An iPad can quickly become your primary source for games, books and movies. The new iPads have incredible resolution, but it’s difficult to appreciate it if you only have a few YouTube clips or a couple movies from your collection. There are three ways to add to your video library — downloading video, converting DVDs and Blu-Ray movies, or converting personal movies to MP4 format.
Below are instructions for getting the most out of the mobile application development of the iPad:
Firefox makes a useful plugin for instantly downloading Youtube videos. A button appears at the bottom of the video window, offering the option to download as either a video or an MP3. You won’t need any standalone software. This is an especially good trick for getting high quality music videos.
SoThink makes a free version of their paid software that converts between AVI, WMV, ASF, MKV, H.264, RM, RMVB, MOV, MP4, 3GP, MPG, WMA, MP3, OGG, FLAC and WAV. Air Video in Apple’s App Store lets you stream from your hard drive and converts in real time while you watch. You can zoom and crop, or even store the video on your device. This software will be prohibited by DRM, however, which is a part of all movies bought off iTunes and many digital copies of movies.
Your personal collection
Another option is to take your existing DVD collection and put it on your iPad. Instead of letting them collect dust on your shelf, why not bring them with you. One of the best-reviewed products on the market for DVD conversion is Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate. This converter has fast speeds, up to six times the speed of most converters. The drag-and-drop technology is very user friendly. You can convert to 3D or the new 1080p iPad video format. DRM is not an issue; you can even record streaming videos online. This single tool can probably handle all of your video needs, and with quick speeds, you can load up several movies in a matter of hours. Get the free trial first to determine if it’s worth the investment.
Some of your videos may not be on DVD or available on iTunes. It’s important to be able to show off videos of your child’s first steps, or watch something you downloaded online. To do so on your iPad, you just need to convert the format to MP4. Many free programs will make this conversion for you, including Freemake Video Converter which is probably the most popular option today for basic video conversions.
Once you’ve converted the files into the appropriate format, all that remains is to transfer them on the iPad itself. If you aren’t using Air Video or a similar computer-to-device streaming application, the easiest way to do it is through iTunes. Put the movies you want into a folder (sometimes the desktop is easier) and tag it. Then, once iTunes is open, select the option to add files or folders to the library. It will pick up the MP4 files from the folder you choose and automatically put them in the Movies category on your iPad. For short videos, you can also upload to a private channel on YouTube and then sync the YouTube app with your account. You can also set up a wireless, PC free Wi-Fi sync for your iPad, After this iOS 5 feature is enabled, when you plug in your iPad it will automatically sync and backup new content to iTunes.
Unfortunately, putting movies on your iPad is not a one-click process yet. But, with excellent freeware and state-of-the-art software available, you have multiple options to convert your videos. Choose based on your comfort level with the technology, the type of videos you’re converting, and the number of movies you want on your device. No matter what your preference, there’s no excuse to sit bored at the airport, with the best of the movies only a finger swipe away.