3 step – DVDs to iPod


Wired has a good article on how to stuff your DVDs in to your iPod. Though the procedure involves only 3 steps, what might actually scare you off is that you might actually be breaking a law or two by overridding the commercial copy protection. You could do it at your own risk and who is gonna frisk you out for your iPod and check whether you ripped the video of the DVD? You might as well save a couple of dollars, by filling your iPod with videos from dvd instead of buying it from iTunes.

1. Decrypt the DISC
Software like DVDFab Decrypter (www.dvdidle.com/free.htm) removes a DVD’s copy protection. Remember, this is the illegal part, which is why DVD decrypting software is always a moving target. Should DVDFab disappear, a replacement is just a Google search away.

2. Combine the Video files
Ripping a DVD produces a bunch of cryptically named .VOB files. VOBMerge 2.5 (medlem.spray.se/evilmastr/mainmenu.php) will string them together. To find the movie, look for a series of very large files named something like VTS_07_1.VOB, VTS_07_2.VOB, and so on.

3. Convert the Movie
Use an app like 3GP_Converter (www.videohelp.com/tools?tool=3GP_Converter) to turn your movie into an iPod-compatible MPEG-4 file. Select “Model: MP4, for iPod” as the conversion mode (there is also an option for the PSP). The resulting file is ready for iTunes.

Wired – Putting DVDs into a Video iPod

2 Responses to “3 step – DVDs to iPod”

  1. 1 confused

    with the 3GP_Converter, which option do you choose once you have chosen the Model: MP4 for iPOD?
    it just says Processing…

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