How to get video files onto my iPhone 5

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Bankaimadness, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    I try dragging some of my video files to itunes and it said the format wasn't supported.

    I don't know why, but I did it flawlessly on my SG SII and it work great!
  2. macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    It's probably a video format which iTunes/iPhone doesn't support. Probably like .WMV or something.

    m4v, .mp4, and .mov are what the iPhone supports mainly. Just convert whatever you need to these filetypes.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    What do you use to convert?
  4. macrumors regular


    Oct 14, 2011
    San Juan
    the free version of Any video converter works great for me.
  5. macrumors member

    May 5, 2012
    Instead of converting it. You can go to AppStore and download free "Media Player". This app will show up on the iTunes and you can pretty much drop any video file in that app and it will play it.
  6. macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2008
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    alright thanks guys.

    Wouldn't hurt to recommend some more converters. :D

    Btw, would the quality get downgraded?
  8. macrumors 68040


    Jun 21, 2010
    Actually don't even both wasting your time converting. Download something like AvPLayerHD and just drag the files over. It will play them directly.
  9. macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2012
    Does AVPlayer do hardware-accelerated playback? The stock player uses it for MP4/M4V. I use HDPlayer Pro, it will also play most anything but it only uses HW assist for MP4/M4V and MKV.

    The other disadvantage of not using the stock player is that you have to drag the videos into the file system of the alternative player on the Apps tab in iTunes. Worth the hassle for me, though, because HDPlayer Pro is superior to the stock player (and also plays FLAC audio files).
  10. macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
  11. macrumors 68040


    Jun 21, 2010
    I'm not sure. I know it does on my iPad though. Don't watch videos on my iPhone at all.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2012
    CineXPlayer is the best of the bunch, especially now that it's the only video app in the AppStore that supports AC3 and Dolby Digital audio.

    You should still convert the videos to a natively compatible format, however, as that's the only way to get hardware acceleration. Otherwise the video player has to decode in software, which is MUCH MUCH worse on battery life. Whenever you see benchmarks showing a phone/tablet has 10+ hours of battery life with a video playing in a loop, it's because of the hardware acceleration.

    Considering this, and considering how important your phone battery not being dead typically is, I highly recommend converting.
  13. macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2006
  14. macrumors 6502


    Jun 21, 2011
    Greece and Holland
    I use avplayer as wel, it also suppor external t subtitles n i dont have to worry about mkv mp4 avi or anything !!
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2011
    AVPlayer uses a Hardware Hybrid Decoder for supported types ... needs to be enabled in its Settings

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