How to Use Handbrake for iPad


The iPad, a tablet computer made by Apple, has a touch-sensitive 9.7-in. (diagonal) display that is suitable for watching videos in H.264 format, as well as MPEG-4 and MOV. If you have videos saved in other formats on your computer, such as DVDs or WMV movies, you will need to convert them before you can play them on the iPad. The free HandBrake application, which converts a variety of movie formats, comes with a preset so you can easily convert videos to play on your iPad.

  • Launch HandBrake on your computer.

  • Click "Source" in the HandBrake window, then click on a folder containing the video file that you want to convert, or click on a Video_TS folder of a DVD that is not copy-protected, and then click "Open."

  • Click the "Browse" button and then click on a folder on your hard drive to set where you want HandBrake to save the converted video. Type a name for the video, and then click "Save."

  • Click on "Toggle Presets." The "Presets" pane will open on the right side of the HandBrake window.

  • Click on "iPad" under "Apple" in the "Presets" pane.

  • Click "Start," and HandBrake converts the video into an iPad-compatible format.

Tips & Warnings

  • HandBrake does not decrypt copy-protected commercial DVDS or Blu-ray discs. If you own a DVD that does not have copy protection, such as a home movie that you made with your computer, you can use HandBrake to convert it to play on your iPad.

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