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iPad Mini Video Format: What Video and Movie Format Does iPad Mini Support?

The iPad Mini is a hand-held tablet device which newly released by Apple. Its main features are its 7.9-inch display, multimedia support, various iOS apps and games and ultrafast wireless connectivity. In addition to reading e-books and playing games, the iPad Mini can also be used to watch video files on the go — if they’re compatible with the iPad Mini device.The iPad Mini supports many video and movie file formats.

MPEG-4 or H.264 Video

H.264/MPEG-4 is a standard for video compression, and is currently one of the most commonly used formats for the recording, compression, and distribution of high definition video. The MP4 is perhaps best known as being used MPEG-4 or H.264 compression, while possessing a separate audio compression process that uses AAC.It is one of the few formats that is compatible with numerous handheld devices, including the iPod and the iPhone.

H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1
Audio: AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo
File types: .m4v, .mp4, and .mov
MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile
Audio: AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo
File types: .m4v, .mp4, and .mov

AVI Video

Developed by Microsoft, Audio Video Interleave (AVI) is another multimedia container format for both audio and video. An AVI file can contain data in any compression format, including Motion JPEG, Editable JPEG, QPEG and Cinepak. However, the only AVI compression format supported on the iPad Mini at this time is Motion JPEG. Motion JPEG is a compression scheme where each video frame is compressed separately as a JPEG image.

Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second
Audio: ulaw, PCM stereo
File type: .avi

Even if some of your favorite videos aren’t in iPad Mini compatible formats above, it’s not the end of the line. There are several iPad video conversion programs that allow you to change the format of the video so that it will work with your iPad Mini. Such programs include Wondershare Video Converter, which can convert between a number of formats and specifications, and Tipard DVD to iPad Converter, a converter dedicated especially to making DVD movies iPad-compliant.

Apple: iPad Mini Tech Specs
File Info: MP4
File Info: AVI