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Can you load movies onto iPad?
Without Buying on iTunes?


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#1 MakesMeHappy

Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:51 AM

I am thinking of getting DP an iPad for Christmas. I mainly want it for him to watch movies or tv series on while he is away.

Are you able to load the downloaded movies/series from our computer onto the iPad or do we have to purchase them off iTunes?

You can't plug a USB into an iPad can you?

Would we be better off getting a mac book air, considering we only want it for watching movies while away?

I don't know much about them so any help would be much appreciated original.gif

#2 summermama

Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:11 AM

You can but it is an annoying process, and I have found that some copy protected DVDs don't convert. I use a free program called Handbrake to convert the DVDs into iTunes using my laptop, then sync the laptop iTunes with the iPad. I will be watching this thread in case anyone has a better method!

#3 notsonewone

Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:11 AM

If its 90% for movies and series then get the air.

I'm assuming you mean "downloaded" wink wink?

You can download on another computer, use a converter, load to iTunes then sync with ipad. Otherwise ipad is restricted to iTunes downloads and things like abc iview or sbs on demand.

I'm getting an ipad today! But DH has a MacBook Pro. HTH.

#4 ~*Amethyst*~

Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:59 AM

I do this all of the time with movies downloaded from utorrent.

You buy an app called Flex Player - plug iPad into computer - transfer & play.

I have 2 series & several movies loaded at any one time.

We used this for DS whilst OS this year & it worked a treat.

XxxAmethyst

#5 adl

Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:27 AM

You have to convert the files to mp3 ( I think it's called) and then you just transfer into your iTunes library

Just google there are quite a few converters online I think ours was $35... DH does this for me...but it's not hard he just says its annoying ....and takes some time ...

#6 Pearson

Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:58 AM

yes, you can.  utorrent, or microtorrent (that is what the special u is) enables you to do that within their program.
you have to make sure it is mp4
and it is really EZ to get those types of TV files wink wink

#7 Madeline's Mum

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:09 AM

If they are downloaded files you can buy an app that will transfer them into iPad friendly file type and play as normal. You plug the iPad into iTunes, transfer the files via the app tab and they are synced to your iPad. Then open the app on your iPad and watch.

The app is called AVPlayerHD.

#8 GoneWithTheWhinge

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:25 AM

I use handbrake to convert to mp4 then sync with my macbook.

The conversion process can be slow but I usually queue up a few films overnight then sync in the morning. Its not hard to do really and is much cheaper than having to buy off of iTunes when you already have the dvd.

Handbrake is free

#9 Isolabella

Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:17 PM

As PP have said you can get apps which will play avi and mkv files on the ipad.



#10 spersephone

Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:24 PM

If you're going to want to do this, you're going to want the biggest storage capacity you can afford.  It doesn't take long to fill up an iPad with videos.

If you mainly want to use something for that purpose, I don't think an iPad is ideal.  I can stream stuff to mine, no problem, but I don't want to take time converting and transferring to it, then take it off and put more on.  I use streaming programs using my home wifi to watch stuff all the time, without taking up space on it.

An iPad is awesome as a multipurpose device, that can also plays videos and do other things.  As a stand alone movie player type object, you'd be better off using a laptop or even a special portable DVD player (if they're in DVD format).


#11 jai*

Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:27 PM

QUOTE (spersephone @ 30/11/2012, 03:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
An iPad is awesome as a multipurpose device, that can also plays videos and do other things.  As a stand alone movie player type object, you'd be better off using a laptop or even a special portable DVD player (if they're in DVD format).

This is what I was going to say.

Or, get a cheap laptop that has a USB attachement and put everything on an external hard drive with a lot of storage. That would save the need to carry DVDs. And depending where he's staying, you can also sometimes just plug the HD straight in to the TV!

#12 Cheryl_v

Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:13 PM

Apart from everything people have said above, Macbook Airs don't have a DVD drive so you would definitely need to have the shows as files rather than DVDs.  

Also there is an external storage device you can buy to stream wirelessly to an iPad (or other tablet) called a Seagate Satellite, you still need to have the files in iPad-compatible formats but you don't need as much storage on the actual device.

#13 NotRocketScience

Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

I do this. I have an app called CineXPlayer which is excellent and watch movies/tv series which I have on my home computer. It is very easy to transfer them to the iPad which is done through iTunes but you don't have to have purchased them through iTunes.

#14 ubermum

Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:39 PM

If you are downloading stuff "wink wink" using Azureus (Vuze) as your torrent client, it can convert your files and upload them to your itunes library.

#15 beccajayne

Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:33 PM

I downloaded an app called VLC Player.
Then I just drag and drop the files in the VLC player app on iTunes.

No converting needed. Just simple drag and drop and the normal sync time



#16 MakesMeHappy

Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:39 AM

QUOTE (beccajayne @ 03/12/2012, 09:33 PM)
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I downloaded an app called VLC Player.
Then I just drag and drop the files in the VLC player app on iTunes.

No converting needed. Just simple drag and drop and the normal sync time


I was going to reply that I might just get a cheap laptop and use and external hard drive until I read this reply. That sounds easy enough, so now I'm undecided.... Aaahhhhh

#17 beccajayne

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:01 PM

Sorry to make your choice harder lol

I am amazed at the effort others go to when there is an easier way.

I use vlc player on my computer and found it in the apps.
It really is a simple way to watch movies etc on your iPad.

But one bit always confuses me lol
To delete the movies, you need to do it on the iPad rather than in iTunes.
I always forget and spend 10 mins trying to delete in iTunes.

Have fun choosing

#18 akaka

Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:53 PM

Warning!!!!!!!!!
I tried downloading a free converter on my PC and it was a horrible virus-ridden one. Lost all my baby pics and videos - only some were backed up.
And please no replies saying I got what I deserved - already belted myself over the head about my stupidity....




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