I got an iPod video a few days ago. I've been trying to figure out how to copy DVDs to the iPod Video so I have something to watch on that trip to Paris, that I'm taking. This morning, I figured it out and successfully copied a DVD to the iPod. Here's how to do it. Note that these instructions are for Windows. I haven't quite figured out how to do this on the Mac yet. Once I do, I'll post a follow-up blog with those instructions.
Download the following two programs:
- DVD Shrink. You can find this by doing a Google search. You will need this program to copy the movie off of the DVD and onto your hard drive, breaking the copy protection in the process.
- Videora iPod Converter. This freeware program will give you a one-click way of converting the video from the DVD into iPod format.
Now follow these steps to setup DVD Shrink. You only need to to this once.
- Install DVD Shrink.
- Run DVD Shrink.
- Click on the Edit menu, and choose Preferences.
- Click on the "Output Files" tab.
- Make sure the option that says "Split VOB files into 1GB size chunks (recommended)" is NOT checked.
- Click the 'Ok' button to save these changes.
Now follow these steps to setup Videora iPod Converter. You only need to do this once.
- Install Videora iPod Converter
- Run Videora
- Click on Setup and set the directory you want to output the finished movie files to.
Now for the actual copying.
- Run DVD Shrink
- Insert the DVD you want to copy.
- Click on the 'Open Disc' button in the toolbar. Then click 'ok' on the dialog box that comes next.
- DVD Shrink will spend 1-2 minutes analyzing your DVD disk. Once it is done, it will display the contents of the DVD.
- Click on the 'Backup!' button on the toolbar.
- In the 'Target Device' tab, under 'Select backup target', choose 'Hard Disk Folder'.
- Under 'Select target folder for DVD output files', select a directory to extract the DVD contents to on your hard drive. Note that you must make sure to enter a DIFFERENT directory here for each DVD you extract. If you don't do this, you could end up overwriting the contents of a previously extracted DVD.
- Click the 'OK' button.
- DVD shrink will then spend the next 30-60 minutes extracting the contents of the DVD to your hard drive. Just keep an eye on it and come back when it's done.
- Once DVD Shrink says it is done, you can close DVD Shrink.
- Open Windows Explorer and browse to the directory where you just extracted the DVD to.
- Underneath that directory where you just extracted the DVD files, browse to the 'VIDEO_TS' directory.
- Look through all the files with a VOB extension. The largest file with a VOB extension should be the movie. This file will likely be several GB is size.
- Rename this large VOB file so that the filename is of the format NameOfMovie.VOB
- Run Videora iPod Converter.
- Click on Convert
- Click on the 'One-Click Transcode' button.
- Browse to the directory where you have that large VOB file, and select that file. You can select several VOB files at once here if you want and it will convert all of them in a batch.
- Click the 'Open' button. Videora will then spend a while converting the video to iPod format.
- When Videora is done, go to your output directory, and copy the new MP4 file for the movie into your iTunes directory.
- Import the video into your iTunes library.
- Copy the video to your iPod, using iTunes.
Done! You can now go to the 'Movies' section of the Video menu on the iPod and watch the movie. Enjoy!