iPad video player for quicktime and .mpg movies?

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  1. skerfoot macrumors member

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    There's gotta be an app for that.

    I'm looking to put my iPad to work showing some videos at a conference. I have some quicktime .mov and .mpg movies that I'd like to be able to show people as I'm talking to them.

    Any suggestions? Am I going to have to convert the videos to some special format? I found an app called "StreamToMe", which might work, but I wish it was easier to get the video files onto the iPad.

    I haven't bought keynote yet. Can video be inserted into keynote, as they can in powerpoint?

    Help me justify my purchase. Thanks for any help.
     
  2. HengenJL macrumors 6502a

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    Some of your files might already be formatted properly, import the files into itunes and the try to sync them onto the iPad.

    If your files aren't properly formatted for the iPad then use Handbrake to convert videos to a format readily useable on the iPad, use the Apple TV or Universal preset. To note Handbrake is a free program.
     
  3. skerfoot thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply. I got partway there; i figured out how to add the videos to the movies folder of iTunes. Apparently, they aren't the correct format for the iPad though.

    I'll try the program you mention, but I also have some pretty heavy imaging/analysis software at hand already. What format does the iPad need? the videos I've tried are .mov files made for quicktime.

    As a side note, the StreamToMe app does what it sounds like it does, i.e. it plays movies that are currently being streamed from your computer. It doesn't save the videos for later playback, which is what I need.
     
  4. HengenJL macrumors 6502a

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    Video settings taken directly from Apple iPad webpage

    TV and video

    Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter;*576p and 480p with Apple*Component*AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple*Composite*AV Cable

    H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; 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
     
  5. Athna macrumors newbie

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    How to play QuickTime MOV and .mpg movies?

    iPad supported video formats(http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/): H.264 video [/B] up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; 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

    http://athna.blog.com/2010/02/08/ip...o-convert-video-hd-video-to-ipad-on-mac-os-x/
     
  6. GamecockMac macrumors 6502a

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    I'd imagine, just like the iPhone/iPod touch, the iPad needs video in .m4v format.
     
  7. troop231 macrumors 603

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    And h.264 encoded?
     
  8. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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    Just put the video(s) in iTunes, highlight them and choose 'Advanced' then 'Create iPad or Apple TV Version'

    It will convert them to an iPad friendly version

    pac
     

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  9. skerfoot thread starter macrumors member

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    It works!

    Thanks for the very helpful replies.

    I tried both methods mentioned above. The Handbreak program quickly converted my .mov files to .mp4 movies. It hasn't been updated for the iPad yet, so I picked the option to optimize the movie for the iPod/iPhone. It's nice that you can set the program to create the duplicate video in a separate folder.

    The second method mentioned above also worked really well, although it's a bit of a PITA to figure out which video is the new one (have to get info to see which is which). iTunes gives the option to optimize the video for the iPad, which resulted in an .MPEG-4 movie (just realized that's the same as .mp4).

    The Handbreak and the iTunes versions look the same on the iPad. I don't know if there's anything different about the way they convert them.

    As I side note, I'm also pleased to see that my simple PPT presentation converted to Keynote fairly well. I was worried about how things would go after reading some of the keynote threads. I wouldn't want to create a presentation on the iPad, but it's decent for showing someone some things without having to pull out a laptop.

    I feel a little less guilty for buying the iPad now that I've found a way to put it to work. It'll be a useful, small multimedia tool that I can use at conferences.
     

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