Play Videos On Your iPad.
With its large, crisp HD screen, the iPad is the perfect mobile platform for watching videos. You can choose to play your own videos captured on your iPhone, etc, or you can buy or rent movies from iTunes.
To begin playing one of the videos on your iPad, touch the Videos icon on the home screen , and then choose a category from the options that are shown. Once in your chosen category, select a video to watch and touch the filename to begin playback. If the video has chapters encoded, you will have the option to skip to any of them after selecting the video.
Video Playback Controls
Whilst your video is playing, you can switch the screen aspect by simply turning the iPad to landscape. This will display almost all videos better (taking advantage of the full screen). Touching the screen at any time during playback will bring up the progress slider at the top and the control panel near the bottom. You can skip through the video by sliding the progress slider and skip or pause using the control panel. Both will disappear again after a few seconds if not being used.
As with apps and music, you can easily sync videos to your iPad from Tunes. Connect your iPad to your PC or MAC and wait for iTunes to open. If you have iTunes set not to auto-sync, you can choose which videos to sync to your iPad from the left column. If using a MAC, you can also sync videos from iPhoto. iTunes will also allow you to convert videos into a compatible format if the original format won’t sync.
Watching Rented Movies
From the Tunes Store, you can choose to rent movies at varying prices. Popular and new movies generally cost more to rent than older movies, but you can find plenty of good films to watch for just £0.99. You need to let your chosen movie download fully before you watch it (no streaming), but this shouldn’t take too long if you have a decent connection. All rented movies will automatically delete themselves after a set amount of time. This time limit usually runs from the moment the movie starts to play, so make sure that you have a enough time to watch your rented movie before you download and play it.
Watching iPad Videos On A TV
You can connect your iPad to most modern TV’s using either WiFi, an AV Cable or an iPad dock connector and watch your videos on the big screen. This process is generally very simple: Just plug in, browse to the correct AV channel on your TV and play the video on your iPad.
Are there some older or more obscure movies that you have in your DVD collection that you want on your iPad that haven’t made it to the iTunes movie store? With this guide we will solve this problem for you.
Downloading and installing both of these programs is quite easy. Get MacTheRipper from the Mac Update website. Once you have downloaded MacTheRipper, extract it and copy the app to your Applications directory. Double click the MacTheRipper application icon to launch it. Once the application has opened, pop in the movie DVD that you want to put on your iPad.
When the DVD has been recognized by MacTheRipper, 99% of the time it auto-detects all of the right settings specific to that DVD. Click the GO! button to begin the ripping process. It’s very important to note — copying certain DVDs in certain countries may be against the law. Before ripping the DVD, make sure that what you’re doing is legal where you live.
Once MacTheRipper has completed the DVD copying process, you’ll need to convert the files it created info a movie that’s compatible with your iPad. This is where Handbrake comes in. Download Handbrake, then open the .dmg file and copy the application to your Applications folder to install it.
At the time of writing this article, Handbrake does not support the iPad and the iPhone 4 format out of the box. You can, however, download and install some pre-sets for Handbrake that will quickly allow you access to these formats, ideal for the iPad. To install these pre-sets, first download the pre-set files. Unzip the file to a folder you’ll remember. Launch Handbrake from your Applications list and go to Presets -> Import in the menu bar. Navigate to the Pre-set files and add them to Handbrake. You may have to add each of the 3 pre-set files one at a time.
Once you have the pre-sets installed they will be available on the right sidebar.
You should now be in business, Click on Source to pick the file you want to convert. Navigate to the VIDEO_TS directory and click Open. Now click the Browse button in the Destination section, and select a folder to save the file in. Select one of your newly added iPad pre-sets to ensure the movie is formatted and optimized for your iPad. Click Start to begin the converting process This process, again, takes a while. You may want to grab a cup of coffee at this point.
After the conversion process is complete you will find an MP4 file waiting for you at the location you previously selected. Launch iTunes, click File > Add Files to Library.., and select the movie file (or files if you’ve converted more than one DVD). This will add the movie(s) to iTunes. When you sync iTunes with you iPad the next time make sure you check this movie to sync. You could also tick the Automatically add check box so that movies in your iTunes library are automatically added to your iPad each time you sync your iPad with iTunes. There you go. Now you have your movie DVD on your iPad!