You can add video content to your Apple iPod and watch
movies on its screen.
Video syncing is controlled by the iTunes application, which
then sends the movie files to the iPod's hard drive.
The iPod supports a variety of video formats, and iTunes can
convert other files that are not supported.
Plug the iPod USB cable into the bottom of your iPod.
Connect the other end of the iPod USB cable into a free
port on your Mac or PC computer.
Open the iTunes application by clicking on the Dock icon
on a Mac or using the Start menu on a PC.
Go to the "File" menu and select "Add to
Navigate to the movie file you want to transfer to your iPod
and click "Open."
Click on the movie you just added to iTunes, go to the
"Advanced" menu and select "Create iPod or iPhone Version."
This will convert the movie file to a format that the iPod
Click on the name of your iPod under the
"Devices" list on the left side of the iTunes window.
Go to the "Movies" tab and choose to sync all
movie files with your iPod.
Click on the "Sync" button at the bottom of the
The syncing process will begin and the movie file will be
transferred to your iPod.
Transfer DVD Movies to an iPod
Transferring DVD movies onto your iPod for personal
on-the-go viewing depends on the exact type of DVD you are using.
Some DVDs are in a format that can easily be transferred to
iTunes, which can then convert the movies to a format for the iPod if needed.
If the DVD can't immediately be played in iTunes, you will
need extra software to convert it before you can transfer the movies to iTunes
and then to the iPod.
Load the DVD into the computer's disc drive and open up both the DVD in a
window and your iTunes application.
Drag the DVD's main movie file into the main iTunes window
to add it to your personal iTunes library.
Connect the iPod to the computer with its USB cable if it
isn't already connected.
If it is already connected, or if the iPod does not
automatically sync with iTunes, drag the DVD movie file from the library list
to the iPod shown in the iTunes source list.
Convert the movie file to an iPod friendly format if you get
a message saying the file can't be played on the iPod by selecting
"Convert Selection for iPod" in the Advanced menu.
Please note that this conversion can take some time--five to
10 minutes for every two minutes of video.
Download and install a DVD conversion program to your
computer; look for one specifically designed for converting DVD to iPod if
Open the conversion program on your computer and upload the
DVD movie file into the program with the "Open" or "Upload"
There should be multiple files on the DVD; the actual movie
has the longest run time.
Select the format that the file will be converted to from
the program's drop-down list of available formats if the program is not
automatically set for an iPod format. If an option specifically labeled
"iPod" isn't available, choose an MP4 format.
Choose a location on your computer to save the converted
file to using the program's "output" option--the desktop is the most
common and easiest location.
Click on the conversion button, which is usually the biggest
button located in the lower right corner, to convert the file and save it to
Open up the iTunes application and drag the converted iTunes
or MP4 file into the iTunes library.
Connect the iPod to the computer using its USB cable.