How to play videos continuously on iPad

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.

Copy movies to your iPad

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. IMPORTANT, make sure you SELECT ALL of the files as instructed below, don't do this step for one file at a time.

  1. Highlight those movie files > Right click > Get Info
    Open Get Info dialog box
  2. Click on the Options tab and change the Media Kind to TV Show
    Change media kind to TV Show
  3. 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.
    Enter the show name

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).

Movies are moved to TV Show

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:

  1. 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
  2. On the Info tab, enter the track number of this movie into the, guess what, Track Number field.
    Enter the track number
  3. 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!


1. [TOP QUESTION] Why are my videos not played in the order I want?

This appears to be the most common issue that many people have. They did everything as instructed but their videos seem to play quite randomly. In that case, have a look at the playlist on the iPad, do they show up in the correct order? If not, check to make sure that each of them have a track number. If setting a track number for them still does not work then rename the files on your computer to be in the order you want. One way is to prefix them with a number like 01_XXX, 02_XXX, 03_XXX, etc. and then sync again. By default iTunes should play them in alphabetical order, well, at least I hope their developers got this bit right.

2. Why don't I see the TV Show link inside my iTunes?

When you install iTunes, by default only a number of video types are shown on the left sidebar of your iTunes under Library. If TV Show is not there, you need to turn it on by going to: Top level menu > Edit > Preferences > General. You will then see a number of sources such as Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts. Make sure TV Shows is checked.

3. On the Get Info window, why can't I edit the settings? They are all greyed out.

There are 2 ways to edit your video file settings. One is to edit them first on your computer and sync them over to your iPad (doing so under the Library section). Second is sync them over first and edit their settings later once they are on the iPad (under the Devices section).

I chose the second way as stated in the article but sometimes it doesn't work. If that is the case, try the first way, edit them before syncing.

4. Why do my videos still not play continuously?

Well, this is what the whole post is about. But even though you have done everything correctly, videos are only played continuously if you play them correctly on your iPad. That is make sure you click on the play button next to the TV Show title, not the video itself as that will play only that video. Also, that Play button will play the list from where you left last time. See the screenshot below:

Click on the play button, not the clip itself


  • Jack
    10 Aug 2010, 6:33 PM

    Hi man, your feedback was the bomb. Works perfectly now.

    Only one question.

    How about if i want the player to play all the tracks back to back, cause right now it just plays the video i chose then it stopes.

    Is there anyway any how?

    Thanks again man :)

  • Vinh Khoa
    11 Aug 2010, 4:12 AM in reply to Jack

    When open a TV show on iPad, there is a play button next to the TV show title. You need to click on that play button in order to play the videos continuously. If you click on the clip itself (or the play button next to the clip), it will just play that clip and then stop.

  • Johnny
    29 Aug 2010, 8:18 AM

    It didn't work. I still can't play continuously. The videos just go back to play list when it finishes playing

  • Vinh Khoa
    31 Aug 2010, 12:52 PM in reply to Johnny

    When you open your Movies application on iPad, are those movies grouped under one TV Show? If not, make sure you changed the settings as indicated in the screenshots.

    Also, in order to play continuously, you have to click on the Play button next to the TV Show title. Do not click on the video itself or the play button next to each video, that will make it play that video only and return to the video list.

  • Alan
    19 Sep 2010, 6:35 PM

    Thanks for this, I was able to get videos to play serially. I think Johnny may have been looking for a way to get videos to loop as well - once the last is played, restart from the first or something like that.

    One thing that was different for me, I don't know if it's because I'm using a Mac or because I'm on iTunes 10: I couldn't edit the information for movies listed under my iPad in the Devices section. I had to make those changes in the iTunes library then sync the new TV show to the iPad.

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    20 Sep 2010, 1:59 AM in reply to Alan


    I could edit the video info like normal on my Mac running itunes 10, just like I do on Windows. So, not sure why you cant. Could it be the os version running on your ipad? Just a thought, I doubt that is the case though.

    But I think making those necessary changes on your Mac and then copy them over to iPad would be better as you can keep an organised library and also it is faster because everytime you make a change directly, it will sync back to the iPad.

  • Ben
    23 Oct 2010, 6:44 AM

    Clicking the "Play" button on the top does make the videos to play continuously; however, it seems we can't specify which one to start? Any idea please?

    Thanks very much.

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    23 Oct 2010, 7:31 AM in reply to Ben

    Ben, the order should be what you see on that screen. However, if you already watch some clip before, the next time you click that top play button, it will continue from the previous clip you left, right from where you left. One way to ensure it starts from the beginning is to click on the first clip to explicitly bring it the beginning. That's what happens to me. I know the way iTunes works is not very intuiative. Hope that helps.

  • drew cameron
    12 Nov 2010, 12:46 PM

    this is so great. thank you. it works as you described.

    one thing that has been mentioned but not it possible to keep looping through, so it in effect never stops?

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    12 Nov 2010, 1:18 PM in reply to drew cameron

    Hi Drew,

    Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be an option to specify infinite loop from inside iTunes though. So if you are thinking to watch some music videos over and over again, you're out of luck.

  • Klaus
    18 Nov 2010, 8:52 PM

    You are a legend!!!!!
    Thank you

  • ishfaq
    19 Nov 2010, 12:26 PM

    Thanks Vinh. One more question how can i get the Next and Prev button on the created playlist/TV Show. like if i want to skip one video in that playlist and goto next video/previous video.

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    19 Nov 2010, 12:32 PM in reply to ishfaq

    Hi ishfaq,

    Good question. Honestly, I don't know! Every time, to go to a new track, I need to either wait for the track to finish or move the timeline to the end of the track, and let it scroll onto the next one. The prev and next buttons never work for me either. If you could make it work, let me know :-)

  • ishfaq
    19 Nov 2010, 1:56 PM

    Thanks for your prompt reply. I installed OPlayer HD application. It has the option that we are looking. In that application if we add videos in a playlist then we get the Prev/Next track button. Try that application.

  • drew cameron
    04 Dec 2010, 12:16 AM


    did everything you said but the videos still seem to play randomly and not how I set them.
    they line up in the right order but don't play in the same order.

  • drew cameron
    04 Dec 2010, 12:33 AM

    i also found i had to tick, part of a compilation, to get them to group

  • drew cameron
    07 Dec 2010, 11:02 PM

    no-one can offer any help?

  • Shellee
    30 Dec 2010, 6:42 PM

    I can only play 2 of them and then it stops and back to the tv shows in a row. I also had to set them to TV shows in the itunes part and could not do it under the ipad. Any ideas?

  • Ss
    10 Jan 2011, 12:11 AM

    Thanks :)

  • Kelley Irish
    19 Jan 2011, 2:02 AM

    This is a wonder! My is now working great thanks so much

  • Michael
    05 Feb 2011, 12:20 PM

    Hello: I am an ageing Brit and my problem is not getting music videos to play in a list, but just getting the audio playlists on my iPad to proceed from one track to the next. Fine on my iMac, but not the iPad.
    I am sure all you people know how to but I don't!
    Thanks in anticipation.

  • Seth
    16 Feb 2011, 7:15 PM

    Thanks so much for this workaround. Seems like this shouldn't be required of the iPad at this point, but I am glad to have found this helpful entry...


  • Edgar
    27 Feb 2011, 6:55 PM

    Just followed the instructions and works like a charm. Thank you!

  • Annette Sincavage
    05 Mar 2011, 3:14 PM

    Converting the music videos to tv show works great. But when I take the ipad and plug it into my tv the videos won't play continuously. They play continuously on the ipad but not when I plug the ipad into my tv. Any suggestions? I use the red, white and yellow plug. That plug, plugs into the front of my tv.

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    06 Mar 2011, 10:45 PM in reply to drew cameron


    The order you see on the iPad should be the order they play. Can you double check if the track numbers are still set correctly for each of the video?

    Also what are the alphabetical order of the tracks? Are they alphabetically in the correct order? This should not matter if you did set the track number, but just in case iTunes are doing some "magic" here, try to change the track names to order them alphabetically as well and see what happens. Sorry for the late reply.

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    06 Mar 2011, 10:49 PM in reply to Michael


    Try to put the music videos into some kind of series like TV shows, and then iPad should treat your music videos as TV Shows and play both video and audio parts. Let me know if this works for you.

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    06 Mar 2011, 11:01 PM in reply to Annette Sincavage

    Hmm...this is interesting. I did a similar thing, connect iPad to a monitor via VGA port and it works just fine as I play on the iPad itself. This might sound obvious, but when you connect to the TV and when you play on the iPad, did you click on the same play button? To play continuously, you need to click on the play button that sits above all the clip, at the "series" level. If you click on the play button of individual clip, it won't go to the next clip once finished.

    If the interfaces in both cases are the same and you did play the videos in the same manner, I have no idea why one plays continuously but the other does not.

