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.

 

 

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

  1. david says:

    wayne,
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  2. John says:

    Intresting, I can watch any movie with my ipad.
    Your method is very usefull for me now, thanks very much for your sharing.

  3. nhut says:

    Hi Wayne,
    I followed all your steps to a “T” and I got 10 video clips on my iPad Air.
    I have a home video clip that I want to add to the other 10 in my iPad “Home Videos”
    But when I got to step “5” and pressed in the “Sync” button (it’s “Apply” button on my machine) I got the following:
    – The iPad “Thuy’s iPad” is synced with another itunes library on “Nhutwindows8″. Do you want to erase this iPad and sync with this itunes librafry?
    – An iPad can be synced with only one itunes library at a time. Erasing and syncing replaces the content of this iPad with the contents of this itune library.
    – I have 2 choices at the end of this message:
    ” Erase and Sync” “Cancel”
    I did try once on an earlier time. Sure enough, everything was erased

    I want to keep everything on the iPad.
    Please help and thank you so so much
    Nhut Tran

    • Wayne says:

      Are you using the same computer?

      • nhut says:

        Hi Wayne,
        Thanks for a quick reply.
        You have a good question. I’m not sure about the 1st time when everything got erased, except for the LAST video clip.
        The 2nd time, I use a different computer:
        The old computer (windows 7) died. I used a new computer, with windows 8.1, when I encountered the erasing problem.
        Thanks for your assistance
        Nhut

      • Wayne says:

        You can only sync an iPad to 1 computer at a time. It is a pain but it is the way Apple does it. So if your first computer is gone, you’ll lose those videos if you sync the iPad. There *may* be a way to get those old videos off the iPad using some special software not from Apple but it will be tricky.

  4. nhut says:

    Hi Wayne,
    I’m sorry if I didn’t make myself clear.
    The old computer was dead, so the first 10 video clips was were gone
    With the new computer (windows 8.1), I started everything from point 1: Using “Handbrake”, I got the first 10 video clips back on the iPad. Around 2 weeks later, I found another video clip I like. So using “Handbrake” again, I tried to drag it to the iPad when the erasing message came up,
    Being a 1st grade in computer learning, I believe there is something that I don’t quite understand from your answer. I sincerely apologize for my shallow computer knowledge.
    Please help. Thanks again
    N.

  5. Daniela says:

    Hi Wayne
    thank you very much for this possibility. i tryed to rip the dvd on a macbook and it doesn’t work… i downloaded the vlc and the handbrake, then i put in the dvd and followed the steps above. when i drag it into itunes it appears but it can’t be played on the apple tv. the score(?) is zero. i don’t know how to get to the point sync… can you help me with that? regards, daniela

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