Dear Lifehacker, I am looking for a good, free and fast way to put .avi on an iPad. With formatting or without. Could you help me out?
There are two ways to get video on to an iPad. You can either convert your files into an iTunes-friendly format, add them to iTunes and sync them to your iPad or you can look for an app that does native playback of .avi files without the need for conversion.
If you like the idea of having everything in iTunes - which is practically a must of you've bought into the entire Apple-verse and have an Apple TV and multiple iOS devices - then you'll need some sort of conversion tool. The two I've used most often are Smart Converter [App Store link or direct website link]and ViddyUp. Both provide drag and drop conversion on the Mac and are dead easy to use.
However, if you prefer to skip the conversion step, then FlexPlayer [iTunes Store]lets you drag .avi files straight to the iPad for conversion-free playback. There are some other tools out there like GoodPlayer and CineXPlayer but they're not free.
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