  • neal de roche
    13 Mar 2011, 12:20 AM

    Hi Vinh,

    great stuff really works well.........but I have 1 question.

    When i sort in order of each song, it shows like i want it on my mac, i then syn my ipad with the tv show and then the order of the songs still only shows in alphabetically ? how can i get the order of songs to reflect same on my it does on my mac in the tv show.............

  • JimA
    25 Mar 2011, 2:34 AM

    I've never been on your blog and I don't normally comment, but I found this searching for a solution and it is perfect, thank you so much for sharing this. I got a car mount for my iPad and loaded up a bunch of videos for my toddler to watch on a long trip, but with the limited functionality of the Apple Bluetooth wireless keyboard I couldn't figure how to get from one video to the next. This works beautifully, and I want to add in case anyone is in a similar situation that following Vinh's instructions, in addition to playing all videos in a row, now the forward and reverse buttons on the wireless keyboard will switch instantly to the next or previous "TV show episode" (movie). This is great!

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    25 Mar 2011, 2:43 AM in reply to JimA

    Hi JimA, glad to hear that this post helped you. It's interesting that the prev and next buttons on the keyboard works but those on the iPad do not. Thanks for sharing the tip.

  • Jay Gould
    01 Apr 2011, 12:00 AM

    Hi and thanks!

    Thanks for trying to help everyone; now, hopefully, you can figure out why it is not working for me.

    I am trying to organize .mov and .m4v files. These are photography videos.

    They are all lumped together in iTunes movies.

    I highlighted 5 .mov for testing.

    Before sync with iPad I did the following to each individual .mov: 1) Options: TV Show; Part of compilation; 2) Video: Name of the video (NIK); 3) Get Info: when I checked Part of Compilation and change the first .mov to 1 of 5 and hit OK the interface closed and when I highlighted the group which like an album listed all of the track they were all numbered 1 of 5. I then individually changed each .mov from from of 5 to the correct number, hit OK and the number, e.g., 4 of 5 was remembered.

    I then played 1 of 5 and when it finished it did not go to 2 of 5.

    Next, I sync with iPad. One of the 5 did not transfer; I had been having trouble with this earlier. Regarding the three that did transfer, they were listed at a TV show and when I opened the particular TV show the were listed in order. They would not play one after the other; however, at least they were not a large mess.

    Next Test: I numbered 24 .mov (CS4) and copied to i Tunes. They would not list in numerical order; all .mov starting with #1 were first, then #2 etc. I individually numbered each in the separate Get Info section for each individual track.

    Sync. For some reason one of the 24 would not copy to the iPad. Reason not stated; same problem with two of the first batch.

    Open Movies in iPad and there were now two TV shows (NIK & CS4); however, the first video in NIK, #3, that I had opened earlier had been removed.

    Important: If you want to save your videos after you watch them, in the iPad interface for TV Shows you need to make sure you have set the option to "all" and not "all watched"!

    Sync: all videos have appeared in the two groupings except for the two problem videos; I will download them again.

    I now have four movies; how do I get the title of each movie to appear? Under TV Shows they are just four movies; no title. When I open one it then shows the main title and the videos in that group.

  • Jay Gould
    01 Apr 2011, 12:02 AM

    Vinh, thanks again. I forgot to mention that they still will not play one after the other; only one at a time and then I have to start the next video. Cheers, Jay

  • Annette Sincavage
    01 Apr 2011, 3:17 PM

    It does work if you do it just like Vinh said to. Try it again. You have to play around with it.

  • Jay Gould
    02 Apr 2011, 1:02 AM

    Hi Annette, in the steps I have outlined, did you do something different to get the videos to automatically play one after the other? Thanks,

  • etopp
    08 Apr 2011, 2:26 AM in reply to Jay Gould

    The Videos app on the iPad does not show any text underneath the image of a TV Show (unlike Movies). This is not a bug - it is a feature.


    The workaround is as follows:

    First, download a picture of the title page for the TV show. Wikipedia usually has this.

    Second, in iTunes right-click on the episode (you can multiple select) and choose Get Info. Click on the Artwork tab then click the Add button and navigate to the picture file.

    Third, (re-)sync with the iPad.

  • Rob Rice
    10 Apr 2011, 1:25 AM

    Seems like a nice workaround, but on for some reason I'm unable to change the type, as all info except rating are greyed out below the "options" tab. Any suggestions as to why?


  • Vernon
    13 Apr 2011, 7:42 PM

    Works excellant...!!!! movies play one after another...Vihnkhoa you are the champ...

  • afshin
    17 Apr 2011, 8:07 AM

    I followed the steps but the itunes does not let me choose the media kind to tv show under the options!!! is it any thing I have to do to make itunes let me do that?

    thank you

  • David
    23 Apr 2011, 2:35 AM

    Thank you so much,

  • kanlaya
    08 May 2011, 7:52 PM

    My Ipad has In Itunes under playlist there is a music video playlist.

    what is it for and does it work?

  • Joce Eka
    12 May 2011, 11:52 AM

    Hi Vinh, Thanks for your help. It works fine.
    The only snag I have is that the TV shows are listed repeatedly. Please tell me how to get only one TV show to appear for each group of videos.


  • Ronald Hicks
    28 May 2011, 6:31 AM

    Awesome... It worked... Videos now play continuously... I have only one another question... How the tell did you figure that out?

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    28 May 2011, 10:46 AM in reply to Ronald Hicks

    @Ronald, it's more like trial and error. So frsutrated with the fact iPad could not do such a simple thing, so I went into iTunes file settings and see if there is anything there, and found this :-)

  • David
    28 May 2011, 3:21 PM

    Thanks, I finally got this working. In the beginning I had the same problem many people had of playing one video then stopping. I had to set the UNWATCHED flag and removed play statistics and alos getting the videos in sequence with the track number, and eventually it all worked, but it did take a few goes.

    This is a great blog and lots of help.

    One more question.

    How can I set the Artwork for the main Icon in the TV Shows menu. It seems to grab the artwork from the first frame of one of the videos at random.

  • Timothy Jayne
    30 May 2011, 11:16 PM in reply to Rob Rice

    In the picture, "TV Shows" is selected under "Devices". Instead go to "TV Shows" under "Library", which is up above. I think the reason you are seeing everything "greyed out" is to prevent individual devices from modifying the main library files.

  • Timothy
    31 May 2011, 12:28 AM in reply to David

    Refer to: etopp 07 Apr 2011, 10:26 PM in reply to Jay Gould. ... Get image. Select your file(s). Right-click. Drag & drop image on "Artwork" box.

  • David
    31 May 2011, 9:16 AM

    @Timothy, thanks. I was looking for the "Artwork tab that disappears when you select multiple items. But now I see the drag ox in the Info Tab. Solved, thanks.

    OK so next issue.

    If I press the play button, then it plays each clip in sequence as at should ... great. But if I close with the DONE button, then when I go back it always goes back to the start and I can't get it to continue where I left off. Anyway to resume correctly?

  • Timothy
    02 Jun 2011, 1:11 AM in reply to David

    @David. I should have mentioned that it is under the "info" tab. Anyway, glad I could help.

    Next issue solution... Open "Settings" app > Video > Start Playing > Where Left Off.

  • Timothy
    02 Jun 2011, 11:17 AM in reply to David

    @David. Oops. I didn't really give you a complete answer. Both of the following settings need to be done.

    (1) Open "Settings" app > Video > Start Playing > Where Left Off

    (2) Select file(s). Right click > Get Info > Options tab > Remember position: Yes.

    Note: The Play button by the Title will only start continuous play from the first video. If you wish to start continuous play from a different video, then I can provide a short or a long solution. If interested, let me know.

  • David
    02 Jun 2011, 11:54 AM

    @Timothy, thanks. I probably wasn't clear. I already have "Where I left Off" setting.

    My issue is where say I have 5 videos changed to TV and then added to one program. Liekin Vinh Khoa's example.

    Lets say I have started from the beginning and watched 2 videos (catastrophe 1 and 2). I go to read mail then come back to the TV programs. If I hit Play it now goes back to episode 1 and starts all over again. Then only way to get to video three is either to manually play it by pressing on the 3rd icon, OR use the crazy scroll bar to FF through the first two episodes.

    How do I tell it to continue playing where I last left off.

    Thanks in advance, David.

  • Timothy
    03 Jun 2011, 12:14 PM

    @David. Short answer: Use a playlist.

    Long answer: This is probably more than you want to know, but I am providing it in case it helps someone else too. This is just what I do. Someone else may have another solution that they prefer.

    In iTunes, I prefer to enter as little as possible. After I select multiple files, right-click “Get Info”, and the “Multiple Item Information” dialog box opens, I update the following:

    1. Info tab > Artwork
    2. Video tab > Show
    3. Options tab > Media Kind > TV Show

    I do not enter “Season Number” because I normally want it all combined. Thus, I do not enter “Episode Number” either because the count would be wrong after Season #1.

