Guide to being able to watch any kind of video on the iPad in just a few simple steps.
Apple’s iPad has become one of the more popular portable devices for watching video on the go, leading to an increased demand for methods to allow non-iTunes acquired content to play on them. There’s two types of methods – conversion and non-conversion – and we’ll go over both so that you can deiced which one is best for you.
The differences between the two are time and finished product. Both will work, but both will create different videos requiring more or less of your time than the other.
Conversion takes a little while longer to finish since it reformats the entire video to the desired specifications while non-conversion simply requires changing the format of the wrapper that encases the video, taking just a fraction of the time to complete.
Allesoft Free iPad Video Converter (Windows only) is one of the easier programs to use. All you have to do is drag and drop the video into the program Window and select “iPAd Video MPEG-4(*.mp4)” from the drop-down window. The program is free, but offers a “Pro” upgrade for a fee.
Handbrake (Mac, Windows, Linux) is one of the more popular free programs to use . It’s not at user friendly as the one above, but it works on Mac and Linux and you can use it to convert videos for use on an iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV in addition to the iPad.
Now, as I mentioned above, the conversion method takes a bit more time since it actually converts the entire thing to meet the desired audio and video specifications.
Avidemux (Mac, Windows, Linux) is a program that almost instantly makes videos available for playback on your iPad since it doesn’t convert the video it only changes the wrapper that encases it. Since it works on all platforms nobody has an excuse not to use it, especially the technologically-challenged.
Here’s how it works:
1. Load a video – File > Open > “Name of Video”.
2. Select “AAC” from the Audio drop-down menu.
3. Select MP4 from the Format drop-down menu.
4. Save your movie as “nameofmoviehere.mp4″
It take a little bit to finish, but nowhere near as long as it would take to convert it.
So no matter what method you choose you’ll end up at the same destination watching your favorite video on your iPad on the go.
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