How To convert video files (AVI, MKV, ISO) to Apple iPad 4 with DVD Catalyst 4:
Even though DVD Catalyst 4 has “DVD” in its name, it can of course convert video files as well. Many similar products offer a separate application for converting video files (with an additional charge of course), DVD Catalyst 4 converts DVDs and video files from within one application.
If you already used a different application to digitize your own movie collection for use with a HD media player or a Media Center PC of some sorts, you can use those files for your conversion, rather than having to dig out your DVDs again. In fact, converting video files with DVD Catalyst 4 is something even easier than DVDs.
DVD Catalyst can not convert so-called “Digital Copy” movies, or movie and TV episodes purchased through iTunes or similar online video services such as Amazon UnBox and UltraViolet. These video files are DRM-protected, which prevents software such as DVD Catalyst from converting them.
Video files that do not include DRM such as AVI, DIVX, ISO, MKV, MPEG etc can be converted normally with DVD Catalyst.
DVD Catalyst 4 uses a technique we call “Transparent Batch”. If you want to convert movies, you can often only convert one at a time, and after the conversion is complete you need to start over, work yourself through the application with your next movie. Some applications offer a “batch” mode, in which you can queue up multiple conversions before you start the process, so you don’t have to wait for each movie to complete. Once one is done, it will continue with the next.
DVD Catalyst 4 goes a step further. It runs all your conversions in batch-mode automatically. No need to set up one video file or TV episode at a time. You just add whatever you want to convert for your iPad 4, (if you have multiple DVD drives, 100 video files, it doesn’t matter) and with 1 tap on the Go button, it will automatically queue them up and convert all of them for you.
Here is how it works:
Start DVD Catalyst 4:
then open “My Computer” and browse to the location of where you have stored your video files. This can be an external USB drive, or a NAS, but make sure that it shows up with a drive letter in My Computer.
Then just select the ones you want, and drag them over onto DVD Catalyst 4. You can also drag over the folder, and if there happen to be files in there that are not video files, DVD Catalyst 4 will just ignore those and just add the video files only.
After you drag them over, DVD Catalyst 4 will scan the files, and then display the ones it found:
You can add as many files as you want. 1, 10, 100, 1000, it doesn’t matter. And when you have all your files in DVD Catalyst 4′s list, just tap the Go button, and all your video files, DVDs, ISO’s etc will be converted for your Apple iPad 4, one at a time.
DVD Catalyst 4 can only convert video files that are not protected with any form of DRM. Video files such as ISO, MKV, AVI work fine, but movies and TV shows downloaded through iTunes or Amazon Prime, or so-called “Digital Copies” you get with some DVD and Bluray combo packs or something similar use a form of DRM to prevent them from being used on non-authorized devices, and this also prevents them from being converted to a different format.