How to Put Videos onto your iPhone, iPod, iPad

Putting video onto your iPhone, iPod or iPad, sounds like it should be a simple task. However you can waste a lot of time trying to work out how to do it. This blog post will detail exactly how to do so, using a free software tool to make it super easy.

The IOS software on iPhone, iPod or iPad can only play H.264 or MPEG-4 encoded video’s so you need to ensure that your video is in one of these formats before transferring it to your device. Your video file(s) should end with either of these file extensions; .mp4, .m4v or .mov (native Quicktime format). If the video you want to transfer to your device isn’t in either of these formats it won’t sync to the device from iTunes.

Let’s go through the steps and then in detail…

Step 1. Convert Video to correct aspect ratio and format using Handbrake
Step 2. Insert converted video into iTunes
Step 3. Sync to your device

1. Converting your video into the right format is easy if you use a free special video conversion tool called Handbrake. Go and download and install the Handbrake software first.

  • Start Handbrake software
  • Choose your video source. Either a video file or a DVD disc (the video will load, wait for it)
    Note: If you are trying to copy a copy protected DVD you may not be able to use Handbrake without some more work. See this extra blog post on How to Decrypt DVDs with Handbrake.
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  • Choose your destination device. Handbrake has these video settings built into it, so it’s super easy, you don’t have to change any settings if you don’t want to.
  • Make sure that the ‘Keep Aspect Ratio’ tickbox has been set, so that your videos don’t come out squashed or out of shape. E.g for iPod Touch 480 x 272 or for iPhone 720 x 400 (keeping aspect ratio)
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  • Select your destination file. Click the ‘Browse’ button. Call your file whatever you like with a .mp4 or .m4v extension, and choose a location on your hard-drive for it to go.
  • Click on the ‘Start’ button at the top left of the window. Your video will encode into the correct size and format (depending on the size of the video and the power of your computer, you may be waiting a long time before this process is complete.

2. Inserting your now converted video into iTunes is a simple step. Open iTunes, then you can either drag and drop your converted video into iTunes, or use the File menu and ‘Add File to Library’. This will load the video into your iTunes Movies Library

3. Now you can plug in your iPhone, iPod, iPad via USB cable and before you sync, just make sure to look at the Movies tab of your device within iTunes. You can if you don’t have Movies set to automatically sync then you can select the video you just inserted into the library. Now click ‘Sync’ and you converted video will appear in the Videos icon of your device.

All done. Enjoy.

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