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Postby antiquexray on Sun Mar 18, 2007 9:37 pm

Hi, my son has a video IPOD that he wants to load some youtube video onto. I was able to use the youtube downloader to save them to my Mint Box, which I can view using VLC. Plugging the VIPOD into Mint works great, it sees the VIPOD just fine, it will even transfer the video, it just doesn't recognize the format so he can see it. Is there a way to convert flash video to a format the VIPOD can see?

PS, I can even play the songs stored on the IPOD through the Mint Box.
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Postby clem on Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:48 am

If you find out, please tell me. This is one of the reason I still have an old Windows box sitting in the corner of the room... I use a program called Jodix.. maybe it works under Wine ??
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Postby scorp123 on Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:58 am

Check the iPod manuals ... there must be some mentioning what formats it does support and what formats it doesn't. Once you know that it's more or less easy. There are tools such as mencoder that can convert any video format to anything else ... But all the parameters of mencoder are complicated as hell. So I'd suggest to use one of the many front-ends that people have written for it. I am sure that most of those can be found via "Synaptic" too. A few candidates I'd look at are mentioned here, a little further down the page, section "MEncoder Frontends":

http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/projects.html

Most of those frontends focus on DVD ripping but there are a few that should enable you to easily convert one video format to another video format without having to learn all those cryptic command line parameters mencoder knows ...

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Postby scorp123 on Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:00 am

MEncoder tutorial with "AcidRip", a GNOME frontend:
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/9124
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Postby scorp123 on Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:11 am

You said you downloaded the YouTube videos? So I assume the result is that you get *.flv files that you can play via VLC, right?

OK, twisted as I am I dug around in some IRC channels, went on some folk's nerves and I used my poisonous stinger a little here and there ... and what one of my contacts came up with is this -- no idea where he has it from, but it works :twisted:

This little script will take any *.flv file and convert it into a DIVX file (*.avi) ... which is very useful, as I will assume that your iPOD should be able to handle DIVX? Even my stoopid Windows Mobile based PocketPC can ... :D

This script is called "flv2avi.sh" ... I am not the author, whoever created this though deserves a big "thank you!" :twisted:

Code: Select all
#!/bin/sh

if [ -z "$1" ]; then
  echo "Usage: $0 {-divx|-xvid} list_of_flv_files"
  exit 1
fi

# video encoding bit rate
V_BITRATE=1000

while [ "$1" ]; do
  case "$1" in
    -divx)
      MENC_OPTS="-ovc lavc -lavcopts \
        vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=$V_BITRATE:mbd=2:v4mv:autoaspect"
      ;;
    -xvid)
      MENC_OPTS="-ovc xvid -xvidencopts bitrate=$V_BITRATE:autoaspect"
      ;;
    *)
      if file "$1" | grep -q "Macromedia Flash Video"; then
        mencoder "$1" $MENC_OPTS -vf pp=lb -oac mp3lame \
          -lameopts fast:preset=standard -o \
          "`basename $1 .flv`.avi"
      else
        echo "$1 is not Flash Video. Skipping"
      fi
      ;;
  esac
  shift
done
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Postby clem on Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:21 am

Ok, I found an even better way. Let's say you want to get Revolution OS (a must see by the way):

- Go to Google Video and find the video:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 2627775409

- Go to http://keepvid.com and paste the URL above. Then click "download" and choose the .mp4 option.

That's it, you're downloading Revolution OS for your iPod.

Clem
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Postby antiquexray on Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:08 pm

clem wrote:Ok, I found an even better way. Let's say you want to get Revolution OS (a must see by the way):

- Go to Google Video and find the video:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 2627775409

- Go to http://keepvid.com and paste the URL above. Then click "download" and choose the .mp4 option.

That's it, you're downloading Revolution OS for your iPod.

Clem


Clem, the only option I get is .flv using mint
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Postby clem on Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:15 pm

On youtube videos yes, but on google videos you also get mp4.
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Postby antiquexray on Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:39 pm

clem wrote:On youtube videos yes, but on google videos you also get mp4.


It's youtube video I'm trying to save
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Postby scorp123 on Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:51 pm

antiquexray wrote:Clem, the only option I get is .flv using mint
Use my script above and convert them to avi :wink:
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Postby antiquexray on Tue Mar 20, 2007 7:44 pm

scorp123 wrote:
antiquexray wrote:Clem, the only option I get is .flv using mint
Use my script above and convert them to avi :wink:


OK Scorp, remember now, I'm a newbie. I no nothing about scripts....Do I just copy and paste in the command line?
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Postby antiquexray on Tue Mar 20, 2007 7:50 pm

scorp123 wrote:
antiquexray wrote:Clem, the only option I get is .flv using mint
Use my script above and convert them to avi :wink:


Here, I'll make it easy for you...I mean me...I mean everyone. Here's a short youtube video my son wants:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=vhRZqgy76vk

Now, after you stop laughing, please plug that into your script so I know just what you mean. thanks
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Postby antiquexray on Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:05 pm

I've tried using the script, but since I really don't know the terminal very well, nothing happens. Can anyone help?
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Postby scorp123 on Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:21 pm

antiquexray wrote:I've tried using the script, but since I really don't know the terminal very well, nothing happens. Can anyone help?
"nothing happens" is not really precise :wink: It would be helpful if you could list all the steps you did and what the terminal said in response to your actions :D
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