How to Put Videos on Your MP3 Video Player

by Chappy Sinclair

MP3 video players are portable audio/video devices capable of playing various audio formats (mp3, wav, mp4, for example) and video files (mpeg, avi, wmv). MP3 video players usually have larger screens compared with regular MP3 players, which are usually smaller and, in some cases, have no screen at all. Depending on the MP3 video player, the device may not support all formats. Most MP3 video players, however, include software that can convert any video format to one that is playable on your device. Transferring files to flash or data devices is universally the same process (with the exception of files and folder names).

Connect your MP3 player to your computer using a USB connection. All MP3 players come with a USB cord to transfer data and/or to charge the device. Wait for your machine to detect the device.

Open "My Computer." Click the "Start" button on the taskbar. The "My Computer" icon should be on the right side of the pop-up window.

Double-click the name of your MP3 device. All external connections are listed at the bottom of the My Computer window under the "Other" tab. It may take awhile for the media on your device to compile and display on your computer.

Find the "Video" folder of your device. This is usually in the "root" menu of the device next to your "Music" folder (you should be in the root menu automatically after Step 3). The folders are helpful for categorizing and finding specific media.

Verify that the video files you want to transfer to your MP3 player are compatible with your device. For example, some MP3 video players can play wmv files with no conversion required. Others may require that wmv files be converted. You may need a conversion program that is able to convert the file to the appropriate format for your device. However, most MP3 video players will offer to convert the file automatically when you try to put it on the device.

Drag and drop the video file from your computer to the "Videos" folder of your device. You will either be prompted to convert the file or it will begin the transfer. A pop-up will notify you how long it will take to transfer the file. Once complete, the file should be accessible on your device. Use this method to transfer all media to your device.

Tip

  • Using a program to manage music (such as Windows Media Player) can save you footwork, as it will automatically categorize, convert and transfer files to most MP3 video players.

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About the Author

Chappy Sinclair has been writing professionally since 2006. He has been able to share his gaming and computer-related impressions and opinions on a national scale with published submissions in "PC Gamer Magazine" and "Maximum PC." Sinclair is currently studying for an aeronautical degree in navigation and avionics at the American Academy of Aeronautics.

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