Copy Windows Media Center TV recordings to Your iPod

If you're running Vista or an earlier Windows Media Center version, there's an easy way to convert TV shows

The other day I told you how to add a TV tuner to your PC so you can record shows, TiVo-style. That's easy enough, but what about copying those recordings to your iPod or iPhone?

After all, they're free, unlike the ones you buy from iTunes for, on average, $US1.99 a pop.

Sadly, Windows Media Center records in Microsoft's proprietary DVR-MS format, which is incompatible with iPods, iPhones, and, for that matter, iTunes.

Enter iPodifier, a free utility that converts DVR-MS files to iPod-appropriate MPEG-4 or H264.

Just install the program, point it to Media Center's Recorded TV folder (which is usually in the Public folder), and configure any options you want.

For example, iPodifier can convert all new shows or just those you choose, and it can automatically add transcoded shows to iTunes for on-demand syncing.

It's an awesome little utility, but there's one bit of bad news: It doesn't support the new WTV format used by Windows 7. Thus, it's only for users of Windows Vista and Windows XP Media Center Edition. Here's hoping the developer updates it to work with WTV files!

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