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In this tutorial, by using just two programs, you can convert a full DVD movie into an iPod-ready mp4 file. Read below for a full guide and links!
PROGRAMS TO CONVERT DVD to MP4:
- DVD Decrypter version 220.127.116.11 (available here).
- Videora iPod Converter version 2.0 (available here).
- DVD43 version 3.9.0 (available for free here). This program runs in the background and helps DVD Decrypter tackle certain types of encryption on the fly with no user interaction required. Some DVDs might not need DVD43, but others, including the one used in this tutorial, did need it. If anything, it’s good to have because it works with a whole host of other programs, too.
- 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, saves you loads of time, and the editors here use it themselves.
1) Once the DVD is inserted into your DVD drive, open up DVD Decrypter. If you are using DVD43 as mentioned above, also load this now (it usually auto-loads, you’ll see the smiley face in the task bar if it’s running). In DVD Decrypter, open up the source of the DVD by selecting the drive the disc is in using the drop down arrow. Nine times out of ten it will automatically detect the DVD and load it’s information – the only time you’re really going to need to choose the DVD manually is if there are multiple DVD movies in your computer at the same time, or you inserted the disc after loading DVD Decrypter.
2) Click the “Mode” option at the top, and select “IFO.”
3) Go to the “Stream Processing” tab. Check the box for “Enable Stream Processing.” Check only the Video file (there should only be one shown in most circumstances) and the Audio file that you want (in this case there is only one to choose from, but some movies will have dubs in other languages, or 2.1 or 5.1 options – check only the box that best suits your needs, which will most likely be 3ch and 6ch English). Don’t check the subtitle boxes unless you want them.
4) Click the “Tools” option at the top, and select “Settings.”
5) Select the “IFO” tab. Change the “File Splitting” drop-down menu to the “None” option and click OK.
6) If needed, change the output directory by selecting the folder and magnifying glass icon – make sure to remember where it rips to, because you’ll need to go back there soon. Click the large button with the disc and the hard drive images to begin ripping the DVD to your hard drive as a VOB file.
7) A typical movie will be about 5 to 6 GB in size when ripped, and will take about 15 to 20 minutes to rip. Sit back and let it go. DVD Decrypter plays a funny sound clip when it’s done, too.
8) Open the Videora iPod Converter program. Click the “Convert” button at the top.
9) Click the “Select File” button at the bottom right, and select the VOB file that DVD Decrypter just ripped to your hard drive.
10) You can play around with the onscreen settings as you wish, but for this tutorial, I chose options that give excellent video and audio quality while cutting conversion times considerably. These settings created a movie that was 747MB in size. I set “Video Format” to Old, “Video Size” to iPod, “Video Quality” to medium, “Enhance Quality” to off, and “Audio Quality” to medium. Click the “Next” button when you have the settings you want.
11) Select the “Set Title” tab at the bottom of the screen and choose the output name of the video file you are about to make. I just typed the name of the movie. Click the “Start Converting” button at the bottom right.
12) The movie has now started converting to mp4 format for your iPod. The progress bar for me zoomed to 100% instantly before it even started converting, but as the status figures show, you can see it’s progress. Just don’t be fooled by the instant 100% bar – it’s obviously faulty. Just let it go until it’s done. My particular movie took about 18 minutes to create.
13) Once the movie is done converting, the program automatically adds it to your iTunes library, if you have it installed. If not, it seemed to default to the My DocumentsConverted VideosiPodMPEG4 folder if you need to access the movie file manually. It is now ready to move to your iPod. I received excellent video and audio quality, and no hickups during the entire procedure. And at last, a final picture to prove that it worked:
Hopefully this guide will be sufficient and definitive enough for all of our readers. I encourage you to comment below or post in the forums if you encounter any difficulties or anomalies, or if you have any additional feedback. Remember, iPod Legends doesn’t condone illegal pirating or conversion of DVDs. Only do this with your own purchased movies.