If you looking for a DVD ripper that can convert DVDs to videos for playback on your iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Apple TV, HandBrake and Socusoft DVD to iPad Converter are two of the best software you may consider. This tutorial will walk you through the simple steps to use HandBrake to convert DVDs to iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch videos on Mac and Windows.
Step 1. Get HandBrake from its official site.
HandBrake is an open source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder. The current version is 0.9.5, available for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows from the HandBrake official website.
Step 2. Insert a DVD and start HandBrake
The app will automatically launch a dialog box when you inserted a DVD into your computer’s DVD drive and have you select the DVD mounted on your computer. HandBrake will scan the DVD for the titles. When the scan is complete, click on the box next to Title and from the pop-up menu that appears, choose the longest title. See bellow screen shot of HandBrake for Mac:
The HandBrake for Windows looks similar.
Step 3. Click the “Presets” menu and pick the preset that suits your needs the best.
You can find presets such as Universal, iPod, iPhone & iPod Touch, iPhone 4, iPad, AppleTV, AppleTV 2, Animation, Film, Television, PSP, PS3, Xbox 360, etc. These presets are optimized encoding settings for specific devices on which you want to play the videos.
Although you can fine-tune each aspect of the encoding, the handy presets makes it much easier.
Step 4. Click the “Encode Video” button ( on Windows) or Start button (on Mac) and wait for HandBrake rips the DVD to target video format.
Step 5. Import the ripped DVD movie into iTunes and sync to your iPad/ iPod Touch/iPhone, etc.
Now you know how to use HandBrake to convert DVDs to iPad/ iPod Touch/iPhone, etc.
- With HandBrake, you can tweak settings such as Deinterlacing, Audio, Subtitles, metadata, etc.
- You cannot trim the DVD movie to segments. It will convert the whole DVD to a single video which could waste you a lot of time if you only need to convert part of the movie.
- It cannot extract sound tracks from DVD as audio files.
- There are some options that can help you reduce size of ripped video files, for instance, you can go to the Video tab, then set Target size for the final output video, reduce average bitrate or reduce video quality by a percentage. Since you are going to watch the ripped DVD movies on portable players with much smaller screens, you probably do not really need anything with super high quality.
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