The iPod, which is manufactured by Apple, is a portable music player that, depending on the model, may have extra features such as video compatibility, games and apps. As of 2011, four iPod models are available, two of which are compatible with video. The iPod Classic and iPod Touch allow you to sync and view video, with the iPod Touch having the added bonus of two cameras that record video. The iPod Shuffle is not compatible with video because it doesn't have a screen, and the sixth-generation iPod Nano is the first iPod Nano that is not compatible with video. While it is technically possible to put DVDs on an iPod, it can be a violation of copyright laws.
iPod Video Formats
You can sync videos, along with music, through iTunes, which is Apple's digital music software. The iPod accepts videos only in MP4, M4V and MOV formats. You may be able to import other video formats into iTunes, but they will not sync to your iPod. You can use third-party software to convert your videos to one of the compatible formats. To add videos to sync with your iPod, drag and drop the video file into the Movies playlist, which is located on the left menu bar of the iTunes application window on your computer. All videos that are not purchased from the iTunes Store will be automatically categorized in the Movies playlist.
"Ripping" a DVD refers to taking the information off the disc and saving it in digital video file format. Ripping DVDs may be commonplace, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's legal. As of February 2011, the issue is still being contested. According to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, it is technically illegal to rip a DVD; however, many argue that making copies of DVDs for personal backups falls under the guidelines of fair use.
Ripping a DVD that you purchased is technically copyright infringement according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This includes making a backup copy for yourself or a digital copy to use on your own personal mobile devices. Many production companies now include iTunes-friendly digital files of their movie on their DVDs to provide an alternative to ripping. As a general guideline, if you don't own the copyright, don't rip the DVD.
If you have home movies on DVD or DVDs you've made yourself with your own videos, you own the copyright. You are legally allowed to sync with your iPod any DVDs that you own the copyright to. To sync a DVD you need a DVD-ripping program such as Handbrake. You can also use the DVD-ripping program to convert your DVD to a MP4, M4V or MOV file format.
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