Playing AVI files on iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Bodhi395, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    I've read that the iPad now supports AVI files, specifically, "Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format"

    I'm not that knowledgable about video file formats, but does this mean that most of the AVI files that you can download from the internet will work? Or is this some specialized version of an AVI file that is not common?

    I always hated having to convert standard AVI videos to a format itunes can read, so if I could use most standard AVI files that would be great.
  2. Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    .avi is only a container for a variety of codecs, "Motion JPEG" being one of them and mostly used on photo cameras with the ability to shoot video.

    .avi files downloaded from the internet most likely use Divx/Xvid as a codec, thus they will not be playable by the iPad.
  3. bzz
    macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2010
    On my iPhone i'm using AirVideo from the AppStore to play .avi .mkv or whatever from my computer.

    Can't wait for the iPad to try it :D
  4. macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2010
    A good compromise would be to use something like Air Video which can convert "avi" video files on the fly.

    edit: Seems I was beaten to the punch :)
  5. macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    Basically this means that you can playback the videos you shoot on your digital camera on the iPad with the camera connection kit... very helpful, but not full support for avi files.
  6. macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2008
    Planning to do that too! AirVideo rocks! It even handles rmvb on the fly! I hope it optimizes the resolution for iPad automatically!
  7. macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2010
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2010
    I just downloaded air video yesterday. After the avi is converted, is it stored anywhere on the iPad? I guess I'm a bit afraid of it chewing up my storage space.

    Can anyone confirm/deny?
  9. macrumors 68000


    Jan 19, 2010
    North Hollywood, CA
    That is one amazing App. It's so easy to set up and use. I just got it this Saturday for the iPad. :cool:
  10. macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2008
    Great, that's exactly the question I was going to ask.
    We, in Europe, are still waiting for the iPad to hit the shelves, but one of my main concern was regarding the videos, because I would find it a pain to have to covnert all the audio files I want to see on the iPad.
    So it seems AirVideo looks like a very interesting app.
    However, how do you transfer the videos on the iPad (since, obviously, you can't do it via Itunes...)? Is it wireless?

  11. macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Air Video does not technically transfer videos to iPad, it converts them to h264 on the fly and streams to your iPad like Netflix or ABC Video apps do. And yes, you need wireless for that. So far Netflix is good enough for me (plus handbrake to convert videos to h264 to watch them offline).
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    I've found, at least on my 2 ghz macbook, that it takes forever to convert a video from avi to mp4. Usually in the hours range. So its quite impratical for me to convert my large video library.

    I agree with others about using airvideo. I've tried it and it works great at streaming videos right to my ipad.
  13. macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2008
    Ok then, it's not what I am looking for!
    Well, I guess I will have to concert everything...
    Is there a program that can do batch convert???

    Thanks :)
  14. macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2009
    Quicktime X has a built in ability to convert any video file to be compatible with iPhone OS devices, as well as Apple TV. Works pretty quickly as well, in my experience.
  15. s1m
    macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2008
    I use iSquit to convert 350MB Xvids to iPhone format in about 5-6 mins per episode.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2009
    Glasgow , Scotland
    With Air Video , do you just have your pc turned on and it browses through the files on your home pc ?.

    Also i used videora but found it awful for converting the audio would be out of sync with the movie.
  17. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    What's quickly for you?

    For me using quicktime to convert an AVI file to Apple TV format, it seems to take almost real time, so a 2 hour movie will take 2 hours to convert.
  18. macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2008
    yes, you download a server on your desktop and then tell airvideo where to look on your computer. the free version has a handful of randomly picked files / folders within the chosen folder to choose from, and you have to refresh to see more. in the paid version, all the files / folders are available to chose from.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2010
    New Jersey
    I'm converting one of Tyler Perry's movies in Avi format in Air Video right now because live conversion had too much buffering. It should take 2 and half more hrs. Air Video is awesome.
  20. macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2007
    Philomath Oregeon
    While the iPad can play .AVI camera video, the issue becomes getting them on the iPad. iTunes Photo sync will not recognize .AVI files for transfer. Hopefully, the Camera Kit transfer screen will. I was able to email myself a small .AVI file shot on my Casio and I was able to save it to the "saved photos" album and play it, but iTunes seems to only recognize .MP4 formats.
  21. macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2010
    Aberdeen, Scotland
  22. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    But even if you load the movie on your ipad using good reader, if its not ipad compatible, it won't play.
  23. macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2007
    Rhode Island
    Not to forget that you can even stream the video from outside your network!
    I love Air Video ;)
  24. macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2010
    Some Mac users might not that knowledgeable about video file formats. In other words, iPad supports some types of video cameras watch their AVI footage via the camera card reader accessory, it won't let you watch downloaded AVI movies on the iPad. If you want to play AVI movies downloaded from the internet on you iPad or iPad 3G, you can convert your AVI files to iPad friendly format. AVI files with JPEG compression is high quality, but it's HUGE. So you can also convert them to MP4 format for your iPad. I've been using Handbrake for this. Usually works great with no problems. Takes a long time on my iMac though (avg 4 hours per 2 hour movie). So I also use a third party program called iPad Video Converter for Mac. it works pretty for me, There is a free trial version without time limit and can convert full avi video.
  25. macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2008
    Mos Eisley
    Nothing is stored on the iPad. :)
    For anyone who's not sure on how it works, you can either live-convert a non-apple spec video whilst you watch it in real time(nothing is saved), or you can do a full conversion(with the quality/cropping/aspect ratio of your choosing).
    The full conversion saves the converted file in the same folder as the original file, with "- airvideo" on the end of the file name.
    So, for example, if the original file was FunnyVideo1, the converted video would be FunnyVideo1- airvideo.
    From here, you can sync the converted video to iTunes(if you want to store it on the device), and can then delete the original video on your computer - which makes sense, because when watching a converted or compatible video file in Air Video, it's easier to 'seek' on the timeline, that it is when it's live-converting.

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