Dropbox and movies quesion

Discussion in 'iPad 2 Forum' started by Janset, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. Janset

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    Hi all.

    I have just had a brainstorm and was wondering if anyone has tried this.

    One thing that has REALLY bugged me with the iPad 2 from the beginning is that if I want to watch a movie on the iPad I have to load it onto the iPad and as a result devouring large chunks of memory.

    Now to the question, has anyone tried this before?

    What if I load several movies into Dropbox via my PC and then access those movies on my iPad, again using Dropbox, would I be able to view them on the iPad?

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  2. J. A.

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    Dropbox works with these files: image-3174212121.jpg

    I dont't store movies in Dropbox, but I had a few short videos there and was able to watch them. When you intend to save movies to the online storage, keep in mind that free storage space is limited.
     
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    And, to add: you have to have an internet connection as, in effect, you are streaming the movies from Dropbox.

    But, yeah, as J.A. said, it works (I've streamed some short clips myself).

    Marilyn
     
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    I would be wary of any laws in effect that may see your uploading the videos to a server as pirating the videos. I'm not sure this is a huge concern but worth looking into if you wish to stay on the good side of the law.
     
  5. giradman

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    For an alternate, there are a number of Wi-Fi storage devices that will permit 'streaming' of movies from SD cards, USB thumb drives, or USB HD depending on the device - these typically setup their own Wi-Fi networks to which your iPad connects - check out THIS THREAD for a few ideas - good luck! Dave :)
     
  6. Janset

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    Hi Guys.

    Thanks for all the imput. You have pointed out some things I did not think of, and in addition, given me alternatives to explore. So it looks like Dropbox is out and something like RAVPower, Air Stash or iUSBport be in. I will have to do a bit of research into these devices as I have not heard of these before.

    Would it not have been nicer if the iPad had a USB connection built into it. It would then have made ipad into a true legend.

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  7. zstairlessone

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    Put them in iTunes on your computer, set up home sharing, then stream them to your iPad from the computer. (only works if you are on the same WiFi as the computer, but works well)
     
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    Hi there again.

    I have been reading about the RAVPower Filehub, as I want access to my movies whilst traveling but there are two questions that I cannot seem to get an answer for thus far and that is, what it the range of this device and, can I use my iPad wall socket charger to charge the device?

    Thanks for the tip zstair*

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  9. giradman

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    Hi Janset - I cannot comment on the RAV..... device in your question above (do not own it) - I just have the AirStash: 1) AirStash sets up its own local Wi-Fi network using the 802.11 b/g/n protocol so the range is about a hundred feet (w/ a lot of variation - google the protocols); and 2) AirStash is charged via a USB connection, a powered computer connection is fine but the USB AC charger for my iPad 2 works well also. Hope this helps - Dave :)
     
  10. Janset

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    Hi there.
    Does the air stash that you have, have a USB or flash card reading capability, so that it will read movies?

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