Skip navigation

HD conversion to SD

5648 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Jun 22, 2013 5:25 PM by turingtest2 RSS
Iaimtomisbehave Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Dec 29, 2012 11:28 AM

I bought a season of a television show in HD. I was meaning to put it on my iPod classic. After downloading it I got the pop up message that the HD version was incompatible with my iPod classic. I went back and realized I could/should have gotten the SD version, which is cheaper, but I don't want to pay twice for the same thing.

Is there a way of converting the HD to SD so I can put "Firefly" on my iPod?

iPod classic
  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,950 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 29, 2012 11:37 AM (in response to Iaimtomisbehave)

    In principle you are entitled to download both SD & HD versions when you purchase the HD version. At one point both would queue up automatically but that doesn't happen any more. Offhand I'm not quite sure how you trigger the download of the SD copy but it should be possible (unlike conversion). If nothing else turns up you can contact support via your account history.

     

    tt2

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,950 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 29, 2012 12:09 PM (in response to Iaimtomisbehave)

    Edit > Preferences > Playback > Prefered Video Version > Standard Definition

    iTunes Store > Purchased > TV Programmes (Shows) > Show > Episode info > Cloud download should do it.

     

    I downloaded a free HD episode of Sherlock to my iPad yesterday(?) and I'm downloading the SD version of it now.

     

    tt2

  • onebaretree Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 29, 2012 9:34 PM (in response to Iaimtomisbehave)

    I have a similar question.  I need to download both the 720p and 1080p HD versions of the movies I have. (1080p for the 3rd gen Apple TV and 720p for my iPod Touch 4th gen).  I've changed my preferences settings to prefer 1080p and have to delete a 720p version in order to then download the 1080p version from the cloud.  Is there a way to keep the 720p version and also have the 1080p?

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,950 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 30, 2012 12:02 AM (in response to onebaretree)

    You can download the 1080p version to your iTunes library and independently download 720p versions to the iPod over Wi-Fi. Otherwise you could try deleting the entry from the library without removing the file (so you can download the other version) and then rename the files or add in as a second copy.

     

    In the normal scheme of things iTunes can support two copies of the video as <Movie>.<Ext> and <Movie> (HD).<Ext>.This shows as one entry in the iTunes library and you can choose which video is "active". I don't know if the naming scheme behaves properly if the the two files are the 720p and 1080p versions, but it might.

     

    tt2

  • onebaretree Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 30, 2012 2:30 AM (in response to Iaimtomisbehave)

    Thanks for your reply.  Ok, I'll try that.  At the moment, when I delete a 720p file I answer "send to the recycle bin" but I'll try "keep file" instead.  I did delete a 720p file, then downloaded the 1080p file and then restored the 720p file from the recycle bin but iTunes only showed up the one HD file and I'm not sure which one it is recognising.  In Windows Explorer both HD files are in the library but I'm not sure which one iTunes is showing up.  1080p movies show as MovieName (1080p HD).m4v and 720p movies show as MovieName (HD).m4v in Windows Explorer.  If I rename the 720p files, I wonder if they show up in the iTunes Library in order (for TV Seasons).  I deleted a 720p TV episode and when I restored it from the recycle bin it seemed to sit outside of the Season 1 folder instead of inside it in the correct order.  This is a very confusing process, but I'll persevere.  Thanks for your help.  It's probably easier just to download the 720p version directly to the iPod as you suggested.

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,950 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 30, 2012 3:16 AM (in response to onebaretree)

    If the 1080p version gets a different name (as you say) then you should be able to keep both. You probably have to delete (without recycling) to get access to the download link for the other copy. Once the download has commenced you should be able to add the "deleted" version back to the library and then use the preferred version at will. I'm afraid I don't have the time or free space to test it myself just now.

     

    tt2

  • onebaretree Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 30, 2012 3:12 PM (in response to Iaimtomisbehave)

    Ok, I'll try your latest suggestion this morning.  I'll let you know how I get on.

  • onebaretree Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 30, 2012 7:46 PM (in response to Iaimtomisbehave)

    I've done some testing and it seems that iTunes recognises only 1 HD version of a movie even if both exist in the library.  The only way of telling the versions apart is by looking in Windows Explorer to see if it's 720p (shows as HD) or 1080p (shows as 1080p).  In iTunes only 1 version shows up and it just says HD so there's no way of knowing which one it is.  It seems to recognise the latest version which was added, but I can't be sure of this.  The 1080p version will not copy across to the 4g iPod Touch; the 720p version will copy across.  I re-added the previously deleted 720p version (when I chose "keep file") by File > Add File to Library and then the 720p version could be moved across to the 4g iPod Touch.  But iTunes then doesn't seem to recognise the 1080p version that is actually there. 

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,950 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 31, 2012 2:40 AM (in response to onebaretree)

    Oh well... At least we know it is possible to get all three versions downloaded and, with a little effort, switch from one to another.

     

    If you edit the properties for the 1080p version it might be possible to get two entries in the library, one for <Movie> HD|SD and one for <Movie> [1080p].

     

    tt2

  • onebaretree Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jan 1, 2013 5:18 PM (in response to Iaimtomisbehave)

    Thanks for your help tt2.

  • gaudior_46 Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jun 22, 2013 5:11 PM (in response to turingtest2)

    THANK YOU!  Just saved myself from losing "Serenity."

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,950 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Jun 22, 2013 5:25 PM (in response to gaudior_46)

    You're welcome.

     

    tt2

Actions

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (1)

Legend

  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.