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DVD_sSome people love a movie so much that they watch it time and time again. But spinning a disc over and over will surely wear it down to the point that it’s not watchable anymore.

So, instead of buying a new DVD copy every time the old one has been scratched to bits; a better solution would be to convert the movie inside the fragile physical disc into a digital file, store it inside a computer hard drive or portable media player, and watch the copy as many times as you want.

Apple has succesfully made the iPod the most well known name of portable media players, thanks to the great design, intuitive interface, and the high quality of the product. This makes the iPod the perfect home for the converted DVD movies. This article will help you effortlessly put a DVD movie onto your iPod.

The missing ripper

00 Handbrake LogoNo doubt the best free tool to extract the content of a DVD as a video file is Handbrake. This is like a one click solution for your DVD converting needs.

But there are many online discussions mentioning that converting the DVD directly using Handbrake doesn’t always give users the best result. To keep the result as good as possible, the DVD has to be ripped first to the hard drive before being converted by Handbrake.


mactheripperThere’s only one name that keeps popping up as the best free tool to rip DVD: MacTheRipper.

This is a free app, but you actually have to do a little web searching to get the download link. There’s a story behind these extra steps : MacTheRipper is developed in a country where ripping DVD’s (even the ones that you legally own) is forbidden by law, so the developer had to take the down the link.  To honor the developer’s goodwill, I will not include any link here either. But worry not, finding the app is not that difficult. -cough-torrent-cough- ahem. ‘Scuse me.

how do i put a dvd movie on my ipod

Rip the DVD into a VIDEO_TS folder, then open the folder as a source from Handbrake.

how do i put a dvd movie on my ipod

Choose Your Configurations

In order not to mess things up with all the complicated configurations, the first thing you need to do is to choose the resulting file you want to produce out of the (ripped) DVD.

There are some pre-configured settings that you can choose from the preset pane on the right. Choose iPod because that’s the topic today. Choose Low-rez if you only want to watch the video on your iPod, but choose Hi-rez if you are also thinking of plugging the iPod to your TV and watching the movie from the real tube.

how do i put a dvd on ipod

The video configuration will always change, reflecting what setting you choose from the right pane. Unless you understand what you are doing, I suggest you don’t change anything from the configuration in the main window.

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Instead, go to the Audio & Subtitles tab. I also prefer not to mess with the audio configuration, but this is the place to go if you want to add subtitles to the converted video. Just choose one subtitle from the available option.

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The last step is to click the “Start” button above and make yourself some coffee while waiting for the process to finish.

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If you have more than one movie to be converted, click the “Add to Queue” button after finishing the settings for one movie, then move on to the next movie. After all the movies are standing in line, you can click the “Start” button.

After the conversion process is finished, all of the converted movies will be added to iTunes and automatically synchronized to your iPod when the gadget is connected to your Mac.

Now you can safely keep those discs and enjoy the pod.

Handbrake is also available in Windows and Linux version, while MacTheRipper is Mac only.

How do you use rip your movies for iPod viewing? Do you have an easier way to do it?   If so, why not show off your expertise in the comments below?

  1. gfdffg
    January 5, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Aimersoft DVD Ripper for Mac is an all-in-one and eay to use DVD ripping software that designed for Mac users (support Mac OS X Leopard).

  2. Carl
    December 16, 2009 at 1:35 am

    True, the free converters are more a waste of time than anything else. I'm not sure about a lot of the pay ones either. Many of them claim to covert dvds yet fail to get around the encryption. Here's more of my finding about dvd to ipod converters that work

  3. Jaffer
    November 18, 2009 at 4:51 am

    For Windows, I would recommend this damn good tool - iSkysoft DVD Ripper which outputs converted videos with great quality. In addition, it's so straight-forware that even a computer illiterate can rip DVDs with ease.

    In a word, iSkysoft DVD Ripper is a wise chooice to backup your DVDs.

  4. tracyjump
    September 29, 2009 at 1:55 am

    I found another DVD Ripper software, Wondershare DVD Ripper Platinum is not a bad choice if you're looking for an easy to use program that includes some nice features and will allow you to rip to most any format. I think for the price it's worth it if you'll utilize all of the features and will be doing more than just converting or ripping to the new iPod ect.
    If you just need to rip movies for the iPod, then I'd go with one of the free versions I already looked at.

