An in IPad video converter app?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by David H 88, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2012
    Hello, this is my first post but I have taken a wealth of information from this forum in the past.

    I would like to know if there is an app for the iPad (from the app store or cydia) that you can give it an avi or mkv and it will convert it and spit out a good mp4 that i can then move and use in the native video app.

    I understand you can do this on computer but I only have a notebook that can't cope with converting and I am assuming the iPad 3 is far more advanced.
    And I also understand that I use VLC but all my files are blue ray quality and vlc/the iPad can't handle them as they are which is why I need to convert them

    I really want to make use of this amazing display especially for watching Spartacus which I already own on blu ray and even tried to buy it again only to find out that it's not even in the iTunes store.

    Its proberly a long shot as the clever people who make apps will never of had this problem to need to fix it but if any one can help I would be very grateful.


  2. macrumors 6502


    Jun 21, 2011
    Greece and Holland
    I dont know if an appstore app exists to convert movies from avi to mp4 etc but even that it would take days to do i think.
    Through my imac i need hours if its a fullhd movie.
    I suggest you buy from the appstore the app called avplayerhd for the ipad.
    With that app u can import through itunes any movie format (avi, mkv, etc) so you can wach it without converting the file :cool:
  3. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 24, 2009

    It'll play mostly everything thrown at it no conversion required
  4. macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    Yea, I do not think an app will actually convert the video file for you. You can also try VLC player.

    On your computer, you can download a free program called Handbrake... This will allow you to convert a lot of files into the .MP4 format for an iPad/iPhone/iTunes...
  5. macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    As far as I know, no, nothing like this exists, I'm also not sure that since your netbook can't handle it that the iPad actually could. This likely isn't a problem that comes up a lot since most people would just do this on their computers.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2012
    Thankyou for your replies. My files are to large for vlc player, it gives me some error message about my iPad not being able to handle the files and sure enuf the playback is awful.

    I have tried both handbrake and anyvideoconverter but my feeble notebook can't handle it and took nearly 20 hours for 1 episode of Spartacus.

    I was really hoping for a kind of handbrake for iPad sort of app as I think the iPad could convert a lot quicker than my notebook.

    I will upgrade to a MacBook pro one day but just can't afford to yet. But now my beautiful iPad is going to waste lol.
  7. macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Spartacus: Blood and Sand is available for purchase on iTunes. If your concern is ripping movies you certainly don't need a MBP which can't do anything with Blu-Ray anyway. Additionally if you're just using your iPad to watch movies I don't really think it's being pushed too hard.

    How are you ripping this as well? If you're going for a direct MKV BR rip of course the files are going to be huge and likely unplayable on the iPad. Try and avi or something smaller.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    Also, how big are the files??
  9. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    The iOS version of VLC just sucks, no matter how big the file is. Please read my posts here at MacRumors, I've posted tons of info on VLC (too).
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2012
    thank you everyone but i i realised how to sort my problem...... i had to treat my self to a mbp 2.9ghz last week :) now a very happy human.

    if anyone has any must have apps tweaks etc for a mac newbie then let me know. thanks.

  11. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    It may be but it still doesn't really have the horsepower needed for video conversion. MBP is the way to go.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2012
    Pleasanton, USA
    Videora Converter is a free iPad video converter that converts video files, YouTube videos, movies and DVD's so you can play them on your iPad.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2013
    Yes, VLC and Goodplayer app for iPad is great, you needn't convert anything, just drag the video into your iPad. But as I know some video formats just like Real media foramt and some high definition videos can not replay fluently. Maybe sometimes you still need to prepare a ipad video converter in case you can not go with stumble. I used this Mac iPad Converter, nice tool, but not free. You can try it if you think it's interesting.
  14. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    I've benchmarked the app you linked to. Another slow, expensive (even the non-3D-capable Standard version costs a whopping $35) and, therefore, non-recommended converter: more than two times slower than Handbrake. (It took 15:26 to convert the first five minutes of the test video.) Stay away!
  15. macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2013
    Forget about using Handbrake because it re-encodes the video, which takes a very long time. The same 2 hour movie would have taken 9-10 hours to complete (no, thank you).
  16. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    1, Still, HandBrake is THE fastest encoder unless you have external (USB) hardware-assisted encoders. Believe me, I'm a video pro and have tested every single encoder.

    2, remuxing is indeed much faster than reencoding - see my dedicated tutorials particularly in the Apple TV forum here at MR.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2013
    I can't agree with you. If the video files you guys are converting are .mkv, don't use Handbrake. It takes way too much time. Use something like MKVTools. It takes much, much less time since it's not actually converting any video, just putting it in an mp4 container.
  18. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Yup, this is why I also always recommend MP4Tools / Subler in my full articles. Here, I've only explained why Handbrake should be preferred to other full reencoders, particularly those of noname Chinese resellers of the same overpriced app.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2013
    Videora iPad Converter is a free iPad video converter that converts video files, YouTube videos, movies and DVD's so you can play them on your iPad. The software, developed by the creators of Videora, can convert all types of video files (avi, divx, xvid, flv, x264, vob, mpeg, DVD's, YouTube, etc.) into the proper video formats (MPEG-4, H.264) that play on the iPad.

    With Videora iPad Converter you can convert videos for any type of iPad that plays video. You can also convert videos for the iPod and iPhone. It is available for Windows and Mac.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    In terms of raw power the ipad 3 is nothing compared to a notebook. any conversion will have to be done on a computer. BUT other apps will play videos of other formats, but in their own player, but that doesnt matter much. I have found my ipad 3 to struggle with .mkvs tho (lag).
  21. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011

    It always will if it tries to decode 720p+ H.264 in software. Either remux to iOS-native files or, better, use a player with dynamic remuxing support (HD Player Pro, AVPlayerHD, It's Playing etc. - see my dedicated articles here at MR.)
  22. macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    If your iPad is jailbroken, just use XBMC. If you don't know how to install it, follow this guide.

    XBMC will play any format you throw at it, so there's no need to convert whatever you have into compliant mp4 files.

    After installing XBMC, you should reboot (not respring) your iPad. I've been using it to stream 1080p mkv files from a windows PC without any issues.

    If you need to copy mkv files onto the iPad, use iFunBox (Windows) or iPhone Explorer (Mac). With XBMC, you can tell it to look for movies/tv shows in certain locations.

    All of the other player apps on the AppStore like GoodPlayer, AVPlayer, Plex, etc all suck because they do not use GPU acceleration and will drain your battery a lot quicker.
  23. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    That's not necessarily true any more - on the contrary, well-written AppStore apps do consume less battery than XBMC. See my very thorough tests at showing this clearly.

    Generally, one should read what I state about XBMC at, say, .


    Just a quick note: the latest version had to drop DTS support.

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