Mac Tutorial: How To Put DVDs on the iPhone

hitnrun

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36 minutes to convert a 1hr 51minute movie on my MacBook Pro using handbrake. Not bad at all, I'm not big on watching movies on my iPhone but I have a few musicals that will sound awesome on this.

On the version of Handbrake software that I use on my G5 iMac, it allows me to select presets for whatever media player. It has the iPhone, psp, ipod video, Appletv, etc.

It changes around the various file settings depending on which one you click.
However, I have not been able to rip a DVD in under 12 hours. I choose the iPhone setting everytime and it seems to work really well so far. The file sizes are all about 1GB. Is there another 'preset' setting that will play on the iPhone without losing quality or space and that WON'T take a full day to rip?
 
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Im on vista, im following the instructions exactly with my wedding crashers dvd.. and everytime i click encode video, the little dos thing comes up and then the message saying encoding complete comes up like 5 seconds later and nothings happened.

anyone know whats going on?

This sounds exactly like what happened with me on vista, and tried on xp, with a program called iriverter, does the same thing as this freeware. I solved the problem by actually making an exact directory for output, or destination(whatever you wanna call it)

To do this. Go to computer or my computer.
Go under your log in name
Right click, go to new, pick folder.
Name the folder, movie directory or w/e you want.
Pick this as your directory in the program

Hopefully this will work...good luck
 
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Also for all the ones complaining about its taking to long. Usually for converters on a low processor or low memory:

1. Let the program run by itself, don't do it in backround. Its obvious if you're browsing the wbe or w/e it will take up RAM.

2. You can get a new dvd reader, hard disk...its not always your processor or memory. They do take a role in ripping but no...its a matter of how fast your disc reader can read the disc...
 

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Okay, I'm trying Handbrake on a Windows XP. I'm having trouble under "Destination". It allows me to browse for the folder, but I can't select it. I'm not really good with computers, but if someone could help me, I'd appreciate it.


I have Windows XP and Vista and I use "Cucusoft DVD to iPhone converter" or "DVD Fab", real easy to use.
 

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ok, sorry for the noob question in advance. I just bought my first mac pc. do you have to use a dvd ripper first before you use handbrake? or do you just run handbrake and then install the dvd. the reason i ask is i opened handbrake then put supertroopers dvd in and could not figure it out. i never found the select volume screen to start out. thanks for any help
 

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ok, sorry for the noob question in advance. I just bought my first mac pc. do you have to use a dvd ripper first before you use handbrake? or do you just run handbrake and then install the dvd. the reason i ask is i opened handbrake then put supertroopers dvd in and could not figure it out. i never found the select volume screen to start out. thanks for any help
Handbrake does the whole thing - rips and encodes

It has a habit of playing you DVD as well, which is annoying when you're trying to set up the software!
 

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Yep, I just ripped Elf with Will Ferrel. It ripped fine, and downloaded as MPEPG 4 onto my desktop.

I dropped it into iTunes and let it import. But then when I synced my phone it told that "This movie cannot be played on this iPhone."

Very frustrating.

- John
 

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Yep, I just ripped Elf with Will Ferrel. It ripped fine, and downloaded as MPEPG 4 onto my desktop.

I dropped it into iTunes and let it import. But then when I synced my phone it told that "This movie cannot be played on this iPhone."

Very frustrating.

- John
This was not mentioned in the tutorial, however I think its a crucial step:

Click the Presets toggle button in the top right corner of the application window and select - Ipod - Hi Rez

I've been using that setting for a month now and I'm getting files that are comparable to the ones you buy on iTunes. Now I have noticed you can right click them in iTunes and select "encode for ipod" or whatever, but thats only because its an mp4 and not m4v. In any case it syncs without any problems.
 

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Wow, thanks for the info! Handbrake is great. Put it on my iPhone and wound up giving my wife her iPhone early, no way she would have waited for Christmas! As soon as she saw me putting a movie in all she wanted to do was go get one.

One question, is there a way on Handbrake to copy/burn a DVD that can be played on a regular DVD player? Looked but coulbn't figure it out.

Thanks to the OP and all else that chimed in!
 
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Mac The Ripper

One question, is there a way on Handbrake to copy/burn a DVD that can be played on a regular DVD player? Looked but coulbn't figure it out.
If you are on a Mac you want to try Mac The Ripper, the free version (2.6 I think) rips the DVD and saves the VIDEO_TS folder so that you can use Disk Utility to burn a DVD.

Handbrake is for converting DVD (MPEG-2) into MPEG-4 (mp4 or m4v)

In answer to a previous question, some DVDs will only encode for a few seconds and then appear to be finished. This is a known issue with some DVDs called the Zero Cell Issue. You can read about it here

http://handbrake.fr/forum/viewtopic.php?t=266

hope this helps

theohiobloke
 

ras19064

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can't transfer MPEG4

I used Pocket DVD Wizard to convert a music video to MPEG 4, but I can't get it into iTunes. I've tried to drag it and i've tried to import it, but to no avail.
Any help or suggestions?

Rick
 

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Just got the Mac so I'm unsure of how to convert avi files to mp4 for the iPhone and iPod. I can use Handbrake to get a DVD to convert, but when I select the avi file as the Source, it just says that no valid source is found. Should I try using other software?
 

ClarkKent724

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This is great info! Thank you everyone. Quick question though, I am running a Powerbook 1.5 G4 and don't want to fry it. Would ripping a movie like Superman Returns be an all day type thing? Maybe I should stick with 30min TV shows? Thanks.
 

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Handbrake did not seem to work for me last night. I downloaded it, put in my "Boiler Room" DVD..Handbrake converted it..I dragged it into iTunes with no problem.

However, when I tried to put it onto my 3G it said it could not sync to my iPhone? I downloaded the newest version of Handbrake for Leapoard and did not switch the column to iPhone/iPod on the right hand side..maybe that's the issue? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

iMerlin

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Im on the verge of getting a mac so this thread is very useful. As soon as I get the MBP Ill be ripping movies on that instead of my PC. One question, does anyone else see the pics in Chris' tutorial? Im seeing red Xs.