    +Fairly easy to use
    +Also give you the ability to crop, watermark or add effects
    +Relatively fast
    +No ability to change aspect ratio

    -Automatically selects everything on the DVD
    -Large final file size

  5. Susen
    September 27, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    I personally use this ( DVD to iPod Suite for Mac Converter. It can convert DVD to iPod MP4 for Video iPod and new iPod 30GB and 80GB together with the resolution for 640 by 480. It can also convert all popular video and audio formats such as AVI, MPEG, MOV, VOB, MP3, WMA, WAV, WMV to iPod movie MPEG4, MP4 and iPod music MP3, AAC, M4A.
    Free download at: (

    Best luck

  6. Wincy
    September 19, 2009 at 9:16 am

    I have a mac laptop, and I use this dvd to iPod for mac converter to help me on this

    It can convert DVD to iPod video format MP4 and convert DVD to iPod audio formats MP3, M4A. I am quite satisfied with the output quality.
    Besides, >200% conversion speed, beyond your imagination.
    It's so easy to use that I recommend you use it.

    Good luck!
    If you want to get music from iPod to Mac, use this iPod to Mac transfer software.

  7. fellowweb
    September 9, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Again: SPAM! Links to a tutorial for the same paid software as mentioned in earlier comments.
    Everyone: STICK WITH THE SOFTWARE MENTIONED BY MAKEUSEOF! Don't let this surreptitious advertising fool you!

  8. Steve
    September 4, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    In Re to Colarmac:
    I agree with felloweb,
    MacTheRipper and Handbrake are free. I better give them the $39 of your (soft?)and support those guys.

  9. fellowweb
    September 4, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Come on guys, don't start spamming in the comments. If you want to advertise for your products that's fine. But then make clear that it's advertisement.
    It's far too simple to distinguish between paid-for comment posts and unpaid ones.

  10. colarmac
    September 3, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Nice guide, it's really useful for me. I used to rip DVD with Mac The Ripper, and then convert the video with isquint, they works pretty well too. And here is a also a nice < ( >mac dvd to ipod converter.

  11. purrot
    September 3, 2009 at 3:51 am

    I use this ( DVD Decrypting + Authorzing Tools Pack for Mac which consists of the ( DVD Ripper for Mac to decode DVD to video on PC with 1:1 quality, the ( Video Converter for Mac to convert all kinds of video formats, the < ( DVD Audio Ripper for Mac to convert all audio formats and extract audio from DVD video and convert to MP3, the DVD Copy for Mac to decrypt CSS region protection and copy from D-5 to D9, D-9 to D-5, and this ( DVD Creator for Mac to burn your own DVD from whatever audio & video files you have.

    And also the ( iPod iPhone Transfer for Mac to transfer music, movies and photos from Mac OX to iPod or iPhone and vice versa without iTunes.

  12. Steve
    September 2, 2009 at 8:44 am

    "-cough-torrent-cough- ahem. ‘Scuse me."

    Sure, now that OS X has a "Trojan protection", I'll feel better when I cough. Otherwise, Achtung baby!
    "coughing" has always been a method of propagation for diseases..
    Felloweb made a worthy comment.

  13. fellowweb
    September 2, 2009 at 4:01 am

    Fairly nice article. However, if you had taken a look at the start page of Handbrake's homepage (, you would have seen that MacTheRipper is not necessary anymore:
    For several months Handbrake can directly rip DVD if the omnipresent video player VLC ( is already installed on the system - saving you one extra step.

    Quote from Handbrake's homepage:
    "HandBrake will dynamically load VLC's copy of libdvdcss if you have it in your Applications folder in Mac OS X, and if you're on Linux, and you want to live on the wild side, you can install libdvdcss on your system and get the same effect."

    • Alex
      September 2, 2009 at 8:52 pm

      But the author made it clear that " converting the DVD directly using Handbrake doesn’t always give users the best result". That's why is explained to use both of the apps!!

      • fellowweb
        September 3, 2009 at 1:23 am

        Yes, you are right. I apologize. I have definitely overseen this article.

  14. huh
    September 1, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    um, if it's illegal then aren't you abetting a crime?

    • Veraim
      December 7, 2009 at 5:09 am

      Not sure of that. But many friends use that way.
      Some of them use handbrake, some use this full functions packed Mac DVD Converter

      Output Device Support:
      *iPod, iPod nano, iPod classic, iPod shuffle, iPod touch , iPhone, iPhone 3G, Apple TV, PSP, PS3,
      *General 3GP mobile phone, BlackBerry, etc.
      *General MP4 players: Archos, Creative Zen, iRiver, etc.
      *Window Mobile device: Pocket PC, Dell Axim X51, HP iPaq hw6500 series, etc.

  15. Kindour
    September 1, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I'd prefer using iSkysoft DVD Ripper for Mac to help me convert my favorite DVD movies for viewing on my iPod. It works fantastic on my Leopard. Below is the step by step guide showing how to rip DVD on Mac using this Mac DVD Ripper:

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