Copy DVD to iPad (2017) for watching on the go

The iPad has become a great travel companion with games to play and a beautiful display to watch movies on, especially on the most affordable "full size" new iPad (2017) Apple just released on March, as it use the more powerful A9 chip we first saw in the iPhone 6 and 6S, that means watching movies on this iPad wouldn't be nicer with its 2048 x 1536 pixel Retina display screen and the claimed 10-hour battery life on travels.

With the sound iPad in hand, which claimed to support H.264 up to 4K, there are so complicated feeling if movies from DVD can't be played on iPad because of no optical drive. Nor does iTunes, the program that manages your iPad to import DVD contents. This leaves you with no way to watch the DVDs you've paid for on your tablet. You can repurchase your DVD collection from the iTunes Store, but that can be expensive, especially if you have a large DVD library. So as to play DVDs on iPad (2017) (iPad Pro or iPad Air 2, iPad Mini, iPhones), there are several ways to do that but a good place to rip DVD movies to iPad playable videos called Handbrake.

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Part 1 How to rip a DVD movie to iPad with Handbrake?

Part 2 How to fix the problems of ripping DVD to iPad with Handbrake?

Part 3 Comparison of DVD ripping to iPad with Handbrake and Handbrake alternative

How to rip a DVD movie to iPad with Handbrake?

iPad can only support video of H.264/MPEG-4 codec saved in .M4V, .MP4, and .MOV file formats and M-JPEG codec in .AVI format. Thus looking to liberate the movies in your DVD collection from the confines of their plastic-and-metal prison so you can enjoy them on your iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Apple TV? Well look no further, follow this full tutorial of ripping DVD movies with Handbrake here, so that you can transfer your DVD movies from their discs to your computer, that you can import to iTunes and sync to your iPad for watching wherever and whenever you wish.

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Step 1: Free download the latest HandBrake 1.0.3 on computer. And run Handbrake and insert your video DVD into your Mac. Make sure you have downloaded and installed VLC player on Mac before. Now Handbrake will start scanning your DVD. It will take minutes to finish scanning.

Step 2: Set a destination for your videos. There are 3 settings in the Destination part you can modify: file destination, codec and file format.

Step 3: Press the "Convert" button to begin to rip DVD to iPad MP4 format with H264 encoder. The encoding time depends on the speed of your computer and the duration of your video file. After finishing the encoding, quit Handbrake.

Step 4: Connect your iPad to your Mac and now you can transfer the converted DVD to iPad by iTunes or the free iPad media transfer tool. Here you're suggested to use iPad media transfer tool integrated into Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac instead of iTunes to stream DVD movies to iPad wirelessly within seconds even for 1TB file. Because iTunes has countless yet annoying iOS syncing issues like:

  • After updating to iOS 9.3.5, iTunes cannot sync music/photos to iPad, even upgraded to iTunes 12.6
  • iTunes half crash while syncing ripped large DVD files to iPad (400MB to 1GB).
  • iTunes makes ripped DVD file to iPad transfer become a time-consuming chore, around 3-4 hrs to complete DVD to iPad transfer.

How to fix the problems of ripping DVD to iPad with Handbrake?

Somtimes the similar dilemma like HandBrake crashes when ripping DVD to MP4, that often happens with people who use Handbrake to decrypt the protected DVD on computer. Many users are used to issues and have probably discovered remedies to each problem by trial and error. Installing the plug-ins like libdvdcss on Handbrake with Mac does not help, especially those running OS X El Capitan, have to deal with System Integrity Protection (SIP) which is designed for protect critical system files and processes, but unfortunately, this SIP will remove libdvdcss file that Handbrake needs to run on MacOS. Though you can successfully let libdvdcss to work on Mac for ripping the protected DVD, but sometimes things do not work out the way you would like. As a guideline, you may go ahead with the Handbrake DVD ripping alternative methods in case you can't get your DVD contents to play on iPad.

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The recommended Handbrake alternative program for solving the problems of encrypted DVD ripping is Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac, which is a professional DVD ripping tool without any Handbrake error, which could remove commerical DVD copy protection (like CSS, UOP, RCE, region code and Sony ARccOS) and rip DVD to iPad 2017, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini(2), etc. iDevices supported MP4/MOV/M4V for playing anywhere you like. Once you load a DVD, you can begin a conversion with a single click and yields high-quality video and audio for iPad playback.

    * Overcome all types of DVDs like the latest 99-title Disney DVD, workout DVDs, Beachbody DVDs, Lionsgate DVDs, homemade DVDs, etc.

