I am about to go out of town for about a week, unexpected trip. I would like to take a variety of movies and TV shows, etc. that I have on a 128 Gig USB flash drive and go through and watch them while out of town, using my iPad3. I’ll have no internet access for much of that time.
Is that do-able? If so, what is the best way to do it?
You should be able to import them into your iTunes library and then sync them over to the device. You may or may not need to use Handbrake or similar to get them into an iDevice friendly encoding first.
You might be able to use the Camera Connection Kit.
Ripped movies: If you have any ripped movies or personal videos, you can use the CCK to add extra storage to the iPad. You’d only import a movie when you’re ready to watch it. To do this, rename your movies to match the file name structure of your digital camera. For example, “DCIM_4132.” Then, drag the file into a folder labeled “DCIM” on an SD card or a thumbdrive. When you plug your SD card or thumbdrive into the iPad via the CCK, you’ll be able to import the movie onto your iPad and play it from the Photos app.
From CNET – caveat: I haven’t tried this, nor did I look around much for better options.
That looked good until the very end, in which it says:
After some testing, it’s clear you cannot read or write nonphoto files to an external hard drive or thumbdrive. This would have been a great way to expand your iPad’s storage. Alas, it’s not (yet) possible.
I take that to mean I can’t read or write video files from a USB flashdrive.
From my research, it appears there is some hack via iFiles that will work, but you have to jail break your iPad. I also see some people reporting that USB sticks that are larger/require more power still won’t work even with that.
Crap. I’ve got about 60 gig of old movies, TV shows, and documentaries I’d like to go through while on this trip and was hoping to be able to do it on my iPad.
Yeah, the cloudftp is still a bit rough around the edges and hackerish but it’s quite flexible (bring your own storage, the device itself is pretty cheap) and does work pretty well if you are willing to put up with some quirks.