Transfer and Play GoPro videos on iPad 2/3/4

Q1: GoPro Footage and iPad 3

“I recently received an iPad 3 for graduation, and am struggling with downloading GoPro footage from both my laptop (2008 MacBook Pro 15″) and the iPad SD Card Reader. I can’t push GoPro videos (720p, 30fps, .mp4) from iTunes to the iPad – it says the files are in a format the iPad can’t play, so it won’t even put them on the iPad. I also can’t see the files on the SD card through the SD card reader attached to the iPad, but they show up fine on my laptop.”

Q2: Import GoPro MP4 into iPad 4

“I have recorded some videos using the GoPro Hero Camera set at 960p resolution and 48 frames per second. These videos come out in MP4 format and I can play them on my computer (PC) just fine. However when I try to import them into iTunes and sync with the iPad 4 it says that the video is not in the correct format and can’t be played. How can I fix this?”

When you import some GoPro MP4 videos(in different resolution 720p, 960p, 1080p and even 4K) to iPad(iPad 2/3/4), you may meet some troubles. Sometimes, iPad can’t support your GoPro video. Actually, it all depends on your iPad specs. For example, Apple iPad 4 tech spec: MPEG 4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second. So based on that info, if you got some 960p or higher resolution video files, iPad 4 has no ability to handle it. Here in this article, we will give you some tips and tricks to help you transfer and play GoPro videos on iPad with ease.

To avoid the incompatibility issues with GoPro video and iPad, here we recommend Brorsoft Video Converter, which can give you a big hand. Overall, this video converter works as the best GoPro video converter. With it, you can easily resolve two basic issues: Convert GoPro MP4 video to a more compatible format for iPad(It comes with the optimal presets for iPad 2/3/4, iPad Air, iPad Mini); tweak GoPro videos’ resolution, bitrate, frame rate to fully fit your iPad device. And then add the formatted GoPro videos to iPad form computer for playback. Plus, this video converter app is built with a video editor, which allows you to trim, crop, adjust effects, insert subtitles, etc…

If you are working on Mac, please get Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. Now I share the step-by-step solution converting/importing GoPro MP4 to iPad.

Convert and Tweak GoPro videos for iPad 2/3/4

Step 1. Import GoPro MP4 files

Copy the GoPro files to your hard drive. Drag & drop video files MP4 to the GoPro Video to iPad Converter after launching it. Or click the Add video button to locate the files you want to add.

Step 2. Choose optimal preset for your iPad

Click the output Format > iPad dropdown list; you’ll get a lot of choices. Choose a proper one for your iPad like iPad 3/4(New iPad) HD Video(*.mp4).

Step 3. Modify your GoPro video parameters

You can click the “Settings” icon to adjust video and audio parameters on the Profile Setting including video resolution, bitrate, frame rate, etc as you need to get the best quality video.

Step 4. Start the conversion

Click “Convert” button to start encoding GoPro HD MP4 videos. After the conversion, click “Open” button to get the exported files and then transfer the converted GoPro MP4 files to your iPad for playback with ease.

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Copy MKV files to iPad Mini 3 with iTunes 12

The new iPad Mini 3 is smaller, faster and better. And it’s incredibly capable. For those movie fans, you can take it anywhere to play your videos. With 7.9 inch screen 2048 x 1536 resolution, it can enhance the visual enjoyment. In this article, I will talk about how to transfer MKV to iPad Mini 3 with iTunes 12 easily.

iPad Mini 3 is perfectly suitable for watching movies; while, the point here is, the default or downloaded player on iPad Mini 3 cannot find a suitable decoder for your MKV file especially some MKV videos encoded in DTS audio.  If you want to play MKV videos on iPad Mini 3, you will need an utility– Brorosft Video Converter, which can help you encode MKV to iTunes(iPad Mini 3) friendly format and then sync to iPad Mini 3 with ease.

Overall, the program is very easy to use and can produce excellent results for the iPad Mini 3. Conversion speed seems fine and the converted videos look decent on iPad as original. Apart from encoding MKV to Mini 3, it also can aid you to batch convert kinds of 720p, 1080p HD videos in various formats like MPG, FLV, AVI, MTS, WMV, TiVo, MXF, VOB, etc. The equivalent Mac version is Mac Video Converter. Just get the right one according to your situation.

