Jan 03

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 says:

    great thanks!

  3. barcelona5555 says:

    Great, thanks!

  4. Ian says:

    Perfect! Thanks a lot! this helped!

  5. Melody says:

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

  6. Mike says:

    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 says:

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

  8. Laura says:

    what is handbrake?

  9. Ellie says:

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

  10. pc says:

    Thanks! This was most helpful.

  11. Bad Quality says:

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

  12. sophie says:

    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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