So what do you do, as a PC user, to get your videos to play on your new iPad?
Well for starters we can download a little free application called Free iPad Video Converter.
I personally do not have a iPad but there are a few of them around my office and as the resident technology expert I was asked how to get AVI files to play on an iPad. After downloading the Free iPad Video Converter I was able to do just that with a few clicks of my mouse. I will show you exactly how I did it.
You should have a screen that looks exactly like the one you see below.
To start converting you can first select the type of video you want to convert to. The options under the iPad section are limited to the files supported on the iPad. That happens to be only .MP4 files.
You do have three options of how you want them converted. Those choices are H.264, HD Video and MPEG-4. If you do not know what you need simply leave it on iPad HD videos and let’s continue.
After selecting the profile we will click on the New Task button in the center of the screen. It has a green plus sign on it which you can see here:
That will bring you to a window where you can select the video file you want to convert. You will be able to add files or an entire folder for batch processing. This would be very handy for converting an entire season of a TV show or a bunch of home movies.
You will see this sub menu when you click on new task.
In this instance I want to convert one file. The file is a TV rip of a recent House episode. It is AVI format and XVID was used to convert it.
Hit the open button and that will take us back to the main user interface. Our file will now be listed there. We will be able to see the video’s length, size and total numbers of videos. You can also split the video using the drop down box near the left side of the screen. This is useful for breaking huge videos down into more manageable pieces. The built in options are for DVDs and Blu-Ray disks but you can just as easily choose custom and pick whatever size you want.
The output folder is where your files will be saved to. You can also check the check box to merge multiple files into one file. That file will also be save to the same folder.
Go ahead and click the convert button and the application will start to convert your video. When it is complete you will have an .mp4 version of your video for your iPad! You can find the file in the output folder:
Do you have a favorite iPad video converter? Let us know in the comments!