DVD to iPad - Match made in HELL

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  1. Jophster macrumors member

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    Ok, so maybe I am asking far too much I don't know.

    A free DVD to iPad converter for Mac?

    Short and sweet! Thanks!
     
  2. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    Handbrake + VLC Player

    Have both downloaded, and use Handbrake. It's the best developed program on the Mac.
     
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    Is search broken? Just wondering b/c this question comes up every day. Time for a sticky for iPad FAQ maybe?
     
  5. T4R06 macrumors 65816

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    you might need ripit if you are using mac. sometimes handbrake cant rip all complete because of DVD restrictions

    ripit then handbrake
     
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    DVD43 circumvents any copy protection. Have it open as you convert the DVD, works like a charm :) Still is only 1 step via Handbreak, you don't have to rip and then convert
     
  7. Jophster thread starter macrumors member

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    EPIC FAIL on my behalf. Got so caught up in posh fancy standalone software that I didn't realise it was possible with handbrake. Sorry guys/gals!
    I just searched and found a whole mound of contrasting recommendations settings wise, I think that shall be my next task, to set about finding a good preset for quick decent iPad conversion!

    Thanks folks!
     
  8. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    Air Video. The end. :) Unless you really need the videos ON the iPad itself...
     
  9. Jophster thread starter macrumors member

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    Great at home, not so great out and about.
     
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  13. Jophster thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok all.

    I have decided to have a second crack at digitising my entire DVD collection.

    I had dreams about it before but it still seems like a mammoth task, but it would be an amazing feat if I could do it!

    No way my MacBook Air is up to that challenge so I think I will fork out for a decent spec PC that can live under the stairs just churning out DVD after DVD.

    QUESTION: If i use the PS3 preset (as most of it will be used via the PS3) will it also copy over onto the iPad as I think the preset uses H.264?
     
  14. ngenerator macrumors 68000

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    I use universal, I think it will work just fine on the ps3, I just haven't tried yet
     
  15. Bob Chadwick macrumors member

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    PS3 has difficuly with Handbrake conversions. I haven't been able to get one to work with the video "jerky".
     
  16. sracer macrumors 604

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    I've had no problems getting handbrake encoded videos to run flawlessly (a single video file for all) on the PS3, PSP, PSP Go, iPod, iPad, and Zune devices.
     
  17. MrMister111 macrumors 68020

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    using what preset please? Any adjustments to your preset?

    Cheers
     
  18. poloponies Suspended

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    I did this over the past couple of years (I have about 300+ DVDs and I did a couple a night - but not every night). I bypassed "free" and bought an ElGato Turbo.264. Well worth it.
     
  19. Bob Chadwick macrumors member

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    X2. I rip the DVD using MakeMKV, finding that this is the most consistent program for successfully ripping regular and BluRay DVD's. I then use Handbrake to convert. They work well on the IPad but jerk and shutter, no matter which setting I use, on the PS3. This is using a mediaserver from my PC or a NAS drive.
     
  20. reckless2k2 macrumors 6502a

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    I converted just about all of my DVD library to iTunes using Handbrake and it took a LONG time. I think I only had about 80 to 100 DVDs. When I say long time I mean it took close to 2 months of encoding 2 to 3 movies a night while I slept. And of course I'd forget a night here and there which made it even longer.
     
  21. poloponies Suspended

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    The beauty of the ElGato is that it takes 1/2 to 1/3 the actual length of the video to encode. So a 2-hr movie will encode in 40-60 minutes. And you can queue up multiple items for encoding and even assign a different format to each (via individual drop-down menus). When I first got my iPad I wanted to shave down the filesizes of my movies so I re-encoded about 50 of them overnight (12 hours total). It pays for itself over time.
     
  22. sracer macrumors 604

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    I use the stock "iPhone & iPod Touch" settings and occasionally the "Universal" setting. I'm using Handbrake 0.9.4.

    It is important to note that when playing those videos on my PS3, I put them on an external 1TB USB harddrive directly attached to the PS3... I don't play them via a network connection to a PC.
     
  23. reckless2k2 macrumors 6502a

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    I previously had DVD2iPhone (I think that's what it was called - $$) and the conversion was much less time but the quality was poor if I wanted to view it on a TV. The great thing about the universal setting in handbrake is that the picture quality remains excellent across a TV, iPad, iPhone, AppleTV, and Touch. The file sizes are larger but no picture quality suffers between devices. I needed a more universal solution to accommodate all outputs.

    My original goal was to eliminate the DVD media in my house.
     
  24. sracer macrumors 604

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    I don't know what type of system you are getting those encoding times, but on my Macbook Pro (last year's model- lowend CPU), a 90 minute movie takes less than 15 minutes to encode using Handbrake.
     
  25. Seamaster macrumors 65816

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    I'm usually a fan of Handbrake, but even using the developer's recommended settings, the results on the iPad are disappointing. The low volume issue, much discussed here and elsewhere being the most egregious example.

    I'm interested in the Elgato Turbo solution as an alternative - never mind tge speed, what's the quality like?
     

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