Subvert iTunes: Video Part Deux

This post is part of an ongoing series about how to subvert iTunes and make it more agreeable to those of us who dislike DRM, high prices, and general customer-mistreatment. Read the whole series!

We’ve already discussed putting oddball video formats into iTunes, but what if you want to put those same files onto an iPod for watching on the road?

Well, there’s lots of details and things to think about regarding video formats, resolutions, bitrates, and all that. But, in the end, life is too short. So here’s a short list of software to make your life easier, whether you’re on a Mac or a PC.

  • Got a Mac? All you need is iSquint.
  • Handbrake is a good Mac program to handle ripping DVDs to iPod-friendly formats. Not a necessity, but awful nice to have around.
  • VEMoDE is a free video converter for Windows. Handles all the basics and has easy pre-sets for your iPod or other mobile device.
  • Videora is another converter, also free. Can’t say which is better.

Disclaimer: I don’t own an iPod capable of playing video, so I haven’t throughly tested all these apps. Please sound off in the comments if I’m leading people astray or if there’s a product I’ve overlooked. So go out there and load up your iPod, you lucky video-iPod-having-bastards! I’m sooooooooo jealous!

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Written on October 17, 2006