To make DVD movies playable on iPhone 5/iPod Touch 5, you’ll need to convert DVD to iTunes H.264-compliant videos first. So the most important piece of the equation is that you have a DVD Ripping software hooked to your Windows or Mac PC. Most of you are likely familiar with the excellent Handbrake for ripping standard Def DVDs, but keep in mind that the champion freeware can’t rip copy-protected DVDs without a third-party add-on, so you’ll need to add an intermediate step. If you’re looking for ease-to-use, and don’t mind spending $24 (they currently have a sale), I’ve had success using the Pavtube’s DVD Ripper to convert DVD discs to a format playable by my iPhone 5 and iTunes. I’ve found the quality to be excellent, and see no difference when compared to playing the discs themselves.
Oveall, the DVD Ripper is an excellent Mac OS X/Windows ulility for ripping videos from DVDs and saving them in various formats — including MP4 files that are playable by the iPhone 5/iPod Touch 5. It has been updated to include the ability to generate iPhone-5-compatible anamorphic video at its full size. It also has outputs for all the other iPhone models, as well as the Apple TV and iPod Touch and othe various multimedia devices. (Alas, the fifth-gen Touch isn’t on the list, though any of the iPhone 5 outputs should work just fine.) As such, we’ve put together a quick guide for moving DVD video to the iPhone 5/iPod touch 5.
First, free download and install the trial version:
The main interface of Pavtube DVD Ripper is as below. As you can see, you can encode DVD to iPhone 5/iPod Touch 5 playable videos in just three steps within clicks!
- Add your DVD files by clicking the “DVD disc” button. Browse from your computer’s hard drive and select the DVD files you want to rip. ISO, IFO files and DVD folders are also supported.
- Select iPhone 5 video format from the drop-down profile list of “Format” bar. Here you recommended to choose “iPhone 5 H.264 HD 720P(*.mp4)” from “iPhone” category.
- Click the “Convert” button in the lower-right of the main window.
Once the process completes, locate the files and transfer and copy the converted MP4 videos to your iPhone 5/iPod Touch 5, here’s the way to go:
Your movie should now be stored on your iPhone 5/iPod Touch 5 and available for viewing.
- After ripping, click “open” to located the resulting .MP4 file.
- Launch iTunes, and select File > Import. Choose the MP4 file created by the DVD Ripper.
- Connect your iPhone/iPod Touch and select it in iTunes.
- Choose “File – > Add File to Library…”
- Drag the .mp4 file you want to the iPhone/iPod Touch icon.
Some Tips for Ripping DVD to iPhone 5/iPod Touch 5?
1. How to control output file size, quality, and resolution?
“I have been using Pavtube DVD Ripper to rip movies to watch on my iPhone 5. I have been ripping them into MP4. Most of the movies are 1GB to 1.5GB. As you can guess, with this file size you can’t get too many on a memory card. Anyone know of a better file format to rip movies to that take up less room but still have decent picture quality?”
The Pavtube DVD Ripper allows users to set conversion bitrate, which is related to output file size and quality. The lower part displays the file information. File size depends on the bitrate you use. By setting higher video bitrate the video quality and file size get increased.
To set video bitrate, select a preset in advance (“iPhone 5 H.264 HD 720P(*.mp4)” recommended) and clikc on “Settings” button. The pop-up Profile Settings window shows you a/v settings you’re using.
Keep in mind that the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution. Here’s an example. When I set bitrate to 2500kbps, the estimated target file size for “ALVIN_AND_THE_CHIPMUNKS” is 1.612GB. If I set video bitrate to 2000kbps, the final file will be 1.301size. If I want smaller file size, I can still set video bit rate down.
The sweet spot: I find the best balance between 2000kbps to 2500kpbs on the 4-inch screen.
2. How to save your preference for future use?
One thing good in Pavtube DVD Ripper is that you can create new preset for use. For instance, I’ve decided the best settings work for converting movies to play on the iPhone 5, and wanna save it for future use, now all I need is save it as a custom preset. This is easy. Just proceed as follows.
- In the settings window, press “Save As” button.
- Give the custom preset a name, say “iPhone 5 (*.mp4)”
- Click “OK”.
The next time you open up the DVD ripper for converting movies to iPhone 5, just press on “Format” bar and find the new preset under “Custom” group.
- If you’re insterested in encoding or re-encoding your own movies (including DVD, Blu-ray and the downloaded/ripped 1080p/720p HD videos which are not already in one of the supported formats) to iPhone 5 for playback, the Video converter ultimate will do you a favour.
- If you’re insterested in creating Ringtone from your MP3/WMA/MIDI etc. audios by yourself, just get the free iPhone Ringtone Maker.