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Tips to Sync Movies to iPad

Along with being a great music player, ebook reader, and gaming devices thanks to the App Store, the iPad is a great mobile video player. Whether it’s movies, videos from the ripped or converted DVDs, TV shows, or an iTunes movie rental, the iPad’s big, beautiful screen makes watching video a joy.  But video takes up a lot of room and even with the iPad’s storage, you can run out of space quickly. To prevent that, you need to learn how to use the options for syncing movies to the iPad.

When you sync the iPad with iTunes, a management screen appears in iTunes that sports a number of tabs across the top. The two relevant to this topic are “Movies” and “TV Shows.”

In the movies tab, you have a few options:

  • In order to be able to sync video to the iPad, make sure the box next to “Sync Movies” at the top of the screen is checked. If it’s not, you won’t be able to sync movies at all.
  • If it’s checked, but the check box below it is not, you can select individual movies from your library. Check the box next to the name of the movie you want to sync (unchecked movies will not be added to your iPad).
  • If you check the “Automatically add” checkbox under the “Sync Movies” box, you can choose to automatically add all movies in your library to your iPad each time you sync.
  • For more fine-grained control over what movies get synced, choose options from that menu like most recently added or unwatched moves.

When you’re done adjusting these settings, click the “Apply” button in the bottom-left corner of the iTunes window to update and sync movies to your iPad.

When that’s done, you can change similar settings in the “TV Shows” tab. Most of the settings are the same there, though in this case, you can also choose to sync either individual episodes of TV shows or entire seasons. Clicking the “Apply” button will commit changes from this screen, too.