I found this guide on how to easily convert your dvd’s to a format your ipod video will play and figured I would share it. The second half of the guide has changed since I originally posted this, so follow the link to the updated second part when you reach that part.

Conversion Guide

This page will guide you through the entire process of ripping video off of any DVD and getting it onto your iPod. Most steps contain actual screen shots that show you exactly what you will see on your screen and exactly where to click and/or what to look at to perform that step.

Remember do not copy DVDs that you do not own! It is illegal to make a copy of a movie for use on your device if you do not own the original.

The legality of DVD ripping will vary based on your country of residence. Videora Holdings and SheerBoredom.net do not in any way endorse violation of the valid rights of copyright holders, and strongly recommend that you consult your country’s copyright and fair use laws before copying any video content.

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DVD to iPod

Required Software

DVD Decrypter

Videora Converter

Step 1

Place the DVD you want to rip your video from into your DVD drive.

Step 2

Launch DVD Decrypter.

Step 3

Go to the Mode menu and select IFO I mode. This will give you access to two new tabs; Input & Stream Processing.

Step 4

Go to the Tools menu, select Settings, go to the IFO tab, then under Options, change File Splitting to None and press OK.

Step 5

Go to the main screen and click the Stream Processing tab. Enable it and only select the first video listed. Note that home encoded movies do not support subtitles of any kind and that your file can only have one type of audio.


Step 6

Before you begin ripping your video, note the destination of the video file. This is where your raw DVD rip is going to go and it will be rather large in size. If you want to change the directory that DVD Decrypter will output to, click on the Browse button and navigate to the folder you want and press OK.

Now that you know where the movie file is going, click on the Decrypt button to start decrypting the DVD to your hard drive.

Once it is done, close DVD Decrypter. Expect a 4 GB to 6 GB movie to take about 12 to 18 minutes.


The last steps to convert the ripped DVD into a format your iPod can handle have changed, here is a link to the latest guide from Videora on how to perform this last part: http://www.videora.com/en-us/Converter/iPod/guide/video-to-ipod/

Step 7 (Step 1 of Video File to Device Conversion)

Click on Convert (1) and click Transcode New Video (2). Then locate the file that you ripped using DVD Decrypter previously and click Open (or locate the file on your computer you already have, like MPEG or AVI, etc).

Step 8 (Step 2 of Video File to Device Conversion)

Once video is loaded into the program, change the Title to what you want the video title to be (3) and then press Start to begin (4).

Step 9 (Step 3 of Video File to Device Conversion)

Once the transcode is complete, your video is ready to be moved to your device. The finished file will be located in the Output Videos to: folder specified in the Setup seciton. Simply copy the file using Windows Explorer to your device, or if your device is an iPod, import the video into iTunes.


The original of this guide can be found over at: http://www.videora.com/en-us/Converter/iPod/guide/dvd-to-ipod/