The iPad and new iPad 2 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/iPad 2 to watch TV series and media, such as iTunes store itself is the biggest repository. And then we have the excellent 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 or iPad 2? Apple as always has been pretty restrictive in allowing what works and what not works on the iPad and iPad 2.
What type of movies can be played on iPad 2?
- 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 2?
In plain English the above means your torrent collection won’t directly play on the iPad/iPad 2 until and unless you pass it through some converters. Googling will bring up million’s of result pages where softwares with names alike DVD to iPad/iPad 2 with various incarnation would do a the same job: Convert the DVD data to iPad 2 and play DVD on iPad 2. So lets give a shot to one these software’s to see how we can enjoy the DVD viewing pleasure on the iPad/iPad 2.
Step 1: Acquire a DVD to iPad 2 conversion / ripping software
Step 2: Select media to convert
After installing the software insert the DVD to convert or provide local file to convert from. Once the media is selected, select the iPad output profile, press the Start button and the final output mp4 file will be stored in the destination folder. The software provides you the customize the settings; change format, bit rate, frames per second etc. You can experiment with these settings in time to see what works best with your media.
Step 3: Add the movie in iTunes & Transfer
By now you must be aware that what goes into iPad/iPad 2, must go through the mighty iTunes apps. By adding the converted DVD movie you will allow the media file to be visible and transferable to the iPad. If iPad or iPad 2 is not connected already, please connect and transfer the movies from iTunes. And if While if you want to move iPad music and movies back to computer or iTunes, try iPad Transfer software.
Step 4: Watch DVD Movies on iPad 2 and enjoy
Your effort is not in vain. The viewing experience will simply pay off the hassle you had to go through to convert the media.
Its best to convert the media at a time when you don’t 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 you’re using the Mac OS, you can get the best DVD to iPad 2 converter for Mac here to convert and play DVD on iPad 2 for Mac.