How to put DVD movies on an SD card

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How to put DVD movies on an SD card
Transfer your DVD movies to an SD card. (dvd image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

If you're on the go or travelling, you may want to have the ability to watch your DVD movies without lugging the actual discs with you. The high storage capacity of SD cards provides a convenient means to store this media in a small package. Conceivably, it's possible to store your entire DVD library in a fraction of the space. There are two methods you can use to transfer your movies to an SD card. Which one you use depends on the size of your card and if you want to use all of the features found on a DVD.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Computer with SD card port or an external card reader
  • SD card with sufficient storage space
  • DVD movie disc
  • DVD video conversion software

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Insert the DVD movie into your computer's drive. If the movie automatically starts, stop playback and exit the movie player software.

  2. 2

    Insert the blank SD card into your computer's SD slot or an external card reader connected to your computer. It should show up as a lettered removable drive in Windows Explorer.

  3. 3

    Create a new folder on the removable drive and name it with the movie title.

  4. 4

    In Windows Explorer, copy the entire contents of the DVD drive over to the folder you created on the removable drive. This will typically be the AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS folders. In your movie player software, you can now point it to play from the folder on the removable drive and it will treat it just like a regular DVD, with all of the DVD features.

  1. 1

    Insert the DVD movie into your computer's drive. If the movie automatically starts, stop playback and exit the movie player software.

  2. 2

    Launch your DVD video conversion software and direct it to find the DVD disc. Select your conversion options, including whether you want just the movie or the movie and any extra material converted. Once the options are set, start the conversion process.

  3. 3

    Insert the blank SD card into your computer's SD slot or an external card reader connected to your computer. It should show up as a lettered removable drive in Windows Explorer.

  4. 4

    In Windows Explorer, copy the converted movie files from the computer to the removable drive. Since converted movie files take up much less storage space, you can fit several movies on one SD card, depending on the card's capacity.

Tips and warnings

  • If quantity is more important than quality, you can adjust the options in your video conversion software to compress the movie into a smaller file.
  • Never remove an SD card from your computer or card reader while data is being written to the card. It could irreparably damage the card.

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