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Is it possible to put films on an ipad using a camera connection kit?

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Dec 29, 2012 4:02 AM

I have just bought a camera connection kit for my ipad 3 and a 16GB sd memory card. i was wondering, is it possible to add mp4 films (such as Transformers) onto the ipad using the camera connection kit from my sd card?

iPad, iOS 6.0.1
  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (92,565 points)

    In the past (I haven't tried it recently) I've copied an MP4 film via an SD card with the kit and been able to play it, but a film bought from iTunes didn't play (you can't copy content to the Videos app via the kit, only to the Photos app).  Also the kit only recognises content that is in a particular format - the card has to have a DCIM directory off its root, with the photos/videos underneath it with filenames exactly 8 characters long (no spaces) plus file extension.

  • Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7 (20,370 points)

    You can. It's just not the easiest thing in the world to do.

    MP4 files play just fine. Handbrake is one very good video converter app.

    Make and have the file on your computer.

    Using the explorer on your computer, You make a folder on the SD card named DCIM

    You give the movie a 8 character name TRANSFOR.MP4 for example - has to be exactly 8 characters + extension

    You put that file into the DCIM folder using your computer

    Eject the card from your computer.

    You attach that card via the camera connection kit, to your iPad

    The photo app should pop up and you'll see either a poster frame or a black box representing your video

    You go through the import process and move that file to your iPad

    You finish the process, taking care not to delete the file off the card (the CCK always gives you the option of deleting the photos or movies you just imported)

    You open the photos app and tap on the movie, it'll open the video app and play the movie

    You finish the movie then have to delete it off your iPad.


    You will not see file names, so if you have multiple movies on  a card you likely can't tell one from the other.

    And you have to have room to import the file, you cannot watch it off the card.


    So it works, but isn't exactly seamless and easy, largely cause the preferred method is that you simply purchase and download the same movies from iTunes


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