Ripping DVD's to iPad?

Newbert

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Can someone explain how I can rip the contents of a DVD with a series of instructional videos on it to iPad? I have a course which includes 4 DVD's, each with approximately 20 videos. I'd like to be able to view them all in sequence on my iPad Pro. (Available space is not an issue.)

Once completed, is there a preferred app to view them with?

Thanks!
 

russia22

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It depends on your space limitations and the type of disc. Lately I have been ripping using MakeMKV and nothing more. Then I play using VLC player. The files tend to be larger straight from MakeMKV. If you need smaller files then rip from MakeMKV and use Handbrake to convert.
 

Dimwhit

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Handbrake will rip and convert at the same time.
Yep.

Insert DVD, open the first title on the DVD in Handbrake and add it to the queue. Do it with each title on the DVD. Rip away. (I'd just use the Normal preset.) You'll get all the videos in a format that you can then copy over to the iPad. It's pretty easy.
 

bufffilm

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Ripping dvds is a waste of time .
And what do you propose then?

Yes, it's time-consuming, but worth it if you have a large DVD collection like I do. I'm not about to pay the movie studios yet again just to have a streaming or standalone version.

I use Handbrake also and it does the job.
 

Acorn

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i'm not agreeing with him that ripping dvds is a waste of time but it helps if you take a deeper look at your dvd collection. dvds are inherently old. Now there's nothing wrong with that but the movies that a good majority of us have are older movies. I know that not all, but most of the dvds I had were movies at the very least released between 5-10 years ago. Given that information, it just makes more sense to pay 10 dollars a month for netflix which will have all those movies we can watch for one price. doing this can be a far better time investment since even newer systems take 45 minutes or so to rip and convert a single dvd.

*edit - also netflix allows you to download a video for offline viewing.
 

max2

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i'm not agreeing with him that ripping dvds is a waste of time but it helps if you take a deeper look at your dvd collection. dvds are inherently old. Now there's nothing wrong with that but the movies that a good majority of us have are older movies. I know that not all, but most of the dvds I had were movies at the very least released between 5-10 years ago. Given that information, it just makes more sense to pay 10 dollars a month for netflix which will have all those movies we can watch for one price. doing this can be a far better time investment since even newer systems take 45 minutes or so to rip and convert a single dvd.

*edit - also netflix allows you to download a video for offline viewing.
Netflix doesn't allow you download their full library for offline viewing :( (Not talking about downloading all movies but being able to download any movie you want to watch for offline viewing you can't do yet.)
 

bufffilm

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Netflix doesn't allow you download their full library for offline viewing :( (Not talking about downloading all movies but being able to download any movie you want to watch for offline viewing you can't do yet.)
Not to mention that some titles aren't offered anymore for viewing.

I'm slowly converting my DVDs to MP4 but it takes time. I do it when I have the inclination.
 

sracer

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Ripping dvds is a waste of time .
Translation: I don't know how to rip DVDs and ended up wasting an entire weekend attempting it without success. :p

Handbrake on OS X is a one step process. The big decision is what profile to use. Some use some high resolution, high bitrate option that creates large files. That is often wasteful if one is viewing the files on an iPad.

I have found that a variation of one of the iPhone presets works well. Looks great on an iPod touch/iPad/iPhone and looks surprisingly good on my roku 3 attached to a 60" tv streamed from my Plex server.

But "acceptable quality" is highly subjective so I recommend experimenting before committing to a particular profile.
 

sparksd

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Netflix doesn't allow you download their full library for offline viewing :( (Not talking about downloading all movies but being able to download any movie you want to watch for offline viewing you can't do yet.)
And a streaming a lot can potentially cost you additional $ with your Internet provider.
 

alecgold

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Translation: I don't know how to rip DVDs and ended up wasting an entire weekend attempting it without success. :p
Hehe, lol. Been there too. Trying to convert some odd format and not succeeding.
But I feel now the same way, all that ripping is costing so much time an effort. And for what? I stopped watching tv/series/movies, couldn't care for all the crap anymore and started reading, researching, working a bit more, lawstudy, having a good time with the family.
I know, tastes, likes, and hobbies differ, but I often feel more people should be less vegetating and more enjoy living.
And yet here I am on a forum... :p:confused:
 

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Scarpad

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I've had good luck with plex, I ripp the disks to MKV files, Plex has a feature to sync that file to the ipad, while its syncing it will trasnscode it to a playable format and it does so fairly quickly.
 

mrex

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it just makes more sense to pay 10 dollars a month for netflix which will have all those movies we can watch for one price. doing this can be a far better time investment since even newer systems take 45 minutes or so to rip and convert a single dvd.

*edit - also netflix allows you to download a video for offline viewing.
no need to convert, leave them as they are.

and, netflix (here in north europe) doesnt have almost any of the dvds i have... the selection is quite small what they offer.. it is more like a joke.
 
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