If you have video files on your computer that you want to transfer for watching on your iPad, you have to make sure they conform to the iPad’s supported video formats (from the iPad 2 specs page):
H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Don’t worry about the tech terms. What all this means is the iPad will play most .m4v, .mp4 and .mov files. And a few .avi files.
For other types of video files, you will have to convert them before transferring them to your iPad.
Those of you who have tried converting videos probably know what most video conversion software are complicated. They have presets, sure, but sometimes those presets aren’t optimal. Sometimes there are so many presets, you don’t even know which one is most suitable!
Enter Miro Video Converter (MVC).
This is a free application available for OS X and Windows.
Using Miro Video Coverter
Unlike most video conversion software, MVC is simple. The screenshot at the top of the post shows the entire interface. After you download and install MVC:
- Launch MVC.
- Drag the file you want to convert, drop it in MVC.
- Choose the desired device for the file.
- If you have chosen iPad, check Send to iTunes.
- Click Convert!
Get a cup of coffee, especially if the video is large – it might take a while.
To get the newly-converted video onto your iPad, sync it with iTunes.
- MVC will deal with most videos. Some can’t be converted. Often the fault lies with the video file itself.
- MVC only works one file at a time. It won’t queue files. You can’t drag-and-drop a bunch of files or a folder of video files. (Try Prism if you need batch conversion of video files.)
- Video conversion takes time. Do it in the background while you are working on other things on your computer. (Assuming your computer has the horsepower to do this.)