iPad mini Transfer movies from Laptop to iPad (not from iTunes)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by johnnyindia, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. johnnyindia macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2010
    I have some movies on my laptop i'd like to watch on my iPad mini...they weren't bought in iTunes however...a friend gave them to me from their hard-drive and I use VLC player to watch them on my laptop. How do I watch these on iPad?

    I was told possibly to use DropBox application and VLC application on iPad. Will this work?
  2. tymaster50 macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2012
    New Jersey
    unless you feel like streaming it no you can't. unless it's jailbroken and a public jailbreak isn't out yet for the iPad mini.
  3. Dmunjal macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2010
  4. johnnyindia thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2010
    anyone have experience with this working yet? i don't own the mini yet and was only going to buy it if i can watch movies that i already have easily. thanks!
  5. Dmunjal macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2010
    I have movies on my NAS. I access them via SMB from FileExplorer and download them to the iPad. Then I select OpenIn CineXPlayer and go into that app (any video player should work including the built in one) and they play just fine.
  6. unibility macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2012
    Take your file and use handbrake to convert the file to m4v to play in iTunes then sync to iPad
  7. HengenJL macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    Purchase GoodPlayer and transfer the files via wifi.
  8. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    I don't have experience with VLC app but I've used Dropbox. You need to buy more space since I'm guessing you'll run out of drop box space. On the ipad app, you can mark it as a favorite and you will download the movie and save it to your ipad.
  9. LaDirection macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2006
  10. Rhyalus macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2011
    You don't have to buy a video on iTunes to move it over. Just go to "this ipad" and drag and drop your media into the movies section and it will upload.

    This is how it works on a pc ... It better work this way on a Mac. Of course it still needs to be the right format. I recommend mp4.

  11. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    PS3MediaServer (OSS DLNA Server)
    Ace Player (DLNA Client for ipad/iphone)

    Can stream on local network, airplay to your AppleTV, or download into the via WIFI from the DLNA server into the app to take on the go on holiday.

    All file formats work, avi(divx), mkv, etc. But for best performance and battery life run them through Handbrake to h.264 m4v to utilize hardware decode engine.
  12. Spasepok macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2013
    You can user XMBC as DLNA media server on you desktop, and the use some application to get it from server.
  13. mitoda macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2011
    If you have a tethering app (jailbreak required) like mywi, connect via USB and use cyberduck for a fast transfer. WiFi will take forever! I have an iPad 3 so not sure if this applies. Good luck
  14. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
  15. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    Oh, how wrong you are. CineXPlayer plays most formats. I use OT often, it works quite well.
  16. Peter78 macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2013
    UPNP/DLNA video players

    I use UPNP/DLNA capable players with download feature. For instance 8Player, ArkMC. I can down load movies from my WD MBL NAS to iPad to watch during the transatlantic flight.
  17. Cobster macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2011
    I use AVPlayerHD - movie files copied to Ipad via iTunes - programs - or by wifi... Most formats supported... No problem...
  18. moonman239 macrumors 68000

    Mar 27, 2009
    I smell copyright infringement.
  19. vmaniqui macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2013
    i have a Roxio and just convert all my dvd movies and load them via iTunes. handbrake work best also.
  20. noahrobert macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2015
    I often use DropBox for this and either re-use an existing account or simply make a new account for just this purpose. Presumably you have WiFi when you are at your iTunes to USB to iPad location and can just dump all the movies into dropbox. The iPad dropbox app will hopefully see that flex:player has registered to play the videos and offer to send the file to the app from within iOS rather than how the flex:player wants you to use iTunes to copy the documents into the app.
  21. Rava macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2015
    I use AVPlayer, it works well for most file formats and handles subtitles well. VLC player should be fine too, you shouldn't need to jailbreak for this To add files just go to the app section on itunes and at the bottom there will be a list of apps that can be given files. Just select your media player and drag over the media and it will add on sync. The videos section of itunes is different and can only take certain file formats, so it's not the best way to add content if you have lots of mkvs etc.
  22. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Way to bring back a two year old thread.
  23. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    The fact that this thread is years old only serves to highlight how sad it is that this is still an issue. On an Android tablet you can just drag and drop a movie onto it the same way you'd put it on a USB stick or hard drive. Why can't iOS allow users to have actual control of their media and other files, without managing everything through other software like iTunes or Dropbox?

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