Cover images for your movies:
If you want to have your iPad3 display cover images for your movies, you can use iTunes to add them.
First, download the image you want to use from a website like albumart.org or just use IMDB or Google.
A Civil Action (1998) - IMDb
then right-click on the image and select save picture as.
With the cover image downloaded, find your movie in your iTunes Library,
right-click on it and select "Get Info"
Go to the Artwork Tab, and tap on Add:
and select your downloaded cover image.
After that, "OK" out of this, and your cover image will be displayed for your movie instead of a thumbnail.
Artwork is not actually synced over, so if you want to see the artwork for your movie on your iPad3, you will have to delete the movie from it and then move it over again from your iTunes Library.
In the "Get Info" portion of Apple iTunes you can do a bit more. You can group TV episodes, change descriptions etc. If you like organizing your videos, it is a fun place to be.
General fix for your Apple iPad 3:
This might seem obvious, but it is often forgotten and/or ignored. Regardless of what complications you might experience with your iPad 3, the one thing that fixes the most of them is to simply turn off your tablet completely (not just the screen) by pressing down on the power button until the option to turn off comes up, or, if that doesn't work, hold down the power and home button pressed until it shuts off. After that, of course turn it back on.
General fix for DVD Catalyst 4 related issues:
DVD Catalyst 4 has a lot of options to adjust (if you enable Power User mode) and if you are running into complications and are not sure if you changed something, a reset of DVD Catalyst 4 will often fix the issues you are experiencing.
* Make sure DVD Catalyst is not running. While not needed, a restart of your computer will not hurt.
* Click on "START" > "RUN" (or hold down the windows-key on your keyboard and tap the "R" key)
(if your keyboard has 2 Windows-keys, holding down one is enough)
* In the run dialog, type in:
and click OK
*delete the "DVD Catalyst 4" folder there.
This will reset DVD Catalyst to it's defaults, and will take care of most possible issues.
In general, there are 4 tricks that will fix any complication you might encounter with a DVD.
1. Safe-mode conversion. This (often) fixes issues for when the conversion starts and after the 5-step scan, the conversion crashes.
Enable Power User, then in the DVD tab in Global Settings, turn off "Fast mode" and enable "Standard access". The conversions will run slower.
2. Scan engine change. This (often) fixes issues that when you tap Go and there is no 5-step, it just opens the video folder right away, and this fixes things like missing episodes on (older) TV DVDs.
Enable Power User, then in the Engines tab in Global Settings, switch the scan engine for DVDs to "Boosterpack". Then restart DVD Catalyst to have it scan the DVD again.
3. Conversion engine change. This (often) fixes issues of partial conversions. If the conversion starts and it runs for a few minutes and then stops/crashes.
Enable Power User, then in the Engines tab in Global Settings, switch the conversion engine for DVDs to "Original"
4. If you start DVD Catalyst, and have it scan a DVD, and it shows something like this:
you have a DVD with a fake-track system on it. For some new-release movies, to make things a bit tricky for conversion tools such as DVD Catalyst, movie studios include a bunch of fake tracks on the DVD. To determine which track is the correct one, please have a look this article for Footloose 2011: Footloose 2011 DVD | Tools4Movies | DVD Catalyst 4
Even if your movie is different, the process of using something like Windows Media Player to determine the correct track is the same. Of course the title number you will find for your DVD is likely different, but the rest is the same.
Problem DVD List
If you run into other complications with DVDs, such as failed conversions, partial conversions, no conversions, please check and see if the DVD you are experiencing complications with is listed here:
DVD Catalyst 4 Problem DVD List | Tools4Movies | DVD Catalyst 4
The above link contains a list of DVDs (and some Blurays) that either were reported as being tricky or ones we ran into ourselves, along with solutions on how to convert them. Most movies and TV shows (including ones mentioned in the list) convert without complications though.
File transfer issues.
*iPad 3 does not show up in iTunes.
In order to be able to transfer files to your new iPad, you need a recent version of Apple iTunes installed on your computer.
You can use the following link to download iTunes: Apple - iTunes - Everything you need to be entertained.
*File transfer doesn't finish completely, stops early etc.
If you are copying your files over, and your computer keeps losing connection while copying the files over, there is likely an issue with the USB connection on your computer. If your computer has USB3, try switching the USB cable to a different USB port, preferably a USB2 port.
* File X was not copied because it can not be played on this iPad.
For some reason iTunes doesn't like the video file. This could be due to complications with the conversion itself, or due to a cable/usb issue. Try and see if the created video file plays from your iTunes Library, or try and play the file in Apple Quicktime. If the file is not playable then, it could be due to a settings-change (if you changed the audio settings for example) or maybe a scratch/dust on the DVD that resulted in an incomplete conversion.
* File does not want to transfer.
There are some settings in iTunes that can cause complications when you try and copy files over to your iPad. in iTunes, tap on your iPad on the left side (above your playlists) and try switching "manually manage music and videos" on.
Video playback issues.
DVD Catalyst 4 creates video files that are optimized for so-called "hardware decoding". The Apple A5X processor handles the playback of your video files.
*This file can not be played.
Try and see if the created video file plays from your iTunes Library, or try and play the file in Apple Quicktime. If the file is not playable then, it could be due to a settings-change (if you changed the audio settings for example) or maybe a scratch/dust on the DVD that resulted in an incomplete conversion.
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