Forget Sync. It’s pathetic if all you’re really looking to do is copy some video files to your iPad so you can watch them later. You know, on the plane or during a commute or just sometimes when you want to watch a movie on the iPad.
Copying videos to your iPad should be easy. Yes, we’re going to need iTunes and yes, it might take almost the same time that it takes to sync your iPad with iTunes but no, it’s not going to be tough. In fact, if you can drag-and-drop, you can do this seamlessly.
The iPad understands a few formats for video. There is a default Video player on the iPad which can play videos and which can handle video files that you drop into it.
So the big question is, how to copy video files to the iPad easily.
Here’s how to transfer videos from PC or Mac to iPad:
Step 1: Connect your iPad to your PC or Mac
Step 2: Open iTunes if it doesn’t fire up automatically
Step 3: Select your connected iPad from the list of devices. (You’ll find this on top-right or on the sidebar if it’s enabled. You can enable the sidebar from the View menu option.
Step 4: Under the device, you have an option called Movies. Select this. (If you’ve got videos on the iPad already, they’ll be shown as a list)
Step 5: Now all you have to do is drag and drop the video files that you want to copy. To make this easy, have the folder containing the video file ready, have iTunes open in the background and just drag-and-drop the file from the folder into the iTunes window.
Step 6: You should now see a progress bar that will indicate how long it will take to copy the file. Got short videos? Fast. Full-length movies? That’ll take a little time.
Step 7: If you encounter problems stating that the file couldn’t be copied, it means there’s a problem with the file format. You’ll need to change the format of the videos through any of these free video converters or with QuickTime to an iPad compatible format before copying it.