Converting YouTube videos for your iPod

I recently got a 30 gig iPod Video (again), and I was looking for a way to convert YouTube’s .flv files into something the iPod would recognise.

Let’s start with downloading the .flv files: VideoDownloader is a Firefox extension that will help you download videos from LOTS of sites:

“Sites supported:
Youtube, Google Video, iFilm, Metacafe, Dailymotion, Myspace, Angry Alien, AnimeEpisodes.Net, Badjojo, Blastro, Blennus,, Bofunk, Bolt,, Castpost, CollegeHumor, Current TV, Dachix, Danerd,, DevilDucky, Double Agent, eVideoShare, EVTV1, FindVideos, Free Video Blog, Grinvi, Grouper, Hiphopdeal, Kontraband, Lulu TV,,,, MySpace Video Code, Newgrounds, NothingToxic, PcPlanets, Pixparty, PlsThx, Putfile, Revver, Sharkle, SmitHappens, StreetFire, That Video Site, TotallyCrap, VideoCodes4U, VideoCodesWorld, VideoCodeZone, vidiLife, Vimeo, vSocial, Yikers, ZippyVideos… and any other webpage with embedded objects.”

I was astonished how hard it was to find software that makes the conversion process simple – there are lots of ffmpeg scripts and all that, but that was not what I was looking for.

I finally discovered MoviePod (available for Mac and Windows), a $10 shareware that does the job in the best way imaginable. It will even put the resulting files into an iTunes playlist of your liking.


Update 2006-09-11:

iTube is a similar beast, but totally free:

iTube is an easy to use Windows program that will enable you to transfer any YouTube video onto your iPod video.

Simply enter in the YouTube page URL and iTube will download the file, convert it, and then import it directly into iTunes. The next time you plug in your iPod video it will automatically transfer. If you don’t have an iPod video, you can still watch the movie in iTunes.”


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