How to copy a video from ipad2 to a pc or mac

I have copied some videos using itunes to my ipad2. But now I need to copy some off to free up space but I cannot figure out how to do it. I have the latest itunes loaded on my mac.
rdefinoAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:
The videos on your iPad should be listed in your photos app.  You can go in there and delete them.
Go to:
Photos
Albums
Videos
Delete unwanted items.

If they are movies you bought through iTunes, here is additional information to look at too when removing videos: Delete music, movies, podcasts, and other content from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.

Also, deleting them from the iPad doesn't necessarily get rid of them permanently because they are accessible later in the cloud.  To verify this you should see a little cloud icon next to the video after deleting it from the iPad.  This means you can download it later when you have the space to hold the file on the iPad.

Let me know if you need anything else.
rdefinoAuthor Commented:
When I start itunes I do not get a prompt. These files are about 4gb.   Is there a way to run the import from itunes to the mac?
Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:
Sorry, I initially misunderstood your question and made changes to my suggestion on how to remove the videos.
Become a CompTIA Certified Healthcare IT Tech

This course will help prep you to earn the CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician certification showing that you have the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in installing, managing, and troubleshooting IT systems in medical and clinical settings.

rdefinoAuthor Commented:
These are not movies I bought. I have some video files that I copied to the video folder in itunes so they got put on the ipad. Now I need to copy one of those video back off to the mac to free up space on the ipad.
Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:
Use iPhoto, Image Capture, or Aperture to import media from your iOS device.
How to transfer video files from my ipad to mac?
If you recorded the video using the Camera app on your iPad, then you can import the videos that are on your Camera Roll onto a Mac or PC.
 
The article [above] will show you how:
 
iOS: Importing personal photos and videos from iOS devices to your computer
 
I hope this information helps ....
Have a great day!

Let me know if that works or not.
rdefinoAuthor Commented:
Nope, doesn't work. I can't believe how hard this is to just copy a file from an ipad? Are there another apps that I can use instead of itunes to transfer this file?

thanks
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Did you try removing the file from iTunes video folder on your Mac? That should remove it from your iPad as well.
rdefinoAuthor Commented:
Where do I find that file on the mac?
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
That file? You said you used the video folder of iTunes to copy the file. That is the folder I mean. It's on your home directory under Music/iTunes and then probably iTunes Media.
Or start a terminal and do a search: find . -name <your file>
Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:
Ok I am trying to re-create the steps you said you did.

1. Plugged my iPad to my macbook and opened iTunes.
2. Copied a home made video from my macbook to My Device (iPad) > Videos.
3. Unplugged the iPad from my macbook.
4. Went to Videos on my iPad to verify the video is there.

With that being said, I presume that that video is no longer on your mac (deleted?).  And your original question is asking how to get that video that's on your iPad back to your mac.  Is this correct?
rdefinoAuthor Commented:
Yes...that is correct. :)
Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:
You can import only photo and video content taken with the built-in camera or captured on the device. You can't import photo or video content synced from iTunes.
Source.

I am sure that is not the news you're looking for. :(
It seems Apple doesn't want its users using their iOS devices as an external hard drive.  (I'm not surprised!).

I found this free tool though, but I have not used it myself.
How to Transfer Photo from iPad to Mac
It could be worth a shot!

I also read around the internet that people have paid a few bucks for an app in the Apple app store to be allowed to do what you're trying to achieve.  Its not free but its also worth a look in the app store, right? :)

I recommend you backup your iPad in iTunes first then try that out.

Let me know if you need anything else.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
rdefinoAuthor Commented:
Thank you, that app worked perfect.

This is why I hate apple. :)

Thanks for the help!!!!
Kyle SantosQuality AssuranceCommented:
Awesome!  I am glad that worked out for you.

Take care.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Apple Software

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.