One of the first things I wanted to work out once I got my new iPhone 4, was how to get movies and TV programs onto my iPhone with as little effort as possible and I think I have well and truly found the combination of programs that will help me, and you, do that.
The following post is broken up into two mini walk-throughs that will show you how to easily convert and import optimised iPhone-ready videos onto your device using a free program called “Evom”, and also how to import just about any video format to your iPhone without first having to convert them to iPhone’s mp4 format using a great, free iPhone/iPod Touch application called “VLC Media Player”.
Converting & uploading video using Evom
1. Download & install Evom
2. Install Evom on your Mac
Install the application on your Mac and crank it up. You may be met with a message asking if you would like to “Download and install video components?”.
DO IT – the application is next to useless without them.
3. Select your video to convert/import
This is perhaps the easiest part of the whole process, but you may need to be a little patient depending on how big the video file is.
Simply drag your video file from the desktop into the Evom application window where prompted. Alternatively, you can simply “right click” on the video file and choose to open it using “Evom”.
NOTE: It’s also possible to drag in URLs from the location bar in your web browser for videos on popular video sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo – very convenient!
4. Choose where your video should be sent
Next, you’ll be prompted to select where to save the converted video file. For the purposes of this walk-through, we obviously want to send the file to our iPhone/iPod Touch, so select that option and hit the “Convert” button.
The window you are presented with next will show the progress of the conversion. Depending on how large and long your video file is, this process may take up to an hour or longer for full-length feature films etc.
Once the conversion has completed, Evom will launch into the second phase of the process by sending the converted file to iTunes. You can note this action in iTunes’ status pane.
When the transfer process is complete, you need only do an iPhone/iPod Touch sync to get the video onto your device and you’re good to go. The completion of the conversion and transfer will be reflected in Evom’s transfer window.
Adding video to iPhone’s VLC Media Player app
While the Evom video conversion and transfer process listed above is simple and effective, there is a dead simple way you can cut out the need to convert the video altogether using VLC Media Player and iTunes’ File Sharing feature. Sounds like it could be complicated, but trust me on this one – it’s EASY, EASY, EASY!
1. Install the free VLC Media Player app on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
At the time of me writing out this walk-through, VLC Media Player is compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and the most recent iPod Touches.
2. Add your videos to the VLC File Sharing section in iTunes
Connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to your computer and wait for the device icon to appear in iTunes’ source pane. Click on the device and on the screen that appears, look for the “Apps” menu option. Click it.
Scroll down until you find the “File Sharing” section on the Apps page and click on the VLC icon. You’re now ready to start adding any video file you like to the VLC Media Player application.
Click on the “Add” button and navigate to the video(s) you wish to add. Select as many as you wish to upload to your device and hit the “Choose” option.
If you take a look back up in iTunes’ status pane, you will see your selected videos being transferred across to your device.
3. Start watching your videos using VLC Media Player
Nothing tricky about this part at all. Simply, find and start your VLC Media Player application, select the video you wish to watch and there you go.
I sincerely hope that any and all of the above steps and instructions have been clear and simple enough for you to follow. If you’ve come across any hiccups along the way, by all means shoot me a message in the comments section below and I’ll do my level best to help you out!