How-To: Automatically download and convert TV for your iPod

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The good folks at Videora have recently released the Videora iPod Converter. Using this tool you can make almost any video iPod ready. They have a handy how-to for ripping and transcoding your own DVDs. Our goal is to automatically download TV using Bittorrent and convert it to an iPod friendly format saving ourselves $2.

First thing you’ll need is a functional BroadCatching system using Azureus. Follow our BroadCatching How-To to set one up. The BroadCatching system will automatically download the TV programs you set.

There are two important things you need to configure in Azureus. Goto “Tools -> Options“. Check the box next to “Save to default data directory“. Choose a directory where you want the files to be kept while they are being downloaded. Check the box next to “Move completed files“. Choose a directory where you would like your TV shows to be placed after they have been downloaded. Click “Save“. Configuration of Azureus is complete.

Azureus config

To automatically convert the videos you will need to install both Videora and the Videora iPod Converter. We won’t be using Videora, but it needs to be installed for the xCasting option to turn on.

After you get the Videora iPod Converter installed there are only a few more things to set before you’re ready to go. Click on “Setup“. Choose a directory where you would like the iPod ready files to be placed. UPDATE: The H.264 profiles do not work with the iPod. Choose either SP or MPEG4.

Videora config

For xCasting you need to select where you installed Videora before you can configure it. Check the box for “Automatic Queuing” and choose the directory where your completed downloads are stored. Pick a time interval to check the directory. Click “Save“.

xCasting config

Now whenever a new file appears in your “completed” directory Videora will automatically add it to its conversion queue. Once the files have been successfully converted they will be placed in your other folder, ready to be transferred to your iPod. The converter can automatically copy the files to your device, but we were unable to test this feature since Apple is still telling us they’re “Processing Order”. Good Luck!

Comments

  1. edcom says:

    hey guys i’m having problem putting videos in my ipod.. just like it’s told in most of the forums i downloaded videora ipod coverter and than what kind of video setting should i keep mpeg 4 or h264 ? i tried with most of them they talk about in the google forums and i also have videos in hs. but the problem is that how should i put those converted videos to my ipod? do i have to use itunes or there is any other way..if i have to do it throught itunes let me know how can i import videos in to my itunes… please let me know about all those stuff…thanks in advance….

    Has anyone answered this? Many are facing this same prob and it’s a biatch to find the solution. Help anyone? Daveang if someone has answered you can you share the solution?

    E

  2. Kevin says:

    does anyone know why when I try to convert video, everything looks skinny? I think the aspect ratio is off

  3. Devang says:

    Reply to 51..

    nah man i’m looking forward to get the solution and nobody has share any kind of solution..if u find one let me know…

  4. Pablo sanchez says:

    hey guys i’m having problem putting videos in my ipod.. just like it’s told in most of the forums i downloaded videora ipod coverter and than what kind of video setting should i keep mpeg 4 or h264 ? i tried with most of them they talk about in the google forums and i also have videos in hs. but the problem is that how should i put those converted videos to my ipod? do i have to use itunes or there is any other way..if i have to do it throught itunes let me know how can i import videos in to my itunes… please let me know about all those stuff…thanks in advance….

    First of all, when using videora iPod converter i put the setting as MPEG-4/320×240/768kbps Stereo/128kbps.
    I could only convert avi files because all the mpeg files i have are muxed. Does anyone have a demux program for windows???
    Also when i do convert the avi it can only do the full movies, many small avi files dont work. Why is that???
    Another thing is that when i do successfully convert an avi file and do get it on my ipod the first half of the movie is good, the audio and video in sync. But the other half is way outta sync. Anyone have that problem too and a possible solution???

    Back to your question about itunes, yes you need to use itunes. Make sure u have the latest version because that has the video option. i dont no what version that is. Just dl it from apple. And to get it in itunes, first it need to be converted (the format i showed you MPEG-4/320×240/768kbps Stereo/128kbps which worked for me). Make sure the video you download is a avi file over 250 mbs. Like i said the smaller avi just wouldnt work for me. Anyway once you do have the converted file then just go to itunes and click ” file/add file to library ” and then it should be in your library at the bottom and in the movie section of itunes. Just connect your ipod and there you go. Post any problems and/or comments back. I NEED A DEMUXING PROGRAM FOR WINDOWS.

  5. Alex says:

    CAN SOMEONE HELP ME…. i JUST GOt a new ipod video with 30 GB and cant seem to play tv shows that i have downloaded from minonova, torrentreactor to play on my ipod.. i have quicktime pro 7 and that pathetic program didnt do the trick

  6. eli says:

    No matter what I set the codec to, it automatically converts to mpeg4. Is this a problem that everyone is having, or is there some other way to change the output file type?

  7. chris says:

    how do i convert the vidoes to my ipod

  8. ivan says:

    I am using Videora to convert my avi movies to mp4 for my ipod. Trough the beginning of the movie the audio is good but the it gets out of sync with the video. Im sure this can be fixed under all the settings in the profile but I have no idea how to adjust them. Can somebody please help me out. It would be greatly appreciated. Thank You

  9. Orest says:

    well when i went to this website for how to download free videos on my ipod video, i had to go to BroadCatching How-To and download Azureus. for Azureus, you have to download RSS and Bittorrent. Which RSS do you download, .90, .91 etc. please someone find out i dont feel like paying 2 bucks

  10. phil says:

    Pretty cool, but I’d really like to do just the opposite: Download videos from iTunes and convert them so something I can watch on my PSP or burn to a DVD.

