Apr 23

Convention Video Loop playing from an iPod Touch

I will be at the Fremont Comic Arts and Anime Teen Expo (CAAT-X) this Saturday April 25, 2009 from 10-4pm. There is more info HERE.

I will be trying out something new (thanks to some electricity from the City of Fremont) to bring a small TV and playing a video loop of my animation and artwork. When I got my iPod Touch this December one of my hopes was to play slide shows and videos from it. But to make a video that will constantly loop over and over seemed impossible. But I figured it out and wanted to share it with you all in case someone else wanted to use the same technique. I am guessing it would work on the iPhone too.

YOU WILL NEED: Movie video loop in iTunes, Garage Band or other sound editor, Small TV or Monitor with RCA input, iPod Touch (I have version 2.0+), and the Apple Composite AV Cable (RCA imput)

NOTE: I will not cover making video in this post, but will cover it if folks want me too.

SOULTION: (as far as I know) the only way to loop a video is to have it be part of a PlayList in iTunes. But the problem I found is that Movies (i.e. videos) will not show up on the iPod Touch in a PlayList unless there is an audio track as part of the PlayList as well. Once you have an audio file the PlayList in iTunes can be set to loop.

Heres how I did it:

a) Open garage band or another audio editor and create a TINY audio clip that is about 1 second long and is silent. If your clip imported is longer then you want you can shorten it in iTunes’s INFO for that track. The file should be an MP3, WAVE or other compatible format.

b) Import the TINY audio track into iTunes as well as the video loop if you have not done it yet.

c) Create a PlayList with the TINY audio track as well as the video track(s) you want.  You can put as many copies of the movies into the play list as you want so you can have it play the TINY blank audio track very little.

d) Go to the iTunes settings for your iPod Touch and make sure that your play list is selected in both the MOVIES and MUSIC sections.

e) Sync and update your iPod Touch

f) Plug you iPod Touch into the TV with the RCA Video cables that you can purchase sepertly. (Apple Composite AV Cable)

g) Select PlayList under MUSIC and make sure it’s set to LOOP (the icon of arrows going in a circle under the title and to the left).

NOTE on playing video and slide-shows from an iPod Touch. Nothing will show up on the screen unless you have hit the play button. In the case of a ‘photo’ slide-show (another option for conventions) you can press play to have the images show up on screen and then pause if you are giving a presentation.

RESULT: The Movie(s) will now loop forever or as long as the batteries lasts all from your iPod Touch! Yay! There will be a black screen ‘pop’ when it plays the TINY audio clip, but you can make a PlayList of the same movie over and over again that playes for hours. If this is helpfull, please let me know. If there is a better way to do it too, then post a comment and let me know. To see some video work I have done for conventions, check out my samples:


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    • Luke on May 12, 2009 at 6:32 am

    It works..

    But only on my iPhone..

    the video dosen’t seem to appear in the playlist on my Ipod Classic.. any Ideas?..


    • Rusty on June 18, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    You can add video to the on-the-go playlist and set it to repeat. It works very nicely on the iPhone/ iPod Touch. I have not tried it with the video out but I am sure it will do fine. I was able to do this with the new 3.0 OS and have not tried it with the older.

    • Brian on June 20, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks Rusty. I will need to try the on-the-go playlist to see if it works. I just got 3.0 for my ipod touch.

    I did a slide show from my ipod touch this past week and it worked like a charm. Of course the kids were more interested in the iPod then the art I was presenting.

    • Michael on March 3, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Thank you so much for this very simple solution to a problem I have been battling with for two days! I have been jailbreaking, installing vlc, mplayer, re-encoding the video bla bla bla. I was just about to give up when I stubbled upon your solution. Thanks again.

    If you are in London with in the next 3months, you can view the result in the window at Few and Far, Brompton Road, South Kensington.


    • Brian on March 3, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I hope that your presentation goes well Michael.

    • Darron on April 29, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Hey try this
    “Select the video in iTunes, right-click (or ctrl-click)>Get Info. On Options Tab, change Media Kind to Music Video. Resync with your iPod, and the video will move from the Video App. to re-appear under the Music App. where the repeat button is available when playing. ”

    Here’s the original website:

    • Darron on April 29, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Btw that’s what I’m doing for an art show. It’s a heckalot easier than your method, no offence =).

    • Brian on May 1, 2010 at 2:25 am

    None taken and thanks for the new method. I will give it a try.

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