Converting Videos for the iPod Video

Soon after buying my Video iPod, I wanted to put my massive library of videos onto it, so I could watch them on long trips without carrying along my entire laptop. I wrote a small shell script to perform the mundane task of converting for me, using the free, open-source tool ffmpeg (

Shell Script for iPod Video Conversion


After copying this to a file, you must give the script execute permissions:

To run the script, you supply it with a file to convert, as well as the desired output file:

Voila! Your video is ready to be loaded onto your iPod!

Hope this helps,


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