How to Transfer and Watch 4K UHD Video on iPad Air 2?

Diana Joan

Nov 30, 2015 08:46 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Play 4K video on iPad Air Possible?
"I just filmed some 4K video with my Inspire One, is there a way that I can playback the recorded 4K video on iPad Air 2?"

Play 4K video on iPad Air 2

Since there is no official document from Apple confirming that iPad Air 2 will play 4K .MOV files from the Inspire One, a lot of people try to test the possibility by themselves. One test shows that you can insert Inspire mini SD card into connection kit then select the iPad Air 2 Photos app and select import and your done. Once imported you can play 4K video with the Photos app beautifully.

However, tests from other people complained the 4K video that succeed to be played on iPad Air 2 is actually not in 4K resolution:
"Recently tried loading a few 4k clips from the inspire to photos app on my iPad mini retina , it loads , plays and looks good but it's not being displayed in actual 4k res."

As a matter of fact, the iPad Air series have no problem to playback 4K video footage but it will scale down the 4K video to 1080p resolution, since the maximum of display screen resolution of iPad Air 2 is only 2048x1536. In addition, 4K video eats up too much space of your iPad Air, therefore, it is quite necessary for you to compress 4K video to small size.

Moreover, since the video formats supported by iPad Air 2 is limited to MP4, MOV or M4V formats compressed with H.264 or MPEG-4, therefore, if the 4K videos that you are going to play on iPad Air are not meet the standards, you will still need to perform a 4K video to iPad Air 2 compatible format conversion process. If you are tired of finding one app to fulfill the 4K video conversion and another app to compress the 4K file size, Pavtube Video Converter for Windows/Mac, an award-winning 4K video converter software are recommended to you to get the job easily done.

The program assists you to transcode 4K video to iPad Air 2 compatible file format, the 4K video supported by the program can be the movies downloaded from online video sharing sites, top movie torrent sites or camera/camcorder/smartphone recorded 4K video footage in MP4, MXF, XAVC/XAVC S, Prores, etc. To make the output video fit the display screen of iPad Air 2, you are suggested to compress 4K video to 2048x1536 in the "Profile Settings" window, you can also choose to downscale 4K to 1080p or SD resolution for smooth playback on other portable devices or fluent post-production editing workflow.

Step by step to transfer and watch 4K UHD videos on iPad Air 2?

Step 1: Import 4K video files.

Download and install the program on your computer. Get it running and click "File" > "Add Video/Audio" or "Add from folder" to import 4K video files to the program.

Import 4K video files

Step 2: Choose output file format.

Like its former versions of iPad Air, iPad Air supported file formats are MP4, MOV or M4V formats compressed with H.264 or MPEG-4, here, you can choose to output "iPad" > "iPad Air Full HD Video(*.mp4)".

Choose iPad Air 2 optimized file format

Step 3. Adjust output file resolution for iPad Air 2.

To make the size of the output video fit your iPad Air 2, click the "Settings" button and the "Profile Settings" button will appear. Find the size option and enter 2048*1536, and then click "OK" to proceed on.

Adjust output file resolution for iPad Air 2

Step 4: Start 4K video to iPad Air 3 conversion process.

Hit right-bottom "Convert" button to start to convert 4K video to iPad Air 2 conversion process.
When the conversion is completed, you can add the converted files to iTunes library, then sync files from iTunes to iPad Air 2.

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