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work on video files off external drive using iPad Pro?

Jul 25, 2019 8:43AM PDT

Been trying to find the answer to this. I have some old DV tapes I will be digitizing so I can edit them. My iPad Pro is only 64 gigs so not a lot of storage for editing media. If I place all the video files on an external drive can I edit the videos without transferring them to my iPad? This is probably a question regarding the new iPad OS coming out as I do not think that full feature is there in iOS 12.

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I believe the short answer is NO.
Jul 25, 2019 5:05PM PDT

that said, the iPad is not a replacement for a computer.
There are too many differences in the file structure and you cannot access the files on an iPad like you can on a computer.
However; https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7502043 gives an interesting take on what alternative you could use if you want to go forward.
Let us know what you decide.
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Jul 26, 2019 5:25AM PDT

Seems like another purposeful limitation by Apple to get you to spend money on cloud storage. Cloud storage is basically the same thing as another drive, it is just in the cloud l do have a dropbox account with 1TB of storage so will see once I get to the video editing stage if iMovie or whatever video editing app I decide to use will allow me to use files from the cloud.

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I disagree.
Jul 26, 2019 6:36AM PDT

These tablets were never designed to be a full desktop/laptop replacement. Even so there have been advances.

And again, iOS until recently never exposed "files." That was the intent since it was to break away from the classic DOS, Windows, Unix system design.

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I have to write no.
Jul 25, 2019 6:32PM PDT
https://www.apple.com/imovie/ shows there are editors but my bet is this doesn't support external drives so you have to transfer files to the cloud or pad then edit.

The time lost there would break any person I know. That is, they will soon agree this is no way to get this done. I'd use any current PC (Apple or other) for this work.

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