If someone you know would be daunted by an instruction to "just use Handbrake", Elgato's new Turbo.264 HD software makes it dead easy to convert video files from camcorders and computers for playback on iPads and iPhones and the rest..
Sure you probably know how to get that video you just shot all nice and ready for your iPad, but it's not like it's the most obvious thing in the world. Elgato's Turbo.264 HD can snap up any video, from a computer or your camcorder, convert it to iFriendly H.264 and automatically import it into iTunes for your next sync.
There are also presets for PSPs, Apple TV and YouTube, and the software's available from <a href="">Elgato for $US50, and a separate, hardware accelerated USB peripheral is available as well. There's a free trial version if you want to give it a go first. [Elgato]