Ipad and External HDD

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Bradley, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. Bradley

    Bradley
    Expand Collapse
    iPF Noob

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2010
    Messages:
    2
    Thanks Received:
    0
    I have an 1TB External HDD that i have tons on movies on and just wondering, if i will be able to connect that HDD to the Ipad? It will greatly Determine, which Size HDD i will get inside the Ipad. and how does apple OS go with AVI's will i need to change the format to MP4. this will be my 1st apple and just need want some more information. any help is appreciated.
     
  2. iDoug

    iDoug
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Messages:
    280
    Thanks Received:
    8
    Man I don't know! Hopefully they will make a HD that does connect up to the iPad so that you can carry a pretty extensive movie library around or if you're like me, just hold your entire music collection!
     
  3. Dallasfreak

    Dallasfreak
    Expand Collapse
    iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2010
    Messages:
    27
    Thanks Received:
    0
    that would be so sweet but I dont think that will happen.......:(
     
  4. Max

    Max
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2010
    Messages:
    344
    Thanks Received:
    63
    The pad will only sync with iTunes, so yes, most likely your fileformats need to be converted to m4v!
    Unless.....theres some genious hack for the USB camera connector which allows us to control/change what data to be sent through it!
     
  5. AbblePC

    AbblePC
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Fan

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2010
    Messages:
    281
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Air Video to the Rescue!

    From what everyone seems to be saying in this thread thus far...

    You would all like a way to more or less carry your videos with you at all times and if that means tethering to an external Hard Drive or USB storage device so be it.

    Well no need to do any of that, as long as your on a 3G or WiFi connection with the iPad.

    The Air Video app in the app store is exactly what will allow you to stream any of your videos, EXCEPT DRM content. But for any of those movies you want to stream live from your desktop this app does it very well.

    I stream all kinds of movies I saved from flash content sites or otherwise. This app will convert LIVE while streaming and all very fast too.

    It's only $2.99 in the iTunes app store and they have a free version you can install to test, but will not allow you to maintain full movie lists and instead pull randomly several movies from your home server to show for viewing each time the free version is launched.

    Its well worth the money and has passed some of my leisure time while out on the road.. I personally cant wait to try this app on my new iPad.


    I have watched music videos, Youtube as well as others that I saved to my iMac or Time Capsule and share them through the small applet server that runs on your desktop to act as a live streaming server. Simply open the server preferences on the desktop, select which movie folder you want to share and voila! Your all ready to be mobile free and have your entire movie collection available for LIVE steaming. (no DRM support)

    They all show up in your Air Video app on the iPhone - soon to be iPad.
    One quick tap of a movie and you can choose to convert them on the fly and view/stream simultaneously or you can convert them by selecting convert and choose conversion settings to have them convert on your desktop at home while watching another video or movie while you wait.

    If its DRM protected movies that were purchased on your iTunes account, then obviously that is as simple as syncing that movie to your iPad for viewing later.

    Bleh to the iPad naysayers, they have no idea what they are going to be missing.. :ipad-movie: :comingsoon:
     
  6. iDoug

    iDoug
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Messages:
    280
    Thanks Received:
    8
    I think you're right! It's hard to think of change or doing things differently when you're used to a system, but on demand and streaming everything without having to actually store all that data is probably a lot better setup :ipad-movie:
     
  7. Bradley

    Bradley
    Expand Collapse
    iPF Noob

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2010
    Messages:
    2
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Reply

    If that app from the Air Video app in the app store works like that, that would rock. would stop me from carrying around my HDD. Hearing that make me all the more excited for the Ipad. Thank you for all the Information, been a really big help and has influenced my decision on which one i will buy.
     
  8. iBean

    iBean
    Expand Collapse
    iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2010
    Messages:
    86
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Thanks for the tip! I'll check it out right away.
     
  9. gentlefury

    gentlefury
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Guru

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2010
    Messages:
    2,617
    Thanks Received:
    7
    I've always used Orb...but that Air Video is amazing! Great quality and actual stream/subtitle options in app!! Really annoyed I paid $10 for Orb now.... :mad:

    Oh well I bought Air Video and can't wait to see it on a big screen!
     
  10. lp1968

    lp1968
    Expand Collapse
    iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2010
    Messages:
    49
    Thanks Received:
    0
    The Airstash might be something you would also want to look at. The Air Video App is great if you are connected to WiFi, but if you are on the road and don't have a WiFi connection this seems great!
     

Share This Page



Search tags for this page
can i play movies from an external device on my ipad
,
can my ipad play movies from a external hard drive
,

can you watch movies on ipad from external hard drive

,

how to stream video from external hard drive to ipad

,

how to watch movies from external hard drive on ipad

,
play movies from hard drive on ipad
,

stream movies from hard drive to ipad

,
stream video from external hard drive to ipad
,

watch movies on ipad from external hard drive

,

watching movies on ipad from hard drive