Future iPad owner... What program should I use to compress movies...

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    I am going to be buying an iPad (maybe today) and one of the major reasons I want it is for my daughte4r to watch movies on it while traveling. Is there a program that I can use that will compress movies without losing too much resolution/clarity, or having audio sync issues?
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    Handbrake
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    Thanks, I will give it a look.
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    So handbrake won't rip a copyrighted DVD?
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    No, that's piracy.
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    If you own the DVD and you are wanting to view it on your iPad, Handbrake will encode the DVD, create an iPad compatible format and then you can synch it to your iPad via iTunes. It is not piracy as long as you own the DVD and you are using the DVD for your personal use as intended by the artist/producer. This is the same idea as turning a cd full of music and transferring it into your iPad.
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    Makemkv. Handbrake.
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    Piracy is copying something I do not own or giving a copy to someone else.... I just want to watch dvd's on the iPad.
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    Well I am giving it a try on a 35 minute disc... When I tried to use the preview button it errored out and said something about "vcl player missing".
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    To get around this, you can use QuickTime or ms media player. When you get that message there is an option book to do so.
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    Since you're asking for DVDs you own, I'll answer this :)

    It can, but it needs libraries that aren't included by default for legal reasons. You either need to find those libraries and place them in the proper place or use another application to decrypt the disc first and then point handbrake at the decrypted version on your hard drive.
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    For my niece's birthday, I bought a copy of Warhorse, put it on my PC, launched Handbrake, chose iPad preset, chose chapters, hit start and five hours later it finished encoding the DVD and I was able to synch it to her iPad. The file was a whopping 2.3Gigs in size. I've been doing this very simple process now for the last three weeks. I have not found any need for libraries or decryption.
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    I will suggest to go for a vpn service that allows direct access to popular movie and tv entertainment channels access on very economical monthly packs. There are so many options available, just search on google or raise your voice here on ipadforums,, experience people will surely provides you the best alternate.
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    5 hours for a file to be played on an iPad. It should not be taking anywhere near that long. Remember, the tiny screen of an iPad cannot do justice so super high quality rips. And 2.3 GB for a DVD rip is a terrible waste. If you play around a bit you'll find decent quality at smaller file sizes and lower rip times. JFYI, though.
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    Like MoonlitSonata
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    The best program is handbrake. I sometimes use iMovie with plugin to do the compression. It works quite well.
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    Could I set up a vpn and access my home PC to watch them?
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    So the first movie I did came out to be 3.75gb... what setting do I need to change to compress it more? These are just cartoons for my daughter so the quality doesn't need to be perfect, just good.
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    If the quality doesn't need to be as good, just pick one of the iphone or ipod profiles. Files created using those settings will work on the iPad as well.
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    Doesn't need to be great but it needs to be decent.

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