    I set up my videos using prefixes like this:

    x-yy. <TV Show Episode Title>, where x = season # & yy = episode #.

    Using the above example, we have

    1-01. Episode Name
    1-02. Next Episode Name
    3-05. Title of the Fifth Episode From Season Three

    I like to have a leading “0” in front of episodes 1-9 so that the titles line up with those of #10 on.

    Now create a playlist. Keep it in the same order as the TV Show video files.

    Unlike a normal music playlist, this will only let you select a video from which to begin continuous play. If the Playlist order is altered, the selected video will still begin to play; however, continuous playback will proceed according the order of the videos under TV Shows. In other words, continuous playback will ALWAYS follow the sequence of the episodes (videos) in the Video player, not the order of the iPod playlist.

    On a side note, if you are also using an iPod Touch (4th gen), you will notice that the Video app “TV Shows” automatically displays the Episode Number. With my procedure of using the “x-yy” numbering and omitting this data in iTunes, the iPod displays all videos as Episode 0. I simply ignore it. Again, I prefer to put multiple seasons in one folder. (Of course, a Movie folder(s) could be created the same way under TV Shows, and just leave off the “x-yy” numbering if you like certain selections together). However, videos cannot be played continuously from TV Shows in the Video app. Therefore, a Playlist is required. Interestingly, iPod plays videos from the playlist directly in the iPod music app. I prefer this because it allows 3-way rotation, unlike the Video app which is limited to 2-way rotation. Finally, the iPod playlist works in the order as expected, along with the other options.

  • Timothy
    06 Jun 2011, 8:59 AM

    @David. I’ve decided that my solution needs to be modified. There are times when I don’t want the videos grouped under “TV Shows”. Let me explain, and I’m also including some extra info that might be helpful to you or others.

    How To Play Audio Without Video. (useful when falling asleep and on other occasions)

    For those who don’t know, music can be played in the background:

    1. Open the iPod app.
    2. Tap on a song
    3. Press the Home button to close the app. Music continues to play.
    4. Open iPod app to stop, start, and change selections.

    Instead of #4, the Multi-Tasking window provides an alternative:
    5. Double-click the Home button.
    6. Swipe right (the controls are originally hidden to the left).
    7. Tap once above Multi-Tasking window to close it.

    Now try doing this for TV Shows in a Playlist, and it won’t work. At the top, Vinh stated, “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!”

    In circumstances when this is the desired outcome, this solution works so long as you tap on the audio track before video tracks in order to “trick” the iPad. The problem is that the audio track is still there, in the way, especially when Repeat or Shuffle is enabled.

    However, there is another procedure to play audio without video:

    1. Create an iPod app Playlist using the videos in TV Shows.
    2. Tap on “Shuffle”.
    3. Tap once to see the controls, and again to hide the controls.
    4. Tap the bottom right icon for a full list of TV Shows.
    5. Set “Repeat” and “Shuffle” as wanted.

    Now it works the same as for music, up until background play. The sound stops when the iPod app is closed. It’s an easy fix though. Using the procedure from the previous post, change the videos from “TV Shows” to “Music Videos”. Note: Continuous play (audio & video) will no longer work. Also, Music Videos are not arranged as nicely as TV Shows. This is another reason for Playlists.

    Now the audio stream will play without the video.

    Background Audio Play:

    Continuing the procedure:

    6. Close the iPod app.
    7. Audio stops playing.
    8. Access Multi-Tasking iPod controls (as stated above)
    9. Audio Play will resume.
    10. Controls function as expected.

    Standby Audio Play (from Background play):

    11. Press Stand-By button.
    12. Audio continues.
    13. Press Home button 2 times without pausing.
    14. Controls function as expected.
    15. Double-press Home button to hide/show controls.

    Standby Audio Play (from iPod app):

    Continuing from #5:

    6. Press Stand-By button.
    7. Audio stops.
    8. Press Home button 3 times without pausing.
    9. Controls function as expected.
    10. Double-press Home button to hide/show controls.

    The iPad will probably need to be restarted before updated Artwork displays on Standby.

    Here are a few differences between the iPod Touch and iPad when videos are labeled as “Music Videos”:

    1. Music Videos in Video app
    a.) iPod: grouped by Artist.
    b.) iPad: not grouped; sorted by Name.
    2. iPod app Playlist Headings
    a.) iPod: Name (top), Album (below-left), Artist (below-right)
    b.) iPad: Name, Artist, Album (artist & album are reversed)

    In the previous post, I wrote: After I select multiple files, right-click “Get Info”, and the “Multiple Item Information” dialog box opens, I update the following:

    1. Info tab > Artwork
    2. Video tab > Show
    3. Options tab > Media Kind > TV Show

    After experimenting, I now also enter:
    4. Info tab > Artist (I use the same info as entered for “Show”)

    This solved two issues:

    1. Multi-show Playlist: When a Playlist is composed of composed of episodes from different TV Shows (labeled as “Music Videos”), then this info will display since the “Show” heading is omitted.

    2. Distinguish “Music Videos” from “TV Shows”: If the Playlist displays the TV Show names under a single heading, then the videos are labeled as “Music Videos”. If displayed under both headings, then they are “TV Shows”.

    Well, there are other interesting audio and video features, but I will leave them for someone else to comment on.

  • Nancy
    15 Jun 2011, 6:03 PM

    I am on hold with a señor advisor from apple right now trying to work thru the problem. Apparently apple is unaware ofnthe problem because she keeps saying "it should play continuously on the playlist". Yes, it should but it doesn't ..... Stay tuned, I'll tell you the result

  • Nancy
    15 Jun 2011, 7:09 PM

    Just finished with apple and finally got someone to agree that it is a flaw in their software, they tested it with me on the line and said they will elevate to their software dept where an update can be made. The issue is that the vidoe component in iPad takes over the iPod/iTunes. Either they have to find a way where the music video stays in iPod or allow for playlist set up in the video feature. The reason the music vids work in iPhone or on a Mac is they do not have the new video feature that the iPad has.

    Their work around suggestion is to put an actual song (not video) as the first Song on the playlist and then (supposedly) it tricks it into thinking the video is a song. Haven't tried it.

    She also requests me (us) to write aboutnthe problem/design flaw in

  • Lee Chan
    16 Jun 2011, 6:42 AM

    Thanks Vinh Khoa Nguyen, it works perfectly to me.. thank you so much

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    16 Jun 2011, 6:49 AM in reply to Lee Chan

    You're welcome Lee. Glad it helped you.

  • Sunil
    16 Jun 2011, 1:59 PM

    Hi sir,

    I've one question . . how to play the song repeatedly without pressing play button again in mobile.?

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    16 Jun 2011, 11:46 PM in reply to Sunil

    @Sunil, if you are talking about a video clip, then unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a way to do that. But if it's only an mp3 song, you can do so via your iPod app by changing the repeat option.

  • Heather
    29 Jun 2011, 10:43 AM

    Video playlist app from the app store fixes this problem. There is a free version too. You can also skip to next video with one click. GOTTA LOVE APP DEVELOPERS!!!

  • Nancy
    30 Jun 2011, 4:53 AM

    I downloaded video playlist manager lite (free version) but can't figure out how to get videos on it. So far, the 2 ways they say to load them doesn't seem to work.

  • Amanda
    06 Jul 2011, 8:11 AM

    @Heather- thanks so much for the app rec!

  • Jonathan Kiwacz
    13 Jul 2011, 3:11 PM

    I have followed all the above steps and read through all the comments and still can get this to work. I downloaded all videos, saved into Itunes, changed them to TV shows, gave them all track, season, and epsiode numbers. Transferred to the Ipad and it will only show one at a time then stop, I clicked play next to the title name, clicked the video itself. When I go to the movie section of the Ipad it shows all the Video(TV shows) individually. Help, i really need to get this working and figured out.

    23 Jul 2011, 2:44 AM

    You R the Best I wanted this so bad for my car! It now works on the 22" monitor in the trunk without me having to go back into the car and hit play again.

  • Luigi
    27 Jul 2011, 10:28 AM


  • Latina
    03 Aug 2011, 8:00 PM

    U r the best thing ever! Happy there r people like u in this world, fixing tech problems! Yippee

  • Ronlad Hicks
    04 Aug 2011, 2:32 PM

    Need help... Video player is not working... All I get is a blank screen.

  • Kim
    10 Aug 2011, 2:31 AM

    Hi Vinh,

    I tried to order my TV shows following the exact steps you have in screen shots by specify the track number. But, it does not work for me. It just plays in the alphabetical order instead of the track I have specified.

    Any tips?

  • Bob Veenstra
    18 Aug 2011, 1:45 PM

    I have several golf training videos that I purchased. I have combined the videos as you said. They work great. However, I do not know what I am looking at. How do I put a title under the picture that appears on the TV video so I know what I am viewing.

