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iPad Video Playback Tips

With its large, crisp HD screen, the iPad is the perfect mobile platform for watching videos. You can choose to play your own videos captured on your iPad, etc, or you can buy or rent movies from iTunes.

Playing Videos

To begin playing one of the videos on your iPad, touch the Videos icon on the home screen , and then choose a category from the options that are shown. Once in your chosen category, select a video to watch and touch the filename to begin playback. If the video has chapters encoded, you will have the option to skip to any of them after selecting the video.

Syncing Videos

As with apps and music, you can easily sync videos to your iPad from Tunes. Connect your iPad to your PC or MAC and wait for iTunes to open. If you have iTunes set not to auto-sync, you can choose which videos to sync to your iPad from the left column. If using a MAC, you can also sync videos from iPhoto. iTunes will also allow you to convert videos into a compatible format if the original format won’t sync.

Video Playback Controls

Whilst your video is playing, you can switch the screen aspect by simply turning the iPad to landscape. This will display almost all videos better (taking advantage of the full screen). Touching the screen at any time during playback will bring up the progress slider at the top and the control panel near the bottom. You can skip through the video by sliding the progress slider and skip or pause using the control panel. Both will disappear again after a few seconds if not being used.

Watching Rented Movies

From the Tunes Store, you can choose to rent movies at varying prices. Popular and new movies generally cost more to rent than older movies, but you can find plenty of good films to watch for just £0.99. You need to let your chosen movie download fully before you watch it (no streaming), but this shouldn’t take too long if you have a decent connection. All rented movies will automatically delete themselves after a set amount of time. This time limit usually runs from the moment the movie starts to play, so make sure that you have a enough time to watch your rented movie before you download and play it.

Watch DVD moives On Your iPad

Are there some older or more obscure movies that you have in your DVD collection that you want on your iPad that haven’t made it to the iTunes movie store? With this guide you will play any DVD movies on your iPad easily.

Watching iPad Videos On A TV

You can connect your iPad to most modern TV’s using either WiFi, an AV Cable or an iPad dock connector and watch your videos on the big screen. This process is generally very simple: Just plug in, browse to the correct AV channel on your TV and play the video on your iPad.