4 video, the limits are up to 2.5 mbps, 480 x 480 and the same 30 frames per second. Even more, the AAC audio bit rate is around 160 Kbps. After establishing these limits, the next step is to establish the source of the video, which can be either from a DVD or a video of the computer.
As the company Apple claims, in a purely informative ad which is posted on the official website, that the new iPod video can store 25,000 photos, 15,000 songs and not less than 150 hours of video.
The first thing you need to do to put a DVD video into the iPod is to insert the DVD in the device. After this, you should open (in case it doesn’t immediately open by itself) the DVD, using file and open DVD from the menu. Check the options in the DVD menu, to set up everything as you like, meaning language, subtitles or chapters. Begin playing the movie, using the DVD menu to navigate. When the movie begins, you should press the record button and select the folder in which you want to store the recorded files. When you want to end the recording, simply click the stop button and if the recording goes well, there will be a screen confirmation that you have converted your file successfully.
If you wish to convert a video from your computer to your iPod video, then the first thing that you should do is go to the menu file and click open video file. At this point, your video will begin to play and you can adjust the video however you like. Also, you can set the perfect moment to start the recording, using the bottom playback controls. When you decided this, click the button record and feel free to stop it at any time. After recording, just like in the case of importing videos from a DVD device, there will be a message on the screen saying that everything went on successfully.
If done correctly, the movies and videos will be stored properly in your iPod video for your portable entertainment. However do be aware that the iPod offers limited space and resolution, which means that you should decide carefully what to keep and what to erase. The new iPod video is an innovative and feature-rich product that combines music with videos, offering for the first time, the possibility of playing video on such a small digital device.