Tuesday, June 24, 2008

HOW TO Rip DVD Movies To Your iPod Using Free Software

HandBrake is a software application that can convert a DVD into a MPEG-4 video file in .mp4, .avi, .ogm, or .mkv containers.
HandBrake 0.9.2 incorporates many major and exciting changes—including full support for the AppleTV Take 2 and the latest iPhone/iPod Touch firmware. Mac users take note: this release is only compatible with Mac OS X Leopard, 10.5.

  1. Choose download for Operating System:

    Download HandBrake for windows

    Download HandBrake for OS X 10.5
  2. Windows Vista Users

    As of version 0.9.2 you should no longer need to give HandBrake admin rights, however if you run into problems you should add admin rights for the application.

    To do this simply right click the shortcut, Select Properties, Click the "Compatibility" Tab, Check "Run this program as an Administrator", Press "Apply", then "OK"
    Remember: This has to be done for all shortcut's of Handbrake. You could alternatively simply set admin rights on the exe itself (Under the Program Files Directory or wherever you installed it.)

  3. You need to do is click the “Browse” button which is in the Source box. If you're selecting a DVD source simply click "Browse", however if you wish to select an ISO or TS/MPG file then first select the "File" radio selection. As shown in Figure 1.

    Depending on what option you select, you will either see a file or folder selection window appear.

    Assuming you have the DVD option selected, (Thats the default option) you will get a folder dialog box up on the screen. You’ll see the name of the DVD listed followed by a drive letter above. Click the + arrow and you’ll then see a “VIDEO_TS” folder appear below it. Select this and press ok.

    If you selected the file option, simply browse to the location where your source input file is located and select it.

    Once you've selected your source and clicked "OK" you'll see another window appear. Read what it says then press the "OK" button. You'll see a command prompt window appear behind this window for around 10~60 seconds. Once the DVD has been scanned, you will be returned to the original Handbrake window (as per the first screenshot).

  4. Selecting a DVD Title
    There is a drop-down menu named "DVD Title:". You are given a list of Titles on the DVD. Select the one you wish to encode. (The one with the longest duration is usually the main movie.) You can either leave the DVD chapters dropdowns set to auto or select the range of chapters you'd like to encode.

  5. Setting up the Output File.
    Click the "Browse" button in the Destination box. Browse to where you wish to save the output video. Type in a file name. Click "Save".

  6. Encoding Settings (using presets)
    Choose a preset from the Preset list. This will automatically setup the all the required settings. All you need to do now is press the "Encode Video" button and wait for it to finish.
Notes: - Encode times will be anywhere from 20 minutes to 24 hours depending on the length of the video, the settings which are being used and finally the hardware of your PC.

Supported sources

Any DVD-like source: VIDEO TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (encrypted for non-Windows platforms or unencrypted for all platforms, but protection methods other than CSS are not supported and must be handled externally with third-party software) PAL or NTSC, AC-3, LPCM or MPEG audio tracks.


* File format: MP4, AVI, OGM or MKV.
* Video: MPEG-4 or H.264 (1 or 2 passes or constant quantizer encoding).
* Audio: AAC, MP3, Vorbis or AC-3 pass-through (supports encoding of several audio tracks).
* Misc features: chapter selection; basic subtitle support (burned into the picture); integrated bitrate calculator; picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling; grayscale encoding.

Supported file types

* Input: DVD, DVD image, DVD VOB files, Transport Stream
* Output container formats: MP4, AVI, OGM, and MKV
* Video Codecs: x264 (with H.264 output), Xvid and FFmpeg (with MPEG-4 ASP output)
* Audio: AAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and AC3

Supported iPod, Apple TV, PSP,PS3 and so on!