Dvd transfer to ipad

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    I have an ipad 2 but no other computer. I want to transfer my huge dvd collection into itunes but obviously need both hardware and software. Can anyone suggest where I go with this please?
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    I don't know if you can do that even with a pc mate. I'd like info on this too

    Sent from my iPad 3
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    There are lots of ways to do it, but I can't think of one without a pc to convert and patch over to iTunes
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    Didnt know if I could use a wireless dvd drive
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    To do it without a computer, you would need something like this:

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/26/samsung-optical-smart-hub-se-208bw-review/

    will stream your DVDs directly to your iPad2.
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    Does not put them on the iPad though. Just allows you to watch them straight from the DVD. I would not recommend putting your entire movie collection onto an iPad as you would run plain run out of space.
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    If you convert your DVDs, they don't take up that much space, about 1-1.5GB or so, but if you don't have a computer to do it with, there are not that many options to watch a movie from DVD on an iPad, let alone copy one over from DVD to an iPad.

    Another option would be for the OP to take his collection to Walmart and use their Video transfer service to turn them all into VuDu (VUDU - Setup iPad) Digital Copies (VUDU - Disc to Digital), but at that point, it would be easier and cheaper to just get a $300 PC from the electronics department, and use that to convert the DVDs to iPad format.

    But considering that the smarthub sells for about $40 (Amazon.com: Samsung SE-208BW optical SmartHub Wi-Fi streamer for USB Storage and DVD/CD: Computers & Accessories) it does provide a good solution for what the OP is asking for at a very reasonable price.
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    Sure, but if you have a whole collection as the OP mentioned, it would fill up pretty quick, even on a 64gb. Without a PC, Mac or NAS they have no way of storing these long term, swapping out to the iPad for viewing.
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    True. You would need something like a WiDrive or a GoFlex WiFi to go along with it if you were able to save the movies.

    But the whole scenario is a bit unusual.

    Basically the answer to the OP question should be "a computer".
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    Agreed. The portable drives are handy, I have a WiDrive but have not used it much. Will come in handy for traveling.

    I couldn't own an iPad without a PC or Mac to backup to and manage my large music library.
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    Could i not store the dvd collection in iCloud?
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    I think that would be possible if you had a large account. But how would you get your DVDs converted to the Cloud? I think what you are thinking of doing is to create your own Netflix or Hulu app. What is being proposed by others is that part of your requirement...to get your DVD collection to the iPad WITHOUT a computer.
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    I don't think you can just put anything in iCloud. The free space is only 5gb, you would have to pay for extra.

    Dropbox you can put anything, there are ways to get more space for free before you need to pay for a larger account.

    But, how do you get the DVD ripped to a cloud storage account? You need a PC or Mac.
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    As mentioned, you have to have a way to get them in there, which takes you back to needing a computer, or, for the sake of mentioning it as part of the conversation, use the iPad camera to record your movies while you play them on a TV and use your iPad to upload them. Not a good solution, but it would work I guess.

    Say that 1 movie would take up 1GB on iCloud, you could store 5 movies on it for free.

    Apple - iCloud

    If you want to store 55 movies on it, you are looking at $100/year.

    You could use DropBox, which gives you 100GB (100 movies) for $100, or 500GB for $499

    https://www.dropbox.com/upgrade


    No matter how you look at it, your best option would be to get a computer to do the job for you.

    example:

    HP 6910P Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz, 1GB DDR2, 160GB HDD, Combo, Windows XP Pro 14.1 Notebook (Off Lease) (Refurbished) at TigerDirect.com

    $233

    comes with a 160GB harddrive, so you can store at least 100 movies on it.

    Add another $90 for an external 1TB drive

    Western Digital WDBAAU0010HBK-NESN Elements External Hard Drive - 1TB, USB 2.0, Black at TigerDirect.com

    and for about $350 with shipping, you have enough space for 1100 movies, without a yearly fee.
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    Amazon.com: Samsung SE-208BW optical SmartHub Wi-Fi streamer for USB Storage and DVD/CD: Computers & Accessories

    When it first came out it earlier this year, it was selling for about 150, which was a bit much, but after noticing it was now selling for only $40 when I pulled the link for my reply earlier in this thread, I decided to order one.

    Of course it doesn't actually rip your DVD to a file you can store on your iPad, but after a bit of a battle setting it up, is to connect it to your network, and with an app on your iOS or Android device, you can access it.

    I haven't put it through a full test yet, but after I got it up and running, I used it wirelessly with my laptop (iSCSI) to convert a DVD with DVD Catalyst, and last night I watched a (store-bought) DVD movie on my Kindle Fire with it.

    How it works is really simple (again, the setup is a bit of a battle). You just insert a DVD in it, and then start the app on your tablet and watch the DVD.

    Aside from that, it also has a USB port you can use for harddrives/usb sticks, and have it stream video files, it has build-in samba and ftp servers, but I have not gotten to that just yet.

    The fact that you can just open the drive, insert a DVD and watch it on your tablet is pretty cool though.
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    Thank you for your summary DVD Catalyst. Imagine a plug and play device !!! What will they think of next, someone should invent an ..... Wait for it .... An iPad! Seriously, based on your previous link, and now your update I went and ordered it from Amazon. I'm getting it on Wednesday next week. Thank you.
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    :)

    You are welcome Matt,

    I am thinking about writing a more detailed review about the drive, but it sort of borders to being a competitor to my own software :)

    I played with a few video files earlier today. I hooked up a 1TB external drive, and played some video files from it.

    The drive was formatted as NTFS and I was actually surprised that it worked. I don't think HFS/HFS+ (MAC) drives would work, but usually these types of devices only like a FAT file-system.
    I tried a variety of different video files.
    AVI's worked fine. just standard DIVX/XVID with MP3 and AC3 audio played fine.
    I also tried a few MKV's, but didn't have a chance yet to see which actual formats for video/audio were supported. Some files worked, some didn't.
    But in all cases, it did result in hickups during playback, and a nice warning message that my device was too slow to play the files. I was doing this on my iPad3.

    One warning, and I hope it was a bit clear in my previous reply, it was a bit of a battle to get it setup.
    When you get it, I would suggest to actually use it as a router at first to set it up.
    I hooked it on to my router and the internal IP range was the same as the external one, so it was a mess. After changing the range, it was a bit easier, but if you hook the ethernet port directly to your ISP connection, and connect with a computer (PC) using wireless to it, it should be setup in no-time at all.

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