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How to convert video and transfer it to iPhone 4 with Simple Steps on Mac

Author:Sarah   Date:2011-06-21

The iPhone 4 is a superb multi-touch screen smartphone designed by Apple. Owing to its brilliant design and performance, iPhone 4 remains the top selling smartphone “by far” at both AT&T and Verizon, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley. iPhone 4 has lots of functions, from universal text messaging, email, to visual voicemail, web browsing, Wi-Fi connectivity, etc. And most important, it's an intelligent mobile handset that supports music, audiobook, podcast, video calling (FaceTime), eBooks, periodicals, movies, games and applications. Fun is always with you if have an iPhone 4 in your hands. It is really a stunner.
 As a result most iPhone 4 users like to watch movies or videos on this beautiful handset. However, according to iPhone's official page, there are many technical specifications as follows for iPhone 4 video file:

iPhone 4 supported Video formats:
H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

As seen above, iPhone 4 just supports a limited of video formats like H.264 video up to 720p, MPEG-4 video up to 640X480, Motion JPEG up to 1280x 720. For this reason, if you have an iPhone and want to play movies on it, you need to convert the video first. Follow below steps to get iPhone 4 playable videos.

Step 1. Need a video converter
To convert the video to iPhone 4, you need a video converter. There are two options for you: all-inclusive video converter for Mac and professional iPhone video converter for Mac.
Free download video converter for Mac or iPhone video converter for Mac and install it.
To make things simple, we take iPhone video converter for Mac as an example:

Step 2. Add Video file
Launch the video conversion software and press “Add File” button to add video in the program

Step 3. Select iPhone video format
There are several options for you to choose, like iPhone H.264 Video,iPhone H.264 Video for TV, iPhone MPEG-4 Movie, etc. Generally, we select “iPhone MPEG-4 Movie” from Profile drop down list to keep the video with high quality while keep small size.

Step 4. Convert video
Click convert and the video conversion will star. The conversion time depends on your file size and output file setting.

Step 5: import video into iTunes
Launch iTunes, go to menu bar iTunes > File > Add File to Library to import target movie from output folder into iTunes; or just drag and drop the movie into iTunes.

Step 6: transfer video to iPhone
Connect the iPhone to your computer using the included USB cable and select it in iTunes under Devices on the left-hand side. There are many ways to transfer converted video to iPhone through iTunes.

1) Press the “Sync button” under Summary tab. This will sync the videos as well as other items like music, TV shows, podcasts, audio book, photos and applications;

2) Under Movies tab, select Sync movies > All movies, and press Sync button;
3) Under Movies tab, select Sync movies > Selected movies, choose the video in the panel, and press Sync button.

or you can transfer videos with a sync software.
After a while, the sync will be complete. Then check your iPhone and enjoy the video.

A better way to transfer video from Mac to iPhone is to use Syncpod for Mac, a best iTune mate for syncing or rescuing music and movies if your computer crashed or you just deleted the iTune Library by accident.

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