Getting video onto your iPhone

So, it turns out my videos are NOT working on the iPhone. At least not the ones that used to work on the iPod. They faked me out, start playing and seem to play fine for a while but then the video player crashes. Not a good experience. We’re working on it, but for now you might want to buy Visual Hub. That’s the tool Rocky uses to convert my show to various formats. The new version lets you convert from a number of different formats into iPhone formats. I’ll let you know when our formats work well. I’m doing some experiments as we speak.

Anyway, in the meantime, you might want to watch David Pogue’s New York Times “iPhone Song.”

My son, Patrick, says that of all the reviewers he liked Pogue’s videos the best. If you know my son, that’s hearty praise cause he watches EVERYTHING that hits the Internet about Apple.

Comments

  1. Since the other video to iPhone tools I’ve tried have been pretty bad (as in lockup or BSOD bad), I was excited to hear about Visual Hub. Unfortunately it’s only for the Mac.

    Does anybody have suggestions for the other 96% of us?

    TIA!

  2. Since the other video to iPhone tools I’ve tried have been pretty bad (as in lockup or BSOD bad), I was excited to hear about Visual Hub. Unfortunately it’s only for the Mac.

    Does anybody have suggestions for the other 96% of us?

    TIA!

  3. Of course they could always stick to a working device instead of a fashion accessory … Then again “buy software in-order to watch Scoble” probably doesn’t seem stupid to someone who paid the asking price for a iPhone.

    You have to wonder what the price it will be by Christmas , but then it will be “Hey, you got an iPhone ? How very July.”

    Good video though. And the phone the guy had at the start is a reminder that compared with most of the world America is really is in the dark ages when it comes to mobile telephony.

  4. Of course they could always stick to a working device instead of a fashion accessory … Then again “buy software in-order to watch Scoble” probably doesn’t seem stupid to someone who paid the asking price for a iPhone.

    You have to wonder what the price it will be by Christmas , but then it will be “Hey, you got an iPhone ? How very July.”

    Good video though. And the phone the guy had at the start is a reminder that compared with most of the world America is really is in the dark ages when it comes to mobile telephony.

  5. James: heheh, remember the format changes that Office brings us? Same thing. I just sent someone a Word 2007 document that he couldn’t open. So, be careful about slinging mud since you work for Microsoft.

    I’ll fix the formats (for both the Word document and the videos) so my audience can see my stuff.

  6. James: heheh, remember the format changes that Office brings us? Same thing. I just sent someone a Word 2007 document that he couldn’t open. So, be careful about slinging mud since you work for Microsoft.

    I’ll fix the formats (for both the Word document and the videos) so my audience can see my stuff.

  7. Why would Rocky use Visual hub for file conversions when he edits in FCP and thus can use Apples Compressor? I’d be curious if my Podtech videos work on the iPhone, has anyone tested mine?

  8. Why would Rocky use Visual hub for file conversions when he edits in FCP and thus can use Apples Compressor? I’d be curious if my Podtech videos work on the iPhone, has anyone tested mine?

  9. We are working on creating a mobile/iPhone “queue” for your subscribed video feeds on mefeedia – does anyone have the final list of formats that are officially supported on the iPhone? A lot of vloggers do supply various formats for their videos, so creating a queue interface with all of the supported formats is very do-able.

  10. We are working on creating a mobile/iPhone “queue” for your subscribed video feeds on mefeedia – does anyone have the final list of formats that are officially supported on the iPhone? A lot of vloggers do supply various formats for their videos, so creating a queue interface with all of the supported formats is very do-able.

  11. Bill: FCP kicks out one format at a time. VisualHub can take that one video and recompress in the background, freeing up FCP for more work. I haven’t tested your videos yet. There are a ton of iPhones at PodTech and I’m getting this on the radar screen there bigtime.

  12. Bill: FCP kicks out one format at a time. VisualHub can take that one video and recompress in the background, freeing up FCP for more work. I haven’t tested your videos yet. There are a ton of iPhones at PodTech and I’m getting this on the radar screen there bigtime.

  13. Robert: I’m not talking about compressing from FCP, I’m talking about using Apple Compressor (a separate program that comes in Final Cut Studio: http://www.apple.com/finalcutstudio/compressor/) that will batch process all kinds of formats in the background outside of FCP. Works great, it’s what I use and it’s really fast and should make visual hub unnecessary–since if you have Final Cut Studio Compressor is bought and paid for. It works best if you output an uncompressed QT from FCP and then drop it into Compressor.