    Thank you

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    18 Aug 2011, 11:03 PM in reply to Kim

    @Kim, if the episode number does not help the videos play in the right order, the workaround is to rename your videos to be alphabetically in the order you want them to play, eg. prefix them with numbers like 01, 02, 03, etc. There are many "bulk file renaming" software that can help you rename many files at once.

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    18 Aug 2011, 11:11 PM in reply to Bob Veenstra

    @Bob, if you have jailbroken your ipad, there might be tweaks that you can install to modify the built in video app to display the video titles. I haven't come across such tweak yet, so you need to look for one by yourself. However, modifying built in apps is not common so there's a chance you won't find any.

    An alternative (without jailbreak) is to use a third party video player all together. There are many good video players available either for free or a small fee. And in fact many of them do support playlist, so you won't have to struggle with what you are trying to do here anymore. Some good ones are VLC, OPlayer. Also these can play more formats that the built in one which is a great plus.

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    18 Aug 2011, 11:17 PM in reply to Ronlad Hicks

    @Ronald, it is likely the video files are corrupted or there are issues with the format. Try these:

    - Try another video, does it work?
    - Also, if you can, borrow someone's iTouch or iPad to test your videos. Most of the time, it is the file format issues, but your iPad.
    - If you know it is the file issue, use another iPad video converter software and try to convert the videos again. This will degrade your video quality but you can use it as a test
    - Finally, if you desperately need to play the videos and your video app just won't do it for you, buy a third party one. There are many good third party video apps out there like VLC, OPlayer, and much more. Some free, some with small fee, but worth it if you play videos a lot.

  • Bob Veenstra
    19 Aug 2011, 2:25 AM


    Thank you for your fast reply. Your help was awesome and I have absolutely no problem viewing the videos on my IPAD. I do have VLC but I do not know how to use it with my Ipad. I was hopeing there was a way to add a sutitle ou different art work with a title inserted in the art work.Maybe I am asking to much. If you can assist it would be helpful. Your help so far has been great.

    Bob Veenstra

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    19 Aug 2011, 3:28 AM in reply to Bob Veenstra

    @Bob, VLC is quite easy to use. However, the way you transfer movies is different. If you open your VLC app, the first screen should show you how to do it. Here's the quick how to: connect iPad to computer > open iTunes > select iPad > Click Apps tab > Select VLC from the app list > Click Add files > select your movies. Give it a go.

  • Jay Gould
    19 Aug 2011, 10:15 AM

    Hi Vinh, where do you find the VLC app in the first instance? I have done a search on iTunes/iPad/Apps - no joy. I also did a search at and they do not show an app for iPad although the do show the program for many other formats including Android. Please direct me to the app; thanks.

    On another subject I am on the fence between iPhone and HTC Sensation; Apple v Android. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Probably might push me over the fence to jump the MS ship and finally get a MacBoodPro.

  • David
    19 Aug 2011, 11:03 AM


    VLC seems to be only available in the US. I found the iPad link on their web site, followed their link on iTunes, and I got a message that VLC is not available in your country.

    If anyone knows how to get VLC installed outside the US I would be very happy to know how.


  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    19 Aug 2011, 11:11 AM in reply to Jay Gould

    @Jay, just did another search on the App Store, VLC is nowhere to be found. Did a search on Google and found out it has been removed from the App Store in Jan :-(

    But dont worry, I see other great alternatives are still in the App Store including OPlayer, Buzz Player, Azul Player. They are all great players. They don't have the same interface and might not look as nice as the built in app but they do a much better job in terms of playing movies, managing movies, playlists, etc. Some of them even allow you to transfer movies over wifi bypassing iTunes all together :-)

    I never use HTC before but if money is not your concern, I say go with iPhone. I love the app store while android store still takes some time to catch up. IMO android store is still like a playground while App Store is a much more market.

    Regarding Mac vs Windows, yes, get a MAC if you want a computer that! But if you want to mess around, play games and take risks, stick with Windows.

  • didik
    01 Sep 2011, 4:42 PM

    i do and successfully running well. thanks brother

  • Rob
    09 Sep 2011, 4:40 PM

    Hi. I have done the lot that u said and I'm still pulling my hair out!!! The last bit u said where press the play button next to tv shows on the iPad and not the other play button or the video it's self. Well I don't even seem to have this button that u are talking about! Please pal where is it because I'm starting to go bald :(

  • Dawson
    15 Sep 2011, 5:42 PM

    You made my day. Watching "Maried with children" en route.

    Thanks, dude...

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    15 Sep 2011, 10:33 PM in reply to Rob

    @Bob, have a look at the screenshot I just uploaded at the end of the article. That screenshot will tell you what to click on and what to click on. Hope that helps.

  • Rob
    16 Sep 2011, 10:49 AM

    Hi again" still no luck I'm afraid :( that play button still only makes it play to the end of the video then stop! I sat there for like 2 hours transferring all the music videos in to tv shows just like u said and even gave them track numbers only for the first video to play then stop at the end then go back to the page with the video on it! Why does it do that ffs? I even went in the apple shop to ask and there like ohhhh it should play them just like ur iPod dose! Funny tho watching 30 so called apple staff all on iPads trying to make it work haha then the best they could say is come up with ur name on google!!! Wished u lived next do so u could just pop round and make it happen hahaha! Anyway thanks for trying I'm going to chuck the pad out the window now!!! Problem solved haha

  • IPadNewBee
    16 Sep 2011, 12:44 PM

    HOLD ON ROB! ... Don't chuck I'll take... LOL. Had the same prob and sometimes still do with all the same frustration. I think I know what your problem is... When your select your videos one by one (or two or however many at a time) and then try to add it to your TV existing show listing it won't work. Every time you try to re-sysn your IPad it will wipe everything you had in TV shows out, if you didn't select (check all those videos stored prior first). Make a video folder on your computer - name it IPad videos - within that folder make (new) sunfolders naming them accordingly - music video folder 1- next folder 2 and so on... You can change the name of the folder to what you want later... Now drop that whole video folder in your ITunes folder (ITunes ICON) on your computer and find them in your music file... Now follow instructions given for converting them into TV shows and your good to go... But just remember each time you want to add a new file (folder) you have to include (selecting & checking) all those you chose prior too, or the new list will over ride them (wipe them out). Having made the music folder on your computer allows you to go back to retrieve,and start over should you make a mistake.

  • Pradnya
    01 Oct 2011, 7:42 AM

    Hi, I was looking at this exact thing to play nursery rhymes videos for my son at a stretch without having to select each one at a time! I will try this. Will this work for iPhone as well?

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    01 Oct 2011, 7:47 AM in reply to Pradnya

    Never tried this on iPhone, but should be same.

  • Rob
    01 Oct 2011, 10:09 AM

    Ok my friend I have now lost the will to live!!! I must be so stupid it's that simple! Thanks for trying all the things that u have but still no joy. Thanks for ur patients

  • Ludo Stabel
    02 Oct 2011, 3:34 PM

    Hi Vihn,

    As a new Ipad user you've solved today a hughe problem for me.
    TV shows or Movies...What's in a name? Thanks for this simple solution.
    Some tips at hand maybe ??

  • Pradnya
    05 Oct 2011, 6:55 AM


    I tried this on iphone, it came under iPod-->Videos and only one at a time can be played :( It works beautifully on the iPad.


  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    05 Oct 2011, 6:59 AM in reply to Pradnya

    Thanks for the update Pradnya. Good to know that.

  • Pat Willcox
    16 Oct 2011, 2:23 AM

    Very user friendly advice even for us older folks.

  • Rob
    18 Oct 2011, 7:21 PM


  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    19 Oct 2011, 12:54 AM in reply to Rob

    Hey Rob, does it work for you yet? Or have you chucked your ipad out of the window... Sometimes I find the easier way is to install a third party app, cost you like $5 and never think about this again. There are plenty of good ones in the app store. Let me know if you need help choosing them.

  • David
    19 Oct 2011, 1:06 AM

    Hey Vinh,

    I think this thread is great. I got this to work the way you said, and thats great, But still its not what I need. The biggest issue is that you can't show videos randomly and you can't pick up where you left off. As soon as you close the video player next time you need to start all over.

    So if you have a recommendation for a good video player, please let us know.

  • Rob
    19 Oct 2011, 5:09 AM

    Hi" no I had to give up in the end and just admit to myself I couldn't do it!!! Yeah please any app that will do this for me will make me a very happy man :D thank you dude!!!

