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Nov 21, 2005, 08:21 PM
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Nov 21, 2005, 08:29 PM
Is it possible to rip and write a DVD to the iPod video? Even if content doesn't expand for current, TV material I still think the idea of placing DVD's on an iPod video will still carry sales (if it's possible).

Nov 21, 2005, 11:32 PM
Yes it is definitely possible to rip and write a DVD to an iPod. Apple's iTunes just won't help you rip the content and it is currently a gray area in the Digital Millinium Copyright Act (1999) in the US because although there are "fairuse" laws stating you can backup your content, it is currently illegal to circumvent the copy protection placed on most commercial DVDs.

You can use programs like Handbrake and MactheRipper to rip your content from your DVD. Handbrake can also re-encode the video into MPEG-4 and the correct resolution. If you choose to use Mactheripper you can use utilities like FFMPEGX to re-encode into MPEG-4 480 x 480 or H.254 320 x 240. Then import the file into iTunes and sync it with your iPod. I think there are a few all in one programs that can do this as well but I haven't messed with them yet. I believe the only truly legal video content for the iPod right now is what is available to be purchased from the ITMS, what content you create yourself, possibly some free PodCast or public access type of programing, and content purchased from porn sites. Hopefully, Apple will remedy this by offering more content from the ITMS soon. Also, hopefully this content will be sold in a slightly better resolution than what is currently available making it more useful for higher resolution computer monitors and TVs and this content will be scalable possibly by a hardware decoder purchasable for $30 as an iPod accessory.

Nov 21, 2005, 11:48 PM
Well maybe 20th century fox will push the resolution and movie market a bit with their current venture. link (http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20051121/fox_movielink_051121/20051121?hub=SciTech)

Nov 22, 2005, 12:17 AM
Well maybe 20th century fox will push the resolution and movie market a bit with their current venture. link (http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20051121/fox_movielink_051121/20051121?hub=SciTech)

Interesting...I hadn't seen this yet. I find it interesting that the other TV networks besides ABC are all jumping on the internet content distribution bandwagon. Unfortunately, this is all a bit half-hearted and it seems that they are just doing it in order to say that they are doing something...

Apple will sell the most Videos of any of these stores but this still won't persuade the studios to cut deals with them because for some odd reason they seem to be jaded against Apple... I'm just speculating though...