1. hawkeye16qb's Avatar
    I have about 80 home videos shot watch a SGS3. Transferred from sd card into iTunes. When I sync to my iphone only two of them show The rest it says won't transfer because they are unable to play on device. Weird because the were all shot with same camera in mp4 format.

    Is there an easy solution or work around?

    Thanks in advance n
    08-27-2013 04:45 PM
  2. rayz336's Avatar
    Do all of the videos show up in your iTunes?
    08-27-2013 05:02 PM
  3. rayz336's Avatar
    I guess the easiest solution to this (pretty time consuming though) would be to use a converter like Handbrake to convert all of the videos that won't sync and then import them into iTunes.
    08-27-2013 10:56 PM
  4. hawkeye16qb's Avatar
    I guess the easiest solution to this (pretty time consuming though) would be to use a converter like Handbrake to convert all of the videos that won't sync and then import them into iTunes.

    Ugh. I was afraid of that. Weird how two worked and the rest didn't.

    Yes, they all show up in my iTunes.
    08-27-2013 11:03 PM
  5. rayz336's Avatar
    Ugh. I was afraid of that. Weird how two worked and the rest didn't.

    Yes, they all show up in my iTunes.
    Yeah that is weird, I don't think I've had that happen to me before.
    08-27-2013 11:41 PM
  6. Bazza1's Avatar
    Further to rayz336's comment above - and assuming you are starting with your files on a Mac - I've had pretty good success converting a range of video / dimensions / bit rate to other formats (including iPhone) via the Smart Converter application found in Mac Store. In fact, I've upgraded to the PRO version. I can't remember if the free version allows you to just dump a bunch of files into it and let it convert while you do other things, though.

    Plan B to this might be to try something like the recently re-issued VLC for iOS app from VideoLan. If its codec selection is anything like their desktop version, it should be good to go. I'm guessing here that you'd then need to direct the chosen files to it (iTunes > Devices > iPhone > Apps > File Sharing > VLC > Add...)
    08-28-2013 08:03 AM
  7. rayz336's Avatar
    Further to rayz336's comment above - and assuming you are starting with your files on a Mac - I've had pretty good success converting a range of video / dimensions / bit rate to other formats (including iPhone) via the Smart Converter application found in Mac Store. In fact, I've upgraded to the PRO version. I can't remember if the free version allows you to just dump a bunch of files into it and let it convert while you do other things, though.

    Plan B to this might be to try something like the recently re-issued VLC for iOS app from VideoLan. If its codec selection is anything like their desktop version, it should be good to go. I'm guessing here that you'd then need to direct the chosen files to it (iTunes > Devices > iPhone > Apps > File Sharing > VLC > Add...)
    The VLC app is definitely a good way to go, it might stutter a bit if the hardware can't process the video fast enough because it doesn't get the access to the internals that the built in video app gets.
    08-28-2013 10:57 AM
  8. hawkeye16qb's Avatar

    Plan B to this might be to try something like the recently re-issued VLC for iOS app from VideoLan. If its codec selection is anything like their desktop version, it should be good to go. I'm guessing here that you'd then need to direct the chosen files to it (iTunes > Devices > iPhone > Apps > File Sharing > VLC > Add...)
    This sounds promising (familiar with VLC) but you lost me on this iTunes part. I am really struggling with the move to iOS for the phone, and that includes iTunes. I will play around with it later today. Thanks for the suggestions.
    08-28-2013 11:18 AM
  9. Bazza1's Avatar
    This sounds promising (familiar with VLC) but you lost me on this iTunes part. I am really struggling with the move to iOS for the phone, and that includes iTunes. I will play around with it later today. Thanks for the suggestions.
    Sorry I lost you! iTunes really is the ungainly elephant in the room and really isn't as user-intuitive as it could be - especially if your previous experience is simply to drag files into your Android via Android File Transfer, or similar. iTunes is huge and has many features and all, but jeez...

    So, let me try and make it clearer (I was going to say easier, but...) - let's assume you've downloaded B]VLC[/B] onto your iPhone

    1. Chances are pretty good that iTunes will automatically open when you plug your iPhone into your computer. It may take a moment or two (see aforementioned big elephant) to load. If not, open it.

    2. iTunes should discover your iPhone and it should appear in a column to the left under 'Devices'. If the left column (or Devices) fails to show, then that's a setting I think that you'll want to change. Apple, I believe, considered this hidden to be a 'feature' a few iTunes back. Let us know if that's the case for you. I'm sure someone remembers how to re-enable it.

    3. Assuming your iPhone shows up in a column that shows up, left click on the iPhone. That will open up its control panel within iTunes. Listed along the top of this window will be Summary, Info, Apps, etc.

    4. This is where my guidance above led us before. Click on Apps. In this window, you'll see virtual screens of your iPhone and the apps on each screen. For the moment, ignore all that and scroll down the window to File Sharing > Apps and where (hopefully) you will find VLC in the left column. Left click on it to highlight it. Now at the bottom of the right column, you should see Add... in dark font. Click on it and then navigate to the videos on your computer / other drive you want VLC to run. This part is fairly straightforward and works like any other file copy. The files should show up in the right column.

    5. Once you have done all this, you can initiate a Sync (bottom right of the open window) to transfer these files over to your iPhone and accessed by VLC. With luck.

    As a bit of cleanup here, if VLC is playing these files, then the iTunes Video app on your iPhone (which can't play them as you've noted), need not have them, too. You'd have two sets of the same video clogging up your storage.
    Still within the iPhone's control panel window, click on Movies along the top (I'm assuming that's where they'll be, not TV) and with Sync Movies checked on, ensure Automatically include is not. In the window below this, you can then choose which Movies get synced to your iPhone - and I'd uncheck the ones you've just given to VLC. Then Sync.

    *******

    I'd like to think there was a less convoluted method (anyone?), but I fear not. And while I've not tried VLC myself (noting rayz336's words of wisdom above), I have used this process to access files best dealt with by 3rd Party apps on my iPhone in the past.

    Oh, and always feel free - despite the auto iCloud backups - to do a local backup of your iPhone at any time. You'll find that capability on the iPhone's control panel Summary window. Ya just never know....

    Hope this might help.
    08-28-2013 05:20 PM
  10. hawkeye16qb's Avatar
    Great explanation! Much appreciated and I shall try again when time permits.
    08-28-2013 10:27 PM

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