Download video from SD to iPad?

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Linda F Contributing Member • Posts: 613
Download video from SD to iPad?

Please can anyone help? Is it possible to import videos from your SD card along with photos via the iPad adaptor? I have successfully imported photos then got them onto my pc but cannot see any videos. I have a Panasonic FZ150 which can shoot stills and video. It will be a pain if this cannot be done, I have to admit to not even thinking about video when I researched importing photos....... Thanks.

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PocketDivX New Member • Posts: 21
Re: Download video from SD to iPad?

Yes, videos do get imported with stills from your cameras sd card using the adapter, well at least they do from my Canon G12's sd card. They also play fine on the iPad

OP Linda F Contributing Member • Posts: 613
Re: Download video from SD to iPad?

Thanks for your response. Should the videos show up in the Camera Roll then, and how do you play them please? I couldn't find them when I tried to import to the PC via Windows.

I think I had better try again as I must have done something wrong last time I tried. I also cannot get MTS files from my GH2 to play on the iPad, although files from the FZ150 do! Which App are you using for Videos?

PocketDivX New Member • Posts: 21
Re: Download video from SD to iPad?

When I import images and videos to my iPad via the adapter the videos show as images

(the first video frame) in the thumbnail view with a white video recorder symbol and the run time. Tapping it brings up the full size view with a white triangle in the middle which
plays the video when tapped.

I haven't tried re-importing them back to a PC, I use a Mac anyway so it wouldn't
be relevant to you I guess.

The only thing I can think of is the video format which the F150 uses is different

from the Canon G12 and might not be compatible with the iPad. Maybe ask on the Panny'
forum and see if someone there can help.

OvinceZ
OvinceZ Senior Member • Posts: 2,754
Re: Download video from SD to iPad?

One way to download video to the iPad is to install the VLC app. You go to the settings in iTunes and add files via VLC. You then have to open the VLC app to play video. I play my music videos that iTunes wouldn't download. Check Goggle for help, etc.

Vince

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gordonpritchard Veteran Member • Posts: 5,003
Re: Download video from SD to iPad?

Note that the camera adapter only works with video that was taken by the camera. I.e. you can't put a movie file on your SD card and then transfer the video to your iPad.

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OP Linda F Contributing Member • Posts: 613
Re: Download video from SD to iPad?

Thanks for your help everyone. I will shoot some more video to see see if they are showing then try the Panny forum if they aren't. I'll look at a video app as well as the iPad seems pretty limited with what it will play.

Menneisyys Senior Member • Posts: 1,458
Re: Download video from SD to iPad?

It's better to forget VLC entirely, it's one of the worst-behaving app on the platform. (Take a look at the test videos at http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/test-videos-my-forthcoming-video-playback-bible-deinterlacing-full-hd-mkv-mp4-and-subtitle-p to see why.) Go for example for GoodPlayer.

OvinceZ wrote:

One way to download video to the iPad is to install the VLC app. You go to the settings in iTunes and add files via VLC. You then have to open the VLC app to play video. I play my music videos that iTunes wouldn't download. Check Goggle for help, etc.

Vince

Menneisyys Senior Member • Posts: 1,458
Re: Download video from SD to iPad?

Guys, I've made some serious tests on my iPad 3 (and, with XMBC, on the iPad 2) with all video players available. The results are as follows: for the best (meaning about 10-15 fps steady) FZ150 1080p60 playback, use ProPlayer ( http://itunes.apple.com/app/proplayer-the-video-player/id454180376?mt=8 ). If you don't have it or don't want to shell out $5 for it, the second-best choices (with somewhat lower framerate) are OPlayer HD by olimsoft ( http://itunes.apple.com/app/oplayer-hd/id373236724?mt=8 ) and GPlayer by Ginkgo Tech ( http://itunes.apple.com/app/gplayer/id438402174?mt=8 ).

All the other players are definitely worse, even XBMC Eden (!!!!).

