The Guide to Ripping Your Blu-Ray Movies to iPad(including iPad Air)
The Blu-Ray format has come a long way, and the Blu-ray disc is holding its own in the marketplace. Many people buy Blu-ray discs, considering the picture quality is better (with higher bit rates and less compression), as is the audio (with several different mixes for multichannel systems). And if you lack a fast Internet connection (or are subject to bandwidth caps from your ISP), it may be quicker and easier to buy a Blu-ray disc than wait to download a HD movie file that might top out at 8GB. Also, even with digital extras included with many movies now, you don’t get the full complement of bonus content you do with a disc. Finally, an optical disc is a good, hard-copy backup.
Sold on Blu-ray yet? Then it‘s time to learn how you can rip Blu-ray movies for enjoying glorious Blu-ray movies on iPad(including iPad Air), anywhere you want them.
Ripping Blu-ray discs to a more portable format is neither easy nor cheap. While there are some free Blu-ray decryption tools, they don’t work on newer discs and they require constant fiddling to work. Lucky for you, we’ve got the Blu-ray to iPad ripping solution that produces a 1080p H.264-encoded MP4 file that’s around half the size of Blu-ray. The guide is for Windows platform, for Mac users, you may refer the previous post “How to Watch Blu-ray Movies on iPad for Mac“. Rips typically take five hours, and it can take a couple of tries to get perfect results. Still interested? Then let’s get started.
What You’ll Need
- A Blu-Ray Drive. This is pretty obvious; you won’t get far if your computer can’t read Blu-Ray discs. You can get them for as low as $60 now on Newegg if you don’t already have one.
- Aiseesoft Blu-ray to iPad Ripper ($35). It’s about the sipmlest ripper on the market. Rips your movie to iPad compatible formats easily. Make sure you download the latest version(with new iPad supported).
Steps to Rip Blu-Ray Movies to iPad
Step One: Run the software and load Blu-ray disc
The first thing we’re going to do is install the Blu-ray to iPad Ripper. Open up the program and hit the “Load Blu-ray” button to add the Blu-ray movies. Then you can see the interface as below.
Step Two: Set your output profile and quality settings
Next, hit the Profile preset in the right sidebar and choose your output type. I like new iPad profile,as it deserves all the pixels 1080p can offer. But Blu-Rays are 1080p natively, and by default, Aiseesoft Blu-ray to iPad will keep that resolution. However, you may want to consider toning it down to 720p for some movies. 720p is still HD, but takes up quite a bit less space—in fact, by bringing our test movies down to 720p, I nearly halved the size of the final file. It’s up to you to decide which resolution movies you’d like to watch. Once you select the profile, default settings are generally fine in quality settings as well. You are allowed to adjust Video Encoder, Frame Rate, Video Bitrate, Resolution, Audio Encoder, Sample Rate, Channels, and Audio Bitrate.
Step Three: Edit video effect
In order to output a great iPad video, you can also edit video effect. Click the “Edit” button to enter the “Edit” interface. Here, you can trim video length, crop video frame, watermark video, modify video playing effect, etc.Click “OK” to save the editing and back to the main interface.
Step Four: Start Conversion
Press “Convert” to begin, and in a few short hours you’ll have a fantastic-looking (and completely unencrypted) rip of your Blu-ray disc. Then you can sync the ripped content to iPad with iTunes. Now go enjoy your Blu-ray movie library on iPad!
Like I said before, this is certainly not the only way to rip your Blu-Ray discs. A lot of people prefer different programs and settings, but if you’re not a tech pro, the best Blu-ray to iPad Converter should help you with easy interface. As always, if you have your own favorite methods for ripping Blu-ray content, sound off in the comments.