How to: Rip DVD to play with iPhone/iPod Touch

January 17, 2008 at 2:22 pm (How to, iPhone, iPod Touch, Technical Stuffs) (, , )


The follow up for this entry is here.


Maybe you’ve seen other related article with this one, but I have tried this method myself.

I am able to rip a 1.5 hours of DVD movie and cramp it into a high quality video, with only 600+ MB. I tried other softwares, but I can’t get 600 MB to get the same quality, so I’m going to share with you how you could do that.

First, you’re going to download the DVD ripping software. It’s called Handbrake. Follow the link here to get to the download page. The software supports Windows and Mac operating systems, making it great for any user.

Next, you’re gonna need to download AnyDVD. AnyDVD removes all the encryption of the DVD, if there is any. However, AnyDVD is not free, hence it can only be used for 21 days. Follow the link here to download AnyDVD.

After you have installed both softwares, make sure you restarted your computer so that AnyDVD can work when you inserted a DVD in.

If you want to convert into compatible iPhone/iPod Touch setting, click on “Show Presets” on the top right corner of the Handbrake GUI. There will be a selection of settings you can use. For me, I have personally tried 3 settings that is:

  • iPhone / iPod Touch
  • iPod High-Rez
  • iPod Low-Rez

The output file (for the same movie) size for the 3 settings are as follows:

  • iPhone / iPod Touch -> 600 MB
  • iPod High-Rez -> 1.2 GB
  • iPod Low-Rez -> 500 MB

Quality is not compromised for any setting, even for the Low-Rez setting. I’m using it now, and the quality is quite good. I can say, it will play nicely when TV-Out using the iPod Touch.

Now you want to change the settings so that you don’t have to wait needlessly for the encoding to end. I am assuming you’ve chosen “iPhone / iPod Touch” as your preset setting.

In Picture Settings tab, set your Deinterlace to Original (Fast). Deinterlace will remove those stupid lines of your output video to make it more smooth and nice. Next, uncheck Chapter Markers, because you don’t need them. Leave the rest of the settings in Picture Settings as it is.

Next, go to Video Settings tab, and make sure All checkboxes are unchecked. Especially the 2-Pass Encoding. You don’t want to add an additional hour worth of encoding for nothing though. If you’re comfortable with such jargons, then you can do whatever you want here.

Next, go to Audio & Subtitles tab. Change the Audio bitrate to 128 kbps. Anything higher is not recommended and it will just contribute to your output file size. 128 kbps is fairly quite good quality, but if you’re willing to compromise filesize, then change it to192 kbps. You can get superb quality at that. Change the Sample rate to 44100 kHz. You can leave the rest to Automatic. If you want Subtitles, just select the required subtitle in the drop down box.

Now you’re ready to encode the video. Hit the Encode Video and wait for the whole process to finish. In my humble computer specs, it takes me up to 1.5 hours to encode a 1.5 hour movie, but it still depends on your system. Maybe you computer specs are better than mine you can encode it a little bit faster?

After all is done, you can now Sync your video using iTunes into your iPhone/iPod Touch. Now you can enjoy DVD quality videos in your iPhone/iPod Touch.
Good luck!



  1. al said,

    thanks so much for posting your instrctions.
    I have a question.
    Why am i only able to encode 1 track?
    I am leaving all of the defaults selected on the dashboard. It works, nut only the first track. I do not see a way to select all of the tracks. This might be a poor description of my delema, sorry.
    Any help you might provide would be appreciated.

  2. dermapthera said,

    Hi al

    For your sake, I’m going to personally run my own copy of HandBrake and see what you’re trying to say.

    *currently checking…*

    I guess I forgot to tell you how to identify the required track.

    On the “Source” area, check on the “Folder” radio button, then click on “Browse”. Select the “VIDEO_TS” folder inside the DVD drive (assuming it’s D:\).

    Now there’s a “Title” with a drop down menu (slightly below the input for the file earlier). That’s the videos you want. Don’t leave it to automatic. Look for one that has the most length (most movies are approx 1 hour plus), because that’s probably the full length video. You don’t want those 3 mins videos (those are probably stupid FBI warnings etc). Leave the “Chapters” on it’s own.

    If you done this correctly (plus all the inputs I suggested in this post), you will get the full length movie at around 500 MB – 700 MB size.

    If you want to rip ALL the files, it’s highly not recommended. Most of them are utter rubbish. I’m sure you only want and need the movie.

    If there’s a music video or something like that, then you will need to give it some trials and errors. Depending on your needs, you need to do different things.

    I hope this helps.


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