Movies on the iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by AFRet, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. AFRet macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2009
    Springfield, MO
    OK. I purchased a 64GB iPad, and will be traveling soon. It would be really nice if I could figure out how to rip my own movies, and store them on the iPad, so I can watch them at my leisure, without having to re-purchase them! Is this possible? Or am I a prisoner of ITunes, and having to purchase and download any movies that I want to take with me?
  2. GrindedDown macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2009
    Las Vegas
    I use handbrake for mac. Its free, easy to use, and free. It really is a great app.
  3. Hmac macrumors 68020

    May 30, 2007
    Midwest USA
    I'm sure there will soon be no shortage of rip/conversion apps out there, as well as a wide variety of new iPad presets for existing programs like Handbrake.

    I haven't tried it, but many people have reported the Apple TV presets work well for converting movies for viewing on the iPad.
  4. Mike714 macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2009
    Yup. I use AnyDVD to rip DVD/Bluray and Handbrake to covert it to something the iPad can view. Amazing results.
  5. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    I'd suggest reading through some of the threads on the Apple TV/Home Theatre forum on how to do this. There are a number of programs available to rip (decrypt) DVDs and even blu-ray disks and others that can convert these ripped files to iPad friendly formats. As already mentioned, Handbrake is a favorite of most and rather easy to use.

    As Hmac stated, using the Handbrake preset settings for converting to :apple:TV friendly format works on the iPad. I have in fact been able to watch movies encoded in 720p (and actually, even higher resolutions) from my blu-ray disks on my iPad with no problem whatsoever.

    Also, the Air Video app works beautifully for streaming media stored on your home computer to your iPad--will even convert on the fly if necessary. Definitely worth the price ($2.99, I believe).
  6. Alucardx03 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    I second the Air Video recommendation. I'm streaming my ripped movies from my NAS, which is fantastic. It takes the hassle out of synching them.
  7. AFRet thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2009
    Springfield, MO
    Guess I'm missing something. I have tried Handbrake, it seems to rip/convert a DVD. I get a file on the MBP with a .M4V extension. VLC won't play it, iTunes won't pick it up, and I can't seem to get it onto the iPad. Not sure what I'm overlooking, but it doesn't seem to be working.
  8. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    Watching movies on an iPad? I recommend a floor pillow or even the sofa, along with a 55" TV. You might break the iPad's screen by sitting on it. ;)
  9. pagansoul macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2006
    I use Fairmount & DVDremaster the most. If I want the entire DVD I use Ripit. They came off a Macheist or a Macupdate package over the years. DVDremaster can load right into iTunes if you want it to. There is also iSquint to convert and load into iTunes if you already have digital files.

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  10. henrikrox macrumors 65816


    Feb 3, 2010
    just use vuze program, google it.

    u can add stuff to library, just drag the file, and then u choose ipad output format, then let it encode.

    and its free!
  11. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I use decrypter to rip the disc and Handbrake to convert. works great.
  12. MSampson macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2008
    From iTunes movies tab choose "add to library" under the file menu and point to the file on your desktop. ITunes will copy it into your movies and you should be able to sync it then.
  13. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
  14. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    windows here.

    I use DVD Shrink then Handbrake.

    I heard this several times already though I haven't tried it myself. All I've done used so far is use the convert-on-the-fly function (which works well and fast) within the iphone
  15. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Setup is very easy, whether your on a PC or a Mac (supports both).

    Now I can take my iPad anywhere in the world and have it stream all my videos (4TB+) worth of mkvs, h264, mp4 bluray, hdv movies/tvshows!!
  16. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL

    OP the AV Server was easy to install and works smoothly
  17. Matthew9559 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
  18. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Posted in another thread that was more dated. Figured I'd post here.

    I just used Handbrake to encode Avatar (standard DVD) using some settings I found in the handbrake forums.

    Average bitrate 4000
    MP4 file
    (2 pass unchecked)

    Picture Settings
    Detelecine - Default
    Deinterlace - slow
    Denoise - Medium
    Deblock - off
    Grayscale - unchecked
    Anamorphic - Strict

    AAC Dolby Pro Logic 48khz 160 kbps

    It took under an hour (well under an hour) and the file is 5.32 GB. I undertand this may not transfer via iTunes, I intend to use Goodreader if it doesn't. However, it does play over AirVideo just fine and looks pretty fantastic. I think I want to force the frame rate next time.

    I agree that trying to use 720p settings on a 480p DVD is silly but Handbrake does a good job of up converting files.
  19. Peter Harrison macrumors 6502a

    Peter Harrison

    Dec 24, 2009
    Or even simpler... Double click the finished file and it will open in iTunes if you chose m4v, that's what I do. Once it's loaded, then you can add artwork etc.

    I've heard Apple TV preset works well on Handbrake, but I'm actually using Universal at the moment and it's fine.
  20. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    My movie (noted above) went right into iTunes and transferred just fine ... interestingly enough it also played. I'm shocked really. Not that I want to house 5.3 GB files on my iPad, but I'm pretty impressed. The movie looks amazing too.
  21. MacVDS macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2007
    Philomath Oregeon
    Why would you think it wouldn't play like any other movie transfered to the iPad? Just curious.

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