  • Ronald
    19 Oct 2011, 12:33 PM

    Rob... Don't fret... In todays' technology world there's (almost) no such think as can't. I'm almost 60 and lot slower than I use to be physically... mentally I'd probably be slower too were it not for my iPad2... You made it here (to the forum) via your iPad (as did I) seeking info on how to... It took me 4 tries before I got it and a few times after that before I got it simplified. Make yourself a music folder first... Name it iPad Music... Drop it into your iTunes (icon) folder... Follow instructions one step at a time to load them as TV shows... After you do that then go back (to the instructions) to organize the order in which you want your music to play... Takes a little more time but (for me) it's easier that way.

  • Ben
    20 Oct 2011, 10:58 AM

    hi Vinh,

    ive accidentally move my movies to music videos, how can i restore it back?

  • Richard
    22 Oct 2011, 5:59 PM

    Thanks for the article, I knew there must be a simple way of doing this but have been scratching my head for months.

  • Pankaj
    06 Nov 2011, 11:25 AM

    Wonderful !!!

    Works like a dream :)


  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    06 Nov 2011, 11:31 AM in reply to Ben

    @Ben, you should be able to right click on the clips in iTunes and set their media type back to Movies. See step 2 above.

  • Ben
    07 Nov 2011, 2:47 PM in reply to Vinh Khoa Nguyen

    dats wat im talking about vinh,i accidentally moved dem from movies to music videos....

  • joseph
    16 Nov 2011, 11:57 AM

    i updated my ipad to ios 5.0.1 but i cant move my videos to tv shows anymore and it doesnt appear in video application

  • Deanna
    16 Nov 2011, 2:16 PM

    Please help my movies on my ipad is STUCK one movie I hit done buy it freezes and screen go black. I exit out go back to app next day same movie is there My music I will hit the shuffle button but one song continue to play it will go off then start over. I have tried everything the shuffle button I thought would continue to play but it dont and my video started playing all of them but is stuck and will not exit out of it HELP!!!

  • iPad2NewBee
    16 Nov 2011, 4:07 PM in reply to joseph

    I also undated my iPad2 to iOS5 but have yet to change or add more music videos to my TV Shows list... All that I added prior is working fine... Were you trying to add to or reorganize, are you saying that TV Shows no longer appears in the application, or just the videos you were wanting to add?

  • Tony
    24 Nov 2011, 12:24 AM

    It work but when play music video over the air to apply tv it doesn't work at all. Anybody figure out how to do, please help.

  • halo
    01 Dec 2011, 6:47 PM

    Thank you SO,SO much!!!
    I've been mad trying to figure out a video PL!

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    01 Dec 2011, 10:24 PM in reply to halo

    You're welcome Halo, glad you find it useful.

  • Paul Mason
    11 Dec 2011, 5:47 PM

    VP Lite, a free app allows you to play videos in a continuous loop, or even in shuffle mode. This is perfect for anyone who wants to create a music videos playlist. The free version will show ads in the beginning of the video, but if you are not on wi-fi, the ads will not show. This app doesn't care what media kind you label your videos, so even movies, music videos, and TV shows can all be in the same playlist.

    1) download VP lite from the app store.
    2) create a playlist on Itunes of any video you like.
    3) open VP lite
    4) hit the plus button
    5) choose playlist
    6) hit "add all songs" (remember you are actually choosing videos)
    7) hit "done"

    That's it... all the videos will play one after the other, or in shuffle mode.

    Hope this helps..


  • Jay Gould
    12 Dec 2011, 1:20 AM

    Paul, I couldn't find this! Please provide link.

  • Halo
    12 Dec 2011, 5:20 AM

    I can't find it either

  • kanlaya
    14 Dec 2011, 4:06 AM

    TV Shows do not appear on my IPad 2

    I just have the same three
    under video

    2podcasts, and
    3music video but no tv shows after adding the way you said above

  • Norgs
    16 Dec 2011, 10:25 PM


    So simple and so awesome.


  • Paul Mason
    21 Dec 2011, 5:17 PM

    VP Lite is a software app for the Ipad and is available on the ITunes app store.. Apparently it has changed its name to Video Playlist Lite since I downloaded it.

  • Yom
    23 Dec 2011, 1:32 PM

    Dear Vinh,
    I would like to create video playlist and tried as per your instructions but under 'options tab', media kind
    all is frozen!
    Appreciate getting your kind assistance.
    With many thanks in advance.

  • Steve
    30 Dec 2011, 7:16 PM in reply to Vinh Khoa

    Hi Vinh, thanks for this, really useful application.

    I have discovered if you want to move forward or skip tracks/videos quickly or pause, rewind etc... Plug in headphones that have those controls and it works perfectly...obviously to have audio take the 'phones out again..

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    30 Dec 2011, 9:17 PM

    Hi Steve,

    Wow, that is a big discovery Steve! If you read the comments from others, this is one thing that many including myself want to do but can't figure out how. Thank you for sharing!

  • david
    30 Dec 2011, 10:02 PM

    @Steve that is great to hear, though it really makes you wonder. Surely with bugs like this in the software better would be for apple to scrap the player and just allow us to use VLC.

    Apple make great hardware and Operating systems, but applications and other useable software they need to leave to the smart people.

  • kanlaya
    31 Dec 2011, 11:39 PM

    please help
    after changing movies to TV shows there is no tab under video for me to pick TV

    TV Shows do not appear on my IPad 2

    I just have the same three tabs
    under video

    1 movies,
    2 podcast, and
    3 music video but no tv show tab after adding the way you said above

    thank you in advance

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    01 Jan 2012, 12:11 AM in reply to kanlaya

    Hi Kanlaya,

    I don't have an iPad 2 so can't really confirm it for you.

    Did you try to EXIT the app (like really close it from the bottom bar) and re-open it? Maybe it didn't refresh?

    Also, this sounds like a dumb suggestion, but I throw it out anyway. Did you try to remove one of the movie types? For example, remove music videos or podcasts and see if TV Show comes up? The reason is maybe, just maybe, iOS5 limits the number of movie types to 3????? I know what you are thinking but considering it is Apple product, I will try everything. I may sound like a pain, and may not do what you want as you might want all 4 types at the same time. But if I were you, I would give it a go.

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    01 Jan 2012, 1:38 AM in reply to Yom

    Hi Yom,

    Can you confirm that you selected the Get Info windows from the files that were still on your computer library but not those already transferred to your iPad (under Devices)? Many reported that they cannot edit the settings for those files on the iPad. So if that is the case, I suggest you change the media kind first and then sync them with your iPad. Other than that, I can't think of another reason why this happens.

  • Fraser Rotchford
    05 Jan 2012, 10:17 AM in reply to Vinh Khoa

    It's really annoying that you continually refer to Itunes as Ipad throughout this post.

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    05 Jan 2012, 10:41 AM in reply to Fraser Rotchford

    Hi Fraser, thanks for the feedback. iTunes and iPad are 2 different things and I try to refer to them as accurately as possible depending on the context. Can you tell me specifically where do you see them incorrectly referred to?

  • Fraser Rotchford
    05 Jan 2012, 10:45 PM

    I don't see any pictures of an Ipad Bud, all the images refer to Itunes, no? I think they do. I think this whole article is totally misleading. But I could be wrong. What do you think?

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    05 Jan 2012, 11:08 PM in reply to Fraser Rotchford

    You are right Fraser, most of the images are of iTunes (except for the very last one that I updated). The reason is in order to make videos continuously playble, they have to be set up from inside iTunes. Nothing needs to be done on the iPad, hence no pictures of the iPad worth included.

    I think I can see where you are coming from, you probably expect some settings to be changed on the iPad itself to make this work right? If that is the case then no, all the work is done in iTunes. All you do on the iPad is watch them :-) Hope that explains.

  • Fraser Rotchford
    05 Jan 2012, 11:34 PM

    Vinh, I don't have an Ipad, but I was trying to figure out how to play Itunes media, especially stuff from Itunes U, continuously, without interruption. Do you have any ideas for that? or does the above apply?


  • Janice
    06 Jan 2012, 1:31 AM

    Personally I think Vinh has done an AMAZING job in making what was previously a futile attempt at playing a video list not only easily accessible but eminently workable! Before reading his hints/tips I was going mad trying to make video playlists. After? Happily,watching my seamlessly playing videos.
    TY Vinh!
    I think the only other thing you could do is upload a YouTube tutorial

  • Steve
    06 Jan 2012, 7:46 AM

    Vinh rocks, I and many others it seems were very frustrated at not being able to play vids consecutively, Vinh's step by step is perfect. Thanks again. Steve

  • pH
    10 Jan 2012, 12:48 PM

    Thank you so much! The buffoons at Apple are currently running their company into the ground with half-arsed blunders such as the one you've worked-around here. Thanks again, dude!

  • Fraser Rotchford
    10 Jan 2012, 11:59 PM

    Has anyone figured out how to run Itunes U videos continuously on a Macbook Pro? Thanks.

  • Veruca
    14 Jan 2012, 2:53 PM

    Do you have more great atricels like this one?

