How to delete all photos on jailbroken iPad without iTunes
The iPad is great, except for one thing: you need iTunes almost anytime you want to copy anything from and to your iPad. This includes music, movies and photos. And this is probably the main reason why many (including myself) jailbreak their device. Once you jailbreak, you can manage your files a lost more freely including installing 3rd party software to transfer files over wifi, FTP or SSH.
Ok, this article is not about Coldfusion or web development. It is about iPad. I know, that is not what this blog is meant to be about, but...let's call this an exception :-)
If you are here, you probably have the same problem as what I did. You copy some videos to your iPad. These videos belong to the same show or some kind of series but your iPad just plays them one by one. It finishes one file and returns to the video list screen instead of continuing to the next file. This is a major annoyance. (especially if you are watching movies on iPad while eating like me and got a hard time trying to find a clean finger to touch :-P)
Many people suggested creating playlist from iTunes and add your videos into it together with one song to trick the iPad into thinking that it is a song playlist. It worked for me except that when videos are played inside the iPod app (instead of the movie app), there is no video, only sound! So we need to create some kind of playlist but inside the movie app instead of the iPod app. The movie app unfortunately does not have playlist but it has one called TV Shows and it can be used as a playlist for videos.
Here is how to do it:
1. Copy movies to your iPad
The first thing we need to do, of course, is to copy movies onto your iPad. If you are managing music and videos manually like me, you can just drag the videos directly into your iPad. Once copied, they will be sitting under the Movies section.
2. Change the media kind to TV Show
Next, we need to change the media kind of these movies to TV Show and aslo change a couple of other settings on the files.
- Highlight those movie files > Right click > Get Info
- Click on the Options tab and change the Media Kind to TV Show
- Click on the Video tab > enter a name for the show. You can enter other info on this page as well if you want. Then click OK to close the dialog box.
Once you close the box, iTunes will update your movies and move them to the TV Shows section. (If you don't see the TV Shows section on your iPad, go to your iTunes Preferences and tick on TV Shows to show it).
You might be wondering why not drag the files onto the TV Shows section right at the beginning. I tried it but my iPad keeps putting them under the Movies tab. So I have to change this setting manually after the files have been copied. You can do this on yours? Let me know how in the comments.
That is it, your videos can now be played continuously! Well, almost... There is one more thing you might want to do. By default (I think) the iPad orders them by filename. Depending on your movie filenames, this order may or may not be the order you want. To specify your movies in a particular order, you can do so by setting a track number for each of them. Here is how:
- Highlight your movie file (just one file this time and don't forget it is now under the TV Shows section) > Right click > Get Info
- On the Info tab, enter the track number of this movie into the, guess what, Track Number field.
- If you are going to enter the track numbers for muliple movies, you can use the Previous and Next buttons at the bottom of the dialog box to navigate instead of closing and opening the box multiple times. The order will be track 1 first, then track 2 and so on, common sense ;-)
That is it! Enjoy watching movies on your iPad :-)
Thanks for reading. Got questions? Throw them in!