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How to Rip and Convert DVD to iPad on Mac?


Looking to liberate the movies in your DVD collection from the confines of their plastic-and-metal prison so you can enjoy them on your iPad? Well look no further—all you need is a piece of DVD ripper software and to follow a few steps.

Step One: Install the software on Mac(Mountain Lion support)

In order to rip a DVD to iPad, you’ll need to install iSkysoft DVD Ripper for Mac ((Selected as best value in the DVD to iPad converter reviews). If you have a Mac with a Core 2 Duo or later processor, make sure to get the 64-bit version of the software. It will speed up your ripping times over the 32-bit version. If you have a Windows PC, please check how to play DVD on iPad.

Step Two: Insert a DVD and pick what to rip

Now insert your DVD(commercial DVD movie or DVD-R) into your Mac’s DVD drive and launch iSkysoft DVD Ripper. Click load button to add your DVD. The default setting only read main feature of the DVD movie for conversion, without DVD menu and the movie just starts playing right away. If you want to import the whole DVD, go to “Preference” and select “All titles” from “Load Contents in a DVD” dropdown list under Advanced tab.

Step Three: Choose a preset

iSkysoft DVD Ripper includes handy presets that make it much easier. Simply click device icon, there you’ll find Universal, Apple devices including iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV; Apple Software like iMovie, Final Cut Pro; and a variety of players like Xbox 360, PSP, PS3, Nintento Wii, Walkman, Creative Zen, Sandisk Sansa, etc.

If you want to watch your movie on the new iPad, for example, choose iPad for the best quality settings that will work on that device. The same goes for other devices, based on their playback restrictions. The Universal preset is helpful if you want a file that will work on all current popular devices.

Step Four: Tweak your settings

Once you’ve picked your preset, there are a few settings you might want to pay extra attention to, depending on your specific needs.

Split or trim DVD movie: Many TV shows you’ll find on DVD have block borders. To overcome this, you can remove unwanted backdrops, black borders or emphasize a particular focal point by cropping the DVD movies. You can split a DVD movie into chapters or capture the videos clips you need.

Apply effects: Adding effects is a great way to adjust video effects, such as brightness, contrast and saturation, adding effects like Gray, Emboss, Negative or Old Film style.

Subtitles: If your movie is in a foreign language, or you have a hearing impairment and need to read the closed captions when you watch, iSkysoft DVD Ripper’s Subtitles tab is the place to look. You can select which subtitles you want to include in your ripped file. You can even convert without subtitle.

Step Five: Rip and Sync to iPad

Click the “Convert” button to start DVD ripping and then you can just go out for a walk or take a nap. After conversion, you can easily sync to iPad with iTunes and enjoy movies anytime.

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  • Matti Paaso said:


    I downloaded the trial, and tried that. It was said in the installation that over 5 minutes videos only 5 minutes is converted. And less than 5 minutes videos half of the time is converted.

    I tested this SW, and it only found two 10s videos on the DVD. So, if it does not find all videos in DVD how it can convert those in any format.

    Matti Paaso

  • admin (author) said:

    The trial version has the conversion limitation, you can only convert the 5 minutes of each video. The SW will add vob files to the list for conversion, you can choose the output fomrat in the “Preset” drop-down menu.

  • Onkle Herbert said:

    Hi, I am writing from Germany: I have got a lot of movie-dvds, which are DRM protected. does this software work with those dvds, too?

  • Karen said:

    Hi, I downloaded the free trial to test whether I could convert DVDs that I have purchased to an iPad format. I tried 2 different DVDs but the SW only displayed 2 titles as an options to convert and these were the copyright warning titles at the start of the DVD as opposed to the actual film that I’d like to convert. Is this a limitation of the trial SW ie only showing the first 2 titles or could it be that the SW is not able to decrypt the DVD?

    The quality looked good and am interested in purchasing but was just concerned that the full SW may not be able to convert all DVDs depending on the copyright/encryption.


  • admin (author) said:

    The DVD to iPad converters we review all work with encrypted DVDs. You may download a free trial to check if it meets your needs. THANKS.

  • admin (author) said:

    Hi, there is only conversion time limiation with the trial version. No title and copyright/encryption limitation. A movie DVD usually has several titles. The shorter titles on the DVD are usually the video backgrounds used in the DVD menu screens and DVD extras like movie trailers.So the 2 titles displayed in the program will be the content of the DVD, the other titles are movie trailers which won’t be loaded into the program.

  • Grace said:

    Does 3rd generation ipad include the ipad mini?

  • John said:

    I am trying to convert a DVD and it will only load the “Scene Selection” for conversion and not the actual movie. I am using the full version of Aiseesoft DVD to iPad converter for Mac. If some one could help that would be great. Thank You.

  • Anthony said:

    Hi paid the full amount for this only to discover that any DVD that is less than five years old can not be converted properly it just creates massive random files with the scenes in random order and it does this for ALL my new DVD’s. Why? I want a full refund as the product can not do what it claims.

  • Anthony said:

    Hi paid the full amount for this only to discover that any DVD that is less than five years old can not be converted properly it just creates massive random files with the scenes in random order and it does this for ALL my new DVD’s. Why?

  • Jeremy said:

    I downloaded the suite version. I tried ripping my first dvd and took nearly 5 hours. Is this normal? I saw some accelerator options apparently my PC does not support them. It seems it is ripping the enitre movie and all the chapters seperatly. Can I rip just the movie and not individual chapters to decrease the rip time? When I deselect the individual chapters the main movies deselects, when I select the main movie all the chapter select. Is there a good manual that can be downloaded for these type of questions?

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