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How to Add Personal Videos to iPad

So you may not wish to transfer personal video from the format pictured at left to your iPad (or maybe you do and will find this post of little assistance), but many would like to add their personal cinematic creations to the iPad. Your motivation could be driven by having a portable new toy to cure feelings of nostalgia as they arise or from a narcissistic need to notify everyone of the recent news concerning your nuclear family. Regardless of the reason, transferring one’s personal videos is something that can be accomplished, but it isn’t as straightforward as most may like.

Presently, many take videos using a Flip camera, or one’s video recording capable smartphone. Unlike the ease of use featured by most Apple products, transferring videos to the iPad can be relatively difficult.

One will notice that when trying to add videos to the iPad, most video cameras do not capture video in a format that will play directly on the iPad. This presents the user with the task of having to convert video clips into a file type that works on the iPad. Further compounding the issue is the fact that Apple has yet to produce a Windows-compatible feature for iPad-compatible file conversion.

To convert video to an iPad-compatible format, one can use several different apps. From the best iPad video converters we reviewd, Aiseesoft iPad Video Converter is a top option which works for PC users, albeit not without UI issues, extreme speed limitations, and doesn’t use the processor of one’s video card. That said, the program is easy, and completes batch operations.

Now that your files have been converted with Aiseesoft’s software, you are now faced with getting the videos on to your iPad. This can be accomplished in one of two ways. The first involves putting one’s videos in a folder and using the “Add file [or folder] to library” function in iTunes, allowing one to add the files into the “Movies” section of iTunes.

Alternatively, one can add videos to the same directory as the “Photos” section of iTunes. What this option allows for is configuration of one’s iPad to monitor photo directories, where it will display videos in the photo viewer of the iPad and not in the pre-installed “Videos” app.

For those who want to stream videos into an iPad from a PC or through using the Web, nothing beats the Air Video app ($2.99 or a free version which allows access to only a limited number of files per directory). The Air Video app gives one’s iPad, and iPhone for that matter, access to any video stored on one’s Mac or PC with free server-side software, with videos streamed over one’s local network or the Internet, provided one’s PC or Mac is left on when video viewing is attempted. Note however, if you are the owner of a Wi-Fi-only iPad and desire to use Air Video, the app requires a connection to a local Wi-Fi router in order to work.

The most simple option may also be the one that most iPad owners will choose to use in lieu of the aforementioned options. YouTube. Using this option, all one needs to do is create a YouTube account, upload videos to YouTube, set them to private and configure the pre-installed YouTube app on your iPad with your YouTube account information. Your videos will be available whenever you want them.

Have you tried any of the methods for video transfer mentioned above? What other options have you used to add personal videos to your iPad? Let us know in the comments.

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