VTech Innotab 2 video conversion isn’t hard, but getting those settings right the first time can be, so I thought I’d share how I managed it.
The InnoTab 2 needs videos to have the following settings:
|Frame Rate||15 fps|
|Bit Rate||2400 kbps|
|Sampling Rate||22.05 kHz|
|Maximum File Size||2 GB|
I have a Mac, so I used Handbrake which is an open source multiplatform video transcoder. It means it’s a free piece of software, that will run on Mac’s, PC’s and Linux boxes, and can be used to transform video from one format to another, such as one that will run on the InnoTab 2.
Once you have Handbrake installed, you need to use the following settings.
The Output Settings Format needs to be MP4 File.
In the video tab you need:
Video Codec: MPEG-4 (FFmpeg
Framerate (FPS): 15
Peak Framerate (VFR): selected
Video Quality: Constant Quality Selected, QP 20
In the audio tab you need:
Codec: AAC (CoreAudio)
In Picture Settings you need:
At this point you may want to save this as new preset, to save entering these details again for each video you want to convert. Click on Preset in the menu bar, and New Present. Call your Preset Name “InnoTab 2”, set the picture size to custom, and enter 480 272 for the width and height. The description is optional so enter something useful here if you want to, then Add.
To use a preset, you need to make sure the Preset Drawer is visible. It should be on the right hand side of the screen, and if not, click on Window in the menu bar, and select Preset Draw. Click on InnoTab 2 to get your InnoTab 2 settings.
Now, to convert a video, click on the Source icon on the top left of the screen. This will let you pick a video. Once selected, choose a name for the Destination File. Make sure you change the extension at the end from .mp4 to .avi, else your InnoTab 2 won’t be able to use the video. Now “Add To Queue”, and “Start”. It may take a while to convert but Handbrake will let you know when it’s ready.
To copy the video to your InnoTab 2, connect it to the your computer. Browse to one of the drives, and click on “LLN” then “MOVIES”. Drag and drop the movie you just converted into this folder. Unmount the InnoTab 2 from your computer and try looking for a movie on it. Your new movie should be at the top of the list and ready to watch.
Downloading A YouTube Movie
YouTube is a great source of videos to watch on your InnoTab 2, but you do need to be able to save them.
There are a few online sites that can help.
I have found an easy one to be ClipConverter.cc. You enter a URL of a page with the video you want to download, this can be a YouTube page. Select “Download” and save this so you can load it into Handbrake for conversion to your InnoTab 2.
A word of warning, ClipConverter.cc does launch popup windows, so be aware of this. Also be aware of Copyright and make sure you have the right to download and save a video to your InnoTab 2.
I hope this has helped other Innotab 2 users out there to get video content onto their device.
I have saved these settings to GitHub, so they are ready to import directly into Handbrake, Innotab 2 Handbrake Settings.