"How do I get a home movie (a .mov file) from my Windows desktop to my iPad? Do I need a converter...? Is there a way to directly transfer .mov files from Windows computer to iPad?"
As the built-in video application on iPhone and iPad supports MOV format, therefore, if you want to transfer videos in .mov to iPhone or iPad, there is no need for you to use a converter to switch the format. As to how to transfer MOV to iPhone or iPad without iTunes, here is the simplest way you can try to use EaseUS MobiMover, the professional iOS data transfer tool.
EaseUS MobiMover allows users to transfer files from PC to iPhone/iPad without iTunes, including photos, videos, audios, contacts, notes, and Safari bookmarks. You can transfer movies, TV shows, music videos or photo videos in any format to the iOS device with MobiMover, as it can transform the videos to the compatible video format by the iOS system.
EaseUS MobiMover can be downloaded and installed on Windows PC, laptop and Mac to:
How to transfer MOV to iPhone/iPad with MobiMover
Download and install EaseUS MobiMover on your Mac by clicking the download button below. Besides, you need to install iTunes on your Mac for reading iPhone data, which is the basic need for a third-party iPhone data transfer tool.
Step 1. Connect your iPhone/iPad to your PC, run EaseUS MobiMover and click "PC to Phone" > "Select Files". (Make sure your computer is trusted by your iPhone.)
Step 2. Select the MOV files you want to transfer and click "Open". Other video formats supported by MobiMover include MP4, M4V, WMV, RM, MKV, AVI, and FLV. (The video formats that are not supported by the iPhone will be automatically converted to MP4 during the transfer process.)
Step 3. After selecting the videos, you can click "Transfer" to initiate the transfer process. When it has finished, you can go to your iPhone or iPad to check and watch the MOV videos as you like.