Can you play Blu-Ray Movies with iPad Air/Mini/Mini 2 on Windows 8.1 or Mac Mavericks?

A question about “Can you play Blu-Ray Movies with iPad Air/Mini with USB Optical Drive?” from Apple Support Communities:

“Can you play Blu-ray movies with the new iPad Air using the blu-ray optical drive with the blu-ray playback software? I don’t want to use AirX non-sense… wireless can’t have equal amount of bandwidth as you get directly from Bluray disc. Anyone took journey on this? What was your result? Thanks.”

No, the iPad Air does not support peripherals like optical drives. It only supports some low power USB drives and only to transfer Photos and videos from them. Not to play directly from the usb drive.

play blu-ray movies on ipad air

Well, if you have collected lots of Blu-ray discs for your kids like the child-favored Disney movies (get more New Blu-ray Releases on, there’s only one more thing you need – a BDMagic.

In order to get the solution I seek advice from my friend who is a expert in movie, he told me that With a Blu-ray to iPad Air converter software – Pavtube BDMagic. I can rip and convert Blu-ray to iPad Air effortlessly. Now following is the full guide of how to rip and sync Blu-ray movies to iPad Air.

Tips for Showing Best Video Formats Supported by iPad Air:

  • Video Format: .m4v, .mp4, .mov, MPEG-4, H.264, M-JPEG
  • Audio Format: AAC, Protected AAC, HE-AAC, MP3, AAX, AAX+m, Apple Lossless AIFF, WAV

Part One. How to rip and convert Blu-ray to MP4 for iPad Air?

Firstly free download the best Blu-ray to iPad Air Ripper, and then install and run it.


Step 1: Load Blu-ray movie.

Click the “load File” icon to add Blu-ray movie, You can also add BD folder or ISO file directly.

Note: Don’t forget to choose one wanted audio track and subtitles

Choose one wanted audio track and subtitles from the drop-down list of  “Audio” and “Subtitles” to be preserved in the resulted mp4 video file for watching on iPad Air.

Besides, Partube BDMagic also offers an option called “forced subtitle”, which enable you to see subtitle only when actors are speaking a different language, for instance if you specify English (your mother tongue) as your subtitle, and meanwhile tick off “forced subtitle” option, then when actor are speaking English, no subtitle will show up, but when they are speaking in French, the subtitle will appear accompanying with the French.

Step 2: Set output format

1. Select the output format for iPad air, Click the “Format” option and you will find the iPad group, Choose the “iPad air HD video (.mp4)”.

choose best video format for ipad air

2. Select the destination folder, click the “browse” button then choose folder to saved the converted video.

3. Customize video specs (Optional).

Click “Settings” to free change video resolution, bitrate(quality), frame rate and other settings. Note that if you need to get videos in smaller size (especially when you own a 16GB model), you are suggested to turn down bitrate settings; the generated video size could also be found in this window.

Step 3: Start the Blu-ray movies to iPad Air conversion.

Click “Convert” button to start ripping Blu-ray movies to MP4 for iPad Air, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini, when the conversion is finished, you can click “Open” button to get the converted files to sync to your iPad Air.

Part Two. How to Sync video files to iPad Air via iTunes?

If you don’t know how to put and play movie onto new iPad Air , just follow the steps to realize it:

Here I take movie files transfer as an example. Similar operation for streaming music, photos, and iBook to iPad Air using iTunes.

Note: Make sure you have install iTunes. If not, you can free download iTunes here at first. And launch the iTunes.

Step 1. Open iTunes, and connect your iPad Air to your Windows computer.

Step 2. Switch to “Movie” category, click “File” tab in the left navigation bar, and add local file or folder to iTunes library.

add local file or folder to iTunes library

When the files are added, you would see “New” tab at the top right corner.

movie added to itunes

Step 3. Click on iPad Air in the right navigation bar, then follow the path “On This iPad > Movies > Add To” to stream videos from local computer to iPad Air.

add movie file to ipad air in itunes

Wait for the uploading file process complete and all files would be successfully transferred to your iPad Air.

upload file to ipad air

successful transfer to ipad air

Read this article to get more detailed steps: How to sync video, music, photo files to iPad Air with iTunes on Windows/Mac?

Afterwards, your kids can play Blu-ray movies on iPad Air at ease.

Tips: If you’re using a Mac, please turn to iPad Air BDMagic for Mac, which lets you rip Blu-ray movies for iPad Air on Mac (including 10.9 Mavericks and Mountain Lion 10.8).

Do I explain it clearly? I wish it could be helpful to someone need it sincerely!

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