If you’ve got iMovie on your iPad and you’re keen to start editing your iPhone videos on it, you may be thinking about which are the best ways to get videos shot on your iPhone over to its big brother, the iPad.
And if you’re anything like me, your preference is to be able to transfer videos from iPhone to iPad without having to do a full iTunes sync. If so, I’ve got a couple suggestions on the best ways to do this. Here are two ways to accomplish this, in order of how easy and quick they are:
The Camera Connection Kit
Apple’s Camera Connection Kit for the iPad is your best friend for this task. You can get one for $29 via Apple’s online store, or at a local Apple retail store. The kit consists of two small connectors, the one you need for this process is the Camera Connector. When you attach your iPhone to the Camera Connector the Photos app will automatically launch on the iPad.
The Photos app will show you the entire contents of the Camera Roll on your iPhone. You can then choose to Import All or Import Selected photos and videos from the iPhone. If you’re in a hurry to get working with your video or videos, you’re going to want to go with the Import Selected option of course, and just transfer over the ones you want to work with.
This is the fastest way to get iPhone videos over to the iPad without messing with iTunes sync.
Photo Transfer App
Photo Transfer App is an excellent utility app for transferring photos and videos between iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches, and PCs on the same WiFi network. It costs $2.99 in the App Store and is a universal app (designed for both iPad and iPhone) so you’ll only pay once to run it on all your iOS devices.
This app has a very easy to use interface; you don’t need to fuss with any setup at all – it will just automatically see all your other iOS devices on a local WiFi network. To transfer your videos from iPhone to iPad you’ll need to:
- Open the app on both devices.
- On the iPhone, select which videos you want to transfer. It will let you select multiple videos at once.
- On the iPad, in the app, tap the Device tab in its bottom nav bar. Look for the name of your iPhone and select that if it’s not already selected. Then tap on ‘Get Videos’ – and the video transfer will begin.
- The app has a good status bar that shows you progress on each video being transferred and a separate one for overall progress (if there is more than one being transferred). It will also give you a little ‘ding’ alert as each individual video transfer completes.
Once the transfers complete, the videos will be in your Photos app, in the Camera Roll folder – so they’re accessible from iMovie for editing and jazzing up.
I’m a huge fan of this app – see my recent Photo Transfer App review for more detail on it. If you’ve got your iPad and iPhone on a WiFi network and you haven’t got your Camera Connection Kit with you I think this is your next best option for transferring videos.
My next option – other than iTunes sync – would be to utilize a cloud-based file sync service. My favorite is Dropbox, which allows up to 2GB free storage, offers very reasonable rates for higher storage levels if needed, and has a good universal iOS app. There are plenty of other good services of this type of course.
Some disadvantages of this method are:
– Depending on the length / size of your videos, uploads may be fairly slow. For videos of even a couple minutes or more this will be considerably slower than the Camera Connection Kit for sure.
– Video files tend to be quite large, so this will put a fair dent in your file storage usage on a cloud service unless you do regular maintenance and remove files you’re no longer working with.
– iMovie does not seem to have the ‘Open In’ feature implemented yet, or if it does Dropbox doesn’t know about it yet. So even when I sync a video file up from my iPhone to the service, it does not let me add it directly to the Photo Library – so there’s currently no easy way that I see to open it in iMovie via Dropbox.
That’s my quick suggestions on how to get iPhone videos to the iPad and iMovie. What are your thoughts on this? Please let me know about better ways that you have come across.