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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A Great Tip...










I have been asked more than a few times how to get the movies that you own onto your iPod. I always refer them to a great article that Randy wrote on the subject:

First...
Second...
  • Grab your favorite DVD and pop it into your computer and rip the "VOB's" (turns out the VOB's contain the "good" stuff) with DVD Decrypter. Note: Make sure you check the destination folder and ensure that it is the location you want. Note: There are DVD's that somehow elude Decrypter-however, out of 20 plus DVD's I attempted- only two could not be copied.
Third...
  • Open Videora and select Convert, click One Click Transcode, click Browse and find your destination folder mentioned in the second step, open the Video_TS folder and click the first VTS file and so on... Note: The converted VTS files can quickly be located by opening your program files, finding your Videora folder, and then opening the video folder. Don't be discouraged if a few of the files do not open, usually only VOB's converted to VTS and then Quicktime (or your media player of choice) will open up the important files - the ones that contain the video itself. You may want to delete the others. Double click the movie files and make sure they play correctly (also, note that you will see a file in the Videora video folder immediately upon transcoding - even though it has not been fully copied yet - therefore it will provide an error message that states it is not a movie file--WAIT until it has fully transcoded and then try playing it) and rename them so that you can locate them later for your iTunes file move. I named each file: Title 1, Title 2, etc.
Fourth...
  • Move the files from your Video folder to an iTunes (make yourself a playlist called "My Videos" or similar) playlist and the files should sync to your iPod without a problem.
For important details concerning these steps and programs - or if you have a MAC - read this invaluable article "Getting video onto your iPod," by Clint Ecker.

Note: I tried a Nero demo version as Clint suggested to see if it could crack the two DVD's that would not copy and had no better luck with Nero which would later cost $80.00, than with Videora, which is free (shareware).
HT: Ethos


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