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HOW TO – Put DVDs on the iPhone – the super simple way

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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.

26 thoughts on “HOW TO – Put DVDs on the iPhone – the super simple way

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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?

  5. 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?

  6. 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?

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

  8. 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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