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Viewing long videos on iTunes U

Like a lot of iTunes U content you can choose to view directly, or ‘Get’ and then view the copy you download in your iTunes U library, more on this distinction here.

You may want to choose to ‘view’ not ‘get’

A 1 hour video is a fairly large file, for example 200MB versus 20MB for an average audio file.

Unless you need to view the video while away from WiFi coverage you may find it more convenient not to ‘Get’ these files (with the ‘Get’ button) but instead to just double-click their titles to view them in iTunes.

20 second (or so) pause

When you double-click to view a video in iTunes be prepared for a 20 second or so pause at the start where nothing appears to have happened—this is normal, the video should start and play normally to the end from then on (assuming your Internet connection is not interrupted).

Solution for message “movie was not copied to the iPod…”

If when going to synchronize a movie to your ipod you get message:

movie was not copied to the iPod because it cannot be played on this iPod

then here is a solution.

Background

HCH makes video files as small as they can safely make them while ensuring they remain legible on desktop, laptop, etc screens.

This inevitably means they are fairly large (although we try to keep them from getting too large).

Apple applies rules that mean a video that is ‘too good’ for an iPod will not copy over.

Solution

Built in to the iTunes player is a facility for making iPod friendly (or iPad friendly) versions of movies, so for those that want these videos on their iPods (or iPads):

  1. download the video(s) as normal
  2. select* (*click once on the recording to highlight it) a video which cannot be transferred to the iPod in the iTunes Library
  3. from the menu at the top, click File > Create New Version > and then either Create iPod or iPhone Version or click Create iPad or Apple TV Version
  4. while the conversion is running an item named Converting... appears in iTunes under PLAYLISTS (the conversion takes a little while so you may want to start it then go and make a nice cup of Tea)
  5. when the conversion is complete iTunes will have created a copy of the movie in the iTunes library (there will be two movies listed with the same name)
  6. the file that is created may be copied to the iPod.

Want an audio-only version of a video?

Although there is a solution for message “movie was not copied to the iPod…” that produces a version of a video that can be used on an iPod/Phone/Pad, it is possible you may not want a video that works but you may instead want simply the audio from the video. If that is the case then read on…

To get audio from video

  1. download the video(s) as normal
  2. select* (*click once on the recording to highlight it) a video in the iTunes Library
  3. from the menu at the top, click File > Create New Version and then hover your mouse over grayed-out menu option Create AAC Version and without moving your mouse press and hold the Option/Alt key on your keyboard
  4. the above menu option will become clickable
  5. click the menu option (then release the Option/Alt key) and follow the instructions provided by iTunes.

This will result in an audio-only version file being created which you can then add in to your iTunes library as you would any other audio.

Streaming use only (not for download)

Some items may be marked “FOR STREAMING USE ONLY / NOT FOR DOWNLOAD” or similar.

The copyright for these items does not allow for download, do not click 'GET' or 'GET TRACKS' for these items.

To stream / play

To stream / play an item just double-click on its title and after a brief pause of perhaps 30 seconds or so the item will commence playing.

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