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hologram

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I just ordered a 2020 12.9” Pro to replace my 2016 9.7” iPad pro, which I never used for video.

If I buy a usb-c > usb adapter, can I plug in a usb flash drive And watch .mp4 and .mkv videos directly from the flash drive? I may be wrong, but don’t think this would have worked with my old one. If not, I should at least be able to use this setup to transfer video to the iPad and watch it directly, right?

Thanks!
 

sparksd

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Yes, that should work. For the mkv files, I think you'll need a third-party player as the format is not natively supported in iOS. A player like nPlayer (I use it) can access the external storage and play it directly without copying. The Files app can do the same with mp4.
 
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secretk

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I just ordered a 2020 12.9” Pro to replace my 2016 9.7” iPad pro, which I never used for video.

If I buy a usb-c > usb adapter, can I plug in a usb flash drive And watch .mp4 and .mkv videos directly from the flash drive? I may be wrong, but don’t think this would have worked with my old one. If not, I should at least be able to use this setup to transfer video to the iPad and watch it directly, right?

Thanks!

With some tweaks actually you can do but it is rather specific. For example I can watch movies on my regular 6th gen iPad through SD card reader adapter. Not official Apple one. It is a dongle that has USB-A, USB-C and lightning port. On the older iPads I install an app and can access the files on the sd card through the app and I can also send/backup photos on the card through the app. On USB-C iPads I can access the files directly from the Files app.

I use VLC player to watch .mkv files.
 
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