Q: "I'm trying to copy an AVI movie-file that I ripped from a DVD that I own from my PC to my iPad. I've tried doing this with iTunes, to no avail, and I'm looking for the right way or alternative methods. So far, I have found none. Does anyone know an easy way to transfer AVI to iPad from a pc laptop with or without iTunes?"

—Asked by user22380 online

It is clear that although MP4 videos are very popular nowadays, there are always a lot of videos with other file formats, like AVI, WMV, FLV, etc. Among all these video formats, AVI files can be regarded as the most popular one since AVI files can be used to record all kinds of videos, and be applied on various kinds of devices. When you are willing to transfer AVI to iPad, effective solutions here will be available for help.

Part 1: Why do you transfer AVI to iPad

iPad is a line of tablet computers running the iOS mobile operating system. Designed and developed by Apple, Inc. it has become the leading icon in tablets and portable devices market. Almost all the series of iPad are welcomed and the latest generation iPad Pro gains more users due to its larger screen for video entertainment and its distinctive features on other areas. Various functions of an iPad, such as shooting video, taking photos, playing music or games, and Internet functions such as web-browsing and emailing, social networking, etc. can offer users much more fun whenever you are with WIFI connection. It is user-friendly, convenient and portable for individual enjoyment. Moreover, it also has been widely applied for business, education, healthcare, consumer usage and so on.

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For video files, iPad enables MP4 videos and H.264 videos to be played. However, AVI is one of the most common formats containing videos on computers, somewhat larger comparing to MP4 to some extent. While you may want to play AVI files from your PC to iPad sometimes so that you can get more convenience, AVI file would not be perfect for iPad. At this moment, you should convert AVI to MP4 first to transfer AVI to iPad. And there are some useful ways that would help.

Part 2: How to transfer AVI to iPad with Leawo video converter

Although you may have access to use the third-party video players to watch AVI files on iPad, I think most iPad users will want to use the built-in video player. After all, comparing the built-in video app with the third-party video players, the third-party video players are always with annoying ads. Fortunately, you can convert AVI to MP4 with the original quality for enjoying AVI videos from your computer to iPad. Undoubtedly, a piece of video converter software will be required to reduce AVI size and convert AVI to iPad under such circumstances. Among all the video converting programs, Leawo Video Converter is regarded as one of the best.

Leawo Video Converter enables users to convert almost all kinds of videos to the videos or audios they need. It also supports popular iOS devices like iPhone or iPad and all portable devices for video and audio conversion. Moreover, this professional video converter software is capable of converting video and audio files at 6X faster speed while preserving 100% original quality in output, so you can convert AVI to MP4 and enjoy the video on iPad without worrying about quality loss or cracking. The following guidance shows you how to convert AVI to MP4 for iPad.

1. How to Convert AVI to MP4 for iPad

Step 1. Run Leawo Video Converter and add the AVI file into the software.

Add videos

Step 2. You can see MP4 at the middle top, and it is set as default video format.

Set an output format

Note: if needed, you can click “Edit” on the drop-down list, and choose the proper video and audio parameters. You can edit the parameters here if necessary, and keep the original quality of the AVI files or choose higher or lower resolution as you like.

select the format

Step 3. Save the output MP4 files on your computer. After all settings done, click the “Convert” button and choose an output directory when a side-bar pops up.

Set Output Directory

Step 4. Start Converting AVI to MP4. Click the “Convert” icon at the bottom of the sidebar to initiate AVI to MP4 conversion and you will get MP4 for iPad in a while.

Start to Convert

2. How to transfer AVI to iPad with iTunes

After converting the AVI to MP4, you can transfer the converted MP4 video to iPad with iTunes now. It is known to all that iTunes is a distinctive and popular media player, media library, Internet radio broadcaster, and mobile device management application developed by Apple Inc. It is capable of playing, downloading, and organizing digital multimedia files, including music and video, on personal computers running both the macOS and Windows operating systems. You can apply iTunes to transfer AVI to iPad after converting AVI to MP4 in simple steps below.

Step 1. Launch iTunes on your Computer with your Apple ID logon.

Step 2. Add the converted MP4 files to iTunes Library

Step 3. Connect your iPad to your computer with a USB cable.

