Best way to convert dvds to ipad

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  1. zepp85 macrumors member

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    Sorry if this has been brought up a million time before but after a while searching i just find dodgy sites.

    I remember seeing a special offer on here a couple weeks ago where you could download 10 programs for $49 , and it included a dvd to ipad convertor .

    any help appreciated
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    That was the MacUpdate bundle

    You can get MacDVDRipper Pro or RipIt to make your rips (minimal costs)
    Or you can use MacTheRipper (still works, free, but older)

    But to encode you will want something like Handbrake (free)
    You can use it with VLC to go direct from from DVD to encoding

    I prefer to rip and then encode
     
  3. ClutchThese macrumors 65816

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    i use handbrake and VLC.


    Works great.

    Then i put them on my AirVideo server and have access to all my movies on the fly! (iphone app AirVideo)
     
  4. zepp85 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the quick reply, but think im even more confused. lol

    Not very great with computers !

    So i have to download something to rip it , then something else to encode it . Is it easy or a pain in the ass ??
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Handbrake is a free download
    So is VLC
    With VLC installed you can run directly from Handbrake in one step to encode from a DVD

    I just prefer to rip with another program first
    Personal preference and storage options
     
  6. ClutchThese macrumors 65816

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    Zepp,

    Download Handbrake (providing youre on a mac). then, download VLC.

    Next, open Handbrake.
    Insert DVD.
    Select where you want file stored(in handbrake).
    Start Handbrake.

    Once the program is done, you will see the file in .Mp4

    You can drag that into iTunes and it will sync to your iPad.

    "You can put down the cocktail, your movie is done"
     
  7. zepp85 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thats what i was needing, an idiots guide !! lol

    Thanks to both of you , Macdawg and clutchthese

    Will give it a go
     
  8. drenline macrumors 6502a

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    I use xilisoft to convert all of my video formats to iPad.

    Not sure if this thread should be in the iPad Hacks section tho?
     
  9. zepp85 thread starter macrumors member

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    Oooooook ..... i have downloaded both . 64 bit versions.

    Loaded handbrake , cliked on source and found the dvd . But then it says it cannot find vlc ? I have clicked try anyway . will see what happens ...
     
  10. zepp85 thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry, wasnt sure where to put it. Thought seeing as it isnt exactly mac approved i would post it here
     
  11. ClutchThese macrumors 65816

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    once VLC is downloaded, open it up. Then, go back to handbrake. it should be able to use VLC's encoding after this.
     
  12. zepp85 thread starter macrumors member

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    will try that , thanks
     
  13. DN7335 macrumors 6502

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    There are versions of Handbrake and VLC for Windows also, they work great.
     
  14. zepp85 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks , i only have mac though
     
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  16. zepp85 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok guys , struggling here.

    I have downloaded both . I have opened vlc, and every time it comes up saying can not find vlc.

    any ideas ?
     
  17. zepp85 thread starter macrumors member

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    i assume i downloaded the right versions , the 64 bit versions . my mac is 2 years old
     
  18. ClutchThese macrumors 65816

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    What's Handbrake saying when you open the disk?
     
  19. zepp85 thread starter macrumors member

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    handbrake could not find vlc or vlc is not compatible with this version .....
     
  20. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    IF you feel adventurous

    If any only if you feel like trying a grand experiment (nothing harmful, just complicated till you do it once), try THIS. They're automator (think script) functions that control ripping and converting of DVDs to avoid user interaction.

    I've been using them to bulk-convert my DVD library. Once the initial setup is done (~20 minutes to install all the software), you just insert a DVD. The script will detect this, and ask whether it's a TV show or a Movie. You'll then be asked the title (95% of the time, this will be prefilled from the DVD volume name, but not always), and then it will rip the disk to your hard drive.

    Then later, and you can have ripped anywhere from 1-100 disks to your drive, you start another automator function that uses the command-line version of Handbrake (no user input necessary for this, and it's faster than the GUI) to convert the ripped disks to a format that iTunes/iOS likes. (h264 MKVs). Also supports BlueRay burning if you want to make this a substantial investment, but I'd start small ;)

    The end result to this are MKV video files that are a very reasonable size (~1.2GB if SD, ~1.7 if HD) that include subtitles, iTunes tags, as well as poster art for the Cover Flow file browser.

    I'd be happy to help you implement this (I can Teamviewer into your machine to help you setup). No other reason than it's an excellent solution that will help you to convert your life away from physical media. (No charge lol). After the initial setup is done for the scripts (majority of it is just downloading the needed 'helper' applications), it's simple and quick. <<That offer is open to anyone, btw.
     
  21. twinsanity macrumors newbie

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    I use Toast Titanium to burn to Apple TV format and then sync. It will even add to itunes for you.

    AirVideo is another great solution but you can't use on airplanes since you won't be able to access your network and even if you could(say with GoGo) the video quality would be terrible.
     
  22. zepp85 thread starter macrumors member

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    aggghhhhhh driving me insane . have done everything , pressed play to convert it and now dont know what to do next !!
     
  23. hackthatphone macrumors 68000

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    Too bad Toast is $79.99. Handbrake and VLC are free for those who don't know.
     
  24. msindi macrumors member

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    What about for someone on a PC? Don't have a Mac unfortuantely...
    And a noob as I just got my first iPad 30 minutes ago :D
     

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