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How to Transfer HD Video from iPad to Your Computer

A user Brad send us a question below.

I recently purchased the new iPad and used the video camera feature for the first time this last weekend. Is there a way to transfer this lengthy HD video to the external hard drive of my computer so as to free up memory on my iPad? I don’t wanna having to email them, as that compresses them which sucks. Any assistance you can provide is greatly appreciated!

To transfer full HD video recorded from an iPad to a computer, you’ll want to connect the tablet device to a Mac or PC and copy over the movies manually to the computer.

Transfer HD Video from iPad to a Mac

This is the quickest way to pull the full HD movie from an iOS device to a Mac:

  1. Launch “Image Capture” found in the /Applications/ folder
  2. Connect the iPad to the Mac via USB
  3. Locate the video you want to copy over from Image Capture and click on it, select multiple videos by holding the Shift key – note the File
  4. Size of the HD videos will be much larger than the lower resolution videos
  5. Pull down the “Import To” menu and select someplace meaningful like the Desktop
  6. Click “Import” to copy the HD video to the Mac

Mac users can also use Preview, iMovie, and even iPhoto to transfer the video over, but ultimately Image Capture is the quickest and lightest weight.

Transfer HD Video from iPad to a Windows PC

Windows PC’s can treat the iPad as part of the file system meaning you can access video files and pictures with Windows Explorer:

  1. Connect the iPad to the PC with a USB cable
  2. Open “My Computer” and find the iPad device in the list of cameras and connected devices
  3. Open the iPad device and browse for the video(s) you want to copy over, copy them to the desired location as usual in Windows using copy and paste or otherwise.

In a lot of ways, Windows is actually easier to access the HD movie files and pictures with, at least for those of us who are accustomed to working with a file system rather than apps like iMovie, iPhoto, and Image Capture.

Afternative solution to transfer video from iPad to computer

You can also use any number of third-party iPad transfer software designed to import photos and videos from a digital camera to your computer. Note, that such apps can even transfer different types of media to your iPad and back it up, including your favorite Music, Movie, Photo, Apps, ePub, PDF, Audiobook, Camera Roll, Podcast and TV Shows, etc.