Good News! This DVD to iPod tutorial is now outdated, but the newer DVD to iPod tutorial using easier software is here: “How To Do An Unbelievably Easy DVD to iPod Conversion Tutorial”.
For this DVD to iPod tutorial, all you need to do is download DVD43, which runs in the background, and Nero Recode, which is a very easy to use and professional program. We’ve made a step-by-step tutorial to show you how to rip all of your protected and unprotected DVDs to your iPod. To convert your DVDs to iPod, read on.
DVD to iPod Programs:
Premium DVD to iPod Program:
- If you want a simpler way to convert your DVD to iPod (MP4), we highly recommend using a pay program. One of our favorites is the Cucusoft DVD to iPod converter (trial available for free here). It’s cheap, but saves you loads of time and is extremely effective.
DVD to iPod Instructions:
1) After installing both DVD to iPod programs, be sure to reboot your computer to ensure they run properly. Once you have rebooted, launch DVD43 so that it runs down in the taskbar. It will look like a yellow or green face. You don’t have to configure anything for DVD43, it works automatically.
2) Insert your DVD into your computer’s DVD-ROM drive. If DVD43 is able to decrypt your DVD (DVD43 should be able to do about 99% of encrypted DVDs), you will see a green face in your taskbar like the one shown below.
Green smiley face means we’re all set. On with the rest of the tutorial.
3) Go ahead and open up Nero Recode. Select “Recode DVDs and Videos to Nero Digital” as shown below. This is the program that will convert our DVDs to iPod format.
4) Click the “Import Files” button (arrow #1). From the drop-down menu (arrow #2), choose the DVD you would like to convert to iPod format (arrow #3).
5) Double-click “Title 1″ (your title may be different) under the “Main Movie” header. If yours is not called “Title 1,” there should only be one file under “Main Movie.” Just double click it, as this is the main movie minus the bonus footage and random empty video cells. This is the video that will end up playing on your iPod once it is converted.
After double clicking, a box will popup that analyzes your DVD. It took our DVD about 2 minutes to analyze, but this speed will vary widely depending on your computer’s capabilities. The program is just figuring out the technical details about the DVD before it converts it to iPod format. When it is done analyzing, click “Close” on the bottom of the foreground window.
6) On the main screen, select the “Subtitle” tab (arrow #1) and choose what you want from the drop-down menu (arrow #2), if any. We chose not to have any visible subtitles, as most users will not want them on their iPod. Next, uncheck the “Fit to target” checkbox (arrow #3). After that, adjust the “Video Quality” slider (arrow #4) to change the size of the output file. The lower the quality the smaller the file. I chose a quality that gave me an output file that was approximately 650mb, as I feel this is an efficient size for my iPod while retaining some pretty high quality. If you want the highest quality, it will take up a significant amount of space, but it will look slightly better on your iPod.
7) This next step deals with the quality of the output file. Click on the “More” button (arrow #1) at the bottom of the screen to bring up extra options. Click the “Configure” button (arrow #2). Click the “Nero Digital” tab (arrow #3). By choosing to do a 2nd pass, this means that the video file will essentially be encoded twice, which increases the quality and removes any small errors from the first encoding. While a 2nd pass is not entirely necessary, I do recommend it because it increases quality significantly if the 1st pass has errors in it for some reason. The only downside is that it takes twice as long to encode the DVD to the movie file since you’re encoding it twice. It’s up to you, but we recommend a 2nd pass as shown below (arrow #4). If you want to convert DVD to iPod faster and in fewer steps, check out our newer tutorial at http://ipodlegends.com/unbelievably-easy-dvd-to-ipod-tutorial/.
8) This next step changes the resolution of the DVD video so that it can play on your iPod’s screen. Click the “Video” button (arrow #1) on the right-hand side of the screen to bring up the “Nero Digital Video Settings” window. Select the “Resize” tab (arrow #2) and select the “Custom Resize” button (arrow #3). For width (arrow #4) enter 320, and for height (arrow #5) enter 240. Your iPod’s screen supports 320×240, so this just makes sure that your DVD will play properly on your iPod.
Click “OK,” and click “Next” in the bottom right to proceed.
9) The last thing to do before your DVD converts to iPod format! On the next screen, you can choose the destination folder for your output video file. By default it is the “Nero Recode” folder under “My Documents.” You may change it if you like.
Select the “Nero Digital Settings” panel (arrow #1) and select the “Advanced” header (arrow #2). Check the “Simple Profile (Quicktime (TM) Compatability)” box (arrow #3). After this is done, click “Burn” at the bottom right.
10) Your DVD is now encoding into an iPod-playable video file. It took the test machine about 26 minutes to encode our test DVD, and it will take longer if you choose to do the 2nd pass like we did to ensure quality.
When the file is done, simply import it into iTunes, transfer it to your iPod, and enjoy!
Here’s a picture of the working DVD on my iPod:
I hope this guide helps you convert DVD to iPod for good. I’ve encountered absolutely no errors with this method after numerous tests and conversions. However, if you run into issues or have any general feedback, please post a comment below. We love hearing feedback! Let us know if it worked for you. If it took too long, check out our newer DVD to iPod tutorial at http://ipodlegends.com/unbelievably-easy-dvd-to-ipod-tutorial/.
Remember, iPod Legends doesn’t condone illegal pirating or conversion of DVDs. Only do this with your own purchased movies that you have the rights to use in the above manner. Make sure you always conform to your applicable laws.