It’s easy to copy files to iPad via iTunes only if you've confirmed the following, (taking video for example):

  • The file format is compatible with iPad (See the detailed requirements of iPad)
  • The file should be DRM-free or be purchased on iTunes store
  • The file is already on your Mac (or PC).

That means if your video files are stored on your hard drive or camera etc., you need to copy the video to your computer first and make sure the format of your video is MP4, MOV or M4V. For instance, camera videos are commonly shot in AVCHD (MTS/M2TS) which is not compatible with iTunes or iPad. You have to convert AVCHD to iPad before copying video to iPad with iTunes or without iTunes.

The following paragraphs are all about how to copy movies to iPad without iTunes, especially for those videos in AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV, AVCHD, MPG or some other formats incompatible with iPad as well as those videos stored in your old iPod, iPhone or other iPad. 

1Copy Movies in AVI, WMV, FLV or MKV Format to iPad (iOS 8 Included)

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Just as I mentioned above, in order to copy these kinds of videos to iPad, you need convert video to iPad compatible format first. There are several popular apps like QuickTime Pro and TunesOver that allow you to do the tasks. Comprared to QuickTime Pro, TunesOver supports more video formats and can transfer videos to iPad without iTunes. It can even transfer DVD  movies to your iPad. Obviously, TunesOver for Mac is a better choice to convert video and copy movies to iPad.  

Only 3 Steps are Required to Copy Movies to iPad without iTunes

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Step 1: Connect your iPad to your Mac (Yosemite compatible)

Click the above "Free Download" button to download and install TunesOver on your Mac. After that, launch the program. Then connect your iPad to your Mac with a USB cable. The program will detect your device and show the iPad information on the main interface.

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Step 2: Select the Movie Files

Then open the "Movies" tab on the left pane of the main interface. Click the "Add" button on the top left corner of the main interface, and you will get a pop-up window to browse files. Just select the movies you want from your local hard drive.

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Step 3: Start Copying Movies to iPad without iTunes

Then click OK to confirm your selection. Then movies will be copied to your iPad immediately. This smart program can detect the file format. If the movie is incompatible with your iPad, it will automatically convert the file to your iPad friendly format. Just feel easy to copy movies to iPad without iTunes supporting.

2Copy Movies to iPad from another iPad/iPod/iPhone (iOS 8 compatible)

If your files are stored on other iOS devices, you can also use TunesOver for Mac to copy files to your target iPad, because this Mac app enables you to freely transfer content between multiple iOS devices that have connected to your Mac at the same time. It's very convenient solution to share music. For example, you can transfer songs from iPhone to iPad and iPod. See details here

To copy iPad/iPhone/iPod movies to iPad, first copy movies to iTunes/Folder. And then switch to your target iPad from the top left corner, and drag and drop movies from the iTunes/Folder to your device. 

If the files are currently stored on other place rather than your Mac, copy them to your Mac first, and then use TunesOver to transfer movie files to iPad no matter they are in iPad compatible or incompatible format. Note that if the files you want to transfer are purchased on iTunes Store, you need authorize your Mac first. To do so, launch iTunes and go to "Store" > "Authorize this Computer...". Now try it for free. 

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how do you copy a video on your ipad with a imac
Works flawlessly. The last two posters didn\'t take the time to actually read anything about the product, or use it or they would understand it works device to device directly (no iTunes), or to backup content back to iTunes (or your computer, or another device). Good product!
so how do you put files on the I-pad without using I-tunes?
your heading says to copy files without Itunes yet all you talk about is using Itunes

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