Convert flv video to something iPad friendly?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by franmatt80, May 13, 2010.

  1. franmatt80 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2010
    Sorry if I missed a current topic on this- couldn't find one when I searched...

    I recently wanted to show a work video as part of a presentation on my iPad. My office was shut the night I needed to prepare so couldn't get the source file, so I went to our company website and grabbed it off the site following some instructions I found on here (loading the movie then using Activity Viewer to identify the file and saving it onto my MacBook Pro desktop). It was an flv file, and I saved it as a QuickTime movie. Played fine on the macbook pro.

    I then went to sync it to my iPad via iTunes but it wouldn't sync, saying the movie type wasn't supported. Is this because it was originally a flash file and therefore needs converting in some other way? Or is it a different rookie mistake I'm making??!

    I'd like to know how to get flash video files onto the iPad- how to convert them properly. Any hints?

    Thanks for your help.

  2. oj6665 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2009
  3. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I did the same thing with a similar tool, but ended up using Handbrake to convert it to a M4V file using the Apple TV preset. That worked for me. :)
  4. franmatt80 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2010
  5. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
    If you had converted to MPEG4 did you happen to right-click the item in iTunes and tell it to convert for iPad? That may resolve your problem. You said it wouldn't let you sync so it must be within iTunes itself. If iTunes let you import it then it thinks its an acceptable format. The "convert" command should make it usable. Just keep in mind that the original FLV file may be rather low resolution and not look so great on the iPad.
  6. gusapple macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2007
    The alphabetically sixth to last state.
  7. franmatt80 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2010
  8. robinfish macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2010
    Many apps can do it. You should search the free apps by google.
  9. reckless2k2 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    WinFF is the easiest to use for that and it's free.

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