I've also provided a detailed overview of all the test results in the chart of my forthcoming Multimedia bible (see row "60 fps 1080p MTS support" if interested: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13100693/html/042012RetinaHDVideoPlayers/201204-mm-chart.ods )

Menneisyys wrote:

It's better to forget VLC entirely, it's one of the worst-behaving app on the platform. (Take a look at the test videos at http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/test-videos-my-forthcoming-video-playback-bible-deinterlacing-full-hd-mkv-mp4-and-subtitle-p to see why.) Go for example for GoodPlayer.

OvinceZ wrote:

One way to download video to the iPad is to install the VLC app. You go to the settings in iTunes and add files via VLC. You then have to open the VLC app to play video. I play my music videos that iTunes wouldn't download. Check Goggle for help, etc.

Vince

Menneisyys Senior Member • Posts: 1,458
Re: Download video from SD to iPad?

Note that the above post referred to the lowermost, 60i video. For 60p video (the uppermost one in DPReview's test - too bad they haven't put a warning on the lower two videos' being 60i only), I can't recommend any of the AppStore players. You MUST either wait for a jailbreak and install XBMC, which plays 60p videos acceptably well - with some video and audio stuttering, but for monitoring / quick checkout purposes, it suffices, or

  • transcode it to MP4 via Handbrake using the Normal or the High profile and play it back in a third-party player having HW decoding (e.g., GoodPlayer) OR

  • after transcoding with Handbrake, make sure you set back the 5.1 level to 4.1 (or 3.1) so that it can be synched via iTunes to the stock Videos app. (See http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/making-stock-videos-application-play-every-mp4-files-possible for more info on this question.) Then, you won't need to purchase / install any third-party app to play it back.

Menneisyys wrote:

Guys, I've made some serious tests on my iPad 3 (and, with XMBC, on the iPad 2) with all video players available. The results are as follows: for the best (meaning about 10-15 fps steady) FZ150 1080p60 playback, use ProPlayer ( http://itunes.apple.com/app/proplayer-the-video-player/id454180376?mt=8 ). If you don't have it or don't want to shell out $5 for it, the second-best choices (with somewhat lower framerate) are OPlayer HD by olimsoft ( http://itunes.apple.com/app/oplayer-hd/id373236724?mt=8 ) and GPlayer by Ginkgo Tech ( http://itunes.apple.com/app/gplayer/id438402174?mt=8 ).

All the other players are definitely worse, even XBMC Eden (!!!!).

I've also provided a detailed overview of all the test results in the chart of my forthcoming Multimedia bible (see row "60 fps 1080p MTS support" if interested: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13100693/html/042012RetinaHDVideoPlayers/201204-mm-chart.ods )

Menneisyys wrote:

It's better to forget VLC entirely, it's one of the worst-behaving app on the platform. (Take a look at the test videos at http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/test-videos-my-forthcoming-video-playback-bible-deinterlacing-full-hd-mkv-mp4-and-subtitle-p to see why.) Go for example for GoodPlayer.

OvinceZ wrote:

One way to download video to the iPad is to install the VLC app. You go to the settings in iTunes and add files via VLC. You then have to open the VLC app to play video. I play my music videos that iTunes wouldn't download. Check Goggle for help, etc.

Vince

Menneisyys Senior Member • Posts: 1,458
Re: Download video from SD to iPad?

I've also written an article detailing all these: http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/playing-back-1080p60i60p-non-mov-videos-right-your-camera

Menneisyys wrote:

Note that the above post referred to the lowermost, 60i video. For 60p video (the uppermost one in DPReview's test - too bad they haven't put a warning on the lower two videos' being 60i only), I can't recommend any of the AppStore players. You MUST either wait for a jailbreak and install XBMC, which plays 60p videos acceptably well - with some video and audio stuttering, but for monitoring / quick checkout purposes, it suffices, or

  • transcode it to MP4 via Handbrake using the Normal or the High profile and play it back in a third-party player having HW decoding (e.g., GoodPlayer) OR

  • after transcoding with Handbrake, make sure you set back the 5.1 level to 4.1 (or 3.1) so that it can be synched via iTunes to the stock Videos app. (See http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/making-stock-videos-application-play-every-mp4-files-possible for more info on this question.) Then, you won't need to purchase / install any third-party app to play it back.

