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Re: Convert avi and vob files to ipod video format

Todd Zullinger wrote:
Robert L Cochran wrote:
How can I convert either *.avi or *.vob files to a format that can
be synced to my new iPod Nano -- the wide one? 8 Gb.

The new iPod's aren't yet working with any of the apps that use
libgpod to communicate (Amarok, Gtkpod, Rhythmbox, Quod Libet, to name
a few).  In order to sync to them, you need to build libgpod from it's
Subversion repository and then rebuild your other applications with
that new libgpod.  I know gtkpod works with the latest libgpod and I
am fairly sure that amarok and rhythmbox do as well.

I don't have access to one of the new iPod's, so I can't give you a
first hand report that it all works.  If you go this route, check out
the gtkpod lists on sourceforge to report problems or success.

As far as converting video from various formats, I'm sure there are
numerous methods you can use.  I used a script I found somewhere to do
this a few times.  It popped up a little dialog asking you what file
you wanted to convert, the video size to use (TV, Widescreen, DVD),
and where to put the output.  I'll attach that script.  I converted
it's dialogs from Spanish to English, but other than that I haven't
used it since I downloaded it a year or so ago.

Then it used ffmpeg to do the conversion.  You won't find ffmpeg in
the standard repos.  It is available from a few 3rd party repos

Searching videohelp.com for convert to ipod linux turns up a number of
articles that may be useful.  One links to an ffmpeg frontend called
WinFF that looks like it may be useful. http://biggmatt.com/winff/


Thank you, I will do this over the next several days. Also I will experiment with Craig's suggestions. I definitely want to get the avi files my teacher is sending converted so I will install ffmpeg and exercise the script.

Many, many, many thanks for helping me with this!

Bob Cochran

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