  14. Robert: I’m not talking about compressing from FCP, I’m talking about using Apple Compressor (a separate program that comes in Final Cut Studio: http://www.apple.com/finalcutstudio/compressor/) that will batch process all kinds of formats in the background outside of FCP. Works great, it’s what I use and it’s really fast and should make visual hub unnecessary–since if you have Final Cut Studio Compressor is bought and paid for. It works best if you output an uncompressed QT from FCP and then drop it into Compressor.

  15. I tested my videos on an iPhone tonight and they work just fine (and look great!)–so maybe it has something to do with the way Visual Hub is doing the compression on your videos.

  16. I tested my videos on an iPhone tonight and they work just fine (and look great!)–so maybe it has something to do with the way Visual Hub is doing the compression on your videos.

  17. Hey Robert, not slinging mud.

    There’s a difference with office. It can save DOC or DOCx and some people can’t read DOCx. In which case they can get a free upgrade to the older program to read he new format. The symptom you describe is more like Word 2007 not reading DOC format but lousing up after a page or two.

    I’m on record (http://blogs.technet.com/jamesone/archive/2007/01/10/end-of-an-era-apple-is-not-longer-a-computer-company.aspx ) as saying that the iPhone is a thing of beauty – even if it works less well than a 3 year old windows powered phone. A touch screen that requires you to use both hands to make a call is a pretty serious compromise. No memory card,that’s serious too. And only a country with America’s view of consumption and pollution would think it’s OK to have phone that you throw away when the battery wears out (you won’t send yours back for an expensive replacement, you’ll buy whatever the cool folks are buying at the time.)

    America is an odd market – and no this isn’t a springboard for me to give my personal answer to your post a while back on why the world hates America – I’ll leave you to mull over whether the constant i-prattle is symtomatic of the condition that causes that.
    It’s odd because it has the worlds most affluent population (the only people who’d pay the asking price for the i-phone) and at the same time has the worlds most backward Cell phone market. I went diving off Africa last year and there are fishermen in the Indian Ocean islands there who wouldn’t accept the phones / Coverage / Tarriffs that many Americans do. They wouldn’t by an i-phone though.

  18. Hey Robert, not slinging mud.

    There’s a difference with office. It can save DOC or DOCx and some people can’t read DOCx. In which case they can get a free upgrade to the older program to read he new format. The symptom you describe is more like Word 2007 not reading DOC format but lousing up after a page or two.

    I’m on record (http://blogs.technet.com/jamesone/archive/2007/01/10/end-of-an-era-apple-is-not-longer-a-computer-company.aspx ) as saying that the iPhone is a thing of beauty – even if it works less well than a 3 year old windows powered phone. A touch screen that requires you to use both hands to make a call is a pretty serious compromise. No memory card,that’s serious too. And only a country with America’s view of consumption and pollution would think it’s OK to have phone that you throw away when the battery wears out (you won’t send yours back for an expensive replacement, you’ll buy whatever the cool folks are buying at the time.)

    America is an odd market – and no this isn’t a springboard for me to give my personal answer to your post a while back on why the world hates America – I’ll leave you to mull over whether the constant i-prattle is symtomatic of the condition that causes that.
    It’s odd because it has the worlds most affluent population (the only people who’d pay the asking price for the i-phone) and at the same time has the worlds most backward Cell phone market. I went diving off Africa last year and there are fishermen in the Indian Ocean islands there who wouldn’t accept the phones / Coverage / Tarriffs that many Americans do. They wouldn’t by an i-phone though.

  19. Run that video through an H.264 format validator, and file bug reports. Even if the video is munged, it shouldn’t be able to crash the player.

  20. Run that video through an H.264 format validator, and file bug reports. Even if the video is munged, it shouldn’t be able to crash the player.

  21. The Archos 605 WiFi has none such video resolution compatibillity problems. Archos supports all codecs, DivX, XviD, H264, WMV, Mpeg2 at up to 1280×720 resolution in a pocket product that weighs 150 grams.

    iPhone isn’t powerfull enough for DVD resolution video, basically everything other than Apple-CIF resolution, bitrate and encoding profile has to be converted through iTunes to work on any iPhones or iPods.

  22. The Archos 605 WiFi has none such video resolution compatibillity problems. Archos supports all codecs, DivX, XviD, H264, WMV, Mpeg2 at up to 1280×720 resolution in a pocket product that weighs 150 grams.

    iPhone isn’t powerfull enough for DVD resolution video, basically everything other than Apple-CIF resolution, bitrate and encoding profile has to be converted through iTunes to work on any iPhones or iPods.