How to Transfer Movie/Videos from iPad to MacBook/MacBook Pro/Mac?

2023-05-11 00:00:00/Posted by Alleny Gavinto iOS Transfer Topic/Follow @ MobiKin

Did you ever be into the situation that you record a video on your iPad and later want the full quality version of it was able to be copied transferred to your computer? It would be a pity to find out that after you transfer video from iPad to Mac, your video's quality got reduced from high to a lower resolution. Or, did you ever consider that the videos on your iPad take up too much storage space and start to deem that your iPad storage is insufficient? It would make you to be caught in a dilemma if you still do want to keep these videos.

how to transfer videos from ipad to mac

Transferring these videos to Mac as backup could be your best solution to solve out the problems above. Perhaps, you just want to edit or play the video from iPad Pro/Air/4/mini, the new iPad, iPad with Retina display on your Macbook. Anyway, you need to find some ways on how to transfer videos from iPad to Mac. Following is a quick preview table of 6 tips to transfer movie from iPad to MacBook/MacBook Pro/Mac:

Part 1: How to Transfer Videos from iPad to Mac with Assistant for iOS

Specially developed for Mac OS X users, Mobikin Assistant for iOS (Mac Version) can realize transferring multiple types of files like videos, music, contacts, text messages, photos, books and so on from iOS devices to Mac computer. It's worth mentioning that it supports all models of iPad, including iPad Pro, the new iPad, iPad Air, iPad 2/1, iPad mini, iPad with Retina display and etc., as well as iPhone and iPod touch.

Besides its high compatibility at the support for multiple file formats and mobile models, Mobikin Assistant for iOS (Mac Version) has many other advantages:

  • Backup iOS Data with simple and quick operation.
  • Easily and fully manage iOS music, videos, photos on Mac.
  • Be able to manage iTunes backups on Mac directly.
  • Uninstall any apps on iPhone, iPad or iPod with 1 simple click.
  • You can re-sync the backed up music, videos or photos to any iDevice via iTunes freely.

Steps to transfer videos from iPad to Mac with Mobikin Assistant for iOS:

Step 1: Launch the Program and Connect Your Device

After the download is complete, launch the program directly and there would be an interface shown on your Mac requires link to your device. Please use USB cable to connect them together. After your iPad is detected successfully, you would see the interface as below.

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Step 2: Preview Videos and Select Your target Files

Click "Videos" in the left panel so that you could preview the videos in the right panel. Select the videos that you want to transfer to the Mac computer to move on the next step.

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Step 3: Start and Finish the Transfer from iPad to Macbook

When the selection is done, please click on the "Export" button on the top to start the transferring from ipad to mac. The target videos would be backup on your Mac without losing quality soon.

Part 2: Transfer Movies from iPad to Macbook with E-mail

Import and download files such as Movies with E-mail would be helpful and needs no software or USB cable. However, this method does needs good Internet connection, especially when your target camera videos or movies files are too long or too many which will be very troublesome in the process of transferring from ipad to Macbook Pro.

Below are some steps should be took to transfer movies from iPad to Macbook with E-mail:

Step 1: Login one of your E-mail account. You could use the Mail app on your devices as a example. All E-mail accounts work.

transfer video from ipad to mac with email

Step 2: Select the movies files you want to transfer to on your iPad and send the email to yourself with the movies as attachments.

Step 3: Login the same E-mail account you sent the movies to on your Mac. Check the email and download the movies from it.

Part 3: How to Get Videos from iPad to Mac via Preview

Preview is a pre-download software in all Mac, developed by Apple. It performs lots of functions, including view and annotate PDFs, fill out and sign forms, edit images, share your file, export a password-protected PDF, or export images in variety of file types and etc. You could transfer videos and other files from your iPad to Mac via Preview.

Steps to Get Videos from iPad to Mac via Preview:

Step 1: Using a USB cable to connect your iPad with Mac OS X and run the Preview program.

Step 2: Click on the "File" button in the top bar and select "Import from your iPad".

how to transfer movies from ipad to macbook pro with preview

Step 3: Select the target videos and click "Import" button on your screen.

Step 4: Select the destination folder where you save these files. It would take some time before the transfer is finished, which depends upon the number of videos.

Part 4: How to Transfer Movies from iPad to Macbook Pro with Image Capture

Image Capture is also a built-in software on Mac OS X which allows you to transfer and upload the videos from the iPad to Mac which is either connected directly to the computer or the network.

Below shown are the necessary steps to transfer videos from iPad to Mac by using Image Capture:

Step 1: Connect Your iPad to Mac

You need to use USB cable to connect iPad to Mac. After Connection, launch the Image Capture on your Mac, which has already pre-installed on all Mac computers.

Step 2: Select the Needed Videos

Select iPad as your device. Then, select the videos that you wish to transfer to on the right side of the panel where the all images and videos present on your iPad should be shown.

how to transfer movies to ipad from mac with image capture

Step 3: Transfer Videos

Press "Import" to start the transfer. Remember to choose the output folder where you wish to save the selected video on your Mac. A tick mark would display in once the video is transferred successfully.

Part 5: Transfer Video from iPad to Macbook Pro with iPhoto

iPhoto is another software that has been already installed on your Mac. It can also realize the transfer between the iOS and OS X devises.

Here are the steps to transfer videos from iPad to Macbook with iPhoto:

Step 1: Connect your ipad with Mac via USB cable and run iPhoto on your Mac.

Step 2: Find your iPad device in the left panel under "DEVICES" and click on it. Your photos and videos would be display on the right side into iPhoto library.

Step 3: Choose to import selected or all videos you want to transfer to. Press "Edit" and the "Copy" on the following submenu to start the transfer.

transfer video from mac to ipad with iphoto

Part 6: How to Transfer Videos from iPad to Mac with iTunes

While iTunes also can be used to transfer videos from iPad/iPhone to iTunes library on PC, it can only work at the range of the purchased videos because of the copyright issue. Therefore, iTunes is not recommended to transfer videos if they are from other resources.

Steps to transfer videos from iPad to Mac with iTunes:

Step 1: Launch the iTunes on your Mac and make sure your iTunes already has been updated to the latest version.

Step 2: Connect your iPad to Mac with an USB cable.Then, select "File" and "Devices" below on the top manu of iTunes.

Step 3: Choose "Transfer Purchases from your iPad" and start the transfer.

how to get videos from ipad to mac with itunes


Obviously, MobiKin Assistant for iOS (Mac version) has obvious advantages in all of the above methods. Other methods either require good network connection or have other disadvantages, such as file size requirements, slow transmission speed, and so on. And Assistant for iOS gives you the most direct and fastest transfer experience. Choose it and you no longer have to worry about how to transfer videos from iPad to Mac. I hope you find the above article useful. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

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Alleny Gavin
Alleny GavinChief Editor
A chief editor at MobiKin, brings over a decade of experience in technical writing and holds a B.A. in English Literature. With a background as a Project Manager in the IT industry, he has authored 1000+ articles on, offering expert solutions for iOS issues. Gavin, a tech enthusiast, effortlessly recommends software with passion and extensive expertise in smartphones and software.
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