iPad Pro Anyway to copy Digi Cam videos to iPad for storage?

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  1. MrMister111 macrumors 68020

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    I'll be taking my iPad and Digi Camera away. I was wondering if there is a way to copy from the Digi Cam to the iPad to store and safe keep the photos and video.

    I'm not bothered on being able to play the video as it will be 4K probably. I think the photos will transfer with the iOS Digi Cam app anyway but not the videos?

    Just be nice to get them stored on my iPad for safe keeping and to not have to have loads of SD cards that I lose!

    The Digi Cam has Bluetooth and WiFi, not sure if you could just FTP or something you the camera to access and copy using filebrowser app or similar?

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  2. eVolcre macrumors 68000

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    RavPower Filehub. 40 bucks. Stick the SD card in, uae the filebrowser app and copy away. Or attach an external HD to the filehub, copy to drive.

    The expensive option is a WD mypassport WiFi drive but I’m seeing lots of failure reports.
     
  3. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks never heard of it. Not good reviews on app store for it though...
     
  4. eVolcre macrumors 68000

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    You can use the native files app with the filehub as well. Pretty cool device. Makes a normal drive into a WiFi drive, can plug in usb/sd. Has a powerbank and router in it. Check it out on amazon. Accessing files, there’s multiple apps now.
     
  5. Donka macrumors 68030

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    I've used a few different makes of the Filehub and they are great devices - I think most negative reviews are from people not understanding the limitations of iOS and how best to use the Filehub and software.
    Having said all that, it may be worth exploring if the videos will be recognised by the iPad when using the Apple Lightning to SD adaptor as this is would be a cheaper and faster option for video backup. What type of digicam is it and does it generate MP4 videos as this will give your most likely chance of success? The final consideration is the folder structure and where the video content is stored on the SD card before iOS will recognise them.
     
  6. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Remembered I had an old Sandisk Wireless connect USB which uses microSD.

    Just dug out connects and works fine. Took some pics from current camera (maybe upgrading soon which will be MP4 4K video I believe), but this uses the unfriendly AVCHD format which puts the actual video in a weird folder structure.

    Now the only problem is I know where the actual video file, an *.mts file, is and I can copy this but it won't let me copy a folder to the iPad using the Sandisk Wireless connect app.

    I've tried inFuse app but again won't let me copy a folder, only a file. I've tried the safari web address but again just lets you browse about.

    Does filehub work like this or is there an app that can copy a folder?

    Thanks
     
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    Exactly. Been using mine for a couple of years now, mainly with a 4TB HDD attached. Works great.
     
  8. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well got the old Sandisk wireless drive working with filebrowser app.

    It can copy folders so I can keep the structure, it will even stream the .mts video file to VLC app.

    This means I can use the Sandisk to backup to my microSD to the iPad for safe keeping.

    It's a little slow in copying but I'll live with that. No need now to buy another device.

    Thanks
     
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    Result! Always good to reuse existing tools and Filebrowser is an excellent app.
     
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    Thanks everyone, wouldn't have remembered if something similar not suggested in here.

    Emailed FileBrowser app support as could connect but they helped to, fast response great app.

    My microSD folders should be safe shouldn't they on my iPad. Probably more (as long as don't lose our drop my iPad!) safe than a microSD which could lose our drop.

    Thanks again
     
  12. eVolcre macrumors 68000

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    Youll have it in two locations right? The WiFi external drive and the iPad. That’s double redundancy. How big of backups are we talking about? You can get one of those lightning to USB drives. I saw a 64 gb for 79 bucks. Then you’d have triple. Copy to WiFi drive. Move to iPad. Keep another one on the usb stick. That should cover you completely. Whenever you get online upload to google photos or drive and that gives you 4. (Yeah I’m anal about backups and redundancy. Can’t afford to lose writing files)
     
  13. Donka macrumors 68030

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    Just keep the content on the microSD card as well provided you have the storage capacity and only remove if you run out of space.
     
  14. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    You're right. I'll only delete off the microSD (which I'll remove from camera into wireless drive to copy) when it's full and if needed more space.

    Trouble being I'll have to copy the whole lump every time to FileBrowser Emery end of day, as it won't see what's already there to not copy, don't think it's that clever. That's minor though to have good backup
     
  15. sparksd macrumors 68000

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    When traveling without my laptop and using my FileHub & an HDD for photo backup, I first rename the DCIM folder on the card to something like the current date. I then copy the folder from from the SD card to the HDD using the FileHub. When I put the card back in the camera and turn it on, a new DCIM folder is automatically created but the renamed folder remains so I have the data in two different locations. I use large cards and take multiple with me so running out of space is not a concern.
     
  16. eVolcre macrumors 68000

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    Create daily folders with the date. Problem solved. Not sure what happens when you insert the SD card. Can you tell it where to go? If not ... and it copies into a master drive all the time

    Then try this workflow.

    Put in SD card into drive. Copy over to iPad. Using file browser move files on the drive into a different folder labeled with the date and delete it from the master location. Now it’s empty. Next time you put the SD card in all you will see is Tiru new daily files in the master location. Repeat process.
     
  17. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Couldn't as if I copy 1 days then the videos go into the same folder on the microSD it's an awful structure AVCHD. Very fussy. Then I'll put same SD back in camera, as it may not be full yet so then k have 2 backups until would be, if that makes sense ha ha.

    I'll just copy and paste over everyday and delete the last one in FileBrowser.
     
  18. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Maybe ran into problem. When I removed the microSD from the wireless drive back into the Digi Cam for an error saying it had been formatted for a different device.

    It seemed to still take pics and video but the error comes on after every switch on.

    I'll have to see what's going on and do more testing
     
  19. Donka macrumors 68030

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    It's probably something similar to plugging the SD card into a Mac and browsing the folder. As soon as you do that, the Mac writes supporting files to the folder. As long as the content is still there and your camera can write to the card then I would disregard it. When home though and you have everything archived off, I would reformat the card in the camera again.
     
  20. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Your right. I remember now. Putting an SD in a Mac puts strange files and folders on there.

    I'll format and try again. It shouldn't put files on though as I haven't put onto Mac, only the WiFi stick.
     
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    Yes, I'm wondering if accessing it from an iOS device via the Wifi drive is doing something similar.
     
  22. eVolcre macrumors 68000

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    Why not just reformat the SD card nightly? Makes import easier as well. You’ll already have redundancy, one copy on the iPad and one on the WiFi drive.
     
  23. Donka macrumors 68030

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    That was discussed earlier. Can format daily but not doing so will retain an extra backup provided there is remaining capacity - just another option.
     
  24. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes probably will have to format, but as above the redundancy was the microSD and the iPad as the wireless stuck doesn't have own memory just a microSD card.

    I may buy a 128Gb one as only have two 32Gb at moment make it better for redundancy.
     
  25. eVolcre macrumors 68000

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    I guess I'm seriously confused at this point. Will leave it to you guys. :) I mean, generally speaking, two backups in the field are good enough. One on the iPad and one on the wifi drive. I understand what you're saying, the camera SD is a third backup.

    BUT .. so wait up @MrMister111 your wireless drive doesn't have it's own spinner inside? You have to actually load in a separate MicroSD card? Not sure how much a 128GB costs these days but I think you may be better off getting a RavPower (39.99) and a 1TB portable (39.99). 80 bucks gets you 1TB vs 128GB and it does a whole lot more … powerbank, wireless extender/router etc.
     

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