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Transferring videos without converting?

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#1 NightWarlock


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Posted 16 May 2010 - 12:08 PM

Is there any way to transfer avi videos to my iPod without converting them using an external video conversion program / iTunes conversion program?

Additionally, is there any way to transfer videos without using iTunes?

I have an iPod touch first gen.

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#2 arknaz


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Posted 24 May 2010 - 02:51 PM

I Believe AVI will transfer over (think i remember doing it with avi) but it was a smaller file, like 2 minutes. (dont quote me on that..just what i remembered before converting them all to mp4)

But to transfer them without itunes i think the only way is with a jailbroken ipod, then SSH into the ipod and transfer to the Downloads folder which an app you can get via Jailbreaking can access.

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 04:01 PM

their is an app called mp movie player.
link to MP-Movie Player
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#4 rohin john

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 03:25 PM

there is a way to add your movies(.avi or .mp4 etc.) to the ipod without converting it. but this will probably work for jailbroken ipods/ iphones as you need to download vlc media player and im not sure if its there in apple store but you have to download it from installous.

1.download and install vlc media player from installous
2.connect your ipod/iphone, open itunes and click on the ipod and goto "apps" tab.
3. down you will be able to see "VLC" under the filesharing column
4.click on "VLC" under apps column. you can choose any xvid files that can be played through vlc media player and then drag it to the "documents"
5.you will be able to see the progress bar on top.
6. then you are done transferring the file

now you can open vlc app on your iphone/ipod and the you will be able to see it on the menu and there you can play it...
thats it.
enjoy :)

#5 simplesimpleton


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:24 PM

From my experience in filming and editing, I can tell you that AVI is a much larger file than Mp4 so you would probably want to convert the files to mp4 anyways.I believe Mp4 files are made specifically to play across other handheld platforms.With AVI you would just be wasting an unnecessary amount of memory compared to mp4.

#6 machaliek


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:04 AM

From Macrumor Forum, I learn that:


iTunes only supports QuickTime and MPEG-4 Movie files that end in ".mov", ".m4v", or ".mp4" and are playable in QuickTime Player. In order to successfully import AVI to iTunes and then transfer AVI to iPad, AVI to iPhone, AVI to iPod, AVI to Apple TV, etc, converting AVI to iTunes recognized formats is an ideal way.


There are so many converters available online but before going to download or purchase, find out the best  AVI to iTunes converter.


Hope it will help you more or less.

#7 Sarah Simonth

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 01:31 PM

Thanks for WALTR. Works great, really fast, plays avi on iPhone easily. I just imported the video, it saved a lot of time:) Besides, it plays movies on a native playback what saves my battery! :thumbup2: 

#8 aureliaandrewsb


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Posted 30 September 2015 - 12:13 AM

In fact, iTunes does not support AVI format. According to Apple official website, iTunes is only compatible with:


H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;

H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;

MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.


You may try this easy method to transfer AVI to iTunes, iPad, iPhone, iPod.


By the way, this method helps me to successfully transfer any video like AVI, WMV, FLV, MPG, MKV etc to iTuens, iPad etc.


You may also have a free try.

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