This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
How To Video: Make video playlists for iTunes, iPods, and iPhones
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

How To Video: Make video playlists for iTunes, iPods, and iPhones

2:23 /

Learn how to make video playlists in iTunes and use them on an Apple iPod or iPhone.

[ MUSIC ] ^M00:00:09 >> [Donald Bell:] Making a playlist of videos in iTunes is about as simple as making a music playlist. You just hit the plus button in the bottom left corner to create a blank playlist, and then drag and drop whatever videos you want onto the list. You can even create playlists that mix music and video files. iTunes will put up a little protest at first, but it can be done. If you've got a monster of a video library or you're just feeling adventurous, you can also use smart playlists to create more advanced selections. To make these, head to the file menu and select "new smart playlist." A good example for this is a smart playlist that collects all of your unwatched TV shows. To get them all in one place, make a smart playlist where the video kind is set to TV show and the play count is zero. Alright, so you've figured out playlists in iTunes. Now let's see how to get them onto your iPod. Connect your iPod to your computer, and you should see the device summary in iTunes. If the "manually manage music and videos" box is checked, then just drag and drop your playlist onto the iPod. Otherwise, click the music tab and make sure the playlist is checked as well as the "include music videos" box. If you're using a video-compatible iPod with the Nano or Classic, you'll find your video playlists in the video menu under video playlists. If your playlist includes both music and video, you'll find a music-only version of your playlist under the music menu and a video-only version under videos. It's a different story on the iPhone or the iPod Touch. You can sync playlists to them, but the content doesn't actually get grouped together. You can fix this by making a video playlist with at least one music track included, in which case the iPhone will think of it as a music playlist and respect it. Another trick is to designate your movies and TV shows as music videos in iTunes. For whatever reason, Apple is fine with you play-listing music videos, but not movies and TV shows. So you have to do a little trickery to make this work. In iTunes, make your video playlist using one of the methods I described earlier. Then select all the files in the playlist, go to the file menu and select "get info." Under the options tab, change the media kind to "music video" and hit "OK." Voila, you're now a master of video playlists for iTunes, the iPod and the iPhone. For CNET.com, I'm Donald Bell. ^M00:02:18 [ MUSIC ]

New releases

Tomorrow Daily 059: Wearable drones,...
25:37 September 29, 2014
On today's show, we check out a wearable drone named Nixie, watch realistic cars race the Nintendo 64 version...
Play video
Sense's Mother hub wants to control...
1:39 September 29, 2014
Creepy marketing aside, the $299 Mother home automation kit by Sense is a really solid smart home option.
Play video
Behind Ello hype, a Facebook rebellion...
2:55 September 29, 2014
The new Ello social network sees a spike in sign-ups, Facebook copies Google's Auto Awesome Stories, and GoPro...
Play video
On the road: 2015 Mustang
6:10 September 29, 2014
Brian Cooley test drives the 2.3L turbo four engine 2015 Mustang in Malibu, Calif., and tells you what Ford...
Play video
LG G3 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5
6:51 September 29, 2014
It's an epic Prizefight between two of the top Android phones on the market that brought big screens before...
Play video
Smarter Driver: Neck restraints...
3:14 September 29, 2014
It wasn't that long ago cars didn't even have headrests​. but ​today's cars are a much safer spot for your...
Play video
Car Tech 101: Dual exhausts de...
5:41 September 29, 2014
Brian Cooley visits Johnny Franklin's Muffler in San Rafael, Calif., and shows you how a dual exhaust system...
Play video
Top 5: Stuff we carry in our c...
2:38 September 29, 2014
Brian Cooley reveals some new research that tells us the top five things we like to stash in our cars.
Play video