  • Nanda
    14 Jan 2012, 6:37 PM

    I have an iPad 1
    I am unable to watch movies from it any reasons and how to overcome it

  • Keith Harris
    15 Jan 2012, 10:55 PM

    This was not helpful. I could not drag my music videos to movies. This is very frustrating. Is there a difference between the Ipad and Ipad2? I just could ont follow these instructions.

  • Janice
    16 Jan 2012, 1:09 AM

    That is because you cannot simply drag them. You must change them from movies to tv shows.

  • Ray
    18 Jan 2012, 5:28 AM

    This didn't work at all for me. I have a series of videos I've purchased online and am trying to transfer to my iPad to watch on the go. Originally I just transferred them to my iPad and they showed up under movies, which I immediately knew would not work. I'll have well over 50 videos I'll be working with and can not believe that after so long, Apple still doesn't have a way to organize videos.

    I tried this by switching the media type to TV Show, but then the videos don't show up at all. I've tried everything I can think of but the only way the show up is if I have them as Movies or as Music Videos, neither of which put them in a folder. Ugh my friends and coworkers all wonder why I've never had an iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or Mac before (until now, I got the iPad for christmas). I love a lot of the things the iPad can do, but the more I use it the more I find things like this that just blow my mind. I don't know what Apple's grudge is against folders but it's ridiculous

  • Lukasz Wolf
    18 Jan 2012, 8:18 PM

    the Itunes on my Ipad2 show only stuff I can buy online, nothing from within the Ipad itself--any ideas why?...

  • Janice
    19 Jan 2012, 1:01 AM

    Are you syncing your iPad with your desktop iTunes library?

  • Lukasz
    19 Jan 2012, 7:43 AM

    Janice, yes on on the desktop's iTunes I do see my Ipad's TV shows (under the ipad name there is a column for videos, music and tv-shows). However, once disconnected from the desktop, my Ipad's iTunes only offers me online purchases, nothing from within the iPad itself.

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    19 Jan 2012, 9:03 AM in reply to Lukasz

    @lukasz, to see video content on the ipad, click on the VIDEO app. To see music content on the ipad, click on the IPOD app. The itunes app is, as you have seen, only for you to purchase online content.

  • Ronald
    19 Jan 2012, 10:38 AM

    @ Lukasz... Your purchased movies (via computer or iPad through iTunes) like your music videos (downloaded from YouTub or wherever) or self recorded videos via iPad2 or digital camera, have to be in sync with one another. After which selecting whichever videos you want you can move to Movies, TV Shows, or Music Videos, through iTunes menu via your iTunes computer menu (following instructions for playing videos continuiosly). When done all except for those videos shot via iPad2 camera will appear in you videos on your iPad as well as your computer. Just remember each time you sync your iPad you have to select or check all your videos (old & new) or only the new will be synchronized. All others (the old ones) will remain on your computer in iTunes (if you should have to repeat the instructions because of an error).

  • Ronald
    19 Jan 2012, 11:04 AM in reply to Ray

    Make a music folder, name it iPad videos, add all your music videos to that folder and place that folder on your desk top. Open your iTunes on your computer and within the menu select and add your entire music folder, then select (check) the videos you want. Next following instructions for playing videos continuiosly you going to put them into TV Shows, and then sync your iPad with your computer. Remember you have to select (check) all new and old videos or movies each time you sync your iPad, otherwise only the new (most resent) will appear after sync.

  • Nanda
    19 Jan 2012, 11:24 AM

    Hi I would like to know how to run online streaming movies directly from iPad 1 onto tv screens by connecting with a cable
    I am able to do it with iPad 2 not the earlier version any ideas

  • mkbhasi
    19 Jan 2012, 11:47 AM

    I have moved my videos to TV shows. when I open my videos now, it says there are no videos. How to open the videos which are now in TV shows?

  • Ronald
    19 Jan 2012, 3:21 PM in reply to Nanda

    @ Nanda, I'm not sure that it works with the first generation iPad... That you can research through Apple TV or Apple Mirroring.

  • Ronald
    19 Jan 2012, 3:25 PM in reply to mkbhasi

    You have to be certain that you selected (check marked) each video that you want to move to TV Shows in iTunes on your computer before you sync.

  • Ronald
    19 Jan 2012, 3:29 PM in reply to mkbhasi

    Those videos should still be in videos on you computer and you need sync your iPad again keeping both, your videos in videos and a copy of same listed as TV Shows in TV Shows.

  • Lukasz
    19 Jan 2012, 7:23 PM

    thx guys for all your input, works like a charm! simple mistake on my part--didn't sync desktop's tv-shows over to iPad. again, much obliged for all help.

  • Alejandro
    08 Feb 2012, 12:09 AM

    Guys, I have a problem just tried the solution Vinh says and the movies appeared on my movie icon and when I changed to TV Shows, I don't see them anymore, went to itunes press on tvshows below and nothing just the ones you buy, if I hit library it says "none" and I check on itunes and I see them. This is an ipad one with the latest OS update.


  • Alejandro
    08 Feb 2012, 3:33 AM

    I checked on a forum and there was a suggestion to do a search to see if the files where in the ipad, so I did, foudn a file and a little video icon i presse it and the ipad goes black and then to e main page it seems an error. Hope somebody can help me.

  • Amol
    09 Feb 2012, 5:22 PM

    Does it only work for Ipad? i did the similar steps for my ipod touch, and now all the videos are deleted :(

  • Anthony
    16 Feb 2012, 9:18 AM

    Hi Vinh,

    Thanks a lot!!! try to find out how the next and previous button will work on ipad.

  • Monica
    17 Feb 2012, 6:36 AM

    It works! You made my day! LOVE YOU MAN ;)

  • Andrea
    26 Feb 2012, 7:41 PM

    There is a new app Joobik Video Playlist Player on the app store which lets you play video playlists synced from iTunes on the iPad:

  • RR
    02 Mar 2012, 5:04 AM

    I did everything as shown above but when I click on the play button either on all or one it doesnt play the screen just goes blank and come back to the listing of the videos. Plz Help.

  • Talha
    04 Mar 2012, 11:08 AM

    Totally works with TV option ... Though there shud be a way that helps in shuffling the files as well ....

  • Cristina
    06 Mar 2012, 9:51 PM

    thanks! worked for me!

  • Kai Noa
    06 Mar 2012, 10:01 PM

    Aloha Vinh,
    How do I play a video on the iPad with out the info screen popping up?

    I click on the video icon. I select a video ,but it does not play, it goes to an info page and then I click the play button.

    I want to illuminate one step and go straight to the video.

    Mahalo for your help
    Kai Noa

  • JJ
    13 Mar 2012, 4:45 AM

    Hi All, I have also been frustrated with not being able to make TV Shows appear on the iPad 2 running IOS5, it turns out that you need to enter a Season # is the Metadata (right click on the file in iTunes and select Get Info). TV Shows should then appear on the iPad.

  • itoplayers to
    17 Mar 2012, 9:34 PM

    I have the video playlist. it plays the videos but no sound is coming out of them. although they play find in the regular video player

  • Andy
    28 Mar 2012, 12:08 AM

    I tried all the options exactly as given. When I open videos app(ipad 2 , ios 5.1), I don't find any videos there. Only 1 Option which says store at left top corner. Please help. I am super excited to do this but stuck now.

  • Andy
    28 Mar 2012, 12:10 AM in reply to Lukasz

    I have the same issue. Did your issue get resolved? Help Please

  • Disappointed iPad 3 Owner
    29 Mar 2012, 4:43 PM

    This technique doesn't seem to work on the iPad 3 either.

  • Disappointed iPad 3 Owner
    29 Mar 2012, 5:14 PM

    Delete my previous comment.

    In addition to what you say, do this and it seems to work on the newer iOS and iPad3

    In the "Sorting" tab, in the blank for "Show" input the same name as what's under the "Video" tab in the blank for "Name."

    I'm not sure it really has to be the same name, but without something in this blank, the list won't show on the iPad.

  • ElIsabet
    04 Apr 2012, 10:28 AM


  • David Timony
    08 Apr 2012, 6:23 PM

    Vinh Khoa Nguyen, your a genius! I'm not new to windows, but new to the iPad. Could not figure out how to string all these movie files together. Nice solution using the TV Show.

  • Jos vd Heijden
    16 Apr 2012, 9:07 PM

    When I open my ipad2 tv show I have several buttons that I can open the videos.
    It is possible to change the pictures of these buttons?

  • Judiverson
    19 Apr 2012, 8:41 PM

    Did all but can't see TV Show inside the ipad. Any solution?
    Am able to see everything is ok from iTunes but not from the ipad.

  • Karoy
    05 May 2012, 8:25 PM

    You should check if you are actually syncing your "TV Shows" collection.
    So in iTunes, when your iPad/iPhone is connected go to "TV Shows" in the middle section and check it to sync.
    That helped for me when I didn't find any TV Shows in my iPad.

