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I put a bunch of videos onto my iPad 2 a while ago, syncing them over iTunes. The PC that I set this up on is no longer available. All I have now is my iPad with the videos, and a new computer with a clean install of iTunes.

Now it seems that iTunes wants to wipe all those videos off the iPad in order to set up a sync.

Can I get these videos off the iPad somehow?

(connecting the iPad as a camera doesn't help: this only shows videos shot using the iPad camera, but not the videos I recorded with my camcorder and synced over iTunes)

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Have you looked into software like TouchCopy to transfer the videos? It offers a Windows and Mac version. I prefer PhoneView to this software on a Mac, but you have tagged this windows so TouchCopy seems a better fit.

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Thanks, I'll check it out. Is there any way to do this for free? (I know... I'm just too used to file copying not requiring pay-for software...) – romkyns Dec 6 '11 at 18:07
I certainly would have recommended a free solution if such existed. I've seen many malware scams over the long haul advertising this such capability - so please be secure and a bit skeptical when downloading any software. :-) Best of luck. This developer does offer a free preview - so it's more up to you which costs less - getting another copy of the video or paying for the software. – bmike Dec 6 '11 at 18:11
We ended up doing it the hard way. FWIW, the owner of the said iPad has moved to Android, in no small part due to issues just like this one. – romkyns Dec 17 '12 at 17:18
Thanks for the update - it's a good thing that people can choose which ecosystem works better for them. – bmike Dec 17 '12 at 17:46

Normally you could just see your movies in explorer on the PC when the iPad is plugged into it, but with the latest IOS 8,9 and the iCloud Photo Library option turned on under settings you will no longer get your photos and movies appearing in explorer when connected to the PC.

You need to either turn off the iCloud Photo Library option under settings, or with that setting on you must also select the option to download and store originals on iPad. That keeps the videos and pictures stored on the iPad so that they then show up in a folder in explorer on the PC when you plug in your iPad. Also in order to upload videos onto the iPad, the easiest option is to use iTunes and under iPad-photos select option to sync photo, turn on the option to include videos, then press the apply and sync options.

This is sumarised in the following (there are a lot of options!) See this video I made to explain the options available for moving videos and pictures to and from the PC for the latest iOS.

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