Need some help with your USB Stick?
How to copy MPEG4 files from one USB stick to another using a Windows PC:
- Insert both USB sticks into available USB ports on your PC.
- Open File Explorer by pressing the Windows key + E or clicking on the folder icon on the taskbar.
- In File Explorer, navigate to the source USB stick (the one with the MPEG4 files you want to copy). It should appear as a removable disk drive under "This PC" or "Devices and drives."
- Double-click on the USB stick to open it and locate the MPEG4 files you want to copy. You can select multiple files by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on each file.
- Right-click on the selected files and click "Copy" or press Ctrl + C.
- In File Explorer, navigate to the destination USB stick (the one you want to copy the files to). It should also appear as a removable disk drive under "This PC" or "Devices and drives."
- Double-click on the USB stick to open it and create a new folder to store the copied MPEG4 files by right-clicking and selecting "New folder."
- Open the new folder and right-click on an empty space. Then, select "Paste" or press Ctrl + V to paste the copied MPEG4 files into the new folder on the destination USB stick.
- Wait for the copying process to complete. This may take a few minutes depending on the size of the MPEG4 files and the speed of the USB sticks.
- Once the copying process is finished, safely eject both USB sticks from the PC by right-clicking on the USB stick icon in File Explorer and selecting "Eject."
How to copy MPEG4 files from one USB stick to another using an Apple computer or laptop:
- Insert both USB sticks into your Mac's USB ports. If the stick doesn't fit in your port, you will need an adapter, USB-A to USB-C you can get them from Amazon.
- Open Finder by clicking on the Finder icon on the dock, or by using the keyboard shortcut Command + N.
- Navigate to the USB stick that contains the MPEG4 files you want to copy.
- Select the files you want to copy by clicking on them.
- Right-click on the selected files and choose "Copy" from the context menu, or you can also use the keyboard shortcut Command + C.
- Navigate to the destination USB stick where you want to copy the files.
- Right-click on an empty area inside the destination USB stick folder and choose "Paste" from the context menu or use the keyboard shortcut Command + V.
- Wait for the copying process to complete. Depending on the size of the files and the speed of your USB sticks, it may take some time to complete.
- Once the copying process is finished, safely eject both USB sticks from your Mac. You can do this by clicking on the eject icon next to the USB drive icon in Finder, or by dragging the USB stick icon to the trash can.
How to use your USB Stick on a TV
There are several ways to play MPEG4 movies from a USB stick on your TV, depending on the TV and its available input ports:
- USB Port: Many modern TVs have a USB port that allows you to plug in your USB stick directly. Once the USB stick is connected, use your TV's remote control to navigate to the USB input by using the sources button on your remote it should be at the top of the remote and then select the movie you want to play.
- HDMI Cable: If your TV doesn't have a USB port, you can use an HDMI cable to connect your computer or laptop to your TV. Simply connect one end of the HDMI cable to your computer and the other end to your TV. Then, use your TV's remote control to switch to the correct HDMI input.
- Streaming Devices: You can also use a streaming device like a TV Box available on Amazon to play MPEG4 movies from your USB stick. Simply plug the USB stick into the streaming device, connect the device to your TV with HDMI, and use the device's remote control to play the movie.
How to use your USB stick on your iPad
- Get a lightning to USB adapter:
You will need to purchase a Lightning to USB A adapter, which will allow you to connect the USB stick to your iPad. You can find these adapters in most electronic stores or online retailers like Amazon. Generally cost around £10-15.
Newer iPads released in 2022 use USB-C you can get this adapter from Amazon.
- Connect the adapter:
Once you have the adapter, connect it to your iPad’s charging port. Then, plug the USB stick into the adapter.
- Open the Files app:
On your iPad, open the Files app. This app allows you to access files stored on your iPad as well as files stored on external drives.
- Access the USB stick:
In the Files app, you should see the USB stick listed under the “Locations” section. Tap on the USB stick to access the files stored on it.
- Play the MPEG4 movies:
Once you have located the MPEG4 movies on the USB stick, tap on the file to play it. The video should start playing in the built-in video player on your iPad.
Alternatively, you could also transfer the MPEG4 movies from the USB stick to your iPad’s internal storage using the Files app. To do this, you would need to select the movies from the USB stick, tap the “Share” button, and then choose the “Save Video” option. This will save the video to your iPad’s internal storage, and you can then play it using the built-in video player.