All iPads Watching movies from a thumb drive on a mini?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jrm27, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. jrm27 macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    Hello all,

    I just picked up a mini the other day (which probably means the new one will be announced in a few weeks ;)). I jailbroke it the second I took it out of the box. I'm wondering if there is a way to hook up a USB thumbdrive, or a SD card loaded with movies to watch? I've heard "yes" and "no". Anyone have any thoughts?

    I'm entertaining purchasing one of the seagate wireless drives, but I dont need that much space (unless there's a way to use the mini to backup up photos from an sd card to the seagate) and have plenty of thumbdrives to take with me when I travel. Just wondering if anyone knows if this is possible, and how to do it. Thanks!

    I also have an ipad2, so it'd be awesome if the same solution (different peripherals of course) worked on both!

  2. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    Well, since I've been able to do it without JB'ing, I would have to say "yes" -- I believe JB'ing will only make it better. I use the new Lightning USB CCK, and I found an 8GB thumb drive that does not give the "requires too much power" error message. I had to make a DCIM folder, and then name the appropriately formatted (h.264, .mp4) movie file with an 8 character name with ".mp4" extension.

    Then, when you plug it in, the movie file can be transferred to the camera roll. If you don't have a 3rd party video player that can access the camera roll, you're stuck with the camera roll viewer, which is even more feature-starved than the stock video player. Again, this is a non-JB limitation, I believe.


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