This guide shows how to transfer personal videos to your Apple iPad, Apple iPhone or Apple iPod Touch. It describes file-transfer, cover image, grouping and chapter selection step by step with screenshots.
* Apple iPad, Apple iPhone or Apple iPod Touch, with connection cable or wifi-transfer enabled.
* Windows PC or Mac
* Apple iTunes (http://www.apple.com/itunes), installed on PC/Mac.
* MP4/M4V video file, encoded using Apple-compatible video/audio settings.
1. File Transfer:
Make sure iTunes is installed on your PC / Mac, and start it. Apple releases updates for iPad, iPhone and iTunes on a regular basis, and some combinations do not work well with each other, so make sure that the versions match. If, when you start iTunes, it reports a new version is available, it might be a good idea to install it.
Connect your Apple iPad, Apple iPhone or Apple iPod Touch to your computer so iTunes recognizes it. If it does, it should be displayed at the top-left in iTunes.
Click on your iPad / iPhone / iPod Touch in iTunes, and it should bring up a settings/options screen, where you can make changes to the way iTunes syncs and backs-up your device. Near the bottom, enable the checkmark for "Manually Manage".
iTunes makes it easy to sync your video and music content automatically, but our own experiences when it comes to video is that things tend to get messy. Memory full, not the movies you want, so we prefer control over what is on our devices, so we set it to manually manage.
Select the "Films" section in iTunes in the top left menu,
then find your video file(s) in Windows Explorer/Mac Finder, and drag them over to or import them into iTunes using File > Add file/Add folder to Library.
Note: If you do not have video files that are compatible with your iPad/iPhone or iPod, you can use our Video Converter app to convert the videos from one format to another. For details and download information, have a look here: http://www.tools4movies.com/video-converter/
The videos you added will appear in the "home videos" section.
From here, click and hold the mouse button on top of the video you want to transfer, and on the left side, iTunes should display your connected device(s).
Move the mouse (while holding the button) over to which one you want the movie on, and let go of the button to start the transfer.
On your iPad / iPhone / iPod Touch, open the "Videos" app, and your video(s) should be displayed there, under "Home Videos".
A simple tap will play them.
2. Cover images & grouping.
When you transfer a personal video to your iPhone or iPad, iTunes will transfer over a screenshot of the video for a visual presentation for your movie in the videos app. For personal recordings, this works quite well, but if you are transferring a movie or TV show of some sorts, a cover-image makes it look a lot nicer.
Thankfully iTunes makes this fairly simple to do, once you know where to start.
Lets start by finding a cover-image for the movie you just transferred. It can be any image, so a simple search for "movie name cover image" in Google/Bing/Yahoo will be sufficient to find one.
Pick the image you like to use, and save it to a location on your computer where you can find it (desktop, pictures folder etc), since we need this for the next steps.
With a cover image saved, start Apple iTunes, and in the Films section, find a personal movie you added.
Rightclick (or click and hold) on the movie name, and a menu with options appears.
Here, select "get info", and a new window appears with information from your video.
Here, select "Artwork" at the top, tap "add artwork" at the bottom and select the cover image you downloaded earlier.
In iTunes, the video will now be displayed with the cover image instead of the screenshot.
Unfortunately, for personal videos, cover images are not displayed, so we need to change the videos from Personal Videos to a different group, such as TV Shows or Films/Movies.
In the same "get info" window we used for the cover image, select the "options" tab and there you can use the dropdown to change the video type.
After tapping OK, your movie will disappear from the "home movies" and is now located under "films".
and after transfer to your device, the movie, with cover image will be visible in the "Videos" app under "Movies".
TV Show grouping:
When you purchase a TV series from iTunes, the episodes are nicely grouped by show and season. You can do this with your own videos (such as TV episodes or movie sequels for example) as well.
First, select (in iTunes) all the episodes/videos you want in the same group.
Now right-click on one of them (make sure the others are still selected) and select "get info" again. A warning should appear indicating you are editting multiple items.
Add your artwork as we did before.
and then select the "options" tab, and switch the content to "TV programme"
Now switch to the "Details" tab, and enter the information of the collection. Do not enter episode numbers here, since we are editing the collection, not the individual items.
Now click OK to save the changes, and the collection you created will remove the items from the Home Videos, and place them in the TV section in iTunes.
To assign episode numbers, do a "get info" on each individual episode, and enter the episode number in the Details tab.
To transfer the collection over, click and hold, and drag it over to your iDevice to the left.
When done, you will find your collection of episodes/movies in the Videos app on your device.
3. Chapter/scene selection:
If you use a portable device such as a smartphone for video playback, it can be a little tricky trying to find a spot in a video. The position slider used by video players to find a spot in a video usually does take up the full width of the screen, but depending on the length of the video, it can be tricky to find a spot.
Thankfully Apple devices support "scene markers" in video files, which makes it easier to skip to a certain section of a video.
Of course to be able to use scene selection, you will need a video file that actually has scene selection markers in it. For this guide, I used Video Converter GT on an MKV file that was created using MakeMKV. The MKV file has scene markings in the file, and Video Converter GT has the ability to convert them to the proper format for Apple devices.
Note: While it doesn't matter on the device itself, if you use Quicktime to preview the file, it will only recognize scene markings if the file is a .M4V file. If you have a file ending with .MP4, renaming the file-type to .M4V should make it work.
The image above has the extra options that are available if Quicktime recognizes the scene markings highlighted.
VLC (http://www.videolan.org) also recognizes them, and even displays the locations underneath the position slider.
On your iPad or iPhone, the video player controls will display additional buttons to jump to the next/previous scene.