Convert Video to iPad, iPod, and iPhone Compatible Formats with VideoMonkey on Mac

Apr 15, 2010 - 10 Comments

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If you need to convert a video to a file format compatible with iPhone, iPad, or ipOd, the VideoMonkey application for Mac can do the job for you.

VideoMonkey is a free tool that lets you convert various video types to iPhone, iPad, iPod, and AppleTV compatible formats.

It’s fast and easy to use, if you want to convert a video on a Mac for use on your Apple device it’s this simple:

  1. Get VideoMonkey from the developer home and open the app
  2. Drag and drop the file into VideoMonkey
  3. Select the type of video you want it converted to (All Apple Devices works universally)
  4. Adjust the quality and compression options, note that the file size changes on the fly
  5. Click Start and wait, the time it takes to convert the video varies
  6. When the video is done converting, you can freely copy it over to your iPad, iPhone, whatever

In my tests it worked flawlessly with AVI, MPG, and MOV files and was pretty quick on a Mac with Snow Leopard.

Did I mention that it’s free? VideoMonkey is also open source so you can browse through the source code yourself here on Github if you’re interested.

There are certainly other video encoding apps for converting videos to be compatible with iPhone and iPad too, if you have any favorites do share them with us in the comments below.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Mac OS


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  1. electricien says:

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  2. katrinaJC says:

    thanks for sharing this information, I have found it for a long time , as an ipad user , I was troubled in convert videos to my ipad . one of my friends is a mac user, can someone recommend an ipad converter mac to me ? Thanks again.

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  4. Grady says:

    Thanks for the post – that actually looks like a genuine app amongst the mire of “free” one-click solution apps! It does look bizarrely similar to Handbrake though…

    That said, Handbrake is cross-platform, and it can rip direct from DVDs. I do still prefer Handbrake cos I use both Windows and OSX…. I found a guide that helped me start converting for iPad at

  5. Neo Base says:

    I found this pretty good guide about convert and transfer your movies to iPad(with Pavtube video converter), and found this:

    Follow the optimal settings to get excellent playback quality.
    Codec: h264
    Size: 640*480
    Bitrate: 2500kbps
    Frame rate: 30fps
    Codec: aac
    Sample rate: 48khz
    Bitrate: 160kbps
    Channels: Stereo

  6. leey says:

    well, I use iFunia ipad video converter for my new ipad already, It works very well!
    eher, Thanks anyway!

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  8. Joseph Sanchez says:

    Depends varies?

  9. maccolar says:

    Nice, it’s really useful for me.

  10. joren says:

    any advantages with Handbrake?

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