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iTunes: Quickly convert videos to AAC audio Apps
I do have some video podcasts I'd love to be able to listen to in double speed on my iPhone. However, this only works for audio files.

For audio files in your iTunes library, it's possible to quickly convert them to your default audio encoding using the command 'Create AAC Version' in the 'Advanced' menu. With video files, that particular command is greyed out. However, when pressing the Option key, the command turns into 'Convert to AAC…' which lets you select any iTunes-compatible file in the browse dialog and turn into AAC audio. While this approach works, it is clunky and cumbersome.

Recently, I've discovered a much more straightforward solution which takes advantage of functionality that seems to be sort of a bug in iTunes.

Select the desired video in iTunes and then choose the aforementioned 'Convert to AAC…' command using the Option key but let go of the Option key as soon as you selected the menu item. Instead of letting you select a file to convert, iTunes will happily convert the selected video to AAC.

Note however that your video will end up in iTunes' 'Music' section. If you want it to appear in 'Podcasts' or 'iTunes U', you will have to select it, get info and change the media type manually.

[crarko adds: It's also seems possible to get 'Convert to MP3' depending on the format of the original video.]
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iTunes: Quickly convert videos to AAC audio
Authored by: cosmotic on Jan 10, '12 07:41:00AM

It's likely these conversions will be 'lossy'. Tools such as ffmpeg and mp4box, although command line utilities, will allow one to do lossless extractions of the audio channel and to re-container them.



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iTunes: Quickly convert videos to AAC audio
Authored by: snaab on Jan 10, '12 07:42:11AM

Actually, the format to which it is converted is whatever format you have selected in your iTunes preferences as default for encoding. Thus, if you have Apple Lossless selected, then Apple Lossless will be offered to you, etc.



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iTunes: Quickly convert videos to AAC audio
Authored by: frank_martin on Jan 10, '12 12:45:13PM

Crako, the encoding option in the Advanced menu is determined by the selected encoding in iTunes menu > General tab > Import Settings button. There are five options, including ACC and MP3.

It would be great if Apple hung a submenu on Advanced menu > Convert to..., with each of the options in the submenu. As it is, the design obscures the encoding options.



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iTunes: Quickly convert videos to AAC audio
Authored by: boxcarl on Jan 10, '12 01:44:48PM

Pay the $3 or whatever and get Instacast for iPhone. It lets you play video podcasts at 2x. Done.



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iTunes: Quickly convert videos to AAC audio
Authored by: alansky on Jan 11, '12 11:05:25AM

And this method is less "clunky and cumbersome" how exactly???



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iTunes: Quickly convert videos to AAC audio
Authored by: cybergoober on Jan 11, '12 11:28:38AM

I believe the author is saying it is a bit less clunky and cumbersome because it just converts the selected video, rather than prompting you to browse for a video to convert.

Edited on Jan 11, '12 11:31:39AM by cybergoober



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