iPad Video Format: How to Convert Video Formats for iPad Pro/mini/Air

by Brian Fisher • • Proven solutions

As the most popular tablet, Apple iPad has attracted millions of fans with amazing user experience. It's great in watching movies/TV Shows, browsing the Internet, sending e-mails, playing games and more. Take video entertainment for example, you can download, purchase movies in Apple iTunes Store directly on iPad Pro, install YouTube app or other applications which provides videos for rent or purchase, or transfer from your Mac iTunes (or PC iTunes). However, not all video files can be playable on iPad Pro/Air/mini/new iPad. In this article, you will get the list of iPad supported formats. And you can get the tutorial on how to convert videos to iPad compatible formats as well.

Part 1. How to Play Incompatible Videos on iPad Pro/Air/mini

You only are able to play video in iPad compatible format on the iOS device. But if you happen to have some video in incompatible format with iPad, like AVI, WMV, MKV, FLV and more, you have to convert your video to iPad video format first before the playback. So how to convert? It’s a piece of cake with the help of a good converter like UniConverter. This Converter is outstanding in converting video and audio in all popular formats with ultra fast conversion speed and lossless output file quality.

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  • Convert 150+ audio and video formats at up to 90X speeds, such as MP4, MOV, VOB, WMV, MP3, AAC and a lot more.
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  • Burn your video or music files to blank DVD as backup or copy for home use, you can also send them to the Internet, iPhone and iPad.

Tutorial on How to Convert Video Format for iPad on Mac

Step 1. Add your target video files to the iPad converter

First of all, launch iSkysoft iPad converter and select "Add Files" button at top left of the main window to import your target videos to this iPad converter. In addition, you can directly drag and drop your videos to this iPad Video Converter to save your time. Alternatively, you could use the drop down icon beside to directly import your video files from other mobile devices like iPhone, iPod, Samsung, other Android Phones or Tablets.

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Step 2. Select "iPad" as output format

For Apple products like iPad, iPhone, iPod, iMovie and more, there are some optimized presets provided, which means you can directly choose the "iPad" preset from "Device" tab in your conversion without adjusting the video settings by yourself.

format video ipad

Step 3. Ready to convert to iPad format

After setting the output format, you can click the "Convert" button in the display bar or "Convert All" button at bottom right to one click convert all imported videos to iPad supported format now. If necessary, you can edit your videos before converting them.

ipad movie format

Optional: Free Online Tool to Convert Videos for iPad

If you don't want to install a desktop program, you can also try online video converter to convert your videos to iPad supported format. Try it below:

Note: Because the online tool doesn't support "https", so if the content below was blank, please manually click the "Shield" icon on the right of your browser address bar to load the script. This action is secure without any harm to your data or computer.

Part 2. What Video Format for iPad

iPad Video Format Supported (iPad Pro included):

MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 30 fps, 640 x 480 pixels, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in formats like .mp4, .mov and .m4v;
video up to 1080p, 30 fps, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in formats like .mp4, .mov and .m4v;
Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 30 fps, 1280 x 720 pixels, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi format.

iPad Supported Audio Format:

- HE-AAC (V1 and V2)
- AAC (8 to 320 Kbps)
- Protected AAC (from iTunes Store)
- MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps)
- MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+)
- Apple Lossless

iPad Supported TV Format:

- Up to 1080p with Apple Digital AV Adapter or Apple VGA Adapter (cables sold separately)
- 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable
- 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable

Related Articles & Tips

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If you want to extract WAV from MOV, then the 7 ways to convert MOV to WAV listed in this article can help you a lot. Let's check them out!
If you find it difficult to play FLV videos on QuickTime, then the most effective way to solve it is to convert FLV to MOV. Read this post and you can turn FLV to MOV easily.
This tutorial introduces 3 viable solutions to convert MOV to WMV in Mac and Windows 10 by using the helpful MOV to WMV converters.

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