  • Harold
    14 May 2012, 10:56 AM

    So I was able to do this for my IPAD - specifically to do music videos. And I have the IPAD 3. So it does work with IPAD 3. Specifically set this up so that I can have a few different programs of videos to watch while working out.

    A few notes:
    - Make sure you do not enter artists name or ANY data in that field as it will break up your show unless they are all the same.
    - Make sure EVERY program that you are about to synch is listed as UNWATCHED. If you do not do this - it only uploads the unwatched ones to IPAD. Note: every time you resynch it will change your videos to watched if you have watched them and remove them from your IPAD. Any you want to watch again, you must untag them as watched (You can highlight all and right click and mark all as unwatched. Then you must resynch. That is - if'n you actually wanted to watch the programs again.

    I found it interesting that some people reported having a music video tab - but I was not able to find or start one which is why I used this technique to make my programs. Good luck all, and thanks for the walk thru.

  • Salvador
    15 May 2012, 7:57 AM

    Hey guys, there's an application were you can actually create multiple video playlists, it's called Multi-Video Playlists by ByteApps!

    You can search it through the App Store or here is the direct iTunes link:

    Hope it help

  • Wisnu Widiarta
    23 May 2012, 5:42 PM

    This work awesomely :) Thanx much!

  • Salvador
    23 May 2012, 9:59 PM

    An update will be comming soon were you can add TV-Shows and Music Videos to your playlists in the Multi-Video Playlists app.

    Best Regards

  • Mick H
    24 May 2012, 10:28 PM

    Hi everyone, there is an app called Music Video Deck which is free that will play them one after the other. It only works for music videos at the mo. If u want to watch Music vids this is all you need. It is free as well. Just make sure your iPad is not on mute like i stupidly did at the beginning.

  • Salvador
    29 May 2012, 4:05 AM

    Multi-Video Playlists 1.0.1 is Out!! In this version you will be able to create multiple playlists of unprotected TV-Shows, Music Videos and Movies to play Continuously, repeated or just once.

    The next verison will include remote control actions.

    Thanks for the support!

  • Maggie Yung
    13 Jun 2012, 6:37 PM

    Thank you so much!!! I just purchased my ipad 3 for my daughter so she can watch her music videos and cartoons during her 1+ hour ride home from daycare. I was disappointed how the playlist doesn't show up on my ipad so she couldn't watch her videos back to back. Struggling with it and found your post. It works!! Now I can mount my ipad on my car seat so she could watch her videos continuously without having to reach to the backseat and press the next video every 5 minuts!!! You're a life saver!!

  • Morten
    18 Jun 2012, 9:56 PM

    Thanks for posting a great solution on organising the video files on the ipad

  • Lucien
    11 Jul 2012, 9:26 AM

    Hi. I am trying to apply your technique to self made video clips using my small sony cam. I have succeeded to have them show up under the TV Shows tab on my iPad, and I've given them the same show name and filename, but different Episode names. I've also given them episode numbers 1 and 2 for now, but I hope to have a few more to play sequentially.

    When I click on one of the two clips I am using as a trial, only one shows up in the playlist and not both. Any advise? thanks

  • Salvador
    11 Jul 2012, 2:41 PM

    Hello Lucien,

    if you install MVP in your iPad, you will only need to transfer your videos to your iPad using iTunes and then in MVP you will be able to create playlists of you videos to play continuously, repeatedly or however you like in a very easy way.

    Here is a direct link to the website:

    Hope it helps.

  • Oscar
    15 Jul 2012, 10:13 AM

    hello i have problem after doing it step by step as u directed. at the initial stage it was working fine, but when i unplugged the iPad USB cable all the video disappeared from my iPad, what should i do next? thanks

  • Oscar
    15 Jul 2012, 11:19 AM

    Bravo Thank u man for creating this solution, now i got it right, after battling with it for so many hours. i think apple need to pay u for bringing this solution if not playing video in an ipad 3 was boring. but with ur solution i'm enjoying it. thanks.

  • ron
    15 Jul 2012, 4:04 PM

    we have ipad2. we moved a video from iphoto to itunes and thus to ipad. however under the Get Info/options advice it is not available to change type from movie to tv show

  • JRS Reddy
    20 Jul 2012, 6:58 AM

    Hi - It perfectly worked. Thanks a ton..

    I had been running from pillar to post (including Apple Inc) for solution. Thanks once again.

  • ron schweitz
    20 Jul 2012, 1:14 PM

    did not work for me, not only can you not drag and drop videos onto ipad, but you do not have the option to change movie to tv show, it is there as an 'item' or possibility, but it is not active so therefore not selectable.

  • Adrian
    15 Aug 2012, 5:52 PM

    Hi, thanks for the great article. This worked perfectly.

  • Calum
    15 Aug 2012, 7:45 PM


    I am having some problems. I have the files as tv shows on itunes but when I go to videos on the ipad, they aren't there.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks a lot.

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    15 Aug 2012, 11:33 PM in reply to Calum

    Hi Calum, a number of people seem to encounter the same problem. It apparently did not happen to me so I'm not exactly sure why. Hopefully someone who encountered and solved this mystery could help you out.

  • Salvador
    16 Aug 2012, 3:30 PM

    Hello Vinh and Calum,

    My wife encounter a similar problem with her iPad, and that is why I decided to make MVP to make life easier creating playlists in the iPad to play continuously. It has a small fee but I feel it will be worth it.

    For those who are having problems and would like to try my app out, here is the link to MVP:

    Best Regards

  • anoksonamore
    16 Aug 2012, 8:03 PM

    hey dude, thanks for the help but i tried to put the next button on music from my playlist..and guess what, it was all in vain...
    i wish if able you could fill me in on how to do it.

  • Kalyan
    08 Sep 2012, 3:32 PM

    Hi Vinh,

    I was trying your approach to play my videos as a playlist. I am using itunes version 10. When I copy my videos under Movies and check the video option it is greyed out. How can I come out of this.


  • Steve
    01 Oct 2012, 5:20 PM

    Fantastic Vinh! I was struggling and this was perfect... thanks loads.

    Next I'm off to try and work out a decent way to organise the thousands of photos with iPAD restrictions. What joy....

  • Samuel Robles
    12 Oct 2012, 4:58 PM


  • June
    12 Oct 2012, 5:21 PM

    Thank you Khoa, I'm so happy that now I can see video continuously. You add smile to many peoples. Have a blessed day!

  • Kai Noa
    15 Oct 2012, 8:20 PM in reply to June

    Can you share with me how you did this.

  • C
    17 Oct 2012, 10:49 AM

    I just wanted to say thanks so much for this solution. I have searched for days for a way to do this and thought it was impossible, but you have provided the answer. Fantastic!

  • Shona
    28 Oct 2012, 10:35 AM

    Hi, I'm hoping you can help me - I use the shuffle option on a smart playlist on my iPod touch, but I can't get it to work on my new iPad.

  • Patrick
    04 Nov 2012, 10:16 AM

    can you also random play the video's

  • David Fletcher
    09 Nov 2012, 1:46 PM

    I have just taken your advice on how to continuously play videos downloaded from YouTube and it worked like a dream. Many thanks for an explicit and lucid lesson


  • luyen
    30 Nov 2012, 7:24 PM not show any tv show on my ipad...but i does show on itunes under my ipad come???

  • Dari Wright
    17 Jan 2013, 8:06 AM

    Thanks for the information - well written & easy for a layman to follow!

  • Jay Little
    22 Feb 2013, 8:50 PM

    Okay, I have read a lot here and tried a lot as well. I have purchased thru itunes about 50 music videos adn want to play them on my iPad in a loop while working out. I tried moving them to movies file but they do not move. I have tried changing format to tv show but the option is not selectable. I also tried copy in another format option and still that option is not availble. Is this because i purchased thru iTunes?
    Help, I spent a fortune to get the videos and now they are useless to me.

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    22 Feb 2013, 11:03 PM in reply to Jay Little

    @Jay, if you open the iTunes app on your iPad, you should see a tab called "Purchased", click on it and you should see your all your movie purchases and download them onto your iPad from there.

  • Daniyel
    06 Mar 2013, 12:58 PM

    I recently got a Ipad for my birthday and this was the biggest annoyance. I went through your tutorial and it has been a Ipad Hack from heaven. Thank you!

  • Donald Beringer
    25 Apr 2013, 3:33 AM

    Videos still don't play continuously???

  • ryan
    29 Apr 2013, 3:26 AM

    thank you, this was very helpful and i wouldn't have been able to figure it out on my own.

  • Shehan
    04 May 2013, 4:45 AM

    Brilliant!!!! tried several other suggestion but nothing else worked. Thanks.

