Copying your DVD collection to an iDevice (iPad, iPhone or iPod) is very simple if you know how to do it. Recently my wife and I took a long flight with the kids. Having their favorite DVDs on my iPad and iPhone proved to be a life saver. Here’s how I copied the DVDs.
Decrypt DVD and Copy it to your Hard Drive
First we need to decrypt the DVD and copy its contents to our hard drive. To do this use a free application called DVDFab. Ripping a DVD with DVDFab is simple and Brian Burgess here at groovyPost wrote a step-by-step in his tutorial on how to convert a DVD to an ISO File. Follow his steps up to where he tells you to test the VOB files with VNC then continue below with Step 2.
Install HandBrake and Transcode the Video/Audio files
Now that DVDFab copied the DVD to our hard drive, its time to convert the files to a format our iPad / iPhone can read. We will do this with another free Application, Handbrake.
Open a browser and visit the Handbrake Download Page. Download the version for your OS.
In my example, I will be using the Windows Version.
Run the installer and accept all the defaults.
Click Finish after the install is completed to launch HandBrake.