MP4 is a media container format which can be encoded with many different video and audio codecs like DivX, Xvid, H.264, H.263, MPEG-4, AC3, WMA, AAC, etc. While iTunes only support few video and audio codec like MPEG-4 video codec and AAC audio codec; H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec. If the MP4 video is encode with iTunes unsupported video or audio codec, iTunes will not add and play it.
Sometimes, even if the MP4 is in the right video and audio codec that iTunes supports and we can successfully add and play MP4 in iTunes, but if the MP4 video does meet the technical specifications for iOS devices like video size, bitrates, sample rate and etc, we will fail to sync and transfer the MP4 video from iTunes to iPod, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV and etc.
To solve can't add MP4 to iTunes for playing MP4 in iTunes or transferring MP4 to iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, a recommended solution is to convert iTunes unsupported MP4 to a more compatible MP4 video format.
you have to enable video syncing. click on your ipod in itunes then there should be videos. click on that and their should be a checkbox saying "Sync Videos To (name of your ipod)'s iPod ".
i know this because first i was an ipod nano user now im an ipod touch user. if still not able to add videos then yes it is most likely you have to download a converter
First you'll need a good converter. I use Any Video Converter here's a link: link
This one is free, and does require updates but it works really well. Then you'll need to convert the files to MP4 with the converter, to do this click "Add Videos" then select "Video" under output type, and select mp4. Next you will go into your computer's "Music" folder and select iTunes, then under iTunes select " iTunes Media" under that select "automatically add to iTunes" copy and paste the converted files there and they will automatically be placed into your iTunes "movies" section. Hope this helped!
I prefer using a dedicated tool for this purpose. For instance, VideoDrive for Mac analyses your videos, converts them if necessary, adds metadata by searching for descriptions and artwork online, and puts them in iTunes. No fuss. I have a lot of videos and cannot be bothered with doing all these steps myself. I found a screencast online for it, but it seems a bit outdated.
You actually have to download a converter. But they're all crappy unless you buy one, which is expensive. In my opinion, it's a very smart move from Apple. Forces people to buy movies if they want them on their iPod. I'll let you know if my conversion works! :)
iPod plays videos of certain format only.. U just need a real nice converter.. I use iTransPod which is very easy to use.. its an iTunes plugin.. its as easy as adding a file to iTunes..Click on it select a file. it will convert and add it to iTunes.. you jus have say which file u want..
like pretty much everyone said, it has to be a certain type.. i believe it has to be an MPEG4.. you can go to www.keepvid.com and save them onto ur computer too. if you do then you need to download the 2nd link that it shows. just go to youtube and see if they have the video on there and just copy the URL (i learned that the hard way so thought i'd mention that lol) and paste it into a search bar thats on the site. pretty easy and you can do as many as u want :]
No one understood the problem. We know we need to convert the file and we did it.
I converted 8 episodes and everything went just fine, iTunes added them in the library but when I got to episodes 9, it got converted but I get the message (with Videora) that it can not be added to iTunes library. Even if trying to add it manually, nothing happens. I used the same method for all episodes so obviously, it's not the way I do it that is wrong.
well firstly download youtube downloader then use it to download your videos and after download you can convert them righaway to any format like iphone..then add them to your itunes library..sync them all.. its fixed.
well for starters you have to make sure that you have the syncing movies button checked b/c if you dont you cant really sync movies!!!!AND HOW TO DO THAT is simple do to the place where it says " " ipod and click on "movies"on the top of the window and then it says Sync Movies check that off and there your movies are ready to sync
the thing is iTunes is retarded. every once in a while it'll just decide to tell you to go f*&k yourself. what i recommend is checking out copy trans. i recommend getting the paid version if you already have vids, when your ipod syncs again it might erase whatever you added thru copy trans
Have you gotten an answer to this yet? I have the same problem, it sounds like everyone else (except Narmzi) is missing the point - recent videos I'm trying to add are the same as the old ones but they won't upload, it has nothing to do with converting them. What's changed about iTunes?!?
Itunes sux!! theres an alternative free program called CopyTrans Control, its a free download, google it then download it, its just like itunes but better! You can add music, videos, but first you need to convert your video files to MP4, and theres a free program called www.convertavitomp4.com, its a free program as well, once its downloaded, open it up and convert any movie file format such as avi. mkv, divx ect, and this tool does it for you and converts your video files to MP4, then you can drag n drop your MP4 movie file in Copy Trans manager( I forgot to mention when you download CopyTrans Control, open it and select CopyTrans Manager, it detects what ever iDevice you have connected, and it supports all aples products) then once you convert your video files you just drag n drop anywhere in CopyTrans Manager, same goes with adding music, you just drag n drop, but after adding each file, weather its music or a video, click the update button at the top right, its in bold writing, 'Update" This free program kicks iTunes ass in everyway, dont forget to convert your video files with the program mentioned to MP4 and voila, there on your ipod, ipod touch, iphone, ipad!!!!
I had that same problem the other day and it was driving me nuts! I found that my pc actually had a video to ipod converter. You can get it from link where they have a free download to convert your videos to the ipod. Just make sure when you have downloaded it and are getting ready to convert, that you select the right ipod type to convert it to!
Your question is somewhat confusing which is why so many are answering with the standard video conversion answer, but if you are suggesting that even though you're adding valid iTunes files to your library and iTunes is not accepting the files, you need to have Quicktime installed and running. If for some reason you've shut down or uninstalled Quicktime, you won't be able to add files to your library which you've always been able to add.
Even though my file was in the right format .mp4, i got the exact same error. So you'll need to convert it the into the mp4 format that iTunes accepts....
So I went to download.cnet.com
downloaded Xilisoft (free and will convert the first 3mins only)
connect your iPad to your computer
make sure the profile is "iPad - H.264 Video(1)"
go to the pic that looks like a mobile phone and click on the arrow near it - choose "output to iPad"
make sure iTunes is closed
then after you've dragged the file in the window, right click on the green dot on the RHS in the status column and choose "Convert Selected Item(s)"
The reason of iTunes won't import MP4, no mater by dragging and dropping or by selecting Add File to Libray... from iTunes menu, is iTunes supports most of MP4 and MOV files, but not All. iTunes use the same technology as QuickTime to play media files, it has the same limitation on media file formats. For a list of QuickTime Supported Media Formats, please reference this article. iPod, iPhone, iPad, as portable devices, have less hardware resources than computer, they have more limitations on playable media files than iTunes. So even you can add MP4 to iTunes, you still cannot sync them to Apple devices sometimes.
In order to solve the issue of "can't add MP4 to iTunes" or "can't transfer MP4 to iPhone, iPod, etc via iTunes", we strongly recommend converting MP4 to iTunes supported formats. To do this, you need a powerful yet easy-to-use MP4 to iTunes Converter- Faasoft Video Converter.
I have just spent more than an hour converting and reconverting files to mp4 and they still wouldn't load into iTunes despite being identical in every way to how I load files all the time. In desperation I quit and restarted iTunes (just iTunes not the mac) and lo and behold they load instantly! Go figger!!