How to rip your personal DVDs

intel Mac & PPC

Updated: April 8, 2009


Ripping your personally owned DVDs and putting them onto the iPhone is very easy to do. You will need a program called HandBrake, which is free, and can be obtained right here.





Step 1.

Once you've installed HandBrake, insert the DVD you want to rip. Quit the DVD Player program which will launch automatically. Now launch HandBrake.

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The program interface will display, and a drop down file browse window will appear. Go to where it says Devices, select your DVD icon, then click the Open button in the lower right corner.

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The DVD will now be scanned. It could take 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how long the movie is.

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When the scan has completed, click the Toggle Presets button.

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Select iPhone & iPod Touch from the list.

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There are many choices to make when it comes to customizing the way HandBrake will convert your DVD. I didn't change anything. I just clicked the Start button next.

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There is a status bar at the bottom that will tell you how long this process will take. Time will vary based on the length of your movie, and the options you chose.

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When it finishes, you will see this message.

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The movie will now be on your desktop as a .m4v file.

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Step 2.

Launch iTunes, and drag your movie file into the Library. This will import the movie into iTunes.

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You'll see the import progress.

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With your iPhone connected to iTunes, click the Video tab. Check the Sync movies box in the Movies section. Check the box for your movie and click Apply.

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You'll see a progress bar while the movie is uploaded to the iPhone.

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When it finishes, press the iPod icon on the iPhone, then go to the Videos tab, and check out your new movie.

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The quality of the ripped movie is really good when left with the default preset in HandBrake.

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