Playing .MOV files on iPad

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by George Kerby, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. George Kerby

    George Kerby Guest

    Forgive me if this has been asked before, but does anyone have a
    recommendation for playing .MOV video files (with audio included) on a first
    generation iPad? They import OK into the photo folder but I cannot figure
    how to make them play. Thanks in advance for all constructive advice!
     
    George Kerby, Sep 17, 2011
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  2. George Kerby

    Savageduck Guest

    From what I understand the iPad does not support .MOV files, so you
    need to convert to H.264, mpeg-4, or M-jpeg.

    You might try Handbrake, it has always worked for making appropriate
    conversions for me. (though I have yet to get an iPad)
    < http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php >
    < https://trac.handbrake.fr/wiki/BuiltInPresets >
     
    Savageduck, Sep 17, 2011
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  3. George Kerby

    George Kerby Guest

    I guess what I need is something like QuickTime in IOS format, Duck.

    I'm trying to avoid hauling a Laptop to a shoot that will pretty much 'Run
    'n Gun' and trying to keep from hauling too much extra stuff around, what
    with camera, tripod, mikes, mixers, fishpoles, etc.

    The playback audio on the EOS7 speaker is just awful, so conversion is not
    really an option for checking as we go. This is a test to see if video shot
    with a DSLR could really be a low budget alternative to a pro video camera.

    Thanks for the info, BTW!
     
    George Kerby, Sep 17, 2011
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  4. George Kerby

    Guest Guest

    ..mov is just a container, which could be anything. the ipad only plays
    h.264 and mpeg, so unless the .mov file uses either of those (which it
    does not appear to), you will have to convert it.

    the easiest way to do that is with handbrake. pick the apple universal
    profile.
     
    Guest, Sep 17, 2011
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  5. George Kerby

    George Kerby Guest

    If I have to convert it, then I have to take along a MacBook Pro to run the
    handbrake software anyway, since I haven't found any converter for the iPad
    OS. So it's a moot point since I'm trying to reduce bulk. But thanks for the
    information anyway!
     
    George Kerby, Sep 17, 2011
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    Lu Powell Guest

    Here's a link to a convertor:
    http://www.snowfoxsoft.com/tutorial/how-to-play-mov-on-ipad.html

    I have not used it, and have no recommendation.
     
    Lu Powell, Sep 18, 2011
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  7. George Kerby

    Lu Powell Guest

    Here's a link to a convertor:
    http://www.snowfoxsoft.com/tutorial/how-to-play-mov-on-ipad.html

    I have not used it, and have no recommendation.
     
    Lu Powell, Sep 18, 2011
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  8. George Kerby

    Michael Guest

    I think, but am not sure, that iTunes will import .MOV files and
    convert them to video that then syncs with the iPad. If it does not,
    QuickTime should do that conversion for you. I have to admit that like
    many Mac users, I don't pay attention to which of the built in programs
    is doing what at any particular moment.
     
    Michael, Sep 18, 2011
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  9. You could try the VLC Media Player:

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-ios.html

    although it seems to have been withdrawn from the App Store.

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Sep 18, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    Savageduck, Sep 18, 2011
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    Shawn Hirn Guest

    Try posting your question on Apple's iPad community forum. You can get
    to it via http://www.apple.com and than click on the "support" tab.
     
    Shawn Hirn, Sep 18, 2011
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  12. George Kerby

    George Kerby Guest

    Thanks Shawn, will do!
     
    George Kerby, Sep 18, 2011
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  13. George Kerby

    George Kerby Guest

    Thanks guys, but I am trying to avoid any file conversions using OS-X. If I
    have to lug my PowerBook along on the shoot, it can be viewed via QuickTime
    without any conversions. What I am trying to do is view what we shoot on
    just the iPad which has a totally different operating system, (iOS4.x). Like
    I said, I am trying to find something similar to QuickTime for 1Pad.
     
    George Kerby, Sep 18, 2011
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    If you can post the URL of a /short/ clip in the format you need, I could
    download and test on my iPad. The iPad views movies from my Nikon D5000
    directly, including sound.

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Sep 18, 2011
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  15. George Kerby

    George Kerby Guest

    Haven't shot it yet, but tell me just how you connect your CF card to the
    iPad and just how and where it imports it? Thanks in advance, David.
     
    George Kerby, Sep 18, 2011
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    You can connect your SD card with the Camera Connection kit:

    http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MC531ZM/A

    Import is automatic on connection, and you can choose to skip files you
    have already imported, and whether to delete the files from the SD card
    once the import is complete. Can't help with the older CF format, though.
    Perhaps you can get an adapter?

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, Sep 18, 2011
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  17. George Kerby

    Savageduck Guest

    Here you go!
    <
    http://store.micgadget.com/card-readers/280-ipad-2-cf-card-camera-connection-kit.html
     
    Savageduck, Sep 18, 2011
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  18. George Kerby

    George Kerby Guest

    I have an adapter that allows the CF card to be directly connected to the
    iPad much like Apple's SD card kit. And it does the same thing: Automatic
    connection, choosing and import into the Photos application "folder" where
    it shows up with all the real photo files. Whereas the real photos can be
    opened by selecting by tapping on the icon, the video files have a gray icon
    that has "MOV" printed on it. Tapping on it does nothing. I have no other
    way to open files on the iPad that I can think of, nor any way to place the
    video file anywhere else, such as the Video app or iTunes app as far as I
    can tell.
     
    George Kerby, Sep 18, 2011
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  19. George Kerby

    George Kerby Guest

    That's it, exactly! The problem is that it thinks *everything* it has on the
    CF card is a 'photo' and puts it in the area with other photographs and I
    have no way to direct it otherwise.

    OTOH, I would figure that Apple's SD card adapter is 'intelligent' and
    places video files in another area on the iPad so it can be opened properly,
    as it has done for David. Best guess that I can come up with...
     
    George Kerby, Sep 18, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    Could you use the USB connector in that adaptor to tether the camera
    and use the iPad as a display for the camera without actually
    transferring the files to the iPad?
     
    Savageduck, Sep 18, 2011
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