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Why is it SOOOOOOO hard to get a video podcast into iTunes?

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Nov 20, 2012 6:57 PM

Will someone please submit a comprehensive yet easy format for where we should post our video and how to access an rss feed that will work for iTunes? PLEASE. This is SOOOOOOO frusterating. I have literally spent days on this. I have a Wordpress site. Won't work even using feedburner. Blogger won't work. Blip may or may not approve my application. Lisbyn is too expensive.

Any other clear ideas out there.

I'm starting to come to the conclusion that iTunes is just not worth it.

  • Robert Walch Level 4 Level 4 (1,275 points) d-encoding-for-video-content


    Here is the link that goes over some recommended video encoding.


    Essentially it is - H.264 codec,  .m4v and either 640 x 360 (16:9)  or 640 x 480 (4:3)


    I do not recommend HD video - as for mobile streaming - HD video does not give a good user experience.


    If you want to make your Video available as HD upload that version to Youtube.  But for Podcasting you need to think about the user - and most are mobile - so HD video is not the best user experience.




    Rob W


  • Robert Walch Level 4 Level 4 (1,275 points)

    You definitely can NOT use the embed code from Youtube or any video hosting site to get it to work with iTunes. 


    You will need to host the video on Media Host such as libsyn.



    If your video is at 9 mbps - then it is not encoded correctly.


    Use the export to iPod setting in Quicktime pro or compressor.  You need to get the bit rate down below 1.5 MBPS.  Your video should be between 6 and 7 MB per each minute of video - when encoded correctly.


    It must be the .m4v file you have in your enclosure tag in your RSS feed - to get Apple to accept your feed - it can not be a link to a file embeded at Youtube - iTunes does not support anything from Youtube - ever.


    Good luck,


    Rob W



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