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How to Play iPad Videos on Your TV or Monitor

This tutorial will show you how to play iPad videos (or anything displayed on the iPad) on your TV or monitor.  There are a few ways to do this wirelessly, but in most cases you will need a DLNA setup which requires additional software and compatible equipment. The method described in this article uses a wired approach by connecting your IPad with a physical cable to your TV or Monitor. Due to technical limitations, the first generation iPad can only display 720p video while the iPad 2 can display 1080p video. Additionally only the iPad 2 supports mirroring; that is, displaying the contents on both your iPad display and a TV simultaneously.

Section 1: How to determine which type of cable is compatible with your TV/Monitor.

Before we begin playing with your iPad settings, you must purchase the right cable for your TV or Monitor. We have provided the links to Apple’s online store, or you can stop by a local Apple store or retailer. In Section 1 we have attempted to describe which cable you need. Just keep in mind we are going over the official Apple gear. Apple does sell products at a premium, and you can often find compatible cables at a significant discount to Apple prices. There are dozens of knock-off and generic cables cheaper than official Apple product, but we cannot vouch for their compatibility and will not be describing them in this article.

Apple Component AV cable How to Play iPad Videos on Your TV or Monitor

av component cable How to Play iPad Videos on Your TV or Monitor

Product Description
This cable connects a compatible Apple product to your TV. The component AV cable can also be connected to your stereo or powered speakers. The Component AV Cable connects to your device or Universal Dock via the 30-pin dock connector and to your TV, home theater receiver, or stereo receiver via the component (Y, Pb, and Pr) video and red/white analog audio ports. The cable also features a USB connector that you can plug into a power source, such as a computer or the USB Power Adapter, available separately

Television Compatibility
If you are connecting your iPad directly to your TV, instead of a receiver, first check in back of the TV for component video inputs.

Component video splits into 3 channels which are color coded. Check to see your TV has 3 inputs for the channels:  Y (green), Pb (blue), and Pr (red).  If you do not see 3 inputs and only see a single yellow input, you have a composite (yellow) input.  You cannot plug one of the 3 component cables into a composite (yellow) input.

This cable works with the following Apple Products:
iPad 1 and 2, iPhone, iPod Touch

Apple Composite AV cable How to Play iPad Videos on Your TV or Monitor

composite AV cable apple How to Play iPad Videos on Your TV or Monitor

Product Description
The Apple Composite AV cable connects your iPad, iPod, or iPhone.  The Composite AV Cable connects to your device or Universal Dock via the 30-pin dock connector and to your TV, home cinema receiver or stereo receiver via the composite video and red/white analog audio ports. The cable also features a USB connector that you can plug in to a power source.

Television Compatibility
Your TV should a single yellow component plug.

This cable works with the following Apple Products:
iPad 1 and 2, iPhone, iPod Touch

Apple Digital AV Adapter (For HDMI capable TV’s and LCD Monitors) How to Play iPad Videos on Your TV or Monitor

apple digital av adapter How to Play iPad Videos on Your TV or Monitor

apple digital av adapter

Product Description
Use the Apple Digital AV Adapter to mirror whatever’s on your iPad 2 screen — apps, presentations, websites, and more — on your HDTV or HDMI-compatible display in up to 1080p HD (movies play at up to 720p).

Watch slideshows and movies on the big screen in up to 720p by connecting your iPad, iPhone 4, or iPod touch (4th generation) to an HDTV or HDMI-compatible display.

The Apple Digital AV Adapter routes digital audio to screens that support it. Connect the Apple Digital AV Adapter to your iPad, iPhone 4, or iPod touch (4th generation) via the 30-pin dock connector and to your HDMI-compatible display using an HDMI cable (sold separately).

A second 30-pin connector built into the AV adapter lets you charge and sync your device while it’s connected to your HDMI-compatible display.

Television/Monitor Compatibility
Your TV must have an HDMI connection. If you have a high definition TV, HDMI connections are standard for newer models.  For LCD monitors, higher end monitors come with an HDMI connections standard now but previously most LCD monitors did not have HDMI.

This cable works with the following Apple Products:
iPad 1 and 2, iPhone 4(4th Gen only), iPod Touch (4th Gen only),

Notes on the Digital AV Adapter: We haven’t tested it with a projector but some Apple reviewers online and in forums are reporting that it does not work with certain projectors. If you are planning to connect to a projector, contact the manufacturer if it supports Apple products.

Apple VGA Adapter

avg adapter apple How to Play iPad Videos on Your TV or Monitor

Product Description
Use the Apple VGA Adapter to mirror whatever’s on your iPad 2 screen — apps, presentations, websites, and more — on your VGA-equipped TV, display, projector or other compatible display in up to 1080p HD.

Watch slideshows and video on the big screen in up to 720p by connecting your iPad, iPhone 4, or iPod touch (4th generation) to a television, projector, or other VGA-compatible display.

The Apple VGA Adapter connects to your iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad Dock or Universal Dock via the dock connector and to your projector or display using the VGA adapter.

Television/Monitor Compatibility
Your TV must have an HDMI connection. If you have a high definition TV, HDMI connections are standard for newer models.

This cable works with the following Apple Products:
iPad 1 and 2, iPhone 4(4th Gen only), iPod Touch (4th Gen only),

Section 2: How to Change your iPad settings for Video Output

Once you have the right cable for your TV or Monitor use it to connect to your iPad. The iPad will automatically detect that it is connected to a TV and will begin sending video through the cable. You can make changes to how your video is displayed on the external monitor or TV by editing the iPad settings.

To customize video playback, go the Video section in the settings menu by following these steps:

1)      Tap the “Home Screen”
2)      Tap the “Settings” icon.
3)      Once you are in the Settings section, on the left hand panel tap “Video.”

Once you are in the Video Settings, you can customize the following:

Start Playing – You have the option of your iPad remembering where you left off when you stopped watching the video or always starting at the beginning of a video. Tap and select “Where Left Off” if you want the iPad to remember where you left off.
Close Captioning – Video with closed captioning embedded can be turned on/off by toggling this setting.
Widescreen – You can have your iPad display in widescreen on older 4:3 aspect TV’s or projectors.
TV Signal – Select NTSC if you are connecting to a TV in the US or Japan. Select PAL for Europe or Japan.

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  • Djangology

    I have no tv settings in the video settings

  • Sandra

    I have both the component and composite cables and I am trying to play from the sling player app but I have sound only no picture. apple tv works perfectly fro videos  can anyone help would a weak broadband signal cause this?

  • Otjane

    I also wonder if a weak broadband is causing my sling player to have sound and no picute on my composite cable connected tv.
    Does anyone have a solution? Please! I am hurting here in Brasil without my US shows!

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