Jan 15, 2014

How to watch any video format on an iPad

I bought my wife an iPad mini for Christmas. She loved it!! I learned that technology and jewelry have the same effect on women (well at least one woman anyway!)

We've loaded a few videos on her iPad some in iTunes format and some in various other formats. The latter took me awhile to figure out with the help of Google so I thought I would share.

  • Open the Apps Store and download and install the VLC video player app. It's free!
  • Plug your iPad into a computer with iTunes installed.
  • In iTunes you should see a button for your iPad near the top right hand corner.
  • Click the iPad button. (be careful not to click the eject portion of the button or else you will eject your iPad and will have to unplug it and plug it back in)

  • You should start off in the "Summary" tab of your iPad. Click the "Apps" tab.
  • Now scroll down to the "File Sharing" section. 
  • The "File Sharing" section will list all the apps that use File Sharing. VLC should be one of these apps.
  • Select the VLC app under "File Sharing" and then under the "VLC Documents" section click the "Add..." button.
  • Select the file(s) that you want to add and click the "Add" button.
  • The file(s) will be transferred to your iPad.
  • When the file transfer finishes, click the "Done" button in the upper right hand corner.
  • Eject your iPad and unplug it from your computer.
  • Open VLC and watch your movies!

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