Mkv files imac to ipad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mpgrant5, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. mpgrant5 macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2010
    Hi what is the best program to convert mkv files to ipad so that they are stored on the ipad not over the wifi.
  2. couzo macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2010
    I convert my mkv files to ipad compatible files with handbrake (I use the apple tv preset)

    A quick search will bring up a lot of threads that will help out.
  3. SMacDuff macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2006
    Stockholm, Sweden
    You can also download VideoMonkey for free and use the AppleTV setting as well. I have had limited success with larger mkv files using Handbrake but VideoMonkey was able to convert them easily.
  4. georgebri macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2010
    I've tried most converters and found iSkyipadVideoConverter to never fail me, just feed whatever format in to the iSkyiPadVideo server and select Convert. Pick up the converted mp4 and load it in to iTunes. Sync with iPad and boom schackalack!!
  5. illutionz macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2007
    Rhode Island
    Been using Air Video since day 1 of using my iPad (They had not updated the app to be universal back then)...

    Still works wonderfully until now. I have way too many mkv files. Another props for Air Video
  6. pondie84 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2008
    I use Subler to remux mkv's to mp4. This is an extremely fast process and takes only 1 minute or so. If the audio source of your mkv is not AAC you will need to separately rip the audio and then re-add it to your mp4. To do this I use mpegstreamclip (the beta version has mkv support). Finally, if you want metadata to be added, videomonkey does this well. So in total:

    1) Use subler to remux mkv to mp4 (if required extract audio from mkv file using mpegstreamclip and add the resulting m4a file to your subler project)
    2) Run resulting mp4 through videomonkey to input metadata.

    If the resulting file does not add to your iPad you'll need to use a hex editor to change a setting in the mp4.

    The entire process is still faster than re-encoding and does not result in much, if any, quality degradation.
  7. lily69 macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2010
    If over wifi, use Tversity and Media Browser App, no conversion needed, I guess media tomb, Twonky all works.
    To install on iPad, I use handbrake.
  8. SethBoy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2007
    Does not work, unfortunately. Video was h.264 while audio was AAC. Refused to transfer, and I used a hex editor to make it 3.1. It transferred, but I got an error message on the iPad saying that it would not play. Sigh.

    Running out of luck with mkvtools and subler.

    EDIT: Oh hey it worked with mkvtools. Had to change mp4 to m4v. Funnily, a video with AAC didn't work as smoothly as this video which had some AC3 file format.

    EDIT2: Change some settings on the video (Volume Adjustment as it was very soft), and it seems like the video won't play in the iPad. Damn.

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