How to Upload Video to Your iDevice

Yesterday I had one of those “Ah-Ha” moments.  It came when I saw this tweet from Gregory Kulowiec.

Gregory Kulowiec Tweet

This got my head spinning with possibilities.  I know how take video or photos from an iPad Camera Roll and get it to my computer using the Google Drive, Box, or DropBox apps, but getting video from those apps to my iPad has been problematic.  What if I want to provide my students with video clips* and have them add their own voiceover, or edit them together with other clips or their own videos? Using “open in” it looks like I should be able to do this.

Armed with this new bit of information, it was time to play.  Here is what I discovered…

This definitely opens up some new possibilities for student media projects.

*NOTE: You may have an issue if you want to share out one video with a whole class. See Bill’s comment below.

4 thoughts on “How to Upload Video to Your iDevice”

  1. Great tutorial! I just sent this link to all of our teachers and students. Our schools are currently closed due to excessive cold, snow, and ice. I’ve invited our students, via email, to create video clips of some of the things they are doing while out of school, share them with their friends using the cloud storage options you mentioned, and see who can come up with the most fun video compilations! Now we’ll sit back and let the magic happen. 🙂

  2. Beware! If too many people try to download a video in Google Drive, it locks the file. I had that problem with 10 students trying to download the same clip. Only two of them successfully downloaded it before the entire folder of videos was frozen/locked. This is definitely designed for just one user.

  3. Thanks Tim. The ability for students to share clips using cloud storage make the iPad a little more friendly for collaborative projects. I know AirDrop allows you to send photos and videos from iDevice to iDevice, but it is not helpful for moving media between computers and iDevices. I’ll be curious to see what your students are able to create.

  4. Awesome tip! Don’t forget about iCab Mobile too. Great for grabbing video from sites like DiscoveryEd and YouTube and saving them to the camera roll so you can bring them into things like iMovie.

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