Saturday, July 7, 2012

Movies from the Internet Archive; .mp4 and .m4v

I recently learned that, at least in the U.S., an assortment of videos is legally available for streaming or download at the Internet Archive.

I downloaded to my PC the 512Kb MPEG4 versions of:
  • Charade (1963) Stars Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, George Kennedy, James Coburn. A fun and lively story, with wonderful repartee.
  • 小城之春 (Xiǎo chéng zhī chūn, Spring in a Small Town; 1948) The audio is of variable quality, but the tempo of conversation is slow, which could be good for practicing one's Chinese listening skills. There are no subtitles; the Internet Archive page has links for Chinese and English ones, but I did not investigate them. I'm going to glean what I can, perhaps over repeated viewings. I have only "side-watched" some of this film so far, mostly while washing dishes.

To transfer a movie onto your iOS device:

Change the file's extension from .mp4 to .m4v. Add it to PC iTunes with:

    File > Add File to Library...

In PC iTunes, drag the movie onto your iOS device, presuming it has enough free space.

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