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iPad : How to copy your movie DVDs to the Apple iPad / iTunes format (.m4v)

This recipe will explain how to convert your purchased DVDs to the .m4v format which in turn we will import into iTunes to sync to our iPad. There are several ways to do this, I will show you the process that I use which does use one commercial app for ripping, DVDFab.

We’ll break this guide into 3 sections: ripping dvds to pc, convert ripped dvd to ipad format, importing back into itunes/adding ‘flair’ (ie album art, info, sorting).

Software Required:

  • DVDFab 6/7 (retail, approx $50 USD)
    used to rip DVDs to harddrive and remove protection
  • Handbrake (free)
    used to convert DVD files to .m4v, also will keep chapter markers too
  • iTunes (free)
    used of course to sync our media to our iPad

Ripping DVDs to PC Harddrive

1. Open up DVDFab and insert your DVD. DVDFab will scan the disc and it may take a few minutes to finish scanning.

2. Once it finishes, you will see a list of titles, by default DVDFab should selection the main title, however sometimes you do have to choose it yourself (depending on what tab your on, i use Customize and change my settings to do movie only).

Select your Audio streams and Subtitle/Caption options on the right. You can preview the Title by using the lower left preview window, right-click on the video to choose which audio and subtitle streams to preview also. Once your set, click Next.

On this screen, Click on the Remove Menus option and also choose if you want to do DVD9 (dual layer), original quality or convert it down DVD5 (single layer) DVD (in the drop-down by the back and start buttons).

I would recommend DVD9 since its better to start with a higher quality source when converting in handbrake. And then click Start. It will rip the DVD, this usually takes about 10-15 minutes depending on movie and your system, etc.

Converting Ripped DVD to iPad Format (.m4v)

1. Open up Handbrake and then click Source button and choose DVD/Video_TS Folder

2. Browse to where we saved our ripped DVD to and click on it and OK. (my example, R:\Ripping\DVDFab\ ).

3. Handbrake will scan the folder for a few seconds. Once its done, use the AppleTV preset on the right side. Click on it and it will change the settings in Handbrake to match the AppleTV requirements. AppleTV and the iPad are very similar in terms of what video formats they take.

You can now also change the Quality to your liking. By default it is set around 65%, I personally change it to about 50% to get nice files sizes (about 1gb for 1hour, ie 2 hour movie = 2g).

Also, you can add languages and subtitles by click on the tabs and setting the options Once your set, click on Start button to start converting right away or use the Add to Queue to convert later or in batches.

This will take a few hours or so depending on your system. I usually setup a queue of movies to do at night right before I go to bed.

Importing the movies into iTunes / Adding album art and info

1. Open iTunes. In Windows Explorer, browse to where you saved your converted .m4v file to. Click and drag the file into the iTunes window (you will see a + sign next to your mouse when your hovering)

2. iTunes will now copy this files into your iTunes library. Once its done copying, go to Movies and right-click on the movie and choose Get Info.

3. You can now add album artwork via the artwork tab, info about the movie in the Info tab, sorting options, and change options so that it shows in the TV Shows or as a Music Video (via Options tab).

Once your done, just be sure your iPad is set to sync movies and sync away! 🙂

i nor does this site promote piracy or bootlegging, this is for personal archival/backup purposes only

Jimmy S
Jimmy S
Jimmy Selix is an early adopter that loves to be one of the first on the block to have the latest and greatest in technology and gadgets. Another love of his is being able to share his knowledge to others seeking it. Feel free to drop any comments or questions that you may have.


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