Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Handbrake Does DVD to iPad Conversion for Free

On Nov 16, 2010, at 10:38 PM, "gwtr0940" wrote:

Anyone out there know of a good DVD to iPad converting software for windows?

One of the first questions that new iPad owners as is "How can I view my existing DVD library on my iPad?"  The next question is typically, "How can I convert my DVD to the iPad MP4 format for FREE?"  No one wants to purchase movies again from iTunes that they already own on DVD. Handbrake does the job and for free. 

I have used Handbrake as well without any problems. It works on Mac and Linux desktops too! 

"There's an old proverb in the video encoding world: "Speed, size, quality: pick two." It means that you always have to make a trade-off between the time it takes to encode a video, the amount of compression used, and the picture quality. Well, this release of HandBrake refuses to compromise. It picks all three."

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.


Supported Sources:

  • Any DVD-like source: VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (unencrypted--protection methods including CSS are not supported internally and must be handled externally with third-party software and libraries), and some .VOB and .TS files
  • Most any multimedia file it can get libavformat to read and libavcodec to decode.


  • File format: MP4 and MKV
  • Video: MPEG-4, H.264, or Theora
  • Audio: AAC, CoreAudio AAC (OS X Only), MP3, or Vorbis. AC-3 pass-through, DTS pass-thorugh (MKV only)

Misc features:

  • Chapter selection
  • Subtitles
  • Integrated bitrate calculator
  • Picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling
  • Live Video Preivew


HandBrake uses a lot of (L)GPL librairies from the Linux world.



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