Chapter 10How Can I Work with Video on My iPad or iPad mini?

The iPod touch and the iPhone solve the audio part of the hunt for the perfect portable media player rather nicely. However, the video mission is more problematic. Single-purpose video players are too, well, single-purpose. The more versatile tools, such as the iPod touch and the iPhone, are too small for proper viewing. Now, the iPad and iPad mini are making a bid for portable media perfection, and their case is strong given the high-resolution touchscreen interface, HD video recording capabilities, and FaceTime video calling. This chapter puts that case to the test.

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Syncing Videos

Although you can use the iTunes app on your iPad or iPad mini to rent or purchase movies, TV shows, and music videos, it’s more likely that the bulk of your video content resides on your computer. If watching any of that video on your computer while sitting in your office chair is unappealing, then you need to transfer it to your tablet for viewing in more comfy circumstances. The next few sections provide the not-even-close-to-gory details.

Making a video compatible with iPad or iPad mini

Your iPad or iPad mini is very video friendly, but only the following formats are compatible with it:

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