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DVD Viewing on iPad

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by jcurl, May 26, 2012.

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    I'm sure this has been asked and answered many times but I've searched and can't find it.

    I have both an iPad 1 and 2 and run iTunes on both a WinXP and Win7.

    What I need to know is, can I take a hard copy DVD that I have and somehow load it and view it on my IPad? I assume that I'll have to load it in my iTunes library and then sync it. Is such athing possible?

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    Yes, you'll need a programme like Handbrake (its free) downloaded on your computer, this has presets for the iPad conversion. Then you can drag the resultant file into iTunes for syncing to your iPad.

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    Instead of converting using handbrake use avplayerhd in the app store - just add the files through iTunes and it's much quicker.
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    This app won't work with DVDs,you will have to use handbrake as recommended.
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    But does this Handbrake application preserve the quality of DVD video?
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    I don't think so... I don't know if I am using the wrong settings or something, but the quality is not as good as DVD.


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    Yes. Effectively it does, but you have to reencode and compress, so you are in effect lowering the quality to get the file size smaller. The notion is to do it in such a way that you won't notice the slightly lower quality of the reencoded video file. Note that many DVDs are close to 9GB in size (or over 5 or 6GB)...if you want to pack that down to fit on an iPad, then you have to give up something. The same thing goes with Blu-ray, many of which are upwards of 30GB in size. If you pack that down to less than 2GB, then you are losing some quality. But on a 10-inch screen, you can suffer some slight loss without serious impact to visual quality.
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    You surely do not know how to use the application if you believe this.
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    I like simple so I use Daniusoft DVD to MP4 Converter. I insert the DVD and it converts it to mp4. The only choice I have made is to use closed captioning or not. I've used it well over a hundred times and it has been flawless.

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    Actually it will work with dvds, im sorry you are misinformed and have not had the opportunity to use avplayer hd. What needs to be done first is use anydvd to crack any possible protection issues, then rip the dvd using dvd shrink. Ive done it numerous times and loaded the video files(vob, avi) through the app in itunes. Handbrake is a waste of time, trust me quality is perfect rip.
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    I don't doubt that your method works, but I do disagree with your comment that handbrake is a waste of time. I like handbrake because I can play the files on other devices, not just an iPad. Not everything plays vob files.

    I too am a fan of AVPlayerHD.
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    Your answer tells me it WON'T work directly with dvds,you have to remove the copy protection and rip the DVD with other programs first,before using anyplayer hd.This is hardly working directly with a dvd.Why do a process like your's requiring the use of three separate programs when handbrake is a stand alone program that does it all?
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    Is that what the answer tells you? I'm sorry this is difficult for you to comprehend, any DVD runs in background, avplayer helps play many, many types of files and shrink simply pulls the file off the disc. The time it takes you to Decode and recode a file will take you far longer than it will for me and as far as I understand you still need a decrypter to break DVD copy protection while usinghandbrake.
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    Can someone give a good explanation on how to DVD to iPad 3 format, good quality?


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    1. Decrypt DVD.
    2. Compress DVD file.
    3. Upload via iTunes.
    4. Sync with iPad.
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    Are you using Windows or Mac? I can talk about ways to do it on Windows but not on the MAC. Of course, you own the DVDs in question, right?
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    You know...if I were going to go this approach, I'd use MakeMKV rather than DVD Shrink. AVPlayerHD handles mkv's too. MakeMKV is actually supported, too.
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    So what is bad about Handbrake? I have been using it for years. Ripped over 300 DVDs and enjoy them on iPad, AppleTVs with very acceptable results. On iPad the resolution is just right for watching on a plane. On the AppleTVs ( I have 4 and they are connected to screens from 40 to 63" and a 110" front HD projection system in my home theater) the resolution is not BluRay quality but most of the content is old movies I got from my local library. Just having them on demand is a thrill.

    Please let me know if here is a better way. Thanks..

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