Storing videos In files only on iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by kat.hayes, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. kat.hayes macrumors 6502a

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    I want to put some. Ideas on my iPad that will not be in the tv app. How can I get videos into the files folder from a Mac. How do I set it up so the videos are in files only on the iPad and not the cloud. Are there any issues with storing them in the files folder locally only on the iPad?

    Thanks.
     
  2. akash.nu, Feb 12, 2018
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    There’s no real access to the file system of any iOS device. The easiest way to do it is via iCloud and then it will automatically appear within your iPad.
     
  3. kat.hayes thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is there a way to synchronize it via iCloud and then keep it only on the iPad to free up iCloud space?

    Thanks.
     
  4. akash.nu macrumors 603

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    Nope. The iCloud service, right now, mostly works as an extension of your existing physical storage trying to remove the difference between physical and online storage.

    The idea is that you shouldn’t be worried about if your data is stored in the physical or online storage. You just save items and things appear everywhere you need them to.
     
  5. 007p macrumors 6502a

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    Can’t you just pick any video app that alllows you access to their documents directory in iTunes and then open that in files?
     
  6. Eric5273 macrumors 6502a

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    Here’s what I suggest.... Download the Documents by Readdle app. It’s a nice file manager that allows you to store things locally on the iPad. Then using your mac transfer the video files to iCloud. Then in the Documents app on your iPad, move the files from iCloud to the local Documents folder and delete them from iCloud. Then they will be locally on your iPad only. However, make sure to adjust your iPad settings not to backup app data for the Documents app, or else those locally stored files will be backed up to iCloud as part of your iPad backups.
     
  7. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    That’s when those file managers shine. No need to hook into the cloud, bound to the internet. Just put stuff in and they will be there, for as long as possible.

    There is always a way.
     
  8. akash.nu macrumors 603

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    Ah yeah, I see what you mean. But then you don’t get OS wide access of those files. Really I feel like the implementation of iCloud is pretty cool as long as people understand how to use it.
     
  9. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    That’s just Apple refuses to grant such OS wide access in iOS, not that such access is impossible. See windows. iCloud is bound to internet, dependent on connection quality, prone to access loss. The new files app actually is one step closer to a local OS wise file access once those third party apps catch up, as they can display their root folder in files app, and user can use those files.
     
  10. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a

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    Try out Goodreader, I use it with read and write access to a cloud server. Often I upload files to the cloud (google drive in my case), download them to Goodreader, clear online storage space, consume the video and then upload it back if I want to keep the video.
     
  11. akash.nu macrumors 603

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    Yes it’s the restriction of iOS but that’s what one has to take into account. That’s all I’m saying. There are pros and cons of such restrictions and that’s a completely different discussion for another time.
     
  12. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    I just use Infuse for videos. Can download directly from PC via file sharing (SMB in my case since I use Windows).
     
  13. Eric5273 macrumors 6502a

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    Any app that can open a file from iCloud will also be able to open a file from Documents. It is located on the same share sheet, you just have to toggle it on.

    Documents will even be listed in the Files app once it is installed.
     
  14. sparksd macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I use Infuse for videos on my iPad and for streaming from my NAS. Great app.
     
  15. mofunk macrumors 68020

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    You have to put those videos inside iTunes on your Mac. Then you can sync them to your iPad. I do this with Photos I want to sync with my iPad but without using the Photos App. Basically you can treat your videos like you would your music.

    1. Make sure you iPad is set to Manually Manage Music and Videos.

    2. Before syncing your videos, you should create a Playlist for Videos inside of iTunes and same on your iPad.

    Whenever I want to isolate certain media, I create Smart Playlist, so that what I need can be easily be found. For example, add Christmas music to iTunes, change the genre to Holiday. Then create a Smart Playlist for "Holiday" on IOS. After I just drag and drop Holiday music to iOS device. Open Music App on iPad and search in Playlist window "Holiday".

    ((sorry I just included that so that you know what to do))

    https://support.apple.com/kb/PH19487?locale=en_US

    3. After you've created your Smart Playlist or Playlist for Videos, Drag the media to your iOS Device while it's connect to iTunes on your Mac. The movies you download and home made videos, type in the Genre name. After you change the Genre, move the Movies to your iPad.

    When you open up your iPad it will show in the TV App - Library - Downloaded - Home Videos. :)



    I hope this helps. You can google how to Create Playlist. I use this feature a lot because it helps organize your media. I say to Create a Playlist so that it will help organize. Remember everything thats on our Macs and iOS devices have Folders. :)
     
  16. digitalcuriosity macrumors 6502

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    The Documents by Readdle app really looks like a useful App, just wish there was more information on just how to use it.
    The people who have replied to this thread have given great advice and direction, but just how things need to be done is not very clear.
    But i do thank everyone for the information and help they have offered.
     
  17. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    Thank you very helpful for a starter, but still will take some time to get a good handle on how to use it.
     
  19. FriendlyMackle macrumors 6502

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    Hi Kat,

    I have two suggestions.
    1) Dropbox to VLC
    1. Add video files to Dropbox on your Mac/Macbook etc
    2. Access Dropbox on your iPad and share/move the file into the VLC app.
    3. Watch video in VLC
    2) Use a Mac-based file manager/transfer program like iMazing (and I have no association of any kind with this company! Just very impressed with the software)
    1. Using iMazing you can entirely circumvent the DREADFUL iTunes...ugh!
    2. You can copy video files directly into your iPad or iphone VLC app folder -- multiple files at one go!
    3. *Revolutionary* for an iPad/iphone.
    **Side note: I use iMazing for all of my phone and iPad backups and software updates - it is immensely faster than iTunes.

    If you can just watch the videos while they are in Dropbox, you could easily just place them there and open and play them in the App. This also works for PDFs, ebooks, music...
     

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