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How to Play DVD on iPad or iPad Mini

Most of us have a large DVD collection, and lots of great films still to watch DVD, and watching movies or TV episodes is probably one of the top things most people do with the iPad.

But then there comes a time when you need to watch the media you have been acquiring in form of DVDs etc. How to play DVD on iPad, including the new iPad mini, iPad Air or iPad Pro with Retina Display? Apple as always has been pretty restrictive in allowing what works and what not works on the iPad.

Is legal to rip a DVD to playable on iPad?

The MPAA and most media companies argue that you can’t legally copy or convert commercial DVDs to watch on iPad or other electronic device for any reason. Because DVDs have DRM protection(Digital Rights Management), you do not get a DVD Import feature in iTunes alongside the CD Import. Technically it is illegalto copy any media, but the law has never been enforced (to our knowledge) when it is a product you own and it’s for your own personal use.We (and others) think that, if you own a DVD, you should be able to override its copy protection to make a backup copy or to convert its content for viewing on other devices. Currently, the law isn’t entirely clear one way or the other.

So leaving aside copyright, licensing and copy protection issues, in order for an iPad to play a DVD it has to be converted into a format that the device supports. 

What type of movies can be played on iPad Air or iPad Mini?

  • H.264 video up to 1080p at 30 fps(frames per second), 4K video recording (3840 by 2160) at 30 fps, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
  • MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 fps, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
  • Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable.

How to play DVD movies on iPad Air or iPad Pro?

Playing DVD movies on iPad is trick. Of course, there are so many 3rd party software after googling that can probably convert and play DVD on your device. But isn’t that just not right, when you can’t watch DVDs on your iPad in the best-quality. Fortunately there is a good program to do exactly that: it’s a software called Tipard DVD to iPad Converter. It’s easy to use and now that you’re pumped – here’s how to play DVD movies on iPad.

Step 1: Download Tipard DVD to iPad and install it on your computer

Tipard DVD to iPad Converter provides a free download, so there’s no need to worry about paying for something you still haven’t tested.

In case, you’re wondering “What the hell is Tipard DVD to iPad Converter?”, let me give you a quick overview:


Tipard DVD to iPad Converter is always a good recomendation and when i tested the DVD converter for the iPad I was still pleased. The NVIDIA® CUDA™ Technology gives you 6X faster conversions and takes all DVDs, including copyprotected. Unlike other, more expensive products, like Roxio Crunch, which refuses to take protected DVDs, this product takes all DVDs. It’s probably the best bet this early in the game for the iPad. Click here to see Tipard DVD to iPad Converter Review.

If you are Mac system users,  you may check iSkysoft DVD Ripper for Mac, an all-in-one solution to rip DVD to any formats.

Step 2: Insert a DVD and select media to convert

Click the “Load” button, and you can load DVD Disc, DVD folder and DVD info. Then you can select chapters you need to convert.

Step 3: Choose a preset for your iPad device

The program includes handy presets that make it much easier. Click the drop-down menu of “Profile”, there you’ll find options for iPad, iPad mini and more.


Step 4: Tweak your output settings

Now that you’ve settled the iPad preset, you may also need to choose your encoding settings based on the device(s) on which you plan to view the content. You can tweak every aspect of encoding, change format, bit rate, frames per second etc. You can experiment with these settings in time to see what works best with your media.

Step 5: Convert DVD to iPad 

Start to convert DVD to iPad by simply clicking the “convert” image button. You can sit back and wait for the program to do the conversion work for you. When it’s finished, you will be notified with a ‘successfully’ message.

Step 6: Transfer and sync the movie to your iPad

Once you’ve ripped the DVD to your computer and converted it to an iPad-compatible file, you are ready to go. You can load the DVD into iTunes and use Home Sharing to stream it to your iPad or simply sync the file itself to your iPad.


Step 7: Enjoy Watching!!!

Awesome! You’re done!  It’s that simple!  You may now play DVD movies on iPad. Whether you have the new iPad with the retina display or an earlier model, TV and movies look absolutely fantastic, not to mention you can take them anywhere thanks to the portability of the iPad.


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