2007-11-04

Google Video, Youtube, Picasa or Tetes a claques on Your Ipod or Sony PSP!

Fascinating video about Steve Jobs and the history of the iPod originally broadcast on the Discovery Channel: At Google Video (43 minutes).

I must have missed the memo, but Google Video now provides a link so you can download and save in iPod and Sony PSP friendly MP4 format.

Odly, Google doesn't offer that convenience on it's Youtube site. To save Youtube videos on your iPod, ipod touch or iphone from Youtube, Google's Picasa or from Têtes à claques (or other Adobe Flash video), you have to follow the following procedures:

(If you have access to a Wifi Internet connection (and/or EDGE for the iphone), you don't have to follow this procedure if you just want to watch, but not store, Youtube (only) videos on your iPod touch or iphone ).

1. Download and install the totally free and, according to Norton, safe, Freez iPod converter.
2. Go to Youtube or Picassas or Têtes à claques as you normally would, watch the video. Right click on it, boost the Adobe Flash player cache to something relatively high (After right clicking on the video: settings/folder icon/drag the arrow thing to the right), .
3. Once the video is finished playing, go to your temporary files (in Internet Explorer 7, click on Tools/Internet Options/Browsing History Settings/View Files).
4. When you have found the Temporary files folder, look for a recent absurdly large file (put your files in order of "Last Accessed", go ot the most recent, then go up from there to the large file).
5. Copy the large file, paste it. Change the extension to .flv (you can also change the name of the file if you want).
6.Open your free and installed copy of Freez iPod Converter (not a sponsor of this blog), chose the file you want to convert, chose to appropriate setting (.h264 in the case of the ipod touch and iphone) and voilà, a video in the appropriate iPod touch format (or normal Ipod, iphone, PSP or MP4 players) .

To transfer the video from your computer to your iPod (step one is done):
  1. Save the video to a location on your computer.
  2. Connect your iPod to your computer and open the Apple iTunes application.
  3. In iTunes, select "File" > "Add File to Library." Browse for the video you downloaded, then click "Open."
  4. Select the "Movies" tab.
  5. Check the "Sync movies" box.
  6. Click "Apply."

Let me know if you have any questions.

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