How to put a DVD movie onto your ipod

It’s a two step process..

Firstly you rip the file from the DVD player and convert it to a small MP4 movie.

Then you copy the movie into itunes. Here’s how to do it step by step.


Download a free program called handbrake from here.

1. Put in a DVD in your drive.
2. Run handbrake.
3. Select the DVD.
4. Select then the iPod preset on the right column. (You need to do this as the ipod will only recognise certain formats of movies.)
5. Press the start button.
6. Wait a few hours for it to finish!

( For more detailed instructions on handbrake see here)
There should now be a file on your desktop which is an ipod version of the movie.


1. Run itunes.
2. From the ‘File’ Menu select ‘Import’.


3. Browse to the file you created in the step above (see the picture below) and ‘Choose’.

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It will now import the movie into itunes, and should copy to your ipod automatically next time you sync with your iPod. (If it doesn’t copy go to the settings tab in iTunes when your iPod is plugged in and click sync movies with iPod.)



15 responses to “How to put a DVD movie onto your ipod”

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  2. xeno

    great thanks!

  3. barcelona5555

    Great, thanks!

  4. Ian

    Perfect! Thanks a lot! this helped!

    1. jack

      how did u do it it just kept on saying select source on mine and it froze

  5. Melody

    It didn’t work for me. It just kept on saying right away scanning source anthat’s it…..forever. Why is that?

  6. Mike

    It kept asking for VLC. I downloaded all VLS programs and tried it with all versions. It keeps saying i need VLC. Can you help?

  7. theonlysweeze

    Does this work on an iPad 2? (with iOS 5.1)

    1. Yep it’s the same. New iPod too.

  8. Laura

    what is handbrake?

  9. Ellie

    Hi – It didn’t work with me, my file button never came up with import… What do I do?

  10. pc

    Thanks! This was most helpful.

  11. Bad Quality

    It worked but when i play it on my iPad its bad quality and heaps HEAPS pixely

    1. Try a higher quality setting on handbrake.

  12. sophie

    Hi! I have a Macbook with handbrake and a copy-protected movie I want to put on my ipod (for the kids). What do I do?

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