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Use Quicktime Player to export movies to iTunes video Apps
Apple's tutorial Creating Video for iPod requires Quicktime 7 Pro, but the free Quicktime Player is equally capable.

I've posted both an AppleScript (Export front movie to iTunes.scpt) and an automator workflow (Export selected movies to iTunes.workflow) to get you started.

The Automator workflow enables you right-click on movie files in the Finder to do this, and the AppleScript lets you export the frontmost movie via the scripts menu. One interesting note is that these both work for any media files that Quicktime Player can open.
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Use Quicktime Player to export movies to iTunes video
Authored by: chipset on Oct 24, '05 01:30:27PM

If you have PSPWare or iPSP, the videos it creates are compatible with the iPod. I have a bunch of stuff I have converted and most of it looks better than the PSP. Some Widescreen stuff doesn't look as good, tho.



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No-cost approach
Authored by: aribn on Oct 24, '05 03:21:31PM

Neither PSPware nor iPSP is free. The method that I use above to get videos to the iPod is available to any Mac running OS X, and costs nothing.

Grab the most recent versions of iTunes and Quicktime (both free) if you need. The Automator-based Finder plugin requires 10.4, but the Applescript should run under older versions of the OS.



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Use Quicktime Player to export movies to iTunes video
Authored by: kostia on Oct 24, '05 07:21:41PM

Both the Automator workflow and the AppleScript look for a temp file in the directory of a user named "ari." I can't find where/how this is hardcoded in the script, but it's there. Can you post an updated version that will work with any username, or tell me where to put my own name in?



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path quirk
Authored by: aribn on Oct 25, '05 06:03:42AM
Thanks for pointing this out, kostia. I've updated the script so that the path to the temporary items folder is now resolved at run-time instead of compile-time.

The updated version of the "Export front movie to iTunes" applescript is now posted.



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Use Quicktime Player to export movies to iTunes video
Authored by: starwxrwx on Oct 25, '05 04:01:24AM

it seems to take a LOT longer to do this via the automator workflow than by export in Quicktime pro

or am I imagining it?



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Use Quicktime Player to export movies to iTunes video
Authored by: PlxoGuy on Nov 05, '05 12:35:13AM

I just view my limewire share folder by kind, hightlight all the qtime movies and drag and drop (yes, I said drag'n'drop) over the iTunes Library. The other guys just launched automator. LOL



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Poor video quality - iPod limitation or poor conversion?
Authored by: sjonke on Oct 25, '05 06:35:34AM

Is anyone else finding that videos they convert for and then play on their vPod look great in bright scenes, but shadows have blotches and gradations? Nothing I've tried seems to get rid of this, so I'm starting to wonder if the problem isn't with the vPod and not the codec. I've tried using handbrake to convert a DVD to 320x240 768 kbps H.264 and even 2500 kbps MPEG-4 and the problem remains (having said that, it's not clear to me that Handbrake's average bits per second setting is actually working.)

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Poor video quality - iPod limitation or poor conversion?
Authored by: MasterWu19413 on Feb 28, '06 08:06:20PM

I have the exact same problem but im not sure if its normal or not. Have u compared ur ipod with other people's ipods to see if they have the same poor video quality?



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Use Quicktime Player to export movies to iTunes video
Authored by: iacas on Oct 26, '05 11:08:53AM

I get a problem whereby the AppleEvent times out. The movie continues to export and presumably gets saved to the temp folder, but it's never then copied (added, played) in iTunes.

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Use Quicktime Player to export movies to iTunes video
Authored by: snowdove on Nov 06, '05 07:45:52PM

The free version of Quicktime doesn't have the Export Enabled. I have the current version.

Here's the real trouble though - I don't want to export to IPOD. I want to be able to convert be able to play on my PDA (Dell Axim) on Windows Media Player. The Axim doesn't have Quicktime.

I have been looking all over the net for Music videos to buy -- I'm not asking for anything for free but do you think I can find them anywhere except ITUNES? No. And we know ITunes videos come as protected MPEG4's -- so my converters are failing. I bought them..but can't play them on anything but my PC with Quicktime. That really blows.

Any suggestions? I spent $35 on a converter only to figure out that the damn files are protected.

So if any of you know where I can buy music videos that will play on Windows Media Player -- that's all I ask. Or...uhhhh.. a way to MAKE them play on WMP.

I got the whole .wma to mp3 figured out for my audio files but I REALLY want music videos.



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Use Quicktime Player to export movies to iTunes video
Authored by: risk on Nov 10, '05 06:07:03PM

how do you convert those wma files to mp3 in os x?? i don't have wmp though.



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