Mountain bikers spend a lot of time on the road, and are constantly battling to find new ways of beating boredom. Most bikers I know have an iPod and a whole bunch of bike DVDs, so with the quality of the new iPod screens and hard drive sizes, having video on your iPod is not a problem- as long as you know how.
An 80gb iPod will hold a lot of bike videos- so rack them up and those 10 hour flights will be a thing of the past…
The Legal bit
You may well argue that any DVD you have bought is yours and you can do exactly what you want with it, but the fact is that there are copyright laws dictating exactly what you can and can’t do with DVD’s that you have bought.
So, you want to watch stuff that you own the copyright in or have a licence to utilise on your iPod – here’s how you transfer it to your little device of wonders. We’re using a Mac here for our example…
Go to http://handbrake.fr/?article=download and download the correct version of Handbrake for your computer, and install it.
1. Once installed, insert the DVD of your choice. If your DVD player starts playing automatically, cancel it and leave the DVD in your computer. Then open Handbrake.
2. On the menu on the right side, select the DVD, and click OK. You will then see your DVD details come up in the target box
3. Click the destination box and change the name and save location to your preference.
4. On the right hand-menu, choose the option that suits the conversion you’re looking for- in this example we’re using a high-res iPod, so the relevant button is clicked.
5. The time-consuming encoding will now take place- on how fast your computer is and how long the DVD is will affect the completion time- but you’ll be looking at around an hour- so go and have a cup of tea or tinker with some bikes.
6. When done, a complete box will flash up on screen, click OK and quit Handbrake. Eject the DVD and put back in the case for safe storage, then drag the Mpeg clip into your iTunes videos.
7. Click on the video to watch in iTunes, and when ready connect your iPod and copy the video across.
8. Bingo- one rad little movie on your iPod…