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Handling of video files

If you are the lucky owner of a video iPod, you can transfer your MP4 embedded videos with ml_iPod, too.

Caution: Only *.mp4 and *.m4v is handled, no other video formats (no QuickTime *.mov files!).

Prerequisites

First thing you must make sure is that the mp4 input plugin for Winamp is installed (that is part of a full installation). Although this is an audio input plugin, it is needed for video support, because it gives Winamp the capability to read the MP4 metadata. Check this in the Winamp preferences, an entry for in_mp4.dll must be present:

In mp4.png

Next, you have to tell this MP4 plugin to handle *.m4v files, which it does not by default. Click on the "Configure" button and add M4V to the list, like this:

In mp4 ext.png

That's all, now Winamp is able to open *.mp4 and *.m4v files (but it will play only the audio, if you try it inside Winamp)

Specifying the kind of video

The iPod classifies all videos to be either Music Video, Movie, TV Show or Video Podcast. Depending on that classification, the video shows up in different menus on the iPod.

Podcasts are a special thing, they are described on the podcast page and will not be taken into consideration here.

By default, your videos will be classified as "Music Videos", which means they show upon the "Music Videos" menu on the iPod as well as in the "Music" menus (marked with a small video screen image on the right).

Winamp provides no builtin method to specify a different classification for a file, so we use two special ways to circumvent this limitation.

Special folders

In the preferences, you can designate some folder as being the top folder for all your movies, or all your TV shows. Then, whenever ml_iPod transfers a video from one of these special locations to the iPod, it will automatically be assigned the right video category. This is by far the easiest way to handle it. But it requires that you put all your videos into a special area on your HD. Well, you are an organized person anyway, aren't you?

Special tags in the comment field

The other way to have your file in one of the other video categories is to edit the comment of the video before you transfer it. It must be added to the Winamp Media Library to make this possible. Then you can select it in Winamp and press Ctrl-E. Edit the comment and close the editing window wit "Ok" (It is not necessary to select "update tags"). The comment must contain these special markers:

  • [M] = movie
  • [MV] = music video
  • [TV] = TV show
  • [MTV] = music TV show

E.g. for a movie, the comment could be something like "[M] my worst movie ever". The square brackets a required!

TV shows have an additional function: Everything following the [TV] or [MTV] is taken as the show name. If nothing is given, the artist field from the file metadata is taken as show name. If that is also empty, a default ("-no show name-") is used.

If you have such a special comment tag, it always takes precedence over the folder (the video kind specified in the tag is used, regardless of the loaction of the file)

So, where do my videos show up on the iPod?

This is kind of confusing. I try to summarize what I saw. This all depends on the iPod firmware, so maybe Apple changes it from time to time? The different kind of videos can show up in multiple menus on the iPod.

  • Movies
    • in Videos->Movies
    • in any personal playlists where they are included, under Video->Video Playlists
    • in any personal playlists where they are included, under Music->Playlists. If you play it from there, the video does not show, only the music is played
  • Music Videos
    • in Videos->Music Videos
    • in any personal playlists where they are included, under Video->Video Playlists
    • in all submenus of Music (Music->Artists, Music->Songs...). If you play it from there, the video does not show, only the music is played
    • in any personal playlists where they are included, under Music->Playlists. If you play it from there, the video does not show, only the music is played
  • TV show
    • in Videos->TV Shows, sorted under the show name (taken from the comment, see above)
    • in any personal playlists where they are included, under Video->Video Playlists
    • in any personal playlists where they are included, under Music->Playlists. If you play it from there, the video does not show, only the music is played
  • Music TV show
    • in Videos->TV Shows, sorted under the show name (taken from the comment, see above)
    • in Videos->Music Videos
    • in any personal playlists where they are included, under Video->Video Playlists
    • in all submenus of Music (Music->Artists, Music->Songs...). If you play it from there, the video does not show, only the music is played
    • in any personal playlists where they are included, under Music->Playlists. If you play it from there, the video does not show, only the music is played
  • Video Podcasts
    • in Videos->Video Podcasts
    • in Music->Podcasts. If you play it from there, the video does not show, only the audio is played

You can include videos in all regular playlists. The iPod scans all your playlists whether there is at least one video included. If so, the playlists is listed under Video->Video Playlists. The playlist may contain non-video tracks, too.

Transfer to the iPod

Transfer is exactly as with audio tracks: With Sync, Drag & Drop, SendTo menu or whatever suits you best.

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