Handbrake Settings for iPad

iPad's high definition display enables iPad perfect for enjoying music videos, HD DVD movies, TV shows, and more. Sometimes you might need the help of Handbrake to import some DVD videos or movies to your iPad but have no idea about the perfect settings for iPad. In fact, there are some presets for Apple devices: iPhone & iPod touch preset available for all Apple devices, the preset for Apple TV available for Apple TV or iPad.

Note: If you want to use Handbrake to convert DVD or video to new iPad, you can only choosea few iPad settings, you can only choose the common iPad settings shown below, no 1080p HD output video available. But you can use the alternative: iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe for Mac, which provides optimized presets for iPad (new iPad included). It can easily and quickly convert DVD movies and any video to iPad format, without worrying about all the settings.

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iMedia Converter output format

Handbrake Settings for iPad using Apple TV Preset

Apple TV and iPad support higher resolution, so preset for Apple TV is recommended if you would like to make the most of your iPad's HD feature and enjoy HD movies or videos on your new iPad.

1. Load video files or DVD to Handbrake

2. Set Apple TV preset

  • If you would like to rip commercial DVDs (excluding Blu-ray DVD movies), the Apple TV preset works perfect.
  • If you want to convert HD videos, you can go to Picture Settings and set the resolution up to 1280 width.

Handbrake settings for iPad

Note: If the Picture Settings doesn't appear in the toolbar, you can right click the toolbar and then drag and drop the Picture Settings icon to the toolbar.

convert MKV files to iPad

3. After that, click the Start button and then Handbrake will do the rest for you.

Handbrake Settings for iPad using iPhone & iPod touch Preset

If you would like to play your video on all Apple devices like iPhone, iPad and iPod, you can choose the iPod preset which will provide a smaller size for output file than Apple TV preset does. However, the picture with lower quality than the preset for Apple TV does. To convert DVD videos and movies to iPad by using iPhone & iPod touch preset, it's similar with using Apple TV preset. Just set the resolution to 480 height and then the output video file will be supported by all Apple devices.

The converted video play well on both iMac and iPad. No need to convert again unless you want to change the video resolution for higher video quality (up to 1080p HD) on your iMac.
If I convert video for iPad using iSkysoft, will the video ALSO play on desktops like iMacs or do I have to convert individually per device I want to use it for? Thank you for your help! -Tiamo
As for the \"Retina\" debate, as long as Apple themselves call it Retina display in the iPad specs it has a Retina display. It\'s just a name.
And I really want to know what the settings should be for the new ipad with retina display. It should be able to handle better settings, no?
Well, now it can be updated again for the New iPad which does have retina display! :)
iSkysoft Employee
Thanks for your kind correction, we have updated the sentence.
\"iPad\'s retina display makes iPad perfect for watching HD DVD movies, music video.......\" It doesn\'t give you a lot of confidence in an article when the first sentance is wrong. The iPad does not have a retina display! The iPhone4 and 4S are the only Apple devices currently with retina displays.
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