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iPod: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition by David Pogue, J.D. Biersdorfer

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Play Videos on the iPod Touch

To play a video on the iPod Touch, just find the one you want in the Videos menu and tap it to start the show. But there's one thing about having an iPod with no physical control buttons: the playback controls are on the screen.

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When you're playing video, anything else on the screen is distracting, so Apple hides these video playback controls. Tap the screen once to make them appear, and again to make them disappear. Here's what they do:

  • Done. Tap this blue button, in the top-left corner, to stop playback and return to the master list of videos.

  • Scroll slider. This progress indicator (top of the screen) is exactly like the one you see when you're playing music. You see the elapsed time, remaining time, and a little white round handle that you can drag to jump forward or back in the video.

  • Zoom/Unzoom. In the top-right corner, a little or button appears. Tap it to adjust the zoom level of the video, as described on the facing page.

  • Play/Pause (). These buttons do the same thing to video as they do to music: alternate between playing and pausing.

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