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HandBrake is a GPL’d multi-platform, multithreaded DVD to MPEG-4 ripper/converter – it’s super easy to rip the DVDs you have and put them on the new iPhone – they look great and are about 1 GB each, here’s how…

First, get HandBrake – Link. There are also PC versions of HandBrake, it might work about the same way.

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Install it, run it. Pop the DVD in. Pick the DVD volume. Choose your settings, I use the defaults usually.

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It takes about 30 min or so, it runs fine in the background.

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Drag the MP4 file it makes in to iTunes, in videos tab in iTunes for the iPhone select the movie, click Sync.

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In a couple minutes it transfers over.

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It’s about a gig.

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The video is in the videos section. iPod / Videos.

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It looks and sounds great!

*Joe notes – I found if you create a new preset for iphone in handbrake and set the video dimensions to 480×320 you can crunch movies down to a much smaller size optimized for the iphone native resolution.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. samurai1200 says:

    good ‘ol kill bill.

    anywho, i’m not entirely ‘up’ on the subject… but isnt ripping DVDs illegal? or was it copying? I dunno, i’d still do it anyway.

  2. Christian.Burns says:

    Sparky showed me how to do this at Mindcamp 4.0 two weeks ago. It does look amazing. Wish I had one so my kids could watch it on the plane trip to hawaii coming up.

  3. guykamen says:

    You can get the file down to around 400-700MB with 2-pass H.264 while maintaining the same quality. Perfect for those 2-CD AVIs.

  4. Arya says:

    OMG! About 30 mins, it took me like 2hours for kill bill 1 which is shorter and i have a fast computer!

  5. Jac says:

    Anyone know how to input cellfone video clips (.3gp) into iphones?

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  7. D-Term says:

    I tried these steps with I Robot and it gives me a message saying that it didn’t sync because This movie can not be synched. Is it in the incorrect format (mp4)? Did Apple put out a change in iTunes to block this?

    Any ideas?

  8. Andy says:

    Does this work on the original Iphone? I followed the directions and it works in Itunes on my Mac, but the file will not download onto my Iphone? Any suggestions?

  9. Andy says:

    Does this process work for the original Iphone? Everything seems to work fine until I try to Sync the movie file to my Iphone. It won’t download from Itunes.

    Any ideas?

  10. cris Sison says:

    i tried the instruction above but it wont work…everytime the download is over i have .M4V instead of .MP4….any suggestion?

  11. somoso says:

    great, great, great.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Nice read!
    Thanks for the sharing, very helpful to me! It must be usefull to more!
    Well, here I add some more tips on video&movies watching on iPad, iPhone, and other resourses and tips, such as “Best Christmas Movies to Watch on Your iPad” “How to Convert 1080P HD Videos to 720P for iPad” “Tips to Turn iPad Wifi Into 3G” “Copy iPhone 4 iMovies to iPad” “10 Best iPad Games We Can’t Wait to Play” “Top 10 Best Free iPad Photo Apps for Download” “Handbrake Presets for iPad and iPhone 4″ you can get them from iFunia: http://www.ifunia.com/ipad-column/index.html

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