iPad syncing - multi libraries

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by philspitler, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. philspitler macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2011
    I have an interesting problem.

    I have an iTunes library that has movies and TV shows on it for my AppleTV, iPad and iPhone.

    I have recently re-encoded a bunch of my movies and TV shows at a lower screen size and bit rate so that I can fit more on my iPad.

    Now, I have the issue.

    I don't want to add these to my existing iTunes library as the AppleTV will see double of each show, the high quality and the lower quality.

    So, I created a 2nd iTunes Library using Libra, it is empty and I added all my low quality movies.

    If i plug my iPad in though, it say that the pad is synced to another iTunes library and the only way to get the movies on there is to wipe it.

    There "must" be a way to do this.

    Any ideas?


  2. Ashwood11 macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2010
    I don't know about movies and TV programs but photos are downsized by iTunes when they are transferred to the iPad.
  3. philspitler thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2011
  4. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Unfortunately, there isn't. An iDevice can be synced to only one iTunes library.

    I don't have an AppleTV, so I'm not sure how playlists work with AppleTV. But assuming playlists work with AppleTV, my suggestion is to keep all your movies in one iTunes library, then make a playlist with low-def versions of the movies and another playlist with the standard/high-def versions. Then set your iPad to sync only the low-def playlist, and when watching movies on your TV, select from the high-def playlist.

    Hope that helps.

    BTW, no need to sign forum posts, we can see who's posting by looking at the poster info coluumn.

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