  • Sayali Macwan
    04 May 2013, 8:13 AM

    Excellent post! A very well written and managed tutorial on playing videos on Apple iPad constantly. You have done a great job. Thanks for that.

  • reffy
    26 May 2013, 1:58 PM

    it not work at itunes 11.
    any suggestion ?

  • Annu
    27 May 2013, 3:02 PM


  • Oli
    04 Jun 2013, 6:29 AM

    Hi guys,
    Theres a new app out now which is designed for playing two video's at once.

  • Byron
    05 Jun 2013, 6:37 AM

    Vinh, can't thank you enough for the advice on this....its been pretty annoying for almost a year of dealing with this 1x1 restriction....your advise was on target.....thanks again, Byron

  • JRS Reddy
    05 Jun 2013, 7:08 AM

    Using the TV show option is more than a year old!!!! Why is the appreciation coming in now, so late?

  • ek
    05 Jun 2013, 10:03 PM

    You can use Slideshow option to play videos continuously as I described here

  • Iroko
    25 Jun 2013, 6:09 PM

    Great! Reall appreciate it.

  • M
    14 Aug 2013, 1:21 PM

    Hi there... So we're those folks trying to play videos for a toddler, too. This may be the basic-ist of stupid questions, but exactly how does one "right-click" on an ipad?? I'm thinking I must have missed an important step on the process.

    I can get to iTunes Store, see purchased videos, but selecting more than ONE, I've not been successful at, let alone "right click and choose 'get info'".

    I've read many, but admittedly not all of the comments, so maybe I missed the answer? I'm going out on a limb and guessing - since my ipad has ONE button - folks are doing this on a Mac first. If I can avoid involving more than one device, that'd be great.


    In advance... like the other 8 billion ppl helped with this... THANK YOU! :)

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    14 Aug 2013, 2:51 PM in reply to M

    @M, this process requires editing the video files on the computer first before transferring them to the iPad. The "right click" step happens inside iTunes software on either their PC or MAC. You unfortunately cannot do this with just an iPad alone.

  • Tom Nuts
    01 Sep 2013, 11:58 AM

    Instead of trying to be cute and funny, I wished you would've given more details on how to work it, so ppl/me wouldn't have to play around with it to figure out exactly how it works.

  • MisterHix
    01 Sep 2013, 6:02 PM in reply to Tom Nuts

    Tom... First you need know that "while reading is fundamental comprehension is paramount... which is what you seem to be lacking not being able "to figure out exactly how it works."
    It's been 3 years since I first came to this site, and hence its been 3 years that I'm been enjoying my music videos via my (second generation) iPad. (3 years ago I was 58)
    Might I suggest to you (no pun intended)... "instead of trying to be" arrogant about your going "Nuts" trying to grasp instruction... learn how to read with comprehension.

  • Sayali Macwan
    03 Sep 2013, 11:18 AM

    EK has also given a good way to run a video continuously. I have checked and get a best option for this. But, the question of M is also correct in it's place.

  • Arielle
    06 Sep 2013, 4:01 PM in reply to reffy

    I am not sure if this will help you but I know for me although I put it multiple videos under a TV Show of common name and they would show grouped in iTunes, once i transferred to the iPad they appear under TV Show but with a "season" icon for each show. Once i went in and deleted the season number in iTunes on my Mac they played on the iPad as desired. I also renamed the mp4 to m4v, so that may have helped too. They are very similar but apple seems to like m4v better

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    07 Sep 2013, 2:02 AM in reply to Arielle

    Thanks for the tip Arielle. Many seem to have issues with videos shown up incorrectly on their iPad. Hopefully this tip would help some of those users.

  • Gidi
    16 Sep 2013, 2:33 AM

    Great tip Vinn. Many Thanks.

  • Bella Burns
    19 Sep 2013, 10:56 AM

    I just updated to iOS7 and now your trick does not work, the play feature for the TV shows is gone, it appears that you can only play one episode at a time now. I wish I didn't upgrade. Any other solutions?

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    19 Sep 2013, 11:24 PM in reply to Bella Burns

    Hi Bella, I recommend you install this app:

    It allows you to manage your videos and musics the same way as you manage your media files on your computer. You can transfer files to your iPad via wifi, organise them in folders, etc. It's not free but for $1, it's totally worth it.

    Since I discovered the app, I never pluged my iPad into iTunes to sync media files over anymore. It's just too much hassles to manage videos via iTunes. Let me know if you need any help using the app.

  • Liam
    02 Oct 2013, 2:01 PM

    This worked fine with 6.0.3 but not now with 7.0.2 is there an other way?

  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    02 Oct 2013, 2:06 PM in reply to Liam

    Hi Liam, please see my previous comment where I suggest this app as an alternative (and better) solution:

  • Shripad Kulkarni
    06 Oct 2013, 5:18 PM

    I am Mr Kulkarni frpm India.I am using I phone 4-S .I can not play the videos continuously.I am trying to edit the songs categorry as stated by you.but the fields are grey.How to activate them ?
    I have tried a lot,but not succeded

    Plz help

  • GR
    10 Oct 2013, 4:22 AM in reply to Vinh Khoa Nguyen

    It use to work with the iPad, now they change the version on the iPad, and it doesn't work anymore

  • Tukytuk
    28 Oct 2013, 2:31 AM We used that function every day for our son (Little Einsteins TV Shows). Ok, so they did remove it for now, but I figured out a way to make it work in the interim. Go to the TV Shows that you're watching. Select them, right click, GET INFO, OPTIONS, then change it from TV SHOW to MUSIC VIDEO. It will then move the selections over to your music section. It's ok, you can always move them back when the fix is made on 7.0.x... The picture size won't be full screen, but it does allow you to shuffle or play thru continuous. I did it on our iPad 2nd Gen and works fine. Just not the same, but better than not at all. Hope this helps.

  • Paul Duke
    19 Nov 2013, 9:23 AM

    Hi, on your recommendation I bought Phone Drive (which is now $1.99, although it turns out there is also a free version). I moved some videos into it, then clicked on "Playlist"... but it only gives me a list of audio files to add to the playlist, not video files. So far as I can tell, after fiddling with the app for 20 minutes, there is no way to make videos play continuously. Are you saying you have figured out a way to do that inside Phone Drive? If so, can you outline the steps please? When I at the app information in the iTunes store it lists the ability to make audio playlists, but not video playlists.


    Paul D.

  • Paul Duke
    19 Nov 2013, 9:34 AM

    By the way, I should mention that I am running into an error in Phone Drive at the moment that perhaps is preventing me from using the "continuous video" function.

    My goal is to be able to play some exercise videos continuously. So I have loaded the videos into the app and they show up at the Root level. I created a folder called "Pilates". Now I try to use the move function to move videos into that folder. I select the videos and then tap on the "move" button... but I immediately get an error saying there is already a video by that name in the location, do I want to overwrite it? However, the program appears to be hanging at this command as there is also a spinning icon which prevents me from answering the question. At this point the only way I can exit the program is by double-clicking the home button on the iPad and force-quitting the program.

    I'm guessing the continuous function you refer to is available once the videos are in a folder.

    Hope they fix this bug quickly...

    thx again,

    Paul D

  • Paul Duke
    19 Nov 2013, 9:52 AM

    Sorry for the 3rd note but I figured something out...

    Well... I figured out how to get around the "move" bug at the root level (and I also noticed that one of the reviewers on iTunes mentioned this bug on Nov. 3 -- see the review headed "The Move Option doesn't work" -- so I guess they haven't fixed it). I created a zipped folder of my three Pilates videos, moved the zipped folder into Phone Drive, unzipped and the videos wind up in the new unzipped folder. However, the video don't play continuously... I'm thinking at this point it might be better to point your readers to one of the simple video playlist programs in the app store. I haven't tried any of them myself, but I suspect they'd be easier to wrestle with than Phone Drive.


  • Vinh Khoa Nguyen
    19 Nov 2013, 11:40 AM in reply to Paul Duke

    Hi Paul, you're right! They don't work :-( I'm pretty sure I used to do this with the app but it looks like my memory has not served me well here...I know another app that definitely works but unfortunately the process of copying movies from the computer to it is not very straight forward, so I won't recommend it here.

    Regarding the "move" issue, if you still find a use for the app, you can easily work around it by accessing the app via your web browser and upload files directly to the folder you want.

    @everyone, Phone Drive turns out still not play videos continuously as I thought it did, so please ignore this if this app if this is the only feature you want. My apology for this. Having said that, it's still a very good app for file management in general for those who need one.

  • M
    31 Jan 2014, 1:01 PM

    Thank you, this information was extremely helpful, this 1 x 1 episode playing was very annoying. This works a treat, especially when playing videos for a toddler.

  • E Norm
    12 Apr 2014, 11:49 AM


    First shot. First Try. Perfect.

    Thanks...added 40 videos for a 2 hour road trip. Didn't want to get out of the car (bluetooth booming).

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