Any news if Handbrake will be available for the IPad? or is it a mute point.........
I think it would be cool if they would allow at least storage of the offending non-apple supported file format until Hanbrake could convert it on the IPad directly and then delete the original.
I don't understand what you mean by "available for the iPad".
Handbrake is a program for PC or MAC OS ( as well as Linux, fedora, etc) that encodes video in various formats. Choose the right encoding parameters and file format and the encoded files work perfectly on iPad. So, yes, it is a "moot" point.
Unless you are pretty technical I'd recommend downloading a commercial program like Xilisoft DVD to iPad converter.
I have been using a 3 step process:
1. Rip the DVD using DVD Decrypter (this creates a raw digital copy of the DVD on your HD for use by Handbrake. Files are approx 5GB.)
2. Verify with VLC (VLC also provides the necessary decryption plug-ins for Handbrake.)
3. Encode with Handbrake.
For Handbrake to iPad I have been using the PLIST file I found here:
How to Create iPad Formatted Videos Using HandBrake or FFMpeg