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Copying DVDs to an iPad... Is it possible? Which formats?

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  • Daniel Filice Level 4 Level 4 (1,180 points)
    Done it zillions of times. The problem is that the iPad has limited storage space, so one must save the end file as something that isn't too large. Whether you have a PC or Mac:

    1. Ripping software that will save your DVD as a Video_TS file folder.
    2. MPEG Streamclip or Handbrake to convert your Video_TS files into a movie file that can play on your device. With the mentioned programs, you can choose the pixel size, the quality and the codec (I use the H.264) to render the Video_TS folder into a playable movie.
    3. I save the movie in iTunes, then drag the movie into my iPad, iPod or iPod Touch.

    I don't feel this is Pirating since I am using the copies for my mobile use only. I like the DVDs that have a digital copy as it saves me the time and effort of making an iPad movie.
    Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • PogoPossum Level 4 Level 4 (2,505 points)
    While I agree with you ethically and have no morality issue with copying a DVD for personal use, it is important to note that in the US it is illegal to remove digital copyright protection, no matter what the reason.
    iOS 4, iPhone 3GS, 16 GB wifi iPad, Windows 7
  • JohSm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well i guess that it's possible to do if you use it in an illegal way and break any rules for the country/state that you do live in! But if you own the copyrights to the material and do use it on your own created/recorded DVD or movie material i guess it would be allright? (How do i update/remove my previous post/answer from this forum?)
    Iphone, iPhone OS 3.1.2
  • JohSm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Air Video is an app available in the AppStore that does a greate job!
    It plays/streams or converts video files in different formats to your iOS device.

    Install the client part on the iPad/iPhone (From here you can play, queue files for conversion on your PC/Mac)
    Then you download the sever part for a Mac or Pc (Install it to access files on the machines you need)

    You are then able to look on video files directly and stream them to your device from the PC or Mac over WiFi and 3G, you can also choose to convert any video file to .m4v format and add them to iTunes and sync them to your iPad or iPhone to use offline if you want!

    Remeber do only use this on video files you do own the rights to, do not break any laws!
    You do not need to jailbreak anything and it's legally available in the Apple AppStore.
    This App does not remove any copying protections.
    Iphone, iPhone OS 3.1.2
  • crh24 Level 3 Level 3 (920 points)
    JohSm wrote:
    Air Video is an app available in the AppStore that does a greate job!
    It plays/streams or converts video files in different formats to your iOS device.

    AirVideo also has a problem with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. I've never been able to get AirPlay to work reliably if I use Bluetooth as the audio output on my iPad.

    As Home Sharing will be available in iOS 4.3 I suspect this problem is either resolved or Apple knows more about the system than the AirVideo people...
    27" i7 iMac 11,3 16GB 2.93GHz; 24" iMac9,1 3.06GHz 1TB-HD 8GB-DRAM;, Mac OS X (10.6.6), AirPort Extreme; 13" MBP 8GB 2.53GHz; iPhone 4 32GB; 64GB iPad 3G; ATV2
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
    But if you own the copyrights to the material and do use it on your own created/recorded DVD or movie material

    if it is your own material, it would be much higher quality to use the original source before it was converted to DVD.
    Mac mini (mid 2010) - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.7), silver mini, blue mini, green shuffle, iTunes 10.2.1, 32GB wifi iPad
  • camarobrian Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I use handbrake, macworld had an excellent how to on how to use it, and where to download it:

    http://www.macworld.com/article/157590/2011/02/howto_rip_dvdhandbrake.html

    great article, easy to follow instructions
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Iphone 3GS Iphone 4 IPad 2
  • Kalebd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Is there a way to convert WinXDVD videos from DVD to hd files? For play on apple tv?

  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)
    While I agree with you ethically and have no morality issue withcopying a DVD for personal use, it is important to note that in the USit is illegal to remove digital copyright protection, no matter whatthe reason.

     

    In the U.S. some studios are starting to not bother with copy protection.

     

    Just as Apple dropped its copy protection from iTunes songs.

     

    Many of the DVDs I have purchased recently (directly from the studio's website in the U.S.) are not copy protected at all. They're realizing it's a waste of time.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)

    "Many of the DVDs I have purchased recently (directly from the studio's website in the U.S.) are not copy protected at all. They're realizing it's a waste of time."

     

    They realize it is waste of time for 30/40/50 year old movies which are not released on DVD outside of the studio stores.

    Not happening for any newer/blockbuster/major releases.

    In other words, only a niche market.

  • Kalebd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I meant for the iPad, which i would like to see 720p ultimately for the TV.

  • Danily Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Hello, DorianJ. Yes, it's possible to copy DVD to iPad. If you buy the DVD movie, it should comes with a digital code, you can use the code to download the digital version of the movie into your iTunes and sync the movie to your iPad. If you don't have the code, you have to convert the DVD movie to mp4 video for transferring to iPad. And here is a step by step guide about how to do that, it works pretty well for me.

    http://www.dvdtoipadripper.com/how-to-rip-dvd-convert-video-to-ipad.html

    Contact me if you need further help.

  • kb1951 Level 4 Level 4 (3,795 points)

    This thread is from 2 years ago so hopefully the OP got an answer.

  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,455 points)

    Why are people commenting on a 2 year old thread?

  • isidoreny Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    In the past week, I have been looking for a method to rip my DVD movies to MP4 for playback on my iPad to kill time on the coming holiday. Finally, I find the best way to convert DVD to iPad video here. Thanks all you guys!

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