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Importing videos into imovie on the iPad 2

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  • Menneisyys Level 4 Level 4 (1,300 points)
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    Sep 5, 2012 1:00 PM (in response to Elmanali)

    Elmanali wrote:



    There' is a way to import videos (also made with iphone4) into the ipad using the APP folder in itunes in the section sharing files?



    Nope - it's VERY restricted. You can't import from anywhere except the Camera Roll. No Documents directory, no synchronized Movies.

  • leromero Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 10:38 AM (in response to AppleAndPC)

    Sometimes the simple solutions are the hardest ones to come across. I've been killing myself for the past two days trying to transfer some videos. Your solution helped. Thanks.

  • oceanografica Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have imported some videos to camera roll in two ipads, one is synked with windows and the other with mac. The iMovie of the one synked with mac works perfect, the one synked with windows... shows the videos on the camera roll but does not show anything in the camera roll through iMovie! How can it be?

  • Grassstrippilot Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 3, 2013 8:47 AM (in response to 6FTBRL)

    I was wondering if you were still importing video via Dropbox, how it has been working for you, etc.  I want to start using my iPad to edit movies, but want to make sure I have the transfer of files worked out first. 


    I have moved my video QT .mov file to drop box, but I'm not seeing a "save video" option.  Any ideas?

  • Hamza1999 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 9, 2013 2:41 PM (in response to 6FTBRL)

    Bro it doesn't work for me,it shows it is not supported

  • 50tonrobot Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Apparently there are only three ways to get movies from other devices onto your camera roll, and into iMovie.


    1. Camera Connection Kit
    2. Email
    3. iTunes


    Using the Camera Connection Kit is painful if you took that video on another device that does not use SD cards; like a mobile phone.


    Using Email is almost always a bad idea for transferring video, because most videos surpass size limits imposed by most email service providers.


    iTunes is possibly the worst workflow process available.  You need to move the file to your computer to then transfer the file to your iPad.  What an annoying and clumsy process!


    I really hope iOS 7 addresses this ridiculously difficult process.

  • thegreatone3 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I use Wireless Transfer App to get movies from my iPhone 5 to my iPad. Goes right to the camera roll.

  • hunhaj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 31, 2013 7:30 AM (in response to 50tonrobot)

    Another (fourth) way emerged using iPhoto on both iphone and ipad to transfer either photo or video files.

    Select files to be sent in iPhoto on iphone, then transfer to ipad. On ipad then select the file to be opened in iMovie en select the 'sent to/export' button on the top (third icon from the upper right corner) and select "apps: iMovie".


    Finally! thank you Apple


    Tip: using an ad hoc connection (personal hotspot option on iphone) one doesn't need a common WiFi network to sent files with iPhoto from one device to another. However, it seems a little buggy as it only works for me once every time, then i get the "need to be connected to bluetooth/wifi" message trying to sent from iPhoto. To work around close iphoto on both devices => disconnect/reconnect iPad to personal hotspot = reopen iPhoto on both devices. This seems to be a nice workaround for non-lightning devices (=no airdrop) to sent files over quite fast over wifi directly.

  • hunhaj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 31, 2013 8:06 AM (in response to hunhaj)

    Just found out that by using a paid app "WiFi Transfer" ( I get speeds about 10x as fast as using iPhoto (90Mb in a couple of seconds) using the personal hotspot 'trick', without having to disconnect/reconnect all the time .

  • owen65 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have read this thread a number of times and came up with a very simple solution that works easily for me (a Windows 7 laptop user). 

    1. Transfer the video clips and/or photos in the usual way from your camera to the My Pictures directory in Windows. [Note that nowhere in this process do you use My Videos.]
    2. You must then convert the video clips to an iTunes friendly format - MP4 works - and the MP4 version must remain in the My Pictures directory. [I used Handbrake, free software downloaded from the internet.  There was no need to change any settings or check any boxes, I just provided Source and Destination filenames and clicked Start.]
    3. Then sync your iPad with the laptop in the usual way, but ensure that the Photos tab in iTunes has the "Include Videos" box checked.  [Again, the Films tab in iTunes is not involved.]



    In my case, the video clips are added to an album called "Videos" in the Photos app on my iPad.  When you open a project in iMovie, these video clips are immediately available along with the photographs in the Photos app.


    My thanks to all previous contributors, even where this method appears to disagree with their suggestion.

  • hunhaj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 24, 2013 1:33 PM (in response to owen65)

    The whole point is how to do video transfers WITHOUT using a computer...

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