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How to watch AVI and MKV files on the iPad
While there are different ways of watching AVI and MKV video files on the iPad, I use the Air Video app.
I just leave all the AVI and MKV files on my home machine (technically a Drobo connected to my home machine) and transcode them on the fly with Air Video while streaming to my iPad.
It's much faster than transferring or syncing files and saves a lot more space than storing them locally on my computer.
Anyone use a different method to watch AVI and MKV files on their iPad? Any big advantages to doing it locally?
- 04-08-2012, 05:37 PM #2iPhone Beginner
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I don't keep a server running. I just convert or rip with Handbrake. Works really well. Handbrake has a preset for iPad. With 64 bit Handbrake on my MacBook it converts quickly. I even rip my DVDs that I own. You have to install a library for unlocking DVDs but handbrake prompts you to do that. Works great. Of course, you have to transfer via USB.
- 04-09-2012, 07:36 PM #3iPhone Nanite
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I really like XenonMKV. It allows me to convert my MKV files (even 1080p) to MP4 and take them on the road with me, playing them on the iPad's native video player. It's faster than Handbrake and - best of all - it's free! See my post detailing the process here:
- 04-09-2012, 08:19 PM #4Super Moderator
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I use CineXPlayer on my iPad or I just use Plex. Used to spend a lot of time converting movies but encoding on the fly from my MacBook Pro is just so much easier nowadays.
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- 04-10-2012, 12:31 AM #8iPhone Nanite
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Rip DVD using MakeMKV, then transferring .mkv file to SD card to play on Airstash device, but use AcePlayer app on iPad to connect to Airstash and watching .mkv's (Airstash app itself doesn't support MKV). Or, transfer .mkv files to external hard drive and connect it to CloudFTP device and use AcePlayer to watch MKV's.
- 04-10-2012, 01:03 AM #9iPhone Nanite
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- 04-10-2012, 06:19 AM #10iPhone Newbie
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Goodplayer is probably the best solution for playing those files natively. Universal app, costs 3 bucks, updated often, dev listens to users, and I get great performance on all the material I pirate since I'd never actually pay for the content I play on my iDevice but I will for software that is that well maintained.
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Azul Media Player
Just go to the app store and search MKV. To get the file on the ipad, drag it into the proper app under the APP section of itunes.
- 05-03-2012, 01:41 AM #20iMore Beginner
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Thanks infoghost, I was just about to ask what you explained
I've been using avs converter for pc, it is pretty good but it takes a while to figure out what resolution works best. It also takes about 45 min to convert a Mkv.
Woohoo my first post, long time reader. Short time member
- 05-03-2012, 03:13 AM #21iMore Intermediate
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Well, I got many apps like OPlyer HD, handbrake, iFunia converter, of course Air video, to watch videos on iPad, I usually choose the easiest and quickly solved solution, if can play the avi and mkv videos directly then go on.
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- 08-05-2012, 02:51 PM #24iPhone Nanite
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How to watch avi videos on iphone without converting to itunes format-OS windows
This holds good f you are using Windows.
Download and Install Diskaid on your PC/Laptop (free but I am not sure)
Download any app that plays avi files on to iphone (I use 8player lite(free) and it works!)
Connect your Iphone to your PC/Laptop
Open Diskaid-It will list all apps on your iphone
Select the avi playing app
Drag and drop avi files into Diskaid to copy to yoru iphone (It is an easy interface. So I have cut my Explanation down)
Your files are ready to be viewed
- 08-08-2012, 04:58 PM #25