iPad Reading Videos off of USB drive w/o JB

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by TWO2SEVEN, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    I know there are JB solutions, but is there a way to use the Lightning to USB (Camera) adapter to read and play video files off of a flash drive?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

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    Sure - just use symlinks as I've described in my tutorial at http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1464236
     
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    http://lifehacker.com/5782151/add-extra-video-storage-on-your-ipad-with-the-camera-connection-kit

    The article refers to an sd card, but it shouldn't be any different to the usb drive, aside from the added hassle of getting around the power limitation.

    Since you don't have a jailbreak, you will have to import the videos from usb drive. This will take a while depending on the video. There is no way to watch things straight off the usb drive, that requires jailbreaking.

    You have to rename the video so the ipad thinks it's a 'home movie' and since you have to have it in a format the ipad can play natively, you might also need to convert the video.

    IMHO, far to much hassle to even bother doing and you'd be better off looking at the alternatives (portable hard drives with built in hot spots etc).
     
  6. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

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    Yup, sorry, I browsed the Web on my iPad while in transit and misread your question.

    Regrettably, only the DCIM + 8-character-long.mov + full import way will work. iOS is far inferior to, say, Android, where you can stream stuff from OTG memory sticks / cards even without any kind of

    - having to copy it first to the main storage
    - having to use cryptic, 8-character-long filenames
    - having to use iOS-native containers instead of, say, MKV or AVI

    And all this w/o rooting of any kind. (With rooting, you will have full, not only streaming, access.)
     
  7. TWO2SEVEN thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I think you're right. I wouldn't be doing it much anyway.
     

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