Ripping Video DVD to iPad?

Newbert

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I'm in the process of ripping a couple of DVDs to my PC using "Handbrake" software, which I plan to transfer to my iPad. Each DVD has a number of videos on it that are accessed via a menu at the beginning of the DVD.

So far, I've ripped two DVD's to the PC - I get all of the individual videos, but I don't see the menu at the end of the 1st video (which is the "Introduction").

Am I missing a step that would include the menu?

And then what's the best method to get these onto my iPad - just a simple sync?

Thanks!
 
If I read it right, it sounds like you are expecting to replicate the DVD in full and use the DVD's navigation system to then be able to watch the show. Handbrake doesn't work like that. Instead, Handbrake just converts individual video files on the DVD into video files you could play on that iPad. It's not trying to function like a virtual copy of the DVD- just provide the "meat" of the actual video itself. No menus, no DVD-only graphics or animations, etc.

A typical Handbrake user wants to get rid of up to all of the DVD "fluff" and end up with only a copy of the main movie. Previews, deleted scenes, DVD navigation, DVD graphics/animations, interviews with the director/actors/etc, foreign languages, alternate audio tracks, etc all are typically NOT what the HB user is trying to generate. Instead, the end goal of a typical use is a single video file that is ONLY the main movie and none of the other stuff.

If you want a virtual copy of the DVD, you'll have to look to other options and then seek out some way to try to play those options on your iPad.
 

Newbert

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Thanks for the reply, Darryl! Yes - You read it exactly right. I appreciate the explanation about what Handbrake can and cannot accomplish.

While replicating the DVD would be ideal, I guess that I can live with the individual videos instead. I assume that renaming each individual video file to something logical, then simply syncing all videos to the iPad would do the trick for that?

As an alternative, would anyone know of free software that would replicate the entire DVD (menu and all) to the iPad?

Thanks again!
 

pika2000

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There is no way to replicate the actual interactive DVD menus into an iPad. You can rip the "video" of the menu, but it will be just a video, not interactive.
 
I assume that renaming each individual video file to something logical, then simply syncing all videos to the iPad would do the trick for that?
That is usually how it is done. The typical HB user just wants the main file. Sometimes, something might have an extra video on it that is a short. HB has ways to select each file and preview it so you have a shot at recognizing the video you might want vs. the fluff that you probably don't want. Then, you just convert the parts you actually want. Once it's in an iPad-compatible format, you sync it to your iPad just like synching a song.

Another program Makemkv can capture the entire DVD but I don't know if any iPad MKV-capable player will play it as if it is a virtual copy. You might also be able to use something to grab it as a .iso file but again, I don't know if any iPad player will play the iso as if it is the DVD itself. I do see a 2.5-star rated iOS app called "Goodplayer" in the store that lists that it can play .iso so that might be an option if you want to spend $2.99 to see if it can do it.
 
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Newbert

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Thanks. I'll settle for just the files. That'll work fine for me.

But now I've got a dumb question about syncing. I now have all the HB converted video files in one folder on my PC. How do I sync them to the iPad? And which app will they be viewable with? (I guess you can tell that I don't use my iPad very much except for the few things that I know...Sorry.)

Thanks!
 

mauka

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Got it done!

Thanks, Everyone!
[doublepost=1495528650][/doublepost]Suggest you take a look at the VLC video player app, I find it's method of loading movies much easier to use than going through iTunes. The app will share itself on your local WiFi network using an IP, using your computer browser go to the that IP and you can then drop or point and click your movies into VLC. Playback is easier too, no need to use the TV app.
 
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