Play 4K UHD Videos and Movies on new iPad (2017) without size/format limitation

Diana Joan

May 26, 2017 03:14 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Apple has revealed a brand new 9.7-inch iPad as its first major product launch of the year. This new iPad 2017 is the effective successor to the iPad Air 2, but it's arguably facing more competition from Apple's existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro. You can see the full comparison of these three iPads. Like the other two iPads, new iPad 2017 also use 9.7-inch panel with an identical screen resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, which allows you to play 2K video on new iPad 2017. But how will you do if you have 4K video and want to playback on new iPad 2017?

As we all know, 4K is the trend in the multimedia devices and movie/film industry. You now can easily download 4K video from YouTube, Netflix and other torrent movie sites. When you add these 4K video to new iPad 2017, you can't play them with 3840×2160 (16:9) or 4096x2160 (17:9) resolution cause that the new iPad 2017 doesn't have a 4K display. Sometimes, we can play the 4K video with third-party video player on iPad such as the 4K HD video player on iPad called DG Player but the video playback will be a little bit stuttering and the power consumption is large. It will be the best way to compress 4K (6840x2160) video to 2K(2,048 x 1,536 ) video for playing back 4K UHD videos and movies on new iPad 2017.

Getting Started to Compress 4K UHD Videos for the New iPad 2017

Many 4K videos we downloaded from online will be 4K MP4 and 4K MKV formats. But the 4K footages from 4K camcorder will be 4K XAVC, 4K AVCHD. DJI drones including DJI Phantom 4 Pro, DJI Mavic Pro will output 4K MP4 and 4K MOV formats. The new iPad 2017 only accept MP4, MOV, M4V video format. So to play all your 4K footages on new iPad 2017, you not only need to compress 4K to 2K but also sometimes need to convert 4K video format to new iPad 2017 supported video format. Fortunatley, both the tasks can be completed with Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac.

Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac combines a video compressor and video converter into one software. Firstly, it can transcode 4K video in any format such as 4K MKV, 4K MTS, 4K XAVC, 4K AVCHD, even 4K Blu-ray to new iPad 2017 supported .mp4 .mov .m4v formats. Secondly, you can compress 3840×2160 and 4096x2160 4K video to 2,048 x 1,536 or 1092x1080 video for the new iPad 2017 (maybe called iPad Mini 5, iPad Air 3, iPad 5, iPad Pro Mini). Thirdly, you can freely adjust the video size as you want in "Settings" and you also can configure the video and audio encoder, bitrate, etc. Fourthly, you can trim the 4K video length, merge 4K footages into one file, add subtitles to your video and more before output video for new iPad 2017.

Step-by-Step to Convert and Compress 4K video for New iPad 2017

Step 1: Import 4K Footages

Launch and start the 4K VideoConverter program on your computer, click "File" > "Add Video/Audio" or "Add from Folder" to import source files to the program. You also can directly drag and drop your multiple 4K clips into the 4K video converter. Batch conversion is supported here.

load 4K video

Step 2: Choose new iPad 2017 format

To choose new iPad 2017 supported video format, you just need to click "Format" to open the profile window. You can use the program to output new iPad 2017 supported H.264 HD video or MPEG-4 video, here, we choose to output H.264 HD video as the screenshots below:

Output iPad Pro supported H.264 HD format

You can also directly choose to output iPad preset profile format for direct playback. As iPad 2017 has the same format compatibility as iPad Air, here, you can choose to output "iPad" > "iPad Air Full HD Video(*.mp4)".

Output iPad preset profile format

Step 3: Change 4K to 2K for new iPad 2017

iMedia  for Mac allows users to configure video and audio encoder codec, bitrate, frame rate, resolution, etc to make the output video more compatible with new iPad 2017. You just need to click "Settings" to open the profile window then change 4K resolution to 2,048 x 1,536 for new iPad 2017 in "Video Size". You also can compress 4K to 1080p for new iPad.

4K to 2K

Step 4: Start 4K to new iPad 2017 conversion

After all setting is completed, hit right-bottom convert button to begin the 4K UHD videos to new iPad 2017 accepted video format. Ticking off Shut down computer after conversion option, you can leave the program running and do other things instead of waiting around for the conversion. After the conversion, you can locate the 2K video in the output folder then you can transfer the converted 4K video to the new iPad 2017 via iTunes.

Import 4K Video Files into iTunes for the new iPad 2017

The iTunes part is easy.  Simply navigate to your iTunes Media folder.

Copy the iTunes supported media file into the Automatically Add to iTunes folder.

And then open iTunes to watch the magic take place.  iTunes will not only use the meta data for display purposes, but it will use it for helping organise your media folder.  It will create an appropriate folder structure and rename the video file to keep things tidy.

iTunes displaying your movie including cover art, meta data and video format

Here's a full comparison of the new 9.7-inch iPad (2017) specs, compared to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2

New iPad (2017) iPad Pro (2016) iPad Air 2 (2014)
Screen 9.7 inches 9.7 inches 9.7 inches
Display Resolution 2,048 x 1,536 pixels (264ppi) 2,048 x 1,536 pixels (264ppi) 2,048 x 1,536 pixels (264ppi)
Dimensions 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm
Weight 469 / 478 grams 437 / 444 grams 437 / 444 grams
Chipset Apple A9 Apple A9X Apple A8X
RAM TBC 2GB 2GB
Storage 32GB / 128GB 32GB / 128GB / 256GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB / 128GB
Primary Camera 8 megapixels, f/2.4 12 megapixels, f/2.2 8 megapixels, f/2.4
Secondary Camera 1.2 megapixels, f/2.2 5 megapixels, f/2.2 1.2 megapixels, f/2.2
Connectivity Wi-Fi (LTE optional) Wi-Fi (LTE optional) Wi-Fi (LTE optional)
Charging Cable Lightning Lightning Lightning
Fingerprint Scanner Touch ID Touch ID Touch ID
Battery 32.4Wh (10-hour life) 27.9WH (10-hour life) 27.62Wh (10-hour life)
Colours Space Grey, Silver, Gold Space Grey, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold Space Grey, Silver, Gold


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