If you are anything like me, you’ve got a closet full of old dvds. More and more, dvds are being phased out. Even if it seems to be a little slower, dvds will eventually follow the path of cds and be completely replaced by digital media. Anyway, onto the instructions.
Step 1 – Go to http://handbrake.fr/ and click on the downloads tab. Download the correct version for your computer. For this demonstration, I’m going to be using a Mac but it essentially is the same instructions for both Mac & Windows. Download and install the program. Should be a pretty straightforward install. Once you have it installed, insert a dvd into your computer. Click on the “Source” button in the upper left hand corner of Handbrake.
Step 2 – Find your dvd. You should see a “Video_TS” folder (see Example 1). There may be an “AUDIO_TS folder as well. Click on “Open.”
You may need to wait a few minutes. Handbrake is now looking at your dvd to try to figure out which file is the actual movie. I’ve had to wait as long as 10 minutes for it to “do it’s thing.” As soon as you see the “Source” change from scanning and the destination grayed out (see Example 2) to the name of your dvd along with a destination and browse button not grayed out(see example 3), you can proceed to the next step.
Step 3 – Pick where you want to save the file. Under the “Destination”, you can select where you want to save the file. I typically will save all of my movies to a backup hard drive because I’ve got a lot of them and I don’t use them very frequently.
Step 4 – On the right hand side, you will see a lot of profiles (Example 4). Each profile is going to save the video in a slightly different format. For me, I usually use iPhone 4. This setting will work just fine for you iPad, Android phone, AppleTV, or computer as well.
Step 5 – Click on Start. It will take a few minutes to complete the ripping process. As soon as it is done, go the folder where you saved the video file. Open up your iTunes and drag the file from the folder to your library in the upper left hand corner (see Example 5). From there, you’ll be able to sync it to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod just like any other music or video file. That’s it… now if you want to put your old DVD of “The Godfather” (or heaven forbid, the $1 dvd you picked up at Redbox yesterday), you can do it in five easy steps!