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134 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 25, 2005 2:54 PM by Garrett Murray RSS
Ben Griffin1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Nov 3, 2005 9:35 PM
Just got my ipod yesterday- 30 gig black- i've already put some movies on it but was disappointed by the sluggish scrubbing controls in the video feature. It goes sooo slow, almost the same speed as real time. Trying to skip to halfway in a 70 min movie file would take literally half an hour. do we need to tell apple to bump up the scrubbing speed? i also own an archos gmini and when you scrub it starts out slow and gets faster- i tried this on the ipod with no success. i guess my question is, is it just my video file, or does this happen with everyone?
  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)
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    Oct 25, 2005 2:37 PM (in response to Ben Griffin1)
    Are you trying to scrub by holding down the ">>" button? If so, try pressing the "center" button and then, when the "scrubbing" bar appears, just move your finger in a circular motion on the "click" wheel as if you were increasing the volume. A steady, moderate speed seems to work best. When done, again press the "center" button to jump to the new location on the "scrubbing" bar.
  • Garrett Murray Calculating status...
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    Oct 25, 2005 2:54 PM (in response to Ben Griffin1)
    Unfortunately, decoding video is a very intensive process so the iPod can't scroll around in real-time. It's just one of those things, clicking and moving to another spot (as suggested) is much faster but, obviously, less accurate.
  • Jamie314 Level 3 Level 3 (635 points)
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    Oct 25, 2005 2:58 PM (in response to Ben Griffin1)
    There is an automatic resume function:

    Open iTunes, and open the 'Get Info' window for the video you want to resume from. Click the 'Options' tab and tick the box next to "Remember playback position". That will work for videos and audio files, and iTunes will remember the position even if you play other files in between. Good Luck
  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)
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    Oct 25, 2005 3:06 PM (in response to Ben Griffin1)
    No problem. This is my fist iPod also. (Only got it for the video option as I don't normally "carry my music around with me.") Had it since Friday evening and have been "playing with it" almost non-stop since then

    btw do you know if there is an automatatic resume function?


    Yes there is. Simply press the pause (bottom) button on the wheel. If you then repeatedly press the menu (top) button and navigate back to the top level menu, you will find a new option add to the list -- "Now Playing." Selecting this option and pressing the center of the wheel will immediately return you to the running movie. If you again press the pause button and follow up by pressing the menu button a single time, you will be transported back to the top level menu with the new location in the movie now "bookmarked" to the "Now Playing" option.

    Be advised, however, that if you start watching another movie and press the pause button, you lose the bookmark for your first movie. In addition, if you fail to press the pause button before pressing the menu button, you will lose the bookmark altogether. Re-syncing the iPod while bookmarked also clears the bookmark.

    Hope this helps and enjoy the new iPod...
  • rel12561 Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
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    Nov 3, 2005 9:35 PM (in response to Jamie314)
    It would be great if Apple made that a global setting for remembering position. On the other front, glad someone explained how to scrub properly as I also kept hitting the ff button and the darn video kept going back to the beginning.

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