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Title: Watching movies on a low-capacity iPad
Post by: Duffield1 on 18 July, 2017, 11:58:23 AM
We'll be going on holiday shortly, and I'd love to load my old reliable iPad Mini with lots of films to watch whilst we are travelling, but with only an 8GB capacity, that won't fit much.  Are there any ways of adding and removing movies from an iPad whilst out and about that do not require downloading, as we probably won't have wifi?
Title: Re: Watching movies on a low-capacity iPad
Post by: Cosmos on 18 July, 2017, 10:57:38 PM
SanDisk sell a flash drive they call iXpand available on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-iXpand-16-Flash-Drive/dp/B00RBGYG5Q
Title: Re: Watching movies on a low-capacity iPad
Post by: siasl on 20 July, 2017, 05:30:45 PM
There's three options:
a) Use a utility such as Handbrake to shrink the films resolution, and thus reduce their size on disk. You should be able to make a film watchable but only take up about 400MB - even less if you/your kids can stand slightly blocky movies. Doing this can take some time, as it'll only do one film at a time.
b) an external drive such as what Cosmos links to
c) if they're only going to use the devices in the coverage of decent wifi, host the films on a server at home - most NAS boxes nowadays will come with streaming servers such as Plex. Note: you'll need good bandwidth between where you are and where the server is! I've not tried it, either, as it requires opening up your NAS box a bit to the outside world. But you say there won't be much wifi, so probably not a flier anyway.
Another possible alternative (not sure about in the Apple space, anyway, fairly sure it can be done in Android) is if your phone has lots of storage and allows the iPad to browse into it over wifi - stick your films in a shared folder.
Title: Re: Watching movies on a low-capacity iPad
Post by: Duffield1 on 22 July, 2017, 10:52:57 AM
I think the external drive is the best option (thanks, Cosmos!) for my holidays - particularly for watching on the plane!