Menneisyys wrote:

Guys, I've made some serious tests on my iPad 3 (and, with XMBC, on the iPad 2) with all video players available. The results are as follows: for the best (meaning about 10-15 fps steady) FZ150 1080p60 playback, use ProPlayer ( http://itunes.apple.com/app/proplayer-the-video-player/id454180376?mt=8 ). If you don't have it or don't want to shell out $5 for it, the second-best choices (with somewhat lower framerate) are OPlayer HD by olimsoft ( http://itunes.apple.com/app/oplayer-hd/id373236724?mt=8 ) and GPlayer by Ginkgo Tech ( http://itunes.apple.com/app/gplayer/id438402174?mt=8 ).

All the other players are definitely worse, even XBMC Eden (!!!!).

I've also provided a detailed overview of all the test results in the chart of my forthcoming Multimedia bible (see row "60 fps 1080p MTS support" if interested: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13100693/html/042012RetinaHDVideoPlayers/201204-mm-chart.ods )

Menneisyys wrote:

It's better to forget VLC entirely, it's one of the worst-behaving app on the platform. (Take a look at the test videos at http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/test-videos-my-forthcoming-video-playback-bible-deinterlacing-full-hd-mkv-mp4-and-subtitle-p to see why.) Go for example for GoodPlayer.

OvinceZ wrote:

One way to download video to the iPad is to install the VLC app. You go to the settings in iTunes and add files via VLC. You then have to open the VLC app to play video. I play my music videos that iTunes wouldn't download. Check Goggle for help, etc.

Vince

Menneisyys Senior Member • Posts: 1,458
Re: Download video from SD to iPad?

Article heavily updated with info on MTS -> MP4 desktop converters.

Menneisyys wrote:

I've also written an article detailing all these: http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/playing-back-1080p60i60p-non-mov-videos-right-your-camera

OP Linda F Contributing Member • Posts: 613
Re: Download video from SD to iPad?

Brilliant link, thank you very much indeed. It has confirmed that there is no way to import directly .mts files into the wretched iPad using the CCK. The rest of the article is very helpful, but wish I had thought to check video BEFORE I bought the iPad. I have a suspicion that I would have been better off with Android as a photo viewer on the move. Oh well, you live & learn!

Menneisyys Senior Member • Posts: 1,458
Re: Download video from SD to iPad?

1, thanks

2, hopefully the Jailbreak will soon be released for the iPad 3 too. Then, you'll be easily able to directly (!) access the contents of your memory card from XBMC.

3, don't mourn the purchase of the iPad 3. It's way better than any other tablet on the market, jailbreak-problems aside.

Linda F wrote:

Brilliant link, thank you very much indeed. It has confirmed that there is no way to import directly .mts files into the wretched iPad using the CCK. The rest of the article is very helpful, but wish I had thought to check video BEFORE I bought the iPad. I have a suspicion that I would have been better off with Android as a photo viewer on the move. Oh well, you live & learn!

OP Linda F Contributing Member • Posts: 613
Re: Download video from SD to iPad?

I have to say the iPad is fine for surfing, e-mail & videos etc. I sometimes think that maybe we all expect too much from technology these days!!! I can remember the days when as a programmer our team used to share terminals then wait a day for COBOL code to be compiled on a mainframe.......

PaulTokyo Junior Member • Posts: 42
Re: Download video from SD to iPad?

I use "oplayer HD". it plays MTS files.

Menneisyys Senior Member • Posts: 1,458
Re: Download video from SD to iPad?

Yup, as has also been explained in my article linked to above, for 60i, it's adequate (albeit ProPlayer is definitely better).

For 60p, your only choice is XBMC.

Nevertheless, for the best results, you need to remux the MTS to MP4.

PaulTokyo wrote:

I use "oplayer HD". it plays MTS files.

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