Wired: How to Put Your DVDs on Your Video iPod

Tuesday, March 28, 2006 | 11:15 AM

Why is it that I can buy a CD and legally listen to its content on my iPod, but the DVD I legally purchase cannot be watched on my video iPod?

Does that make any sense?

You can physically (or virtually) do that, but you are -- believe it or not -- actually breaking the law. That's right, transferring your store bought DVD to your own iPod is a violation of The Digital Millennium Copyright Act  (you are permitted to make a back up copy of a DVD).

The content industry is doing all they can to destroy their own business, and drag down the technology industry with it. 

For you "scofflaws" who think there is nothing inappropriate about viewing your legally acquired content on your legally acquired hardware, (i.e., watching movies on a your iPod), here's how its done, according to Wired Magazine:


1. Decrypt the DISC
Software like DVDFab Decrypter (www.dvdidle.com/free.htm) removes a DVD's copy protection. Remember, this is the illegal part, which is why DVD decrypting software is always a moving target. Should DVDFab disappear, a replacement is just a Google search away.

2. Combine the Video files
Ripping a DVD produces a bunch of cryptically named .VOB files. VOBMerge 2.5 (medlem.spray.se/evilmastr/mainmenu.php) will string them together. To find the movie, look for a series of very large files named something like VTS_07_1.VOB, VTS_07_2.VOB, and so on.

3. Convert the Movie
Use an app like 3GP_Converter (www.videohelp.com/tools?tool=3GP_Converter) to turn your movie into an iPod-compatible MPEG-4 file. Select "Model: MP4, for iPod" as the conversion mode (there is also an option for the PSP). The resulting file is ready for iTunes.

The Mac version comes from Macteens web site:


1. Download Handbrake

Download HandBrake for Mac OS X (http://handbrake.m0k.org/download.php). HandBrake is an open source app and doesn’t require any installation

2. Rip DVD

After doing so, HandBrake should have selected for you (if not, select the DVD manually by choosing “DVD Folder/image) and clicking “Browse"). Hit Enter and the HandBrake window should become available. Give the file the appropriate name and destination.

3. Applying these settings:

File Format: MP4 file
Codecs: AVC/H.264 / AAC Audio

Framerate (fps): 15
Encoder: x264 (Baseline profile)

Average bitrate (kbps): 192

Sample Rate (Hz): 44100
Bitrate (kbps): 80


Its pretty absurd that you cannot watch what you want on whatever device you own . . .



Putting Your DVDs on a Video iPod
Issue 14.03 - March 2006

Putting DVDs onto your iPod
Sam Rothenberg
12/31/2005 at 09:08 PM                                                  http://macteens.com/index.php/features/fullstory/putting_dvds_onto_your_ipod/

See also:
Coming Attraction:  Downloadable Movies  From Amazon
WSJ, March 10, 2006; Page B1                                       

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This is sweet info for those of you who have a video iPod. It doesn't make sense to me that it's illegal to download a video for your own personal use. Is it also illegal to let someone else view [Read More]

Tracked on Apr 10, 2006 9:24:59 PM


If it is illegal to rip a DVD onto an iPod, then your instructions may also constitue a crime. If not, then at least a potential breach of the typepad terms of service

Of course the US has a long history of criminals as heroes (Jesse James, mobsters, etc). The present case is less extreme, but does raise an interesting question about the status of breaking an irrational law foisted on the majority by a powerful minority special interest.

My guess is you'll ride safely off into the sunset on this one. The content industry prefers to pick on college students, poor parents and others who are less able to fight back - an articulate hedge fund manager would be too close to a fair fight.

Posted by: Paul | Mar 28, 2006 11:38:10 AM

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