    IS THIS POSSIBLE PLEASE HELP ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  11. kimguan says:

    For those of you looking for Mac ipod video utilities, forget about Quicktime Pro. Just go to versiontracker.com and search for “ipod video”. There are more than 10 shareware/freeware utilities available and a few commercial ones.

  12. Nathan Massey says:

    any solution for doing this exact same thing but on osx yet? (still keeping the automatically encoding when new download finishes).

  13. dudboi says:

    To get your audio and video to sync, try adding “-async 1″ (w/o quotes) to the extra ffmpeg flags. (I tried this alone but it didn’t work) Then set the fps to 29.97. I didn’t remove the async flag to check if it works by changing the fps alone though, maybe someone can try and tell me.

  14. Dublan says:

    anyone know how of any .mp4 converters for mac? ive got some .rm videos which i wanna convert to my ipod

  15. jackson says:

    iPod Video Converter
    iPod Video Converter directory lists the most popular iPod Video Converter software that can help you Convert Video to iPod Video MP4 format
    http://www.bestshareware.net/ipodvideoconverter.htm
    http://www.bestshareware.net/

  16. eeker says:

    “To get your audio and video to sync, try adding “-async 1″ (w/o quotes) to the extra ffmpeg flags. (I tried this alone but it didn’t work) Then set the fps to 29.97. I didn’t remove the async flag to check if it works by changing the fps alone though, maybe someone can try and tell me.”

    Well, I was having audio sync problems like everyone’s mentioning and I changed the fps to 29.97 like you suggested and that did the trick WITHOUT using the async flag, so that answers that question. Thanks for the heads up on the fps.

  17. John says:

    I have a lot of trouble getting a converter for video ipod mac. I have tried video-2-pod and i-squint and those bolth don’t work PLEASE HELP!!!!!!

  18. brian says:

    This is in reference to post 66 by eeker after u change that fps which setting did u use so that evreything synched properly cuz right now i use mpeg4/320×240/1500kbps etc. and i didnt no if there was a better setting?

  19. Ryan says:

    I just download a program called river past video cleaner, and I use it to convert my MPEG-1(muxed) files to MPEG-4 so I can load them on my IPOD. but then I had to DL quicktime pro to change the MPEG-4 files to IPOD (.m4v) but IPOD said you can play MPEG-4 files on the ipod. why cant you? is quicktime ripping us off? the quicktime pro software wont even convert MPEG-1 (muxed) to MPEG-4 properly. the sound doesnt work.

  20. james says:

    i downloaded music videos from morpheous and when i tried downloading it to my ipod via imtoo video converter, the musicvideos went int the movie section and not in the music videosection. please help me

  21. leomike says:

    When looking at the file in iTunes go to Info and select tje option tab, in that screen there should be a click down box called Video kind, select Music Videos and that should do it.

    Although haven’t been able to work how you categorise TV Shows though.

  22. liam says:

    i tried the -async 1 trick as well as changing the fps to 29.97. it didnt do anything. please help!!

  23. jagadish patel says:

    please let me know how to transfer my home made video clips (which i have conerted through Videora ipod converer and now in itune video) from itune to my ipod 60gb???
    please

  24. elmer says:

    Hi i’d like to recommend you use this DVD to ipod video converter suite,it can not only rip dvd to ipod but also can convert almost all kinds of video files in your hard disc, it’s an all-in-one solution for dummies, it works perfect for me. You can download from http://www.allforvideo.com/download/iPodSuit_r56510.exe , good luck!

  25. Paul says:

    Best site out there, best tool out there.

    Easy to use, relatively quick, and can convert just about anything and works seamlessly on the ipod.

    Look for…

    3GP Converter

    …on this page.

    http://twelveblackcodemonkeys.com/videoipodbasics.htm

  26. Deb says:

    I really need some help. I just bought an ipod video today and I am completely useless at understanding any compluter-related procedure! I have followed the instructions above and downloaded all the necessary files for pc. Can someone tell me really simply which website to go to to download tv shows and how to go about it. Also, please tell me if I need to do anything after I have downloaded the show to put it on my ipod. Thanks!!!!

  27. Deb says:

    I really need some help. I just bought an ipod video today and I am completely useless at understanding any compluter-related procedure! I have followed the instructions above and downloaded all the necessary files for pc. Can someone tell me really simply which website to go to to download tv shows and how to go about it. Also, please tell me if I need to do anything after I have downloaded the show to put it on my ipod. Thanks!!!!

  28. richard says:

    is there a way of just converting videos i already have to ipod format ? itunes isnt working for converting my videos :(

  29. Flobi says:

    About conversion issues with ipod video: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=302588

    Apparently it’s using Quicktime to convert…however, Quicktime is not very good at it. THEY recommend using a 3rd party conversion software.

  30. Bub rubb says:

    If you don’t want to get into the local side of conversion, there is a great tool at http://www.video4ipod.org. It is still running in Beta, which does the conversion great, but doesn’t have it in the prettiest format. Most videos that I uploaded were returned to me within ten minutes at perfect .m4v format. Good luck.

  31. Bub rubb says:

    just for the live link…
    http://www.video4ipod.org

  32. keisha james says:

    i recently bought an ipod but the thing is that i am not able to download music videos to it. everytime i a box comes up saying the video you are trying to download is not downloading because of the ipod you have. i have the black 30gb. please help me figure this out i am going crazy

  33. Hank says:

    I went to a site called ishowstogo.com and downloaded movies for my ipod. They work really good. I saw a car with a sticker about the site and tried it. No problems yet and I have downloaded 10 movies so far.

  34. Simon says:

    Guys this program worked well a few times then suddenly itunes said I couldn’t play the file on my ipod? Any ideas why?

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