    * 1:1 copy any DVDs to VIDEO_TS folder by keeping the original DVD structure; or backup DVD to multi-track MP4 for all native soundtracks reserved on iPad;

    * Extract audio from DVD file and convert it to AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, M4A audio formats for iPad playing.

    * Free remotely to transfer the ripped DVD contents to iPad with no need of iTunes and USB;

    * With NVIDIA CUDA technology, the DVD to iPad converting speed is 30X faster than ever;

Steps-guide to convert DVD to MP4 the iPad compatible format

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Step 1 Launch DVD to iPad Converter and load DVD

Download and install DVD to iPad Converter on your computer (For Windows users, please turn to this Windows DVD to iPad Converter). Click "Add DVD" and then you can insert your DVD Disc (DVD VIDEO_TS and DVD ISO images included) on your computer via DVD drive.

Tip 1: you can backup your whole DVD disc to VIDEO_TS folder if you like to keep a DVD copy by click "Copy whole DVD disc to Folder" in the drop-down menu of "Add DVD";

Tip 2: For the 99-title DVDs, Dimo Video Converter Ultimate will automatically highlight the main routine title on the TOP task bar by the arranging from titles with longest time to shortest one.

Step 2 Choose output format for iPad

Select "iPad" from "Format" > "Device" > "Apple" as output format from Apple Device profile. You can also adjust iPad settings like resolution, frame rate, Bit rate, aspect ratio, etc. and edit output files such as remove the prelude from movies, cut off the unwanted black border from picture, add subtitled to foreign film, etc.

Step 3 Start DVD to iPad conversion

Click "Start" to begin convert the added DVD files to MP4 for iPad Pro/Air/Mini or new iPad 2017. As you see, with only three clicks, you can get DVD playable on iPad.

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Step 4 Stream converted DVD to iPad for playback

Keep your iPad and PC at the same network, and head to "Media Server" interface in Dimo Video Converter Ultimate, and load your ripped DVD movie folders by click "...." to locate your media files, then click "Share" to get the IP address for hand-writting to Safari of iPad, then you can view DVD movies on iPad in seconds without worries of iPad limited space.

Tip: If you like, you can long press the video file to save on your iPad for offline enjoyment.


Comparison of DVD ripping to iPad with Handbrake and Handbrake alternative

Here we compare the latest version of Dimo Video Converter Ultimate and Handbrake the latest version 1.0.3 to see their specific advantages and disadvantages in DVD ripping features.

Dimo Video Converter Ultimate


Supported DVD Copy Protection
CSS encryption, region code, Sony ARccOS, UOPs, APS, RCE YES NO
Disney X-project DRM – the new encryption method adopted by Disney, Paramount and Warner. YES NO
Constantly update to support the latest DVDs. YES NO
Supported All Disc types
Unprotected DVDs YES YES
DVD Disc/Video_TS Folder/ISO Image YES NO
Blu-ray Disc/BDMV Folder/ISO Image YES NO
Supported Output Formats
Rip DVD to MP4, H.264, H.265, FLV, AVI, WMV, MOV, MKV, VOB, MPEG-2, ISO image, MP3, AC3, DTS, etc. all the mainstream formats.


H.264 MKV, MP4 only

3D video YES NO

Profiles for Mobile Devices

General profiles for Android, Apple, FireTV, Chromecast, Playstation, Robu, Windows Mobile, Xbox with preset parameters YES YES
Latest profiles for iPhone 7/7 Plus/6s/SE/6, iPad Pro/mini 4/Air 2, iTunes, iMovie, Samsung Galaxy S7/edge, Sony, HTC 10, Huawei, Nokia, Microsoft, Google Pixel, Blackberry, PS4, Xbox, Zune, etc



DVD Copying Feature
Copy Blu-ray to m2ts, folder/ISO, Copy DVD to folder YES, Available for Windows version at present No
DVD Editing Feature
Trim, crop, rotate, add watermark, flip, adjust audio volume, etc. YES YES
Add subtitles NO YES
Audio Features
Keep 5.1 Dolby Digtial Audio from original DVD/Blu-ray YES NO
Keep 7.1 Dolby Digtial Plus or DTS Audio from original Blu-ray YES NO
Standalone DVD ripping capablity YES NO, Rip DVD along with VLC and libdvdcss.
Media Server to stream media file
Video transferring to cross-platform devices like Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, Android, TVs, Tablets YES NO
Video Downloader
Free downloading videos in HD/SD MP4, AVI, MKV, AVI 720p/1080p from YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, 300+ online sites

YES, Available for Windows version at present


Support & Help

YES. Tech support 24/7 via E-mail; tutorials and official SNS account for contact.





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