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I have some MKV videos and would like to watch them on my new iPad, so I converted these mkv to iPad mp4 using QuickTime 7 and Perian by exporting to mp4 with the video set to pass through, and the audio set to AAC 160 Kbps 48 kHz. But iTunes won't let them sync with my iPad, and it doesn't tell me why. How can I convert MKV to The new iPad?
Your first mistake was using Quicktime for converting MKV to The new iPad. It works "okay", but is exceedingly slow and if you get one tiny thing wrong your video won't sync to The new iPad.
The new iPad only supports some video formats like h.264 videos (which mkv videos typically are) with the following specs: "H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats".
So you need to find some software which converts MKV to iPad H.264 videos. We strongly recommend one tool named Aneesoft iPad Video Converter. It has two versions for both Windows PC and Mac OS.
Here I'll show you how to convert MKV to The new iPad supported H.264 videos for watching on The new iPad step-by-step.
Things you’ll need
1. Aneesoft iPad Video Converter (Free for download trial version)
2. MKV video files
Step 2: Import the Source Files
Click Add Files to import the source MKV files.
Step 3: Edit & merge MKV videos: trim, crop, add effect, add watermark
Aneesoft iPad Video Converter is featured to easily edit video, like trim, crop, effect, watermark, deinterlace. Just select the title you'd like to edit, then click the button 'Edit' to launch video editing window.
Step 4: Choose the Output Format
Choose iPad output format by clicking "Output Format".
Step 5: Start converting
The final step is simply press the "Start" button to fire up the conversion!