How to Rip DVD to iTunes for Watching on Apple Devices

As an Movie fans, you might have paid a good amount of money for your DVD collections. You can certainly watch these DVDs the usual way, with a DVD player, but wouldn’t it be great to add them to your iTunes library, so you can sync them to your iPad or iPhone, and watch them anywhere?

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However, iTunes can’t rip a DVD, of course, since ripping DVDs involve a gray area of copyright law. Fair use suggests that you should be able to rip them for personal use, but in some countries this is patently illegal. I won’t deal with those issues here. If you feel that it’s right to rip DVDs you own, then read on to find out how.

Part 1. iTunes Compatible File Formats

Part 2. Getting DVD Ripper

Part 3. How to to Import DVD to iTunes?


Part 1. iTunes Compatible File Formats

Supported Video Formats Supported Audio Formats
iTunes H.264 video and MPEG-4 video in MOV, MP4, and M4V file formats AAC, AIFF, Protected AAC (MP4 from iTunes Store), MP3, Apple Lossless(M4A), WAV

Note: Video podcasts in .mov format will not play on most iPods and portable devices. To ensure compatibility with mobile devices, use only MPEG-4 (.mp4 or .m4v) formats with H.264 compression.

Part 2. Getting DVD Ripper

  • 2.1 Handbrake – Freeware

HandBrake: This free app lets you convert a DVD, or a .dvdmedia file, into a digital video file, which you can then add to iTunes. It’s immensely powerful, offering all sorts of options for ripping, managing audio tracks, displaying subtitles, and more. You can also use it to convert videos from most formats to iTunes-compatible files.

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They surely made it when ripping normal DVDs and converting limited video formats (video in MP4 or MKV container only). But as for encrypted DVDs and much more other video formats conversions, HandBrake’s ability does not equal to its ambition any more.( see Handbrake Alternative)

  • 2.2 Brorsoft DVD Ripper

Why choose Brorsoft DVD Ripper to convert DVD to iTunes supported format?

The answer is simple. Brorsoft DVD Ripper (Mac Version here) provides good quality output regardless of the end device that you are going to use. It converts DVD to any format(MOV, MP4, and M4V file formats) supported by iTunes in simple steps. Besides, you can crop the black bars, add special video effects, split or merge videos, etc. as you like with the built-in editor.

What’s more, it can also create 3D movies and provide different 3D modes. For more detailed settings, you can choose to set profile parameters, select subtitle/audio track, merge files into one, etc. Just get it and rip videos from DVD disc to iTunes for playback on your iPhone, New iPad, iPod touch, etc. in just a few mouse clicks!

Free download, install and run Brorsoft DVD Ripper, the trail-before-purchase quick download icon provide here, you can also turn to Brorsoft page for downloading.

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Keep in mind that you have download the right version, Mac OS .dmg files cannot be installed on Windows platform – and vice versa.

Step 1. Import source DVD

Insert target DVD disk, and click “Add DVD” button on the main interface of Leawo DVD Ripper to load source DVD.

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Step 2. Choose output format

Click “Format” bar and select the format you want from the drop-down list. Just select MOV, MP4, and M4V file formats which supported by iTunes , here you can browse your computer for a better destination folder for Brorsoft DVD Ripper to output your DVD rips.

select mp4 as output format

If you like, you can click “Settings” to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish.

Step 3. Start to Convert

Click the big green “Convert” button on the top-right of the interface to start to convert DVD to iTunes compatible formats.

Part 3. How to to Import DVD to iTunes?

When the conversion is done, you can start to import DVD to iTunes. please open iTunes on your computer and follow the instruction below.

Click “File” menu on the left side of iTunes toolbar, and choose the “Add File to Library” option. After that, open the output folder that contains the videos to select the file and click “Open”.

Now you can get DVD file imported to iTunes successfully.

In other words, you could simple click the “File >> Add File into Library” to browse and add movies into iTunes movie library.

Then you could see your selected movie appear in “Home Videos” group.

In this method, you could add almost all files into iTunes music library (those are compatible with iTunes).

Here you could get another effective method to import movie into iTunes:

1. Simply navigate to your iTunes Media folder. If you don’t know where your iTunes Media folder locates, you could open “iTunes >> Preferrence >> Advanced” tab to check.

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2. Copy the movie files (in MOV, MP4 or M4V) into the Automatically Add to iTunes folder. After copying, your movies would appear in iTunes movie library.

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