Ever tried to play standard videos with your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? Well, in most situations those videos don’t work on iOS devices although they work using VLC, Kodi or even Windows Media Player.
Some say it’s because Apple wants you to buy/rent those videos using iTunes and not getting them through other legal channels, and that’s why they make it harder to playback video files with another origin than the iUniverse. It doesn’t matter if that’s the real reason or not, the question is, “How can I make my videos play on iOS?“.
Well, you have two options:
- Jailbreak your iDevice and use Kodi (which is a very good Media Suite also available for Mac, Linux and even Windows)
- Re-encode your video files
I prefer the second option and would like to give you some hints on how to easily re-encode your files:
- Go to HandBrake.fr and download the latest version of HandBrake and install it. HandBrake is a really good encoding utility, not only for the Mac, and it has presets for many devices including Apple’s devices.
When you start HandBrake you are asked for a source file, use the file you like to re-encode, HandBrake supports many input file types, codecs and even unencrypted VOB-files.
- Then choose a preset, e.g. Apple 1080p60 Surround and Handbrake optimizes the settings for playback on your Apple devices.
- Do some fine-tuning if you like.
- Start the re-encoding by clicking the “Start”-button.
- Wait until the re-encoding is finished, import the newly encoded file into iTunes and synchronize with your iDevice. Enjoy watching your, now working, video.
I like the ease of use about HandBrake and am sure you will like it too!