How to Copy DVDs to an MP4 Player

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How to Copy DVDs to an MP4 Player
Play DVDs on your MP4 player easily by ripping and encoding the DVD video files. (Mp3 player green image by patrimonio designs from Fotolia.com)

Many portable MP4 players today support video playback, and it is much easier to carry an MP4 player with you than a stack of your favourite DVDs. There is no one program that can easily convert all DVDs to MP4 player friendly video files, but there are different combinations of programs you can use to copy a DVD to your hard drive and then encode the ripped video to the MP4 video format.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download and install two programs: DVD Decypter and Handbrake. Launch DVD Decrypter after installation is complete.

  2. 2

    Go to "Mode" and ensure "File" is checked. Click the icon at the bottom of the program window to rip the DVD to your hard drive. The DVD will be saved in the VIDEO_TS folder specified under "destination" in DVD Decrypter. Close the program after the rip is complete.

  3. 3

    Open Handbrake. Click on "Source" and then "DVD/VIDEO_TS folder." Locate the VIDEO_TS folder DVD Shrink created and then click "OK."

  4. 4

    Select a format for your output file. If you plan to play the MP4 video on an iPod, select one of the iPod presets on the right side under "Presets." Otherwise, select "MP4 File" from the drop-down menu under "Output Settings."

  5. 5

    Click "Start" and Handbrake will convert the DVD information to an MP4 file with an M4V extension. After the process is complete, use your MP4 player's media management software to load the movie file onto your MP4 player.

  1. 1

    Download and install DVD Shrink and Any Video Converter.

  2. 2

    Insert the DVD you want to rip into your disc drive and launch DVD Shrink.

  3. 3

    Click on "Open Disc" and select the drive with the DVD you want to rip, then click "OK."

  4. 4

    Click on "Re-author" and drag the file under "Main Movie" into the "DVD Structure" pane. If you want to add any extras to the DVD rip, drag them over as well. You can preview a title by clicking on it and then clicking the play button on the left side.

  5. 5

    Go to "Edit" then "Preferences." Under the "Output Files" tab, uncheck "Split VOB files into 1GB size chunks" and then click "OK."

  6. 6

    Click "Backup!" and under "Select Backup Target" choose "Hard Disk Folder. Click "OK" and DVD Shrink will rip the selected portions of the DVD to your computer as one large VOB file. After this process is complete, close DVD Shrink.

  7. 7

    Launch Any Video Converter and drag the VOB file you just created into the main program window.

  8. 8

    Click on the drop-down list next to "Profile" and select "Customized MP4 Movie (*.mp4)" and then click "Convert." Any Video Converter will convert the VOB file into an .mp4. This may take several minutes. After the process is complete, use your MP4 player's media management software to load the movie file onto your MP4 player.

  1. 1

    Download and install FormatFactory. Launch the program after installation is complete.

  2. 2

    Insert the DVD you want to rip into your computer's disc drive.

  3. 3

    Click on the "ROM Device\DVD\CD\ISO" tab and select "DVD to Video File."

  4. 4

    Click on the drop-down list next to "DVD" and select the drive with the DVD you want to rip. FormatFactory will load the DVD (this may take several minutes).

  5. 5

    Select the portions of the DVD you want to copy by checking the boxes next to the title numbers. If you just want to copy the movie itself, look at the durations of the titles and choose the longest one, which usually is the movie.

  6. 6

    In the drop-down menu next to the icon of a film reel, select "Mobile Device."

  7. 7

    Click on "Output Setting" and select the device on which you will be playing the file. If you cannot find your device, select any of the options under "Mobile Device Compatible MP4." After making your selection, click "OK."

  8. 8

    Click "Convert" and then "Start" to convert the selected portions from the DVD to your hard drive. After the process is complete, use your MP4 player's media management software to load the movie file onto your MP4 player.

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