copy dvd to ipad- not digital?

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    Ive been reading a little about how to copy a dvd to ipad. I see the dvd has to be a digital copy - Im a little confused here - are most dvd's analogue then? I always thought they were digital from the onset?
    is there not an easy way to simply plug ipad into the computer, copy the dvd to computer & simply click send to ( ipad)?

    ipad is such a clunky piece of hardware compared to pc's!
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    Goolge a program called dvd catalyst.. . I will look for link.

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    ok, I see I need a program to copy a dvd to ipad but Im a little confused here ; doesnt "DVD" stand for "DIGITAL versatile disc"? & if so doesnt that mean stuff is recorded on them in digital format?
    Why then do i need a program to "convert" them to digital format when they are already in digital format - Or are they actually in analogue format?
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    Who knows where the term came from - it is not accurate. You need to follow the method given to get a DVD movie to your iPad.
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    hmmm , ok, thats a little confusing for a nowbie but never mind! Ive now downloaded handbrake on my pc, inserted a dvd I wish to copy to ipad ( "ghost protocol") which I have recently purchased legitimately,- its not a pirate! But it tells me it cannot read this when I try to select the source!
    Anyone know anything about this program? - perhaps there is another better one that is easier to use?:(
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    Get makemkv. Use that to make an mkv file, then run it through handbrake using the iPad preset. You will get an mp4 or m4v file. Transfer that to your iPad.
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    What you are doing is taking all of the appropriate files from the DVD and converting them while combining them into a format useful to the iPad. Yes DVDs store the information digitally, but so does Word, iBooks, Adobe, Garage Band etc and yet they cannot read each others file types.
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    Ok thanks guys but this is way over my head! I'll just take my portable DVD player on my holidays

    It's way to much hassle to copy movies to ipad!
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    It's not a hassle....I have DVD catalyst and it takes all of about 10 min to put on my iPad you literally just put in the DVD and hit a button

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    Too much hassle for you. Simple for us.
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    Well I guess so! But I'm not a programmer!
    maybe someone will bring out an easy to use program for ipad where all you do is plug it into your PC, insert a DVD & click "copy". hey, a bit like a PC!
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    Most of us aren't programmers either, just well informed users who picked up our knowledge by visiting and participating in forums like this one, as well as experimentation on our own. Many of us, if we discover something new about the operation of our iPads, will post it in these forums and others like it. If you stick around long enough, you will pick up enough info to become an expert in your own right.
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    All you had to do is get makemkv, put in the DVD, let is scan it. It would then make an MKV file. then you drag that into handbrake and it would create the iPad file. It can't get much easier. Well, it can actually, just rent the movie on iTunes....or get a sub to netflix or join Amazon instant.
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    OK, Im keeping at this!
    this is where I am at;
    i downloaded following programs;
    Dropbox
    VLC
    Handbrake

    then... I used VLc to rip a DVD to the pc & saved it in a file
    next I set handbrake to convert it to ipad format - MP4?
    Next: I clicked " send to" - dropbox, the file now appears in dropbox ok (as .m4v file)
    BTW, all this took several hours!
    BUT.... when I open Dropbox on ipad ( which I also downloaded to) I see a completely different screen to what I see on my pc & cant see the video file. Have I downloaded a different version of dropbox or something? I was under the (mis)apprehension that anything I sent to dropbox would be saved on their website & therefore could be accessed anywhere anytime by any other machine?
    Jeez, Apple really like to make things so difficult for folk dont they! i bet 90% of ipad owners will NEVER be able to use most of its functions!
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    I don't know why you keep putting this on apple and the ipad. Dropbox is not an apple program and it works differently on a mobile device and on a pc. Anything you copy to Dropbox automatically is download to any pc that you have it installed on, but it only comes down to a mobile device if you force it to. And Dropbox on a PC is not the same as the Dropbox app on a tablet. It is simply a folder on the PC (assuming you don't go to the website), but it is an app on the iPad (and on any other tablet).

    And of course it took several hours.....if you have a slow upload connection to the net then it will take forever to send the file to Dropbox and then wait for it to come down again to a tablet. The better way would have been to move it directly to the iPad and skip the Dropbox altogether unless you have really fast upload speeds from your ISP.

    None of this is an apple issue.

    If you want a pc, get a MS surface device. It's a PC tablet form and will work in a way that you might be more familiar with.
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    BTW, once you get the mp4 file from vlc, you can send that file directly to iPad. There is no need to run it through Handbrake as iPad plays h.264 mp4s directly.
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    Yes, drag the file into iTunes on your computer, the drag it from iTunes into your iPad(in iTunes) then you can play it in the video app that comes with the iPad
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    Ok, I've managed to get it into iTunes but when I try to sync it to ipad I get a message telling me I am not authorised to do this on this computer!

    BTW, if I hadn't been given the ipad as an Xmas pressie I can assure you I WOULD get a windows tablet like you suggested! unfortunately I am stuck with this thing & so am attempting to find some uses for it! So I'm sorry about asking so many questions about seemingly simple things ( simple to you guys!)

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