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Ever had your favorite movie on DVD, and you want to also have it on your iPod but not pay the $15 dollars on iTunes? This easy to follow guide will give you a single movie file of your favorite DVDs. Best off all, this uses all freeware (no annoying trial versions) and doesn't cost a dime.

Step 1: Get the right software

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First, you will need to download and install two programs. These are freeware (no annoying trial versions) and will not cost a dime.

Get them here:

-DVD Decrypter

This is illegal.

Chimex144 years ago
The DVD will still work properly if i try to play it in a DVD player after i do this rite?
sjurczak (author)  Chimex144 years ago
Yes. Doing this does not change the DVD, it just copies the information from it.
gdfsgfhsf4 years ago
Handbrake is OK.I personally use another one now.
The best dvd ripping software - aimersoft, you can have a try, it's powful.
Kirbsome!4 years ago
I'd recommend the Videora converter, it's free and takes almost any format.
You can also