If you have lots of video files downloaded from the Internet, or movie clips imported from camcorders, and want to move them onto your iPad Air for playing, you should know that not all of them can be transferred to the device successfully. This is because the iPad Air only supports certain video file types. If the video files cannot meet the tech specs of the iPad Air, they cannot be synced to the device through iTunes.

So which video file formats does iPad Air support? The iPad Air supported video file types include H.264, Motion JPEG, M4V, MP4 and MOV. The Apple website lists the details:

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 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 per channel, 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

Among all the video file formats iPad Air accepts, MP4 is recommended for the best video playback. So if your video files are incompatible with iPad Air, you just get them converted to MP4 files. When you use a video converter to convert video to iPad Air MP4, you can set the video and audio parameters as shown below in order to get the best playing experience on the device.

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Video Settings

  • Encoder: H.264
  • Resolution: 1280*720
  • Frame Rate: 30 fps
  • Bit Rate: 2000 kbps

Audio Settings

  • Encoder: AAC
  • Channel: Stereo
  • Sample Rate: 48000Hz
  • Bit Rate: 128 kbps

If you are not tech-savvy and do not want to manually input the parameters, you can turn to Video Converter Ultimate (Mac) for help. This video converter provides the optimized profile settings for iPad Air. To get video converted for iPad Air using Video Converter Ultimate:

  1. Download and install Video Converter Ultimate (Mac) onto your computer.
  2. Launch the program.
  3. Add your video files by drag-and-drop.
  4. Select iPad Air from the Output Format’s drop-down menu.
  5. Click the Convert button to start to convert video for iPad Air.

When you get the iPad Air compatible video files, you can transfer them to the device with the sync of iTunes and take them on the go.