Oct 02

Copy DVD

Here’s the process for how to copy a DVD to your iPad to watch on a plane or in the car.

1. Download and install VLC player. (http://www.videolan.org/) (You won’t be using it but it installs some bits that ‘handbrake’ needs to read protected DVDs.)

Install VLC Player

1. Install VLC Player


2. Download and install Handbrake. (http://handbrake.fr/)

Install Handbrake

2. Install Handbrake


3. Insert the DVD. If DVD player runs, quit it.

Insert DVD

3. Insert DVD


3. Use handbrake to import the DVD.

  • In the right panel select ‘ipad’ or the device you will play the video back on.
  • In the ‘source’ select the DVD folder.
  • In ‘destination’ select ‘desktop’ or wherever you would like the movie file to appear.
  • Press ‘Start’.


4. Open iTunes (without your iPad plugged in).

  • go to the ‘Home Video’s’ pane.
Drag the video into the iTunes 'Home VIdeos' tab.

Click on the iTunes ‘Home VIdeos’ tab.

  • drag the video from the desktop into the iTunes Home Video’s tab.
Drag the Movie into iTunes

4.Drag the Movie into iTunes


5. Plug in your iPad and:

  • make sure your iPad is  selected (not your iTunes Library).
  • select the ‘Movies’ tab.
  • tick  the ‘Sync Movies’ box
Select 'sync' movies box.

Select ‘sync’ movies box.

  • select the movie you want to sync.
Tick the movie and Press 'sync'

Tick the movie.


  • press the ‘Sync’ button.


Now the Movie will appear in ‘Videos’ on your ipad.



21 Responses to “How to copy a DVD movie to your ipad.”

  1. lement says:

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