Software Converts DVD or Internet Video Content to iPod

Chalk this one up as good for consumers and likely to be a bump int he podcast road for content converting companies…

Software Converts DVD or Internet Video Content to iPod
By Matt O’Conner
From Xbiz

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Software developer Roxio has released a program that enables the conversion of DVD and Internet video content for use on iPods and other portable devices using a PowerPC or Intel Mac.

Numerous adult studios have scrambled to make content available for iPod users since the release earlier this year of Apple’s Video iPod. Roxio intends to make it easier for users to convert content on their own with its Popcorn 2 program, thereby eliminating the need to pay for iPod-formatted content.

Popcorn 2 compresses and transfers DVD videos, disc images, menus and languages through a burn engine.

The software supports QuickTime’s MOV and AVI formats, DivX, MPEG2, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, DV and H.264. It can export videos to iPods, Sony’s PlayStation Portable, 3GP mobile phones, DivX handhelds and other video-enabled devices.

Users can also create “director’s cuts” by selecting certain scenes and screen shots as well as the order in which they play.

There are Open Source applications that will produce similar results, but Popcorn is more user friendly and has predefined settings, according to Tim Deal, an analyst with Technology Business Research.

Popcorn 2 requires a G4 or faster computer, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, QuickTime 7 or later, iTunes 6 or later and up to 15 GB of temporary hard disk space for video compression and translation.