We've heard your distress transmission and help is on the way! And no, you don't need an R2 unit to get mobile video. Look, we all want to take our favorite videos on the go, whether they're home movies to share with family, viral videos to share with friends, or DVDs to watch on a flight. But there are a few challenges...

Challenges With iPod DVD & Video Conversion

You want your favorite DVDs and videos on your iPod Classic, iPod Nano or iPod Touch but...
  • They only play 2 video formats - MPEG-4 & H.264 - yet there are dozens of formats (3GP, ASF, AVI, DivX, FLV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, RMVB, SWF, VOB, WMV…)
  • You have videos that don't play on your iPod and you don't know how to convert or transfer them
  • And with so many mobile video converters out there you just don't know the right one to purchase

Challenges Solved : Easy Mobile Video Has Done All The Hard Work

We were once like you young Jedi - or experienced Jedi Master, as the case may be - seeking an answer to our mobile video needs. Since we couldn't find a clear, comprehensive solution, we created one.
  • We Research every mobile video converter developer on the market
  • We Lab Test hundreds of video conversion programs for all popular mobile devices
  • We Review, rate and recommend only the absolute best ones for your device, your needs and your budget

What To Look For in an iPod DVD & Video Converter

Our mobile video converter evaluations are as stringent and thorough as possible. We look at the same criteria as any iPod owner would:
  • Easy To Use : a clean layout, intuitive navigation, clearly labeled buttons, and immediately usable without instructions
  • Fast, Quality Conversions : conversion speeds up to 300X, dual-and-multi-core support, flawless final output, and consistent performance
  • Any Format, Any Device : handles any video input, works with all iPod models, compatible with other devices (iPhone, BlackBerry, PSP, Sony, Nokia...)
  • Inexpensive : at the end of the day, that the converter is great value for the money

How To Choose The iPod DVD & Video Converter That's Right For You

From the hundreds of mobile converters we tested, and the few dozen we deemed worthy to review, we selected a short-list of the best to recommend to you, organized in tabs below according to category - Suite, DVD-only, Video-only, YouTube and Mac. Select the one that best meets your requirements and either download the Free Trial Version (videos are watermarked) or instantly purchase the software by clicking the "Buy Now" button. They're all good choices!

Our Recommendations For Best iPod DVD & Video Converters

Converter Suites combine the best of all worlds: DVD ripping, video conversion, and easy transfer to your iPod

DVD Converters will rip any DVD to an iPod-friendly format but they don't convert videos

Video Converters will convert any video to play on your iPod but they don't rip DVDs

YouTube converters will download and convert any YouTube video to play on your iPod

Mac users can rip DVDs, convert videos, and easily transfer to their iPod using these conversion programs

Technical Requirements For iPod DVD & Video Converters // Each mobile video converter will have its own technical requirements, but these general specs will work for all of our recommended converters: For PC - Windows NT / 2000 / 2003 / XP / Vista, with an 800MHz Intel / AMD processor or better, and Microsoft DirectX 9.0 or greater; For Mac - Mac OS X version 10.4 or later, with a PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor; Hardware - 512MB of RAM or better, 100MB of hard drive space or better, SVGA graphics with 800x600 resolution or better, a DVD player; Software - Windows Media Player 9.0 or later, Apple QuickTime 6.0 or later, Apple iTunes 7.4 or later (for device transfers); Formats - Most of the video converters will work with these formats: 3GP, 3GPP, 3G2, ASF, AVC, AVI, DivX, FLV, H.263, H.264, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, MPEG-4, MPG, MPEG, MPEG1, MPEG2, MKV, OGG, OGM, RM, RMVB, SWF, VOB, WMV, XviD; Models - All the converters will work with these iPods: iPod, iPod Classic, iPod Nano, iPod Touch.
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