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How to Play DVD on iPad, iPad Mini or iPad Pro?

Q: I recently bought an iPad Pro for use while traveling etc.  One of the main things I want to use it for is watching movies on flights – movies that are not normally playing on the plane.  I’ve already downloaded some movies from iTunes and Amazon Prime.  But I also own movies on dvd.  I was wondering now I might go about getting a dvd movie onto an iPad to play it.  I have an external dvd reader and a usb to lightening connector.  But what program would I use to import the dvd files into the iPad?

A: DVDs might not be at the cutting edge of home entertainment, and the whole idea of physical media might steadily be dying out, but that still leaves many of us with a library of movies and TV boxsets, looking for a way to enjoy them on mobile devices or archive them for viewing in the years to come. After all, you can’t always find your favourites on the usual streaming services, while buying the same stuff again on another new HD format isn’t always the best use of your money.

Sadly, ripping DVD movies isn’t quite as easy as. How to play DVD on iPad, including the iPad mini, iPad Air or the new iPad Pro(10.5-inch and 12.9-inch) with Retina Display? Apple as always has been pretty restrictive in allowing what works and what not works on the iPad.

Is there any DVD Player for iPad?

The iPad has no way of recognizing the DVD player / drive, and there is no external DVD player for iPad and iPad Pro.

Amazon’s Digital Format is such that you can play it on any device that has the Amazon App, and you are signed in to.

Same applies to things like iTunes movie purchases from Apple, or UltraViolet digital copies etc…  Digital copies are different to physical DVDs and Blu Rays.

Can I play DVDs on my iPad (if connected to an external SuperDrive)?

Apple used to let users who paid for their iTunes movie and TV content let them store that content onto an external Wireless WiFi enabled, portable hard drive or special mobile USB Flash drives and you could put the content on that drive and stream it over the built in WiFi transmitter these drives had.

This functionality worked for a very long time until Apple underhandedly, without ever reporting to users that they were going to remove this functionality, removed/coded out this ability sometime during the development and updates for iOS 8.

You maybe able to store movie and TV content on these moblie wireless drives, but you will need to transfer those movies and TV shows back to your iPad to play them.

Plus, with mobile, portable, WiFi hard drives and mobile flash drives, you are forced to use a drive maker’s app to access these drives and the drive app is not capable of wirelessly streaming purchased iTunes TV/ Movie content as Apple’s own DRMs have been preventing this, too!

If they are on your laptop and part of your iTunes library, you can sync them to the iPad assuming they are in a format supported natively by the iPad. Otherwise, you can use iTunes File Sharing to copy them onto an App on the iPad for playback.

And 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 iPad device supports

So how to play DVD movies on iPad 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.