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How to convert videos for iPhone/iPad/iPod

Here’s an easy one-step method to get your favorite videos to an iPhone, iPad or iPod

Posted August 17, 2011 by Shawn "Doc Rock" Boyd

I’m often asked how to get videos to iDevices in a simple and easy way. Following up on a post I did about downloading videos from YouTube, I received a question from one of my most prolific readers of my random tech and how-to post… my editor Diane Seo.

That was a joke, people. It’s not that she’s a huge fan; she has to read my posts to correct stuff. Never mind, I digress. Diane wanted to know what’s the easiest way to get videos converted for use on an Apple mobile device, namely iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

The process is surprisingly simple, and this quick video will show you how.

QuickTime is a very versatile tool and comes standard on any Mac and on most PCs if you own an Apple mobile device. The same steps are available if you’re making videos in iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Just hit the “Share” menu and select iTunes.

I hope you enjoyed this quick “how-to” and found it useful. If you have and questions, comments or feedback, drop me a note… Mahalo!


  1. DianeSeo
    Posted August 17, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Thanks Doc for the tutorial. Very helpful and great follow-up. I do have a question though. In order to get YouTube videos from YouTube to a directory on your desktop, do you still have to use a tool like Download Helper? What’s the easiest way these days to get the actual video file on to your computer, so you can then drag into iTunes?

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Raised on the East Coast, Doc came to Hawaii soon after graduating high school. Doc has been involved in technology since getting his first set of tools as a Christmas present at age 5. Since climbing out from behind the Genius Bar at Apple you now will most likely find Doc waxing rhapsodically on the virtues of saké, good food, soccer, super-cars and camera gear.

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