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The Spoiler 05-11-2012 03:25 PM

How can I transfer videos from PC to iPad?
Please, iLoungers, you're my only hope. I have Googled everywhere and searched the forums here and have still not figured out how to get videos from my Windows desktop PC to my iPad 3. I tried synching through iTunes, but nothing happened. I also tried copying & pasting or dragging and dropping into the iPad folder when connecting the iPad to my computer, but that didn't work either. I have several videos in different formats that I convert with Handbrake, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to load them on the iPad.

Thanks in advance

kornchild2002 05-11-2012 06:50 PM

You need to open iTunes and add the videos to your iTunes library. iTunes can only sync content to your iPad if it is actually in your iTunes library. So first do that. Then setup your iPad for proper syncing. We can help you but we need to know how you are syncing content to your iPad. Are you manually adding content by dragging-and-dropping it through iTunes or are you just plugging your iPad in and letting iTunes sync everything?

The Spoiler 05-11-2012 08:38 PM

Thank you. I added the videos to iTunes by clicking "add file to library" and they show on iTunes on the PC but not the iPad even though after synching it said "synch complete".

Oh! The first time I didn't reencode the videos before adding to iTunes because I bought an app that can play any format on the iPad. Was that the cause? Will iTunes not transfer the videos if they're not in an acceptable iPad format?

Thanks for helping me!

Mr. Salty 05-12-2012 01:17 AM

If they can't be played on the iPad, iTunes won't sync them to the iPad.

Convert the videos and add them to your iTunes library. They'll show up under Movies. Drag them from there to the iPad.

The Spoiler 05-12-2012 01:39 AM

Thank you. I'll do that when I get home in a few hours. When you say drag them, do you mean drag them to the iPad folder that pops up when I connect the iPad to my PC? Just synching through iTunes won't do it?

kornchild2002 05-12-2012 07:46 AM

Videos that won't work with the iPad's native video playback app (whose compatibility is listed on the iPad website) can't be synced over with iTunes. You need to convert them using Handbrake if you want to use the iPad's native playback capabilities. However, it sounds like you have already done this. Other video playback apps can work with non-native compatible videos. You don't sync them over the usual way though. You can to go through a convoluted process that many people find confusing. It is just easier to convert your videos and let iTunes sync them over the normal way.

You still didn't answer my question though. Your library has converted iPad compatible videos. How are you trying to sync those over? Are you manually doing it or letting iTunes automatically sync them? You already solved half of your problem by converting the videos, now you just need to get them on your iPad.

The Spoiler 05-12-2012 08:28 AM

Okay, I converted some videos with Handbrake and added them to the iTunes library for my iPad that's on my desktop computer. I attached the iPad to the desktop computer with the USB cable and did a manual sync (meaning I clicked under "File" in iTunes and then clicked "sync iPad") but there is still nothing on the iPad. I also tried dragging & dropping and copying & pasting the new video files to the iPad folder that popped up when I connected the iPad to the computer with the USB, but still can't get a video on the iPad.

kornchild2002 05-12-2012 09:26 AM

Don't do anything in the folder that comes up whenever you plug your iPad in. That is ONLY so you can copy photos off of the iPad that were either taken with the iPad's camera or saved from the iPad's browser. It is NOT used for syncing content to and from the iPad. What you need to do is plug your iPad into your computer with iTunes open. Wait for iTunes to recognize it, iTunes should then show you the main iPad window within iTunes (you should see a picture of your iPad). Click on the Movies tab near the top. Then select the option to Sync Movies. From there, you can either have iTunes sync all of the movies in your iTunes library, ones that haven't been watched, or you can pick and choose which ones you want. There are YouTube videos out there that can help you, I found a handful of them offering a visual guide.

The Spoiler 05-12-2012 09:40 AM

kornchild2002, thank you, that worked! I'm watching videos on my iPad right now! I haven't posted much in my 6 years here, but you guys always bail me out when I get stuck trying to figure out how to do something. Thanks again!:D

kornchild2002 05-15-2012 06:10 AM

Their problem was already solved. Besides, Handbrake is a much better converter than Super.

ethansamuel17 05-18-2012 08:51 AM

You can go through this link to download the video converter from pc to iPad wondersharedotcom->media-transfer->convert-video-to-ipad

bohaiboy 05-20-2012 11:03 PM

I was having a similar problem. What I found was when I clicked on watch movie from iTunes, it could not find the movie. Don't know why as I haven't changed locations, just upgraded to new ois. After locating movies, it asked did I want to find similar missing files, clicking on yes found them all and they are now downloading to my i Pad.

candicecao 06-19-2012 10:15 PM

How can i transfer videos from pc to ipad?
You will need to use itunes on your computer , with them you can manage the data from itunes on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. When syncing with your computer, you can sync with the USB cable that came with your device, or over Wi-Fi when the computer and iOS device are on the same Wi-Fi network. But transferring videos , you can check that on apple’s support to get further information. Or just simply google iPad to Computer Transfer to get some useful tools.

happymackem 06-20-2012 01:57 PM

freemake video converter works for me on my ipad 2
it converts videos and has an option to apple and if you have itunes on your computer it will send them to it and you just upload them as normal.

Forhad11 06-30-2012 02:08 AM

I usually do this all the time by using itunes. I only synchronise my iPad and PC using the iTunes software on PC and select the photos/albums/folders which i want to copy. So its easy to use, just drag´n drop.

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