From DivX to iPod in Two Easy Steps

It took me a while to figure this one out, so I thought I’d share. Note, this is a Windows-only solution. I haven’t looked for converters for other OSes, but I know there are some nice ones out there:

I was looking for a way to take the divx videos in my collection and somehow treansfer them to my (shiny new) iPod video. You’d think it’d be an easy enough task, right? Well, I took a path that had many wrong turns and some ventures into bad places, but I finally came out okay. The main idea here was to take the video, convert it to a mp4 file that the iPod could play and retag it so that it shows up under the “TV Shows” list in the menu.

It’s not a one-click process, but it’s pretty close and it only involves two different pieces of software that are both free to use however:

  • Videora iPod Converter – This handy little piece of software can take a divx file and push it back out to you as an mp4 with a ton of different encoding settings. The interface is nice and friendly, and there’s even a “One-click Transcode” button once you have your settings down. It supports various languages for the interface, and you can even set up your own profiles to tweak your video output settings even more. It’s freeware, but I’d definitely donate to the cause – it’s one of the simplest/easiest converters to use
  • Win-AP – This handly piece of software does the magic of tagging the outputed mp4 file to work with the settings on the video iPod. Mainly what I was looking for (as I mentioned) was the ability to get my videos to show up under the “TV Shows” list on the iPod. Win-AP makes tagging the file simple, with fields for all sorts of information – Name, Artist, Album, Show, Episode Number, Season Number, etc. There’s no way to batch the tagging, but it’s still a handy little app.

It’s not too hard to figure out how it all works – once both are installed, you fire up Videora and point it at your divx video. After a while (depending on your system, maybe a long while), you’ll have a shiny new mp4 file sitting in your output directory. If you didn’t mind it not being tagged or anything, you could put that on your iPod right now. Me? I like to keep things organized, so I fire up Win-AP to get the tagging work done. It can create a backup file for the video it’s working with as well.

There’s tons of other ways to do this out there, but this was the first easy one I found…so enjoy!

Links:
Videora iPod Converter
Win-AP Show Tagger

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14 Responses to “From DivX to iPod in Two Easy Steps”

  1. Aaron Wormus

    a good resource here: http://howto.diveintomark.org/ipod-porn-conversion-guide/

  2. Sim Tracks

    Wow that was extremely helpful, but the Win-AP show Tagger link doesnt work.

  3. Troy

    Where’s the valid link to Win-Ap?

  4. enygma

    hmm, doesn’t seem like Win-AP’s page is around anymore. I did find this other software that looks promising and could be worth a shot: Mp3Tag (http://www.mp3tag.de/en/)

  5. Troy

    Ok, I found Win-AP on RapidShare. Here’s the link: http://rapidshare.com/files/73509176/WinAP.zip

    There’s also similar software called Tagger. You can download it here:http://www.pcwelt.de/downloads/grafik_videomultimedia/98446/

    I just hope these work.

  6. Fligger

    Then it wont sync onto my ipod after doing it :s help?

  7. Troy

    Another iPod tagger for MP4 TV Series called VideoTag, you can download it here: http://www.textzombie.com/videotag/

  8. MisterNetHead

    Wow, thanks so much. Videora worked great (I wouldn’t advise setting it to “High” mode; that slowed my computer to a crawl, but “Normal” worked just fine), and Troy’s VideoTag also worked great.

    Thanks for the links.

  9. Jed

    Great article, thanks for the tips! But can’t you just import the Videora output into iTunes and edit the metadata there before copying over to the iPod?

  10. Chris Thom

    I use the “High Mode” when I have a bunch of videos to convert and let it run over night.

  11. Samad

    You don’t really need the tagging software.. iTunes can tag it for you. Just right click the file when its imported (should be under Movies) and change the info there

  12. surliviy

    livy says,
    why convert divx to mp2 or 4?? totally crazy?
    get an ipod that can reads divx!!!!
    who has the time to convert videos??

    there must an o.s. out there for ipods that read divx ; )

  13. Scatter

    HMMMMMMmmmmm……..when I fire up Videora and point it to the DIVX files on my desktop,the DIVX files on my desktop do not show up.

  14. Dung Bunny

    You should be able to change the id3 tag of a file directly in itunes. Right click>get info> go to “other” tab and switch “media kind” in drop down box


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