The iPad offers one of the best video experience in portable devices. Its 9.7 inch screen is ideal to watch high quality media. I encourage you to download various samples of HD quality free TV episodes and documentaries available on the iTunes store to experience the magic. There are plenty of opportunities available on the iPad to watch TV series and media, such as iTunes store itself is the biggest repository. And then we have the excellent Netflix app. ABC channel also has an awesome app on the iPad platform making best use of its large landscape and playback abilities.
But then there comes a time when you need to watch the media you have been acquiring in form of DVDs etc. How to play DVD on iPad? Apple as always has been pretty restrictive in allowing what works and what not works on the iPad.
What type of movies can be played on iPad?
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;
Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable
How to play DVD movies on iPad?
In plain English the above means your torrent collection wont directly play on the iPad until and unless you pass it through some converters. Googling will bring up millions of result pages where softwares with names alike DVD to iPad with various incarnation would do a the same job: Convert the DVD data to iPad compatible format and play DVD on iPad.
So lets give a shot to one these softwares to see how we can enjoy the DVD viewing pleasure on the iPad.
Step 1: you need to download video to ipad converter software and run it . two options appear in the main interface, click Convert DVD to iPad button
Step 2: If the DVD movie you need to convert is on your disc drive, click "Open DVD" button.
In case you have saved it in a hard drive, click "Choose profile" button and locate the folder.
Once the DVD has been been imported you can watch it on the main interface
Step 3: click "Profile" drop-down list to select iPad Video MPEG-4 (*.mp4)' as output format
Meanwhile you need to select a folder to save the converted video by clicking "Output" button
After you do that back to the main window, click "Convert" botton to start.
Step 4: just a few moments later this will be completed. Then connect your iPad to the computer upload them into your iPad through the sync of iTunes Library and start playing.
Its best to convert the media at a time when you dont need to use the Machine for any other purpose, as the Machine becomes incredibly slow. There are some DVDs, which come with special encryption and regional locks. You can also use it to convert these DVDs to a playback format on your computer first and then convert them into mp4 format. If youre using the Mac OS, you can use ipad converter Mac software to convert and play DVD on iPad for Mac.