How to Sync MKV to iPad Mini 3 easily and quickly

1. Add MKV videos

Download and install the best  MKV to iPad Mini 3 Converter, then launch it. Afterwards, directly drag and drop MKV files to the program. Or you can tap the “Add” button to import files. Batch conversion is available, so you can add several files at one time.

2. Select best format for iPad Mini 3

Set output video file format for your device. Here you can go to Format > iPad and then select “iPad > iPad Mini HD Video (*.mp4)” for your iPad Min 3.

3. Adjust video, audio settings

Tap the “Settings” icon and you can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface according to your needs and optimize the output file quality. In usual, 1280*720 video size, 1000~2000 video bitrate is proper. You’d better keep a good balance of the video size and quality.

4. Start MKV conversion

Hit the big Convert bar to start the MKV to iPad Mini 3 conversion. The conversion time mainly depends on your source video file size.

After getting the converted movies files, you can transfer the converted MKV files to iPad Mini 3 via iTunes 12. And you can find your videos in “Home Videos” under “Movies” category.

You’ve done. Now you can start playing MKV movies on iPad Mini 3 anywhere you want them. Enjoy.

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How can I add and play MKV videos in iTunes 11
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MKV DTS on iPad Air | What app?- How to play MKV DTS on iPad


When I got my iPad Air, I want to watch MKV DTS on it. So, I need to figure out is there any app that decodes all this? Based on previous experience, I found most apps are limited by the unsupported DTS .

As MKV is not a default format for Apple iPad(as well as iPhone, Apple TV), what you can do is to install a IOS7 media player that plays nicely with MKVs and Dolby and DTS, etc. Based on many guys’ recommendations here – I grabbed a copy of ‘nPlayer’ for my iPad Air. A few notes and issues:

1. If using uPnp for the Seagate Wifi Portable HDD – and using uPnp on your home network, REMEMBER to ‘delete / remove / de-link’ the portable Seagate Wifi from nPlayer after usage. If you then attempt to connect to your home network – nPlayer will refuse to ‘scan’ the network and you’ll need to close the app and reconnect with your Portable Wifi HDD. ANNOYING.

2. nPlayer has issues streaming some files via my home network : plays the first 2 secs on some MP4 youtube-saved music videos (even though it knows the clip’s time !!). Not sure what / why it’s doing that (appears not to be grabbing the whole file – unlike GPlayer which provides a % percentage when loading the file into the player).

3. AH… fantastic to play .avi/.mkv files without having to re-encode. While, nPlayer can’t play mkv’s that have DTS.

Well, since DTS encoded MKV files are not supported well yet with these 3rd party video player apps on iPad. An alternative method is to convert MKV with DTS to iPad playable format .i.e MP4, MOV, M4V (.*aac audio).

Step by step guide to play MKV with DTS on iPad(iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad 3)

Download and install Brorsoft Video Converter(Click here if you are a Mac user.), which supports to convert MKV DTS to regular file format for mobile devices. Fast and smooth performance. It helps me batch convert 5+ MKV videos to my iPad Air readable MP4 video. It’s freely to adjust the video, audio parameters to get a decent output video that I want. By the way, it provides the optimal presets for iPad Mini, iPad 3/4, iPad 2. If you own any one of them, just select the certain profile.

1. Run the video converter for MKV with dts and click add button to load the MKV files.


2. Set output video file format as “iPad > iPad Video H.264 Video (*.mp4)”. or choose one that fit yours’.


Tip- Advanced Settings: Tap the “Settings” icon and you can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface according to your needs and optimize the output file quality. In usual, 1280*720 video size, 1000~2000 video bitrate is proper. You’d better keep a good balance of the video size and quality.

3. Hit “convert” to start converting MKV with dts audio to iPad friendly video. Follow the conversion process by the pop-up windows. After the conversion, you can get your iPad play MKV DTS files beautifully without any hassle. Enjoy.

QUCIK LEARN: What is DTS audio?

Multi-channel audio file encoded with dts format. saves five audio track used for surrounding sound. In order to play dts audio, the output speaker must support 5 channel audio. iPad doesn’t support dts surrounding sound considering its nature as a mobile media player. To play dts audio on iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad 4, iPad 3, the dts audio or dts audio contained in a MKV movie files must be converted to iPad supported file format.