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I want to make my home videos easily viewable on my iDevices. I

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I want to make my home videos easily viewable on my iDevices.
I have the following - maybe 100 hours in total
DVDs made from VHS and BETA - 10 hours
DVDs made from miniDV - 50 hours
Clips from digital camera - some in MPEG video low resolution from 2001, some in .MOV h.264 in different resolutions - these are currently in a folder on my iMac - there are hundreds of clips from 10 seconds to 30 minutes
Clips made from iPhones - currently in iPhoto - hundreds of these of different lengths
I have Handbrake and iVI which is a conversion program I got in the App store.
I would like to eventually edit these I doubt I would do it anytime soon but I do want the option
I want to view these on my iPad, iPhone and Apple TV with an option to upload to youTube or similar
I will do the work now to make it easy to view. But I want to have this set up so its easy to sync new videos to my devices. I want focus on viewing not editing at this point. They are filed by date, monthly.
So do I put them all in iPhoto or iTunes, convert them to all one format?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  David replied 4 years ago.
Hi, my name is David, and I will do whatever I possibly can to help answer your questions.

When choosing a common video format for use with iLife Apps, YouTube, Final Cut Pro, and many device types, you need what is known as an intermediate codec.

Apple Intermediate Codec, AIC, is used in iMovie, but if you are using Final Cut Pro then ProRes is what you need.

Then you will require a shared storage location to store all of the media. You could store it all on your iMac if there will be enough space, or purchase something like

When converting all your existing media to the ProRes format, the steps can be different depending on the original format. Compressor handles most formats

There is more about ProRes here:

Let me know if you have any questions, I'll come right back to you.

Yours sincerely,

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
David, I am not going to edit them, I would convert them to a standard format if needed

I will store them on my computer

The main thing is I need to know the easiest way to view the videos on my iPhone iPad and Apple TV
Expert:  David replied 4 years ago.
Hi Christopher,

The best way to transfer and manage media for viewing on those devices is without question iTunes.

Leaving the iTunes media library stored on your computer is also making it less complicated, and more stable.

The best common format for quality, compatibility with devices, and storage space concerns, is H.264 which is the same HD format used by Movies on the iTunes Store.

There is a good article of FAQ's here:

Let me know what questions you have, I will be happy to help.

Yours sincerely,
Expert:  David replied 4 years ago.
Hi Christopher,

Are you OK with my last reply? If I missed anything or you have any questions please get back to me.

Please take a moment to rate my answer, but get back to me if you're unsure about anything I've said.


Expert:  David replied 4 years ago.

I just want to let you know you can ask me any follow up questions, like on how you're getting along with your workflows.

Please let me know.