iPad dvd conversion

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Redwingsoh, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. Redwingsoh macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2010
    I have looked over and over through putting dvds on the iPad and haven't been able to find an answer to my question. When I convert the dvd I end up with the movie cropped at the top and bottom. I am assuming this is due to the movie being widescreen. Is there any way to make the movie fit the whole screen? If I double tap the screen it will go full screen but I lose so much of the picture I would rather watch it cropped. I have used different burning software and the ones that have less of the black border make the faces elongated.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    What software do you use?

    And has MRoogle helped you in any way?

    If you want to keep the original aspect ratio, your video gets either cropped in full screen mode or you have the black bars on top and bottom, as the iPad screen is 4:3 and many movies are 16:9 and more.

    1. How to copy the content of video DVDs to your HDD

    As commercial video DVDs use a copy protection scheme called CSS (Content Scramble System), additional software is needed to copy the content of a video DVD to your HDD, which is called "ripping". There are several applications to accomplish this.​

    1.1. MacTheRipper 2.6.6 (free)
    Insert the video DVD into your DVD drive and open MacTheRipper and click the GO button, after which you can select the place you want the video DVD's content saved to.
    As this version of MTR is quite old, it will not read many modern DVDs.

    1.2. RipIt (19.95 USD, trial with 10 rips free)
    Insert the video DVD and press the RIP button.

    1.3. Fairmount (free)​

    1.4. Mac DVDRipper Pro (9.95 USD)
    Insert the video DVD and select a destination folder, then press the RIP button.

    2. How to transcode the MPEG-2 encoded video DVD material for use on your computer after you ripped the video DVD.

    As video DVDs take up a lot of space (up to 8GB), one can transcode (changing the format and encoding) the MPEG-2 encoded video into MPEG-4 encoded video via Handbrake, which might only take 1GB of HDD capacity away, while still looking good.

    Handbrake currently offers to read VIDEO_TS folders, the folder on the video DVD with all the material (menus, video and audio) inside, and transcode the footage to something smaller. Currently variants of the space efficient and highly qualitative MPEG-4 codec are used, H264 or Xvid for example.
    The current version of Handbrake offers two container formats, .mkv and .mp4, older versions also had the .avi container to transcode to.
    .mkv and .mp4 containers accept the H264 codec, also used for the QuickTime trailers on Apple's Trailer page.
    Handbrake also offers PRESETS for you to choose from. There are for the AppleTV, iPhone and iPod Touch, iPod and some more.

    For more information about properly using Handbrake, either go to the Handbrake Community, read the Handbrake Guide or use MRoogle to find dozens upon dozens of threads about this.​

    3. How to transcode the MPEG-2 encoded video DVD material for use on your computer without ripping the video DVD.

    If you don't want to rip the video DVDs first, and just use Handbrake fro Transcoding the video, make sure to install VLC Player to circumvent the CSS we talked earlier about.
    But as Handbrake is 64-bit and VLC is 32-bit, you need to download Handbrake in 32-bit too.

    VLC Player 32-bit (VLC 1.0.5)
    Handbrake 64-bit Intel, 32-bit Intel and 32-bit PPC on this page, so choose the right one

    from How to backup/copy/rip video DVDs to your HDD and transcode them to another format.
  3. Redwingsoh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2010
    I have used handbreak, dvdfab, and formatfactory. All with the same results. The video looks good but I have the black bars on the top and bottom. It appears that this is the way it has to be unless I want to degrade the video. If I did want the degradation what would I set the frame resolution too? I tried 1024 X 768 and I still ended up with the black bars.
  4. jbrettz macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2008
    St Louis
    I just ripped three movies to my wifes imac and then moved them to itunes using handbrake. I checked the box on Handbrake to output for "Apple TV" and they worked great no bars.

    I read that on aother forum and it works.

  5. Redwingsoh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2010
    Thanks Brett. Sorry I did not reply sooner but I was working. Work really interferes with my iPad time. Were your movies widescreen? That appears to be the issue. Although my other movies are cropped on all four sides. I have ripped 10 movies and they are cropped or black bars on the top and bottom. I have used Apple TV default setting and DVDFab has an iPad setting and I always get the same result. That is why I think I am doing something wrong. Maybe this is how it is for everyone. I have only owned an iTouch and this didn't happen on movies I ripped to that. BTW I am thinking now about getting the Mac mini. These Apple products are growing on me.

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