I have been asked a few times how i convert my videos so that they can be watched on the iPad / iPhone or iPod, whilst there are many programs out there that will do this for you and even iTunes itself not all videos will convert due to the source format, and also many of the programs are not free.
I personally use a program called Handbrake which is free and available on many operating system platforms. I am a windows user for my day to day computing so i will show you how to convert them using windows 7 and Handbrake.
First of all you need to get a copy of Handbrake which is free from here it comes in 2 versions for windows 64 bit and 32 Bit, if you are not sure what version of windows you have then just choose the 32 Bit version as this will work on both 64 and 32 bit.
Then click on Next.
Then I Agree.
Leave the default settings in place and click on Install. Once it has installed.
Click on Finish and you will now have the program available on the Start Menu.
Now find the program on the Start Menu and open it up.
You may get a Preset Update appear just click on ok as this is normal.
There are 2 ways to convert your files if you have a folder of videos that you want to do in a batch you can do but today i will just show you how to convert just a single video file as it wont take as long.
I Have created a folder for my outputted files as i don't want them to go into the same folder that they came from just so that its not confusing. My folder is just in My Documents and Called iPad Videos.
Click on the Source button and then select the Video file option, now you just need to select your video file that you want to convert.
Once selected you will see that next to the word Source your video file will be displayed. We now need to select the Destination folder.
Click on the Browse Button and save the file into you iPad videos folder in My Documents, giving it the name of choice then click on the Save button.
The next thing we need to do is select the preset that we would like the video to be in, as we are doing this tutorial for a iPad video select iPad from the right hand side, you will see that it automatically changes the display size of the video.
All we have to do now is to press the Start button and wait for it to finish this can take anywhere between 30 mins to 2 hours depending on the spec of your computer, so go and make yourself a cup of tea and sit back and relax.
You will see at the bottom of the screen it give you a rough estimate of how long is remaining until it has finished.
In the next part of the tutorial i will show you have to get these videos into iTunes and eventually onto your iPad so that you can watch them at you leisure.