FfmpegX for iPod

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About ffMpegX:

This software is a Mac OSX 10.3+ utility, currently on version 0.0.9w, (as of 6/26/06) built around several Unix components, designed to convert between various video formats. The project was begun as a GUI project for combining several of these command-line tools, and continued to evolve into a fairly popular piece of software. It finds a fairly wide range of uses, which can be seen in the list of how-to pages here.

ffMpegX is offered as shareware, with a $15 registration fee, which will remove minor restrictions on the software, and the ever-present nag screen.

How to put video on the iPod with ffmpegX software:

The process here is similar to that described for the PSP. ffmpegX is a mac-only program, however. The ffmpegX homepage is here.

Necessary Components:

  • Video iPod
  • ffmpegX software
  • MemoryStick Pro/Duo or Compact Flash card(512MB+ recommended)
  • Source Video

Step 1:

  • Download and set up ffmpegX. It is availible here. Follow the instruction settings and run the program. The download page does feature installation instructions, which may vary from machine to machine.

Step 2:

  • Open the video file you want to convert from your hard drive. Do this using the Open button, or drag the file to the ffmpegx icon.

Step 3:

  • Select the "PSP" output setting under "To" in the Target Format pulldown menu. The target format should say "ffmpeg xvid, 320x240, 431 kbps, 29.97 fps, no crop". You could resize accordingly but try the default for the psp first. For some reason it always seems to work and the ipod settings don't work so I wouldn't even try it. The audio should read "aac, 44100 Hz, 128 kbps"

Step 4:

  • Click Encode, and the program will begin to process the file. This will take some time, the software is said, on the ffmpegX site, to operate at "47fps on a G5 1.8 Dual", meaning that a 10-minute movie will take a little more than 6 minutes to encode. A 90-minute movie will take close to an hour.

Step 5:

  • You should find a new .MP4 file in the directory you selected eariler.

Step 6:

  • Now, use iTunes to move the new video file to your iPod. That's it.

Time: ~25 minutes

 * Program is under continued development
 * Many options for output format
 * Site has active support forum
 * Installation may be difficult
 * Encoding is fairly slow
 * Must download or create own digital videos to convert
 * Occasional bugs
 * Mac only
 * Input format is possibly incompatible

Section Links:

Neuros Homepage || Tutorials Top Page || iPod Top Page

More resources and links related to this article:

ffmpegX How-To page

ffmpegX download page

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