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Hi Experts

The 5th Generation Apple iPod - as shown at URL http://www.apple.com/ipod/features.html - now has the ability to play back video files.

My questions are as follows
1. What file format of video files is this 5th Generation iPod able to play back?
2. Does the bundled software (iTunes) have a conversion facility that allows for existing video file formats to be converted to a format that is compatible with the iPod Video; for example. I have a collection of AVI and WMV video files. Can these file formats be played on the iPod Video or does the bundled software that comes with the iPod Video at least allow them to be converted, thus being able to be play on the iPod?

Thanks Experts
Mustek
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fredshovel earned 1000 total points
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Here's a link to Apples FAQ about 5th Gen iPod -- you have to wade through it:
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=302758#5A

It's well known that Apple has gone with H.264, which is the latest MPEG-4 AVC (Advanced Video Coding).
At a glimpse they don't seem to support AVI or WMV and they don't seem to want anything to do with DVDs.
There's no mention of converting in iTunes -- but they want you to use Quicktime Pro to make your movies -- so you'd have to check out what QT can and can't convert to H.264.

But the bottom line is you can virtually convert, rip or encode anything these days if you look around -- so I wouldn't be too worried. I didn't have to look too far to find this converter, which targets iPod video.
http://www.tomdownload.com/multimedia_design/video/imtoo_dvd_to_ipod_suite.htm

Cheers


From the link:

iPod can play the following video formats:

H.264
File formats: .m4v, .mp4, and .mov
Video: Up to 768 kbits/sec, 320 x 240, 30 frames per second (fps), Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3.
Audio: AAC-LC up to 160 kbits/sec, 48 Khz, and stereo audio.

MPEG-4
File formats: .m4v, .mp4, and .mov
Video: Up to 2.5 Mbits/sec, 480 x 480, 30 fps, Simple Profile.
Audio: AAC-LC up to 160 kbits/sec, 48 Khz, stereo audio.
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Fredshovel

thanks for the info and links, this will certainly go a long way in clearing up my understanding and capabilities of the iPod Video

thanks again
Mustek
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