Step 4. Choose your iPad and click Movies, and then check Sync Movies to transfer the added MP4 files to iPad.

Set Output format

Now you can enjoy your video files on iPad for free. And iTunes would be helpful to for transferring AVI files to iPad from Mac as well after converting AVI to MP4 for Mac as well.

3. How to transfer AVI files to iPad with iTransfer

If you don't want to use iTunes to sync the videos with your iPad, you can try a piece of iPad transfer software. Leawo iTransfer can provide you much help on this issue. The software is used for transferring files among iOS devices, iTunes and computers, and it enables users to transfer various kinds of files without the sync of iTunes. The following guidance will show you how to transfer AVI to iPad, and you can free download the software to have a try.

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Step 1. Run Leawo iTransfer and connect iPad to computer with USB cable.
Step 2. Click the name of iPad and choose Movies in the left sidebar. The contents will display in the right part.
Step 3. Click the Add button and choose Add File at the top middle. Select the video from your computer and click Open to start to transfer AVI to iPad.

When the transfer finishes, you'll get the video in your iPad Videos app. Note that if you transfer the original AVI file to iPad, the video won't be recognizable. The AVI video mentioned in the guidance refers to the MP4 video converted from AVI.

Leawo iTransfer is a multifunctional iPhone, iPod and iPad transfer software, and it helps to transfer various kinds of data for iOS devices, for example, you can transfer contacts from iPhone to iPad with this software. Check it out if you are interested.

Part 3: How to convert AVI to iPad for free

Except converting AVI to MP4 with Leawo Video Converter, you can also convert AVI to MP4 with HandBrake, which is an open source video transcoder and free AVI to MP4 converter program available for you to convert all common video files. It is one of the most popular video converting programs since it works on multi-platform operating systems including Windows, Mac and Linux. You can follow the simple guide below to convert AVI to MP4 free.

Step1. Launch Handbrake and import source AVI video files to the program.

When you enter the main interface, you can click the “Source” icon on the menu bar to browse and load the AVI file you want to transfer to iPad. And then set output destination.

Set Output format

Step 2: Start Converting AVI to MP4

On the "Output Settings" drop-down options, select MP4 File as the output format (or you can choose iPad on the right panel to be the output device). And then click "Start" button to begin converting AVI to MP4 or iPad.

Set Output format

Finally, you will get MP4 file from AVI in a while. And you can transfer AVI to iPad with iTunes or iTransfer in simple steps mentioned above.

All in all, to transfer AVI to iPad, you'd better convert AVI to MP4 first. Leawo Video Converter and Handbrake are video converter programs can work for it effectively. The former software is paid with more feaures and powerful functions, such as converting both audio and video for almost all the formats, setting parameters and editing videos, and so on. While the later one can only run on Windows and support .MKV and MP4(.M4V) for output formats, nonetheless, it's free. For transferring AVI to MP4, both iTunes and iTransfer would be your choice. However, it is proved that iTunes is somewhat slower than iTransfer. Additionally, iTunes occupies much more space. Leawo iTransfer is a professional tool that is designed for transferring videos from personal computer to iPad in high efficiency. As a user-friendly program, it will work faster and better. You can choose the proper way that suits you best, though.

Part 4: Play AVI on iPad via a Third-Party AVI Player for iPad

On the other hand, you can watch AVI files on your iPad successfully after installing a third-party AVI player on your iPad. Currently there are so many AVI players for iPad on the market, and here I will share 3 highly-rated AVI players with you. You can juice up your gadget with those free AVI player apps and then enjoy AVI on iPad freely.

1. OPlayerHD Lite


It is a really good AVI player for iPad, which supports video and audio files in all possible formats like WMV, MKV, FLV, MP4, VOB, etc. Besides, it has a built-browser with download feature so you can easily save the media you like.

2. It's Playing


It is another great AVI player for iPad, supporting up to 1080p video and showing subtitles in different languages. The player supports most popular video formats, including MKV, WMV, FLV, MP4, etc. You can directly open media files from dropbox and player MP3 music files.

3. Azul Media Player


Azul Media Player for iPad lets you play videos in all popular formats on ipad without conversion. Of course, the AVI format is included. Just like OPlayerHD Lite, this handy player is also a video download that lets you download and stream online videos.