How do I move an iPad movie file to a PC flash drive?
August 13, 2015 6:51 PM   Subscribe

It sounds ridiculously simple, but someone videoed a performance of me. She thought she'd send it via e-mail but that would mean breaking it up into several pieces. I thought she could drag and drop it onto my flash drive but she says, no, iPads don't have drag and drop. Go ahead and talk to me at a beginner's level since clearly I am there.
posted by intrepid_simpleton to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Do you have a computer available?

(on OSX): plug in ipad, import vid into Photos. Find the source from the instance in photos and then drag/drop to flash drive.
posted by pompomtom at 6:54 PM on August 13, 2015 [1 favorite]

She needs to plug it into her computer and browse the files. (If she's using a Windows PC, when she plugs the iPad in she'll get a dialog box popup that asks her what she wants to do. She wants to browse files.) I forget how the file hierarchy looks on iP-d products, but it's absolutely there, findable, and drag-and-droppable. I've done this many, many times.

If she has quite a few photos on the machine, once she locates the camera files it'll probably be helpful for her to sort by file size.
posted by phunniemee at 6:55 PM on August 13, 2015

If she has a dropbox account or another file sharing service, she could upload it there and then email you the link.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 7:40 PM on August 13, 2015 [3 favorites]

Dropbox would be the easiest way to get what you want done. iPads don't have a file system per se. I mean, they do but it's obscured and only available to people who jailbreak (hack) their iPads which is not most people. You can exporrt files only in a few fairly standard ways and for really big files Dropbox (or iCloud if she has it) is the quickest simplest way.
posted by jessamyn at 8:06 PM on August 13, 2015 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: I thought of the cloud, too, and she's going to try that. Thanks, all.
posted by intrepid_simpleton at 8:13 PM on August 13, 2015

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