How to Convert AVI/MP4/MKV/MOV/DIVX/FLV to iPad

Sometimes you can't add your movies to iTunes, or the movie can be added to iTunes, but won't sync to iPad to play. Another situation is that you can't play MP4, MOV and AVI files on your iPad, while those formats are Apple supported.

To effectively solve your problem, you need to convert your video files to both iTunes and iOS devices supported format. The iPad converter below converts AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, DIVX and FLV videos to iPad with no quality loss and at fastest speed.

Part 1: Online iPad Video Converter

1. Free Online Video Converter (Online video converter)

You can use the free online video converter below. It converts videos to almost any format.

Part 2: Workaround - 10 Desktop Free iPad Video Converter to Convert Any Video to iPad Video Formats

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1. Handbrake (Windows & Mac)

Handbrake is a simple, easy and fast iPad video converter. It has many in-built presets for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and even some Android phones. It lets you import almost any video and DVD. It gains much popularity among many people.

The supported output video formats are .MP4(.M4V) and .MKV, and video encoders are H.264(x264), MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 (libav), etc. You can easily convert any video to iPad with Handbrake.

2. Video Converter Ultimate (Windows & Mac)

With this software, you can MPG/MPEG to iPad, VOB to iPad, FLV to iPad, 3GP to iPad, M4V to iPad, MOV to iPad, and more. Also you can select presets for iPad as output formats like iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad, iPad 2, and The New iPad. Key Features are:

  • Convert video to iPad video formats such as MP4 (H.264), MP4 (MPEG-4), MOV (H.264), MOV (MPEG-4).
  • Convert videos with presets for iPhone, iPad, and even iMovie, Final Cut Pro, etc.
  • Extract audio from videos to iPad music files.
  • Customize video by trimming, cropping, rotating, adding effects, etc.
  • Transfer the converted files via WiFi.

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3. MPEG StreamClip (Windows & Mac)

MPEG StreamClip is a powerful video converter for iPad, video player and editor. It is compatible with both Mac and Windows. It lets you encode movies to many formats with the optimized presets. With its basic editing features, you can cut, trim and join movies. Even you can download videos from YouTube and Google.

convert quicktime to wmv/mp4

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4. Wondershare Video Converter Free (Windows & Mac)

This free iPad video converter can convert, edit, and download videos at fastest speed and no quality loss. Key Features are below.

Broad Format Support
Convert to a vast range of HD and SD video formats. You can use it to convert to Convert AVI to iPad, MKV to iPad, M4V to iPad, FLV to iPad, MOV to iPad, VOB to iPad and more.

Enhance Videos with Rich Edit Functions
Crop the black edge to full screen, trim unwanted part, rotate sideway videos, and merge several videos into a single one, apply some interesting picture or text watermark to make it more unique and stylish.

5. FFmpeg (Windows & Mac)

FFmpeg is a multimedia framework that can decode, encode, transcode, stream, filter and play every format created. The product takes pride in their versatility staying both relevant and knowledgeable of the past. This is easily one of the best possible pieces of technology for developers and users alike.

convert quicktime to wmv/mp4

convert quicktime to wmv/mp4

6.iSquint (Mac)

iSquint allows for iPad video conversion on Mac OS X. This program is 5 times faster than QuickTime Pro and works with nearly all video formats. The interface is easier to use, just drag, drop and start. The program even allows users to see their video in different modes.


7. Freemake Video Converter (Windows)

Just as you can see in the screenshot, Freemake is a user friendly iPad video converter with a clean software interface. You can use it to convert video, audio, DVD with multilple presets for any mobile, tablet or console. It supports converting AVI to iPad, MOV to iPad, MP4 to iPad, WMV to iPad. Also it supports converting video to Android devices with many presets.

convert quicktime to wmv/mp4

convert quicktime to wmv/mp4

8. Format Factory (Windows)

Format Factory is an iPad video converter for Windows. You can use it to convert any of your video files with no effort. The supported video formats are MP4, AVI, WMV, MKV, MOV, FLV, MPG, 3GP, FLV, and SWF. Also you can directly set the output format iPad with the presets instead of setting the parameters yourself.

9. Koyote Free Video Converter (Windows)

With this free iPad video converter, you can convert videos in AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, DVD, FLV and WMV formats to iPad. If you want to play your converted video on iPad, just set the output format as MPEG-4. Apart from converting videos at high speed, you can also use it to trim you video and extract audio from video.

convert quicktime to wmv/mp4

convert quicktime to wmv/mp4

10. AVS Video Converter (Windows)

This is another iPad video converter. It can lets you convert AVI to iPad, MP4 to iPad, MKV to iPad, MPG /MPEG to iPad, etc. It helps you to solve all the format-unrecognizable issues with lossless quality, thus to expand movie enjoying to any devices. Also it can also convert & edit your Blu-ray video, burn a professional DVD with DVD menu templates, or share your video to web.


Part 3: iPad Supported File Formats


iPad Supported Video File MOV, MP4, M4V, H.264, MPEG-4
iPad Non-supported Video File AVI, FLV, MPG, MPEG, WMV, 3GP, VOB, MTS, MKV, 3G2, 3GPP, TS, TP, TRP, M2TS, DV, MOD, ASF, DAT, F4V, RM, RMVB, DivX, OGV, VRO, MXF.

iPad supports MOV, MP4, and M4V in H.264 or MPEG-4 codec. If your file isn't supported by iPad, you need to use a video converter to convet it to be compatible with iPad.

If your video file format is iPad supported, but the video doesn't meet the technical specifications for iOS devices like video size, bitrates, sample rate and etc, it still can't be played on iPad. In this case, you can use the presets of a video converter for iPad to easily convert videos compatible with iPad.


Part 4: FAQs about Playing Video on iPad


1. Can't add movies (MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV, WMV, etc) to iTunes

iTunes supported video formats: MOV, MP4, M4V, AVI with Motion JPEG encoded (up to 1280x720, 30 fps frames rate, ulaw audio).
iTunes supported file codecs: MPEG-4 and H.264, and audio codec, AAC.

If your video isn't the iTunes supported format like WMV, MKV, FLV, you can't add it in iTunes. Thought the video is iTunes compatile format, you also need to consider about the video codec. If the video is encoded with DivX, Xvid, H.263, or AC3, it is still not supported by iTunes.

To effectively solve your problem, you can use the video converters to convert AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, DIVX and FLV videos to iPad compatible formats (MOV, M4V, MP4)

2. Can't sync or play movie on iPad, though the video can be added and played in iTunes.

iPad supports the same file formats and codecs as iTunes. However, if the video doesn't meet the technical specifications for iOS devices like video size, bitrates, sample rate and etc, you will fail to play files on iPad.

iPad Technical specifications:
H.264 video up to 720p @ 30 frames per second
- Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels @ 30 frames per second
- Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

3. Can QuickTime video be played on iPad

QuickTime video is MOV, which is often supported by iPad. But if the video codec and video specifications like resolution or bibrates are not iPad supported, it can't be played on iPad.

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