I want to buy a movie to play on both my iPhone and my TV. Should I buy iTunes or DVD

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  1. Rybold macrumors 6502a

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    There's a movie that I want to buy to play on both my iPhone and my television. Should I buy it from iTunes or buy the DVD from a store? If I buy it from iTunes, can I burn a DVD to play in my television's DVD player? If I buy a DVD from a store, can I easily transfer it into iTunes (as easy as I can transfer a music cd into iTunes) and then onto my iPhone?

    Thank you. :)
     
  2. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    buy the dvd. then use a program such as handbrake to copy it to your computer
    handbrake has a preset import for iphone/touch as well
     
  3. Rybold thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is it really easy to do ... for someone that does NOT want to have to figure out how the heck the software works? I just want to be able to click "download" and then click "import." Is it that easy?
     
  4. Flhusky macrumors 6502a

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    Its 4* clicks total
    insert the DVD
    Launch (Click) handbrake
    Click Source
    Click on the DVD
    Click Open
    **once you set the default to iPhone/iPod Touch thats 1 less click so ;)
    either accept the default name/location or change
    Click Start
    Your done!

    Its pretty simple IMHO
     
  5. Balty macrumors 6502

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    That's what I would do. It's really simple.....

    Handbrake
     
  6. ultimateceej macrumors regular

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    Someone told me that it is illegal to copy DVD's onto a computer even if there is no intent on sharing it. Is that true?
     
  7. Rybold thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Flhusky, Balty, philgilder, thank you for the help! I'm going to try it tomorrow.
     
  8. Rybold thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If I BUY something and take it into my house, why should it matter whether I watch it on my television or iPhone? I PAID for it! I have a store receipt for it. It's mine. I can do whatever I want with it. Is the Geek Squad going to go around to everyones' houses and spy on them to see how they are using the products that they PAID for? :)

    .

    (sure, if I make copies and distribute them to others, it will reduce sales of the DVD and the company would lose out, and that would be illegal ... but I'm not doing that)

    [​IMG]
     
  9. drummerlondonw3 macrumors 6502a

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    absolutely go for handbrake and a programme called Meta X (sorry don't have a link) this will tag the file for you and find the album art (or dvd sleeve in this case) and will fill in all the information on itunes so it looks like an itunes purchase

    d:apple:
     
  10. Rybold thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'll try and find it. Thank you. :)
     
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  12. samiwas macrumors 65816

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    The way the movie studios work, I'm surprised it's not illegal to even watch the DVD itself. Hell, I'm surprised DVDs aren't illegal. Or people...they should be illegal.

    Technically, yes, it is illegal to copy the DVD to your hard drive, phone, server, anything...even to make a backup. It's a stupid law that serves no purpose but to try to curb actual illegal activity that is not even close in scope. Does anyone care? Hardly. It's one of those laws that was written waaaaayyy too broadly.

    There is a huge difference between copying a DVD onto my media server in my home theater for personal use, and making a bunch of copies to give to friends or sell on ebay. I also have a problem with people who rent/buy DVD's, copy them to whatever device, then return them, keeping the copy. That's one of the big reasons the law is in place as well.

    I say if you bought or downloaded a legitimate copy of a DVD/iTunes movie, you can copy it to your heart's content, as long as you are not sharing those copies with other people.
     
  13. Flhusky macrumors 6502a

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    That sounds like the RIAA and MPAAs idea of 'Fair use' and even the DMCA. Check out Title 17 of the US Copyright for far more confusion then the `08 election in Fl or Ohio :p
     
  14. sergiuria macrumors 6502a

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  15. radiogod69 macrumors member

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    Definitely buy it on DVD. Handbreak is the best & fastest FREE tool available to rip your dvd's to iPhone format. Very important though that you get DVD43 @
    HTML:
    www.dvd43.com
    it's a small free utility that will allow you to make backup copies of your retail purchased DVD's. This is required for retail DVD's if you plan to rip movies to your iPhone otherwise you will get an error message in Handbreak. Handbreak is so easy you have presets for both iPhone/iPod Touch. Make sure the screen size is 480x320 & the video format is the MPEG4 under the Encoder drop down menu. This encoder will take about 15-20 minutes for an average 2 hour movie. Legally you are allowed to "backup" your retail DVDs without monitary gain.
     
  16. Flhusky macrumors 6502a

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    Windows world only on the dvd43 :p

    I so hate traveling w/DVDs... had 2 stolen out of my luggage this trip. Not even NEW titles we are talking year or more old(not pr0n either). Guess I hit the pawn shop or walmart to replace them.
     
  17. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Nice opinion, but he asked if it's against the law. It is.

    That said, I suggest using Handbrake as does the tech columnist for the Washington Post. It's not some big secret. Unlike music pirating, there aren't many people debating if ripping DVDs to iPods is ok. Pretty much everyone says "just do it."

    But again...that wasn't his question. Question was, is it illegal? Answer is: yes.
     
  18. eplchamps0304 macrumors 6502a

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    I rent DVDs from the red box($1 per nite), rip it to my iPhone when I'm going on a trip, watch it then delete it. much cheaper than iTunes.
     
  19. Rybold thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you for all of the responses. I'm definitely going to download handbrake and dvd43 right now. There's still one question left unanswered: If someone were to purchase a movie from iTunes, could they burn it from iTunes onto DVD ... the same way that iTunes allows us to make our own CDs?

    Again, I thank all of you for the helpful responses. :)
     
  20. sergiuria macrumors 6502a

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  21. Clete2 macrumors 65816

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    ..but Handbrake doesn't do copy-protected DVDs.. or at least not for me.. :(
     
  22. Cask Guest

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    Get Slysoft's AnyDVD, http://www.slysoft.com/en/anydvd.html, however, that software is no cheap. Other option would be to find DVD decrypter or DVD shrink and use that to copy the DVD to your computer before encoding it to iPod/iPhone format.
     
  23. Clete2 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah I don't want to pay for any software. I guess I'll use DVDShrink (why didn't I think about that?!? I use DVDShrink all the time)...
     
  24. reliantj macrumors 6502

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    at Best Buy, they have DVDs that come with Digital Copies.

    meaning they give you the MP4 file to put on your iPod/Phone,
    PSP or other device.

    easy.

    but i'm not sure if the movie you're looking for is sold that way yet.
    on the online website these are the ones they have with Digital Copies. I'm not quite sure about the in store selection.
     
  25. SAIRUS macrumors 6502

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    Copy it as long as you own it.

    At home, its blu ray for all my titles I've purchased in the last year. If i have the DVD, i rip it myself (I'm always somewhere other than home). Digital copies help a lot when it comes to blu ray discs that don't have them.

    There have been a few times I'll download the movie and make a copy for the iphone if its a blu ray without digital copy, but I don't even keep the divx/xvid.

    Hazy line is where I download episodes of Entourage b/c I'm paying for HBO, but I rarely get time to watch it. Convert it, and watch it at a friends place via rca cable.
     

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