“I have a bunch of videos that are formatted in AVI that I’d like to make playable on the iPad. I looked on the iPad spec sheet and it seems to be able to play a few formats. What is the best quality video format for iPad? I’m pretty new to all this.”

Well, as we know iPad is now the hottest tablet computer from Apple. The 9.7-inch high-resolution screen makes iPad perfect for watching DVD movies, TV shows, podcasts, music videos and more. However, the iPad video format are relatively limited compared to the number of formats available on the market.  Here’s a list of the iPad supported video formats.

iPad Video Format
H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 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, 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.

iPad Audio Format
AAC (16 to 320 Kbps)
protected AAC (from iTunes Store)
MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR
Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4)
Apple Lossless

Apple’s Choice of Best Video Format for iPad
Same with iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, Apple’s choice of best video format for iPad is the .mp4 or h.264 video format. Apple’s likely reason for these particular choices of codec is that they are an open, established standard, and they both provide a very high level of video and audio quality for a given file size. MPEG-4 has historically been very good in this regard to begin with, and the H.264 codec has only improved on the quality and file size efficiency.

Customize the Best Video Format for iPad
If you want to convert MTS, M2TS, MOV, MXF videos which comes from Canon 5D/7D/550D, Panasonic, sony, or any other video to iPad, Foxreal Video Converter is recommended. It can convert all format videos to iPad. What’s more, it customiazes the best video format ( iPad HD H.264 MP4, 30 fps, 720p or 768*576 ) for iPad to make users use more simple. Users can also adjust the video bitrate, framerate, audio sampling rate, bitrate for better visual experience.

It is worth mentioning that the iPad Video Converter supports CUDA acceleration to help users convert video to iPad with 500% faster conversion.

If you are a Mac user, Foxreal Video converter for Mac is available. With the added Apple ProRes Family support, Mac users can convert Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 4444, Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC), DV/DVCPRO-NTSC, DVCPRO-PAL, DV-PAL, DVCPRO50-PAL/NTSC, DVCPRO HD, HDV, H.264 and Avid DNxHD codecs to iPad for enjoying easily.

Hope this article – Customize the Best Video Format for iPad to Get the Best Enjoyment can help you!

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