ok so instead of going off about how pathetic the ipod touch turned out to be in terms of how difficult it is to get files sync'd on the unit to never being able to move files freely from one folder to the other without jumping through constant hoops, i'll just explain my problem.
i found out that only h.264 movie files would be able to be watched on my ipod touch, so i proceeded to find a converter that would solve this problem. after trying about 8 or 9 different converters (movavi, handbrake, videora, and a bunch of others) every single time i would get an error saying it could not be converted.
the actual videos themselves are .avi, and they all play just fine on my computer. along with this i found out that i could convert the .avi files into anything else just fine with all the programs, but when i tried to convert it to mpeg4 that would be compatible with the ipod touch specifically, an error would pop up saying it failed.
i have windows 7 currently, so would this be the problem? it seems strange that every converter program i use seems to fail in the end :a