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Converting Videos for the iPad Using Compressor

We all know one of the most crucial elements of the Final Cut Pro workflow is Appleā€™s Compressor, which you can use to shrink and change format for videos. The software itself has a number of presets for different format, including DVD and the illustrious iPad, iPhone. This makes Compressor one of the easiest resources for iPad video conversion, especially since many tech savvy homes already have the software in regular use. Converting video for iPad use is especially easy with Compressor, and it only requires a quick step by step method.

When you are first attempting to use Apple Compressor as an iPad video converter you need to either send your video project to it from Final Cut Pro or open a self contained movie file inside Compressor to start with. Start by going up to Target in the upper task bar, going down to Destination, and then choosing a storage location where you want the compressed file to go to.

Go down to the Settings panel and go into the Apple folder. The very first folder will be Apple Devices, which is exactly what you are trying to compress video for. The second option down, below Apple TV, will be “H.264 for iPad and iPhone 4. More specifically this will list it as an “H.264 1280×720 video@10Mbps, progressive. Audio is 44.1kHz, stereo.” When you choose Apple Compressor for the iPad you choose from the same codec that you do with the iPhone, though they may end up looking different because the devices are different.

From here you will drag the “H.264 for iPad and iPhone 4” up to your project’s tab above. Now just hit the Submit button in the lower left hand corner of that panel and the compression will begin, exporting the finally converted file for the iPad to the storage location you set for it.

Apple Compressor is great for the iPad , but the software is part of an expensive package. Alternatively, there are a number of other great iPad video conversion programs that you can use to compress for the iPad. Enjoy.