Convert videos to play on the iPhone or iPod touch

The iPhone and iPod touch supports video formats encoded using the MPEG-4 and H.264 codecs; video files encoded in these formats end with .m4v, .mp4 or .mov file extensions. If you have videos in other formats, you need to convert them to a compatible format before you can play them on the iPhone or iPod touch.

A number of solutions are available, including the Videora Video Converters (, a series of free applications for PCs running the Windows OS. Note that different versions of the program are available for converting videos to the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPod touch. A how-to on using Videora is available on the CNet Reviews Web site (

After converting the video to a compatible format, use iTunes to sync the videos with your iPhone or iPod touch. (A how-to on this was published in the premier issue of iPhone Life:

Another popular free solution is Handbrake (, which is able to directly transcode DVD, HD-DVD, and BlueRay sources.

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