"I'm trying to upload video from my Canon Vixia HF200 to my iPad for sharing with my friends. I inserted the memory card to my computer, but the only files I can find are the pictures. The videos I took are nowhere to be found.... I tried to connect the camera to my laptop via usb, but that didn't work either. Any advice?"
The video captured with Canon VIXIA HF series is stored in AVCHD .mts file format with MPEG-4, AVC/H.264 as video codec, and Dolby Digital 2 channel (AC-3) as audio codec. AVCHD records video at a range of resolutions including 1080p, 1080i and 720p. But Apple iPad device only supports H.264 video up to 720p and MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels.
If you want to enjoy videos shot by Canon Vixia HF Camcorder on iPad, An ideal solution is to convert them to iPad/iPad 2 supported video format. If you would like to manage them easily on your Mac OS X, AVCHD Converter for Mac will help you a lot, which will resolve the key problem of format capability of iPad.
Step1: Add Canon VIXIA HF Video Files
Transfer the MTS/M2TS video from your Canon camcorder to your computer, and then drag and drop or click the Media Browser icon at the upper right corner to upload Canon VIXIA AVCHD MTS/M2TS files. after adding the files; you can preview them in the preview pane on the right of the main interface.
(Optional) Edit Canon VIXIA HF videos: crop, trim, add effects, add watermark
This step is optional step. But when you come to review the Canon HD MTS video your taken and find it's too dark or the focus is blurred, you may wanna fix these flaws and apply artistic effects with the Edit Video module of the program. Plus, with just a few clicks, you can crop the MTS video to remove black sides, trim the video and add text or image watermark easily as below.
Step2: Choose iPad HD output format.
Click Output Format icon to open the drop-up list and choose MOV, MPEG-4 or H.264 for iPad on Mac. And you also can set output video format according to your device, this Canon VIXIA to iPad Converter for Mac has presets for iPad, iPhone, iPod and most of the popular portable device, so you don't have to worry about the settings.
Step3: Convert Canon VIXIA HF AVCHD MTS/M2TS for iPad
Click the conversion button to convert Canon VIXIA HF AVCHD video to MOV, H.264 or MPEG-4 for iPad. The convert progress bar shows you how much of the encoding is completed. The encoding time will depend on several variables including: the duration of the video file, the speed of your computer, what other activity your computer is currently doing and the bitrate you set. After conversion finished, you can watch and share converted Canon VIXIA HF videos on iPad.