Converting video for iPod

Reader Ward Patterson is interested in adding more videos to his iPod touch. He writes:

I have videos on my Mac in QuickTime and WMV formats and I would like to load them onto my iPod touch. Drag and drop doesn’t want to work. The error message says that the videos are not viewable on the iPod. Is there a way to convert these files to an MPEG-4 file?

Sure. For QuickTime movies you’ll find a solution within iTunes. Just drag your QuickTime movie to the Library entry in iTunes’ Source list and it will appear under the Movies heading. Select it there and, from the Advanced menu, choose Convert Selection for iPod/iPhone. Once you’ve invoked the command, iTunes will do exactly as it promises and convert the movie to an H.264-encoded MPEG-4 video file, playable on your iPod.

Windows video files can’t be converted for playback in iTunes. Apple’s $29 QuickTime Player Pro in league with Flip4Mac’s free Windows Media Components for QuickTime can do the job, however. After upgrading QuickTime to the Pro version and installing WMCfQT, open the movie in QuickTime Player, choose File -> Export, and in the Save Exported File As window that appears, choose Movie to iPhone from the Export pop-up menu. Your file will be saved as a .m4v file, suitable for playback on your iPod.

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