Why can’t iPod touch, iPad and iPhone play internet video from sites like YouTube? The reason is that these videos run on something called “Flash”, which iOS devices don’t support. This is the whole reason why Apple created the YouTube application on your home screen.
Luckily, some people have done their best to fix the problem:
- Part 1: How to play internal video on iPod, iPhone
- Part 2: How to download web video off for iPod, iPhone, iPad
To play internal video on your iPad, iPhone or iPod, you can download iTransmogrify!, a bookmarklet for iPhone and iPod touch which transforms embedded Flash content into direct links to formats supported by Apple. That’s to say, within a few clicks, those YouTube videos and MP3 can be played from the iPhone’s native browser, say Safari.
Note: And of course there are some free video apps like YouTube for iOS you can download to view online videos and movies: Top 6 free video apps for iPad.
If you use iTransmogrify!, you are limited to several video websites actually, and the Currently supported sites include: YouTube, Blip.tv, Revver, TED talks, many embeded flash MP3 players ,Kink.fm podcasts, Flickr badges (videos are unsupported) etc.
To install this bookmarklet, just drag the link to your Safari or Firefox Bookmarks, IE users should right click and choose “Add To Favorites”. After adding the link, sync your iPhone or iPod touch.
Then, whenever you find a broken video, just select the bookmark to convert it.
Now, you can watch and play internert videos such as Blip.tv, Revver, TED talks and embedded TED talks, Many embeded flash MP3 players, Kink.fm podcasts, etc. on iPod touch and iPhone.
More information on source code and bug-tracking is available on the iTransmogrify Google Code page.
If you prefer to download the web videos off and watch them on your iPad, iPhone or iPod on the move with weak wi-fi internet connection, you can use iTube Studio for Mac which can download video from YouTube, MySpace and other video sharing sites. This Mac app can also convert local FLV file and downloaded files to iPad, iPhone, iPod and more. Detailed info: How to download video, music to iPod, iPhone or iPad
Want to watch your own home movies or video collection on your iPod touch or iPhone? Then follow this step by step guide: Convert all video files and extract audio from video on Mac OS X
If you want to play DVD movies on iPod touch or iPhone, follow this guide: Rip and convert DVD to all video formats on Mac OS X (Mac OS X Lion included).