Dropbox and viewing videos???????

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  1. Northern2010

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    Evening all,


    I was wondering if anyone can help me in my pursuit which has been long and arduous..... I am new to this world having just opted for an iPad over a nexus 10 and I am unfamiliar with how the device works fully.....!!!!!!!!

    I am currently struggling with Dropbox and viewing videos which have been shared with me, I can work Dropbox fine on my laptop (windows based) but struggle to watch or view them via my iPad........

    Recently I received a video and this was shown as syncd/downloaded on my iPad via Dropbox app...... I clicked on the video and nothing happened, all I saw was black screen with the loading icon rotating on the screen no video playing. After much cursing I opted to sync it to my laptop and watched it there instead.....

    All I am after is a fool proof way of watching videos via Dropbox and if possible a way of transferring them from Dropbox to my iPad.......?????? The video format is mp4

    Thanks again your patience is appreciated....

    northern
     
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    Hi and welcome to iPF!

    mp4 should be working fine with Dropbox. It just needs some time to start with a video.

    To transfer videos to your iPad, mark them as Favorite.


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    Then, go to your favorites, tap the video you'd like to transfer. Next step: tap the arrow that's pointing down, to reveal this:


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    Choose "Open in..."
    Depending on the apps you've installed on your iPad, you'll see a variety of apps that will work with your video.


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    In this case I chose Skydrive. This was what happened next:


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    Now I was able to upload the video to this app.
     
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    J.A

    Thanks the reply, I just hope that I can get Dropbox to work, it's been a niggle ever since I bought the ipad and downloaded Dropbox..... I will give your suggestion a whirl and hopefully it will work. I will come back to you soon and let you know if I have resolved the issue

    I forgot to mention that the videos are 2 gig files, I guess they will need a little time to load as you have mentioned.

    Cheers again

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    With 2 GB the videos will need quite some time to start. The one I'm showing in my post only had ~ 4.5 MB, and needed a few seconds to begin.
     
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    Worked perfectly, done what you recommended and hey presto videos running smoothly without any issues........

    Cheers again for our comments and expertise

    Northern
     
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    I'm glad I could help you!
     
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    Evening all,


    I thought I had cracked the Dropbox working on iPad saga, but low and behold another low ball to set the cat amongst the pigeons.......!!!!!!

    I am now struggling with downloading a video file after tagging it as a favourite, I click on the file to initiate the download and the file begins to download.... After some considerable time the file only downloads 30/40% then a orange exclamation mark appears and then file goes back to zero and attempts to download again.....

    This process has gone on for the last 2 days with out any joy....

    The file size is 1.9 gb......

    Any ideas people

    Thanks again

    northern
     
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    I'm just guessing right now, because it was working so far:

    Try to find out if there's still some space available in the app where you want to download this video.
    If there's still enough available, go to Settings - General - Usage on your iPad. In Storage you'll see what's already used, and the available amount of storage. Perhaps there's the reason for your problem.
     
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    Could also be a flaky Internet connection that times out or wifi that drops out.
     

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