Home > iPad Resources > iPad FAQs > iPad Video Format

iPad Video Format

Posted on December 22, 2010 by editor

"I have a bunch of videos that are formatted in AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV etc that I'd like to make playable on the iPad. I looked on the iPad spec sheet and it seems to be able to play a few formats. What is the best quality video format for iPad? I'm pretty new to all this."

Well, as we know iPad is now the hottest tablet computer from Apple. The 9.7-inch high-resolution screen makes iPad perfect for watching DVD movies, TV shows, podcasts, music videos and more. However, the iPad video format are relatively limited compared to the number of formats available on the market. Here's a list of the iPad supported video formats.

  • H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
  • MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
  • Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format.

Apple's Choice of Best iPad Video Format
Same with iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, Apple's choice of best video format for iPad is the .mp4 or h.264 video format. Apple's likely reason for these particular choices of codec is that they are an open, established standard, and they both provide a very high level of video and audio quality for a given file size. MPEG-4 has historically been very good in this regard to begin with, and the H.264 codec has only improved on the quality and file size efficiency.

Best Video Format Converter for iPad
So you have a load of videos which you want to view on your iPad but they aren't the right format? To change your videos into the best video format for iPad using the following powerful software.

Convert video to iPad video format

Want to Convert Video to iPad Supported Video Formats: DVD to iPad Converter Suite. It is the complete software pack which you can use to convert your DVD and any video files into the best video format for the iPad.

Tips: Christmas iPad Wallpapers
How to Play Movies on iPad