Do you own a video iPod? If not, you’re stuck watch video podcasts only on your computer. Until now.
These simple directions will convert your favorite video podcasts to audio only. You’ll now be able to listen to these podcasts on your iPod, with no video required.
I run Windows XP. Thus, these steps focus on Windows. However, I’m sure a similar process would work on Mac, Linux, etc.
2. Optional: By default, MediaCoder checks for updates at startup. It does this by opening a browser window to a MediaCoder page. It annoys me, so I turned off this option. Do so by selecting File > Settings > Generic > Check for updates at startup, and then set the option to “No.”
3. Run MediaCoder and add the video podcasts you want to convert to audio. The default MediaCoder settings should work fine. You can add an entire video podcast directory by clicking the “Add Dir” button. You can also drag and drop files from Windows Explorer to MediaCoder.
4. When you have your video podcasts loaded into MediaCoder, select Transcode > Transcode Audio Only from the menu bar. MediaCoder will begin converting your files to audio only. You’ll see progress bars, and you’ll get a little popup notification when it’s done.
5. Verify that your files are all converted properly. If you look in the source directory, you should see a new mp3 file for every video podcast you transcoded.
6. Import your new audio files into iTunes. I created a new playlist and just dragged & dropped the mp3 files into the iTunes list.
Now you’ll have audio files in iTunes, ready to sync with your iPod. I’m going to hang onto the original video files, until I listen to the audio. Then if there’s something that’s confusing with no video, I can go back and watch it.
This method might not work well for some podcasts, when the video is integral to the message. However, I think it will be great for some, like most episodes of The Merlin Show, which are usually just Merlin and a friend talking.
I threw together this solution in a few minutes. Thus, I’m sure it’s not perfect. If you run into any problems or have an idea for improvement, please let me know. Feel free to post a comment or drop me a line.
Update (Mar. 10, 9:15pm) – Chris Johnston asked if this same technique would work for .wmv files. A quick test revealed that it does. Now Chris is going to load LawProse educational
videos audios onto his Treo. Awesome idea, Chris!
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