Forum Question: How Do I Copy Video Clips From iPhoto Into iTunes To Enable To Then Transfer To My iPad?

Hi Gary, I take photos and movie clips on my Fuji camera and download them into iPhoto on my iMac, I can view both photos and movie clips on the iMac perfectly. When syncing my iPad to the iMac the movie clips don’t sync across – only the photos. I understand it can be done by moving the movie clips into iTunes and then syncing to the iPad. The problem I have is: how do I get the movie clips from iPhoto to go into iTunes in order to get them onto the iPad? Thank you for any advice you can give.
Sylvia cooke

Comments: 10 Responses to “How Do I Copy Video Clips From iPhoto Into iTunes To Enable To Then Transfer To My iPad?”

    10/6/13 @ 3:30 pm

    While iPhoto on the Mac handles both photos and videos, the Photos app on iOS is a little different. It handles both photos and videos too, but only videos taken directly on the iOS device, with the camera.
    Photos from your Mac can be transferred from iPhoto to your iPad by syncing and selecting the iPhoto events or albums. But videos from your Mac go into the VIdeos app, not the Photos app. And the come directly from iTunes, not from iPhoto.
    So how do you get them from iPhoto to iTunes?
    There are a few ways, but I always like the click-and-drag method whenever it is possible. So open iPhoto and iTunes. Select the video in iPhoto. In iTunes, go to your library. It doesn’t matter which part — but choose “Movies” just to make it simpler.
    Now drag the video from iPhoto to iTunes. Drop it in with the other movies, if you have any. You can pretty much drop it anywhere, as long as you see the blue outline “will accept this” halo appear in iTunes while dragging.
    Now that you have it in iTunes, you can choose to sync it to your iPad in the Movies portion of the syncing options.
    However, you may need to perform one more step. If the video was taken with a camera that uses a video format not supported by the iPad, then you need to convert the video first. So once it is in iTunes, select it. Then go to File, Create New Version. Then create one for the iPad. This will duplicate the video, but the new copy will be compatible with the iPad.

      Sylvia cooke
      10/7/13 @ 10:44 am

      Hi Gary,
      1. Video clips off my camera are in iPhoto (an album – folder called my videos) and this is where I drop the video clips after the iMac has opened them from the camera in my library (events). Please note neither my iMac & iPad don’t have a Videos App!
      2. I have tried to drag and drop the video clips from iPhoto to the movies folder in the iTunes library but each time I try the clip just bounces back to iPhoto.
      3. I therefore do not know if my iPad supports my camera video format.

        10/7/13 @ 10:54 am

        Your iPad does have a Videos app. It is one of the default apps that every iPad has.
        Which version of iPhoto and iTunes are you using? I suppose it is possible that older versions don’t support this. Make sure you are dragging it into the Movies section of your iTunes library — not the Movies section of a connected device.

    Sylvia cooke
    10/7/13 @ 11:36 am

    Thank you Gary, I have found the video app on my iPad (sorry) – I just wish to be able to use it to view my video clips off the iMac
    The iMac is 2 years old, OS X Lion version 10.7.5 (11G63)
    iTunes is 11.1.1(11) 64 bit
    iPhoto ’11 is version 9.4.3 (720.91)
    I did try to drag the video clips into the Movies section in the iTunes library :-)

      10/7/13 @ 12:32 pm

      That’s the latest for iTunes and iPhoto, but not for OS X. I don’t think that would make a difference, though.
      It may be that the video files are completely incompatible with even iTunes itself. Where did the files come from? A camera? What type? What is the file extension on the files? When you get info on the files, what does it say? (Choose the video in iPhoto, then choose File, Reveal in Finder, then select the file and Command+I).

        Sylvia cooke
        10/8/13 @ 11:18 am

        Hi again
        The camera is a Fuji Finepix F40
        All the movie files off the camera (which open fine in iPhoto) are .AVI movie (the individual video clip I have opened has a size of 126.9 MB which is the average size of most of my movie clips)

          10/8/13 @ 1:13 pm

          Ah, I think that is the problem then. You’ll need to convert from that old AVI format to something that iTunes likes better. You can use different software to convert these files first, before bringing them into either iPhoto or iTunes. I have one video on that, but that just talks about Miro. You could use other software as well:

            Sylvia cooke
            10/9/13 @ 1:23 pm

            Sorry but I don’t understand this, when I connect the camera to the iMac the pics and video clips are downloaded automatically into iPhoto (events) I can view both pics and movie clips perfectly on the iMac so iPhoto (an apple app) has no problems with .avi movies. The problem appears to be that iTunes (also an apple app) doesn’t recognise .avi files, and yet both programs are apple products, why is this?
            Exactly how do I convert .avi files (which are in iPhoto) to an acceptable one for iTunes?

              10/9/13 @ 1:53 pm

              There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of variations on how video content is compressed and stored in files. Different compression algorithms, different compression rates and features. It must be a nightmare for Apple’s software developers to try to get as many as possible working for different apps. Plus, some have licensing restrictions. Perhaps Apple licensed something about that file type for iPhoto, but never licensed it for iTunes.
              I have no way of knowing why the video from your old camera doesn’t work in iTunes while it does in iPhoto. Possibly, iPhoto handles odd video formats from cameras better, while iTunes handles odd formats from the Internet better.
              But that’s what you have. So you’ve got to convert the video. Try Miro, FFMpegX or something from the Mac App Store to do the conversion. Perhaps see if you open the file in QuickTime Player then you can play it there — if you can, then try exporting/sharing from there to a better format.
              If that doesn’t work, then consider hiring an expert to take a first-hand look and show you how to handle this video.

                Sylvia cooke
                10/10/13 @ 11:14 am

                Thanks for your Gary

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