How to rip DVDs to your mobile device
Those of you that have worked with video before will be very familiar with these settings. You can really dive in deep here and create a very high level of customization that is way outside the scope of this tutorial. For the sake of this How To, we are going to keep it relatively simple and work with the presets.
At this point you want to select the preset that most closely resembles your device. For iOS devices, this should be the easiest. iPad users, select “iPad”, iPhone 4 and 4S users select “iPhone 4”, and iPod Touch and pre-iPhone 4 users should select “iPhone & iPod Touch.” Using the correct preset will optimize the resolution for your device. iOS device owners should also keep in mind that Apple has strict video encoding guidelines for its devices. Wandering outside these parameters will render you unplayable video.
Android users have the choice of two presets – Mid and High. If you are unsure of your device’s resolution you can search for your device at PhoneArena.com to find the your display’s resolution. Most full touch screen devices released in the last few years will be best suited by the Android High setting. If you have a QWERTY device with a lower resolution screen or want a smaller file and don’t mind sacrificing image quality, you can use Android Mid.
Both the iOS and Android presets output a .mp4 file using the H.264 codec. That type of file should play fine on other mobile platforms such as Windows Phone and BlackBerry. BlackBerry owners might find it helpful to drop the Picture Size down to match their device. Make sure you select “Keep Aspect Ratio” and then just change the Width to match the width of your BlackBerry's display resolution. This will save you from having unnecessarily large files. Also, many BlackBerry users, especially PlayBook owners, have reported better success changing the Video Quality from “Constant Quality” to “Average Bitrate (kbps)” and entering a value of around 1500. Ultimately, no matter what device you have, it is best to play around with the various settings and save your own preset when you find the combination that works best for you.
Just a quick note to tablet owners – a standard DVD is 720 x 480 so using the iPad or Android High setting will work fine. If you are converting your own HD videos that you made or acquired elsewhere, you can mess with higher output resolutions or just use “High Profile” to take advantage of your higher resolution display.
Unsurprisingly, the subtitles tab allows you render the subtitles onto your ripped video and the Chapters tab allows you to embed chapter markers into your file.
Once you have everything all set up the way you want, you’re ready to rip. If you are just ripping one title off of your DVD, you can simply click “Start” and the process will begin. If you want additional titles, for instance you want multiple episodes from a TV show season on DVD, click “Add to Queue” and work on your next title. Once you have all your titles from that disc in your queue, you can click start and HandBrake will encode all of the files.
When HandBrake starts going to work, you should go do something else. The speed will be greatly dependent on the length of the video and your computer’s specs, but most modern day computers with decent specs will take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to rip a standard movie on DVD. Again, that estimate can go way up depending on the source, the computer, and the settings you chose in HandBrake.
When it’s all said and done, you should see this:
At this point you can move your video onto your device and test it out. Congratulations! You just ripped your DVD to your mobile device. Now go out and enjoy.