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- iMore Intermediate
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Best software for converting videos (DVD) for use on iPhone?
I didnt see a better forum to put this in, so here goes...
I was wondering what the best software is for converting DVD's etc... to an iphone compatible video format. I know of a few (Transfer my DVD, Roxio Crunch, etc...), but haven ever used any. Any suggestions? Thanks.
- 08-16-2008, 01:04 PM #2
- 08-16-2008, 01:24 PM #4
yeah i was wondering the same thing...I'm a PC user also and got a bunch of movies on DVD i wanted to somehow transfer to my iphone. read reviews for Transfer My DVD and said it was a piece of crap and didn't work.
so...What software is out there?
Last edited by stonefree97; 08-16-2008 at 01:27 PM.
- 08-16-2008, 01:26 PM #5
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- 08-17-2008, 10:07 AM #9iPhone Intermediate
- 410 Posts
10 hours, wow... thats very wrong... did it ESTIMATE 10 hrs, or actually take 10 hrs?
also handbrake normally uses 100% of the CPU cycles. so, i normally encode at night when im sleeping and not using the computer.
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- 08-31-2008, 03:30 AM #12iPhone Newbie
- 26 Posts
I'm new to iPhone, but not new to DVDrips. Here is what I've been using for years now... successfully I might add.
The best (and cheapest) program is to use SlySoft's AnyDVD. Pay the $30... you receive updates for life. They come out with new releases several times a month. So, it's best to just pay the $30 and not have to worry. This is take away the copyright protection on 99/9% of the DVD's out there. If you run into one or two that won't rip properly, you can research a workaround or wait another week or so for the next update.
For the file conversion from DVD to a usable iPhone/iPod file, use Handbrake. It's FREE and it's really easy to use. Be sure to chec out their mini tutorial on their site to help you along the first time.
That's pretty much it... hope that helps!
- 08-31-2008, 11:07 AM #13
- 09-02-2008, 04:12 PM #14iPhone Newbie
- 16 Posts
A 2nd for Handbrake
I'm also a Mac user, but if the PC equivalent of Handbrake is as good as the Mac version, then I can't say enough good things about it. It usually takes me about an hour to rip a DVD on my MacBook Pro, and it's FREE. Also, Handbrake is good for me because it's practically dummy-proofPalm since Palm Professional --- Treo 650 (2 yrs), iPhone since 6/29/07
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- 09-02-2008, 06:58 PM #17iPhone Beginner
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- 09-03-2008, 01:31 AM #19iPhone Newbie
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I use DVD fab platinum 4 from a torrent I got with a keygen it will rip a movie and convert it in one foul swoop (and the voices will stay in sync all the way to the end of the movie) but I have found the best way is to rip several full discs to a folder and convert them all at once since a movie takes about 1 1/2 hours to convert but ripping a disc only takes 20 minutes example to rip and convert 6 movies I only need to pay attention for 2hours and convert overnight
- 09-03-2008, 05:39 AM #20iMore Actual
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Handbrake has always been super quick and easy for me. I've dumped almost all my DVDs onto an Apple TV via Drobo now, and it's really amazing to just be able to cue something up and watch without disc flipping (or scratching!)
MacTheRipper can help with tricky discs sometimes as well.
(And thanks to Bad Ash for throwing the front page bump at this thread!)
- 09-03-2008, 05:46 AM #21iPhone Newbie
- 11 Posts
Hi guys, can I check with you somethings. I'm never ripped a DVD and convert them to mp4 before. Doing it right now.
1. Just wondering what is the typical expected mp4 file size after it's being converted ?
2.How long does it take to convert a dvd to mp4 using handbrake ?
I just want to make sure that I'm doing the right thing. Thanks in advance .
- 09-03-2008, 06:11 AM #22iPhone Nanite
- 4 Posts
Here are a couple of things you can do.
1) Handbrake is a good option, which I've tried since I saw the post about the program here on TiPB. At least, I'm pretty sure the article was here. What I did discover was that I needed to run another program, in this case, DVD43, in the background, to get Handbrake to be able to run (PC). I've been pleased with the quality of the finished product and the amount of time that it takes to . I've been noticing that movies encoded with Handbrake for iPhone result in files between 750 MB to 1.3 GB. The best deal about this set-up is that the program is free!
2) I've been a long-time fan of "FairUse Wizard" which I originally used to convert movies for my Dell Axims. The program's "auto" options for iPod and iPhone yield smaller movie files, but the quality suffers, especially on "dark" movies, such as Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, or Batman Begins. FairUse is available for a modest fee, and updates are free as well (or they have been). I also like the batch-file options with FairUse for converting DVDs of TV shows (like "The Office"). I'm not sure how Handbrake handles such issues...I haven't worked with it enough yet.
3) Both these programs take between 1.5 and 2.5 hours to convert a movie to an iTunes accepted format. From what I've heard, this is about normal, and considering that most movies are 1.5 to 2.5 hours long, real time encoding seems acceptable to me. Perhaps in the future, encoding will take minutes....but the technology just isn't there yet for the end user.
4) I've used several other conversion methods, and I don't really recommend dealing with other methods when "one-click" options do the job, arguably better than when individuals "mess around" with various settings on several programs to create the "perfect movie."
5) Do your encoding when you have time. Set your computer to work as you leave in the morning; or set it to encode while you're sleeping. In no time at all, you'll have a healthy collection of movies available for your iPod.
6) Don't forget that you can tag movies in iTunes, just like audio files. I always do a search for the movie posters of any movie I've imported into iTunes (an important step, of course, if you want a movie on your iPod Touch or iPhone), and I paste those posters as the album artwork of the movie...it works great! You'll have to personally decide which movies you want to bring with you at any time...with a 16GB iPod Touch, I never bring more than four with me at any time. I'm really hoping for a 32GB iPhone release next week...
7) And I really do own all the movies I encode...so I believe that I am existing fully under copyright law as I don't share my collection with anyone else (other than my wife!)
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- 11-14-2008, 02:37 AM #23iPhone Nanite
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- 11-19-2008, 12:29 AM #25iPhone Nanite
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I need a good program that will copy my DVD video to my computer?
I need a good program that will copy my DVD video to my computer and convert it to WMV or AVI in high quality, with no distortion to the sound or video. No trials, i already have several. I want something to keep.