Introduction: How to Put Music, Videos, and Pictures on to a Nintendo DS

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in this instructable, you will (hopefully) learn how to put videos, music, and pictures on to your ds. once you get the hang of it, its actually quite simple. now... on with the learning!!

EDIT: for those of you who just need a converter, scroll down to the bottom and find the SUPER link (it's the name of the program)

Step 1: Downloading Your Videos

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have you ever wanted to download youtube videos so you can watch them any time you want without actually going to well, now you can. to put videos on your ds, all you have to do is get these things:

mozilla firefox
script for downloading youtube videos

now you are ready.

- go to youtube and find the video you want to download. click on it, and below the video playing screen should be a link that says DOWNLOAD (its there now because of the greasemonkey script)
- after downloading, save it as an .flv link and save it to your desktop or designated folder

you have now successfully downloaded a youtube video.

Step 2: Converting Your Videos

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ok, now that you have your video(s) downloaded in .flv format, you have to download a few more things.

.net framework

after downloading all of these, this (batchdpg) is what allows you to convert your videos into .dpg format (video file for the ds). the other things (.net framework and avisynth) just allow everything to work. if you dont have all of these, you wont be able to convert. however, batchdpg will ONLY convert .wmv to .dpg, and because the youtube file is in .flv, you must download ANOTHER converter here. this converter converts flv to any file. really easy to use too.

after downloading all of these, its time to open up your flv converter. click ADD and choose the .flv file you want to convert. then go to the drop down menus and choose WINDOWS MEDIA VIDEO .wmv and the rest of the menus should change automatically. choose the destination to your desktop (just cuz its easy to find the file). you can change the other settings too, like the quality and stuff, but higher quality equals larger file. now click CONVERT.

it shouldnt take long, and after its done you should have a .wmv of your original youtube video. okay... we're almost done.

NOW convert your .wmv file to .dpg. open up batchdpg, and click on OPEN on the INPUT MEDIA FILE. leave the subtitle file. for OUTPUT, choose desktop for both temp and output. (the other stuff should change automatically). now click ADD, and then RUN. now wait for it to finish converting.

Step 3: Putting the Video File on Your Ds

now that you have your THREE video files of the same youtube video


open up your R4 folder and make a folder for your multimedia. just drag the .dpg video file into your folder in the R4 memory card and VOILA! now you have a video on your ds! now put the R4 card back into your ds, turn it on, find you video, and watch it! yay! now you dont have to buy that portable dvd player.

Step 4: Putting Music and Pictures on Your Ds

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now, music is really easy compared to putting videos on your ds. all you have to do is choose the songs you want, and simply drag them into your R4 card. simple as can be.

for pictures, just do the same. save your picture as any picture file (.bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, etc.) and to my knowledge, they all SHOULD work. if they dont, just save it as another file type. .bmp works for sure.

now your ds can play videos, songs, and you can look at pictures, not to mention play lots of games on it! your ds is virtually the ultimate media player ever.

leave comments if you're having any problems!

Step 5: Problems and Concerns....

ok so since the link for the converter is down, i post another link. it's much better than the other one, and it's called SUPER, and it has many more file type compatibilities. it can also extract just the audio file, so if you just want the audio of the video then there would be a setting for that. you can also try straight conversion from .flv to .dpg using SUPER, because i think the newer versions can do that. give that a try, but you should know all the settings. google is your friend.

in addition, i'm aware that there are many ways of downloading youtube videos. there are many links that let you download youtube vids just by pasting the URL of the video and clicking download. it will then download the video in .flv format to your desktop. link is here.

if you just want to watch the videos, then might i suggest downloading the VLC media player. it is an awesome media player that supports many many different video formats, and it's completely free! light on system resources too. i have yet to encounter a video file that it won't play.

any other concerns, just let me know. and i'm very sorry for the late, late, VERY late reply and posting the new link. :)


Millyyosmar (author)2015-07-12

What ds are we tacoing about DS or DS lite

nancyjohns (author)Millyyosmar2015-10-22

It really doesn't matter which version. They are almost identical in terms of functions.

kami007 (author)2015-10-09

similar article find out at here

lacey.henderson.7 (author)2014-10-25

will this work with the newer DS its not a DSi please help and how do I get this on if it does work

JoshK2 (author)2014-09-13

can you use any cord

aaronsnyder (author)2012-05-15

Actually it is not that complicated as this article said. At first, you need to get a flashcart, just buy r4i sdhc 3ds, then download the moonshell which can let you enjoy the multi-mdeia features. then put the firmware in the root of your sd card, then put your videos, ebooks, MP3 in the sd card as well.

Atomman (author)2009-05-16

You didn't explain how to actually put it on your DS

Steeltowndude (author)Atomman2009-06-07

You need an R4 cartridge

GASSYPOOTS (author)Steeltowndude2012-02-17


zadazack (author)2009-08-19

will i get a virus

shawntherobot (author)zadazack2009-11-27

im not shure but a round christmas time ill tell you because im getting a new computer be cause the one i have right now is windows 98 thats as old as me. Also i hope you have good virus software just incase but most likely you wont. and that is my final answer now do i win a coooooooookie?

GASSYPOOTS (author)shawntherobot2012-01-23

Good Times.

Chief7Rings (author)zadazack2010-05-21

 Go to to download the vids and you wont get any viruses.

sektor_gaza (author)2011-01-02

Gaza Strip - it's not just a group, but the whole course. Number of remixes and perepevok on the band's songs have long exceeded the number of the songs themselves, moreover, every day it grows, so the Library will be gradually extended. In addition, the site shows all the albums of "Former Gaza Strip, " "sector of the gas attack," SG "and"Red mold.

jekan777 (author)2010-10-13

should try

Chikara (author)2009-11-15

ALERT this will not work with the new Nintendo DSi! unless you buy a new memory cart compatible for the DSi this method is obsolete.

erikals (author)Chikara2009-12-23

i recently tested this with a dsi in a store and you are right - i've forgotten what it does - if someone can tell me that would be great

MasterMediaXD (author)2009-08-20

R4 cartridge? Ebay, Amazon, Argos? What is is and where do I get it?

Braeburn (author)MasterMediaXD2009-08-25

its something like the games and music thing for the ds, its a ds cartridge sorta with a memory card that you can hook up to your computer and put stuff on. they used to sell them even at target..but no more...i have seen them on electronics websites and the people who make action replay(datel) i talked alot there

Chikara (author)Braeburn2009-11-15

they never sold them at target, LIES! well at least i think so.. i had to buy mine from links off

Arbitror (author)2008-03-23

Can u buy a R4 at a store?

Nike Laos (author)Arbitror2009-08-22

Only in Europe:(

masterjpa (author)2009-05-15

um..ok i dont know if it says it anywhere in your instructable but can you still play games and stuff and can it ruin your ds?????

Justin Lam (author)masterjpa2009-06-10

yes you can still play games on the DS, because when you turn on your DS with your R4 in it, there are three pics to choose from: game, media, and slot 2. Game is where you will find your DS games that you got from wherever you did (most often downloaded, tsk tsk :P), media is where the moonshell will run automatically and then you will have access to your music and videos and all your other media. Slot 2 is for when you want to play a GBA game, then you'd click that.

knex_mepalm (author)Justin Lam2009-08-12

are there viruses, cause my motherboard is easy to et virus and self destruct...

pokeguy13 (author)2009-08-07

whats an r4?

Atomman (author)2009-05-15

Cool thanks i'm so gonna try this!

lightsaberlover5225 (author)2009-01-28

Can you put movies, music, etc. on your SD card and then put it in your DS?

yes. u only need an adaptor card like acekard2 or R4. i own an acekard2, which is very good. i bought it for 30 US$ and it supports microSD up to 16GBytes. for SD or CF cards (they are too big for SLOT1 use) u need a SLOT2 adaptor and some passme/flashme/softboot in SLOT1, but i dont recommend that. ah and btw i'm making a SLOT2 adaptor for custom NDS/L extension cards. when its ready ill post an instructable.

i have a nintendo DSi now which can take sd cards without an adapter and can hold songs, games, photos, etc. on it. You an also get on the Internet with it free of charge if you have a wireless broadband connection and you can get on a place calles the 'DSi Shop' and buy games and a web browser. if you get on the DSi Shop before October 5, 2009, you get 1,000 free DSi points. If you trade in your DS lite towards the DSi you get $70 off the purchase!

Dj Decy (author)2009-03-08

I made all my pics bmp files but they don't show up in my menu only if I make them nds files but it just has a white screen

Justin Lam (author)Dj Decy2009-04-11

try changing them to .gif or .jpg. not sure if .bmp is compatible with R4.. it might though.

zimmemic25 (author)Justin Lam2009-04-17

png is a good format. jpg doesnt have good quality, and gif is sometimes not supported, and bmp are raw bitmaps, which do have biiig files.

downwithwikihow (author)2009-02-23

I use ezflash 5 plus. I'm using moonshell to watch videos but I don't really like it. are there any other good video players for the DS?

not that i know of. try searching google for them, but i'm pretty sure the moonshell one is the most stable and convenient.

zimmemic25 (author)Justin Lam2009-04-17

yeah moonshell is the best one i know, but one problem: i use moonshell for acekard2 and it sometimes switches from fullscreen to windowed mode while playing videos

Scotish (author)2009-04-09

Dude, great instructable, but I have a few questions 1 Do you only need Grease Monkey to download the Youtube Vids 2 After I've Downloaded them can they be converted to avi format thanks

Justin Lam (author)Scotish2009-04-11

now you technically don't need to have greasemonkey, there are plenty of youtube downloaders that are online and need no installation. they tend to download in .flv files, so just use SUPER or your favourite converter to convert it to .dpg or any other file you want.

Scotish (author)Justin Lam2009-04-12

Thanks Dude

zimmemic25 (author)Scotish2009-04-17

but remember: the NDS needs dpg format, not avi! so if you have ripped a dvd (often illegal, i know) to avi or mpg files, u also need 2 convert it to dpg

ALMODA (author)2009-03-18

I installed moonshell151_with_dpgtools121 on my R4 card, everything works well, games, mp3 and this video I downloaded .dpg Looney Tunes --- Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd --- Rabbit Fire (1951) I am trying to play some videos I downloaded from utube and so far nothing seems to work. I used Clip Extractor & saved the videos to avi. I used Super Video Coverter (,to convert them to .dpg It worked fine. I used dpgshow.exe to watch them and all is great. I copy the files to my SD card and when I load Moonshell the files are not there! What am I doing wrong? Please, help me!

Justin Lam (author)ALMODA2009-04-11

have you installed the latest moonshell and R4DS kernel? try that, otherwise did you download .netFramework? either that or your R4 software is missing a file or something. or maybe you flubbed a step.

piepie (author)2009-01-19

the link to the site that you said "the youtube file is in .flv, you must download ANOTHER converter here" the site says sorry not available what do i do

piepie (author)2009-01-19

the link to the other converter with no name says sorry not available what do i do

Justin Lam (author)2008-12-08

ok for those of you who are having problems downloading the video, just gohere, so just copy the video URL to the box in that site and it'll download for you.

as for the converters and dead links, try goinghere and looking for the converter, and just google batch dpg, or check the converter link for it. hope this helps!

Justin Lam (author)Justin Lam2008-12-08

oh and for the second link you need to make an account but it's free and it will not spam your email or give you any viruses (or shouldn't anyways). i've used that site for a while now and i haven't had any problems whatsoever.

lorenc (author)2008-10-21

Oh and the .net Framework failed for me too! but asithy workd so did putting music

wiffer805 (author)2008-04-30

can u use another converter because its not there any more thats wat it sayz respond fast thx

lorenc (author)wiffer8052008-10-21

The link to convert the Flv to dpg doesnt work it just goes to katz and says" What would you like to search?" And the batchdpg converter link doesnt work either! Please reply and give me the links!

Justin Lam (author)wiffer8052008-09-01

you probably can but i found that this one had the most features and noob-friendly interace.

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