How can I get 3+ hours of video playback on my 30 GB iPod?

Apple’s advertisement rates the 30 GB iPod as capable of two hours’ worth of video playback on one full charge. However, media savvy people have found out that they can play videos on their 30 GB iPod for nearly three hours straight after a full ...
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How can I get 3+ hours of video playback on my 30 GB iPod?

Apple’s advertisement rates the 30 GB iPod as capable of two hours’ worth of video playback on one full charge. However, media savvy people have found out that they can play videos on their 30 GB iPod for nearly three hours straight after a full charge!

How do they do it? The answer is: COMPRESS!

If you’re willing to make a couple of compromises with the way your videos play on your iPod, then compressing files is the way to go. Do that and we guarantee you get 25 minutes extra from your 30 GB iPod’s battery life (more so if you have the 60 GB model).

What are these compromises I’m talking about? Well, it should come as no surprise to you that smaller videos (that is, smaller picture sizes, lower bitrates and framerates) will play longer on one charge than a video that tops out of the highest settings available.

Let’s take a two-hour full-screen video file as an example. Compress it using the MPEG-4 format and scale it down to only 192 x 144 and 15 frames per second. Then, play it on your video iPod. Don’t be surprised if the video plays on your iPod for three hours and four minutes straight!

It’s amazing what compressing files can do to your iPod experience. It’s certainly one way of getting the most out of your iPod.

Does pressing the fast-forward button really shorten battery life?

We’ve all heard the myth. If you keep fast-forwarding, then you are shortening your battery’s life. But is it true? And if it is, how so?

Consider this fact: Your battery’s life is mostly dependent upon how often the iPod’s mechanical hard drive has to spin-up and read more data. This does not only apply to videos. In fact, this is mostly true for when you’re listening to music – especially when you’re SHUFFLING.

You see, here’s what happens when you shuffle your music or your videos. The iPod usually spins the hard drive at regular intervals and loads up the next few songs into its solid-state memory. When you hold your iPod in your hand, you can actually feel this happening. Now, if you fast-forward through songs, you’re actually emptying the memory of your iPod. As a result, the hard drive will have to spin-up again to read ahead a bunch more songs. This drains precious battery life.

Want a tip? Make some Smart Playlists so you can avoid the artists or albums that you constantly find yourself fast forwarding through.

How do I optimize my iPod battery so I can watch a long video in several sessions and know where I left off?

Okay, so you’re watching a long movie, right? And then you find that you have to do something so you can’t finish watching the whole thing. You stop the movie and think that you can just play it again when you’re not busy. The good thing about the video iPod is that it works just like any other video file. You can just seek through the whole length of the file, looking for where you last left off watching until you find that particular scene and play it from there. However, there’s a problem with this set up. It drains battery life.

When you skin through scenes, you’re causing the hard drive to spin-up at each stopping point so that each time you search ahead, you’ve just blow a few minutes of precious battery life. How to solve this? Before you exit a long movie midway, press the center button on your iPod and note the time in the clip so you can return to it later.

Videos that are optimized for iPod playback should play for nearly three hours straight. If you really want to squeeze out an extra 20-30 minutes of video playback, you’ll have to scale down your video and compress it to the point where you WILL notice a difference. Compression can cause the file to lose some of its properties so that itty-bitty blur there, or that strange contrast in the picture – that could be a result of compressing the file, rather than an actual fault in the file itself.

If you’re not willing to make the compromise, you can try the other two tips we’ve given you and keep your settings at the following:


• Size: 320 x 240 (most widescreen movies will come in at 320 x 176 or 320 x 144)

• Bitrate: 600 Kbps

• Audio: 128 Kbps, AAC Stereo, 44 KHz

• Framerate: Same as source (or 29.97 for TV output)


• Size: 320 x 240 (unless you’re optimizing for TV output)

• Bitrate: 1000 Kbps

• Audio: 128 Kbps, AAC Stereo, 44 KHz

• Framerate: Same as source (or 29.97 for TV output)

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  • BN ID: 2940016562193
  • Publisher: All classic book warehouse
  • Publication date: 6/3/2013
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