Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 5:01 AM (in response to required desired alias)
I found the secret. It's not as complicated as I had feared. By trial and error I discovered that when exporting the video from Quicktime Player 7, the compression must be optimized for "streaming". I had been using the CD/DVD-ROM setting. Although, the specs say that I'm limited to 160 kbps for audio, I've been using 192 kbps for the audio and the videos still play on my iPad. Do they play with 192 kbps quality or 160 kbps quality? I do not know.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 5:08 AM (in response to required desired alias)
I see you've figured it out, but for others I want to mention that your comment about the iPad having fewer pixels than a 1080 HD television screen may or may not be true, depending on which iPad you have. The Retina iPads have a resolution of 2048 x 1536. Singificantly more than a 1920 x 1080 television and much more densely packed.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 5:44 AM (in response to required desired alias)
If you're pulling stuff from a non-encrypted DVD, then Handbrake is great for converting video to a iPad format. I also use mpegstreamclip to make mp4 files that are smaller than what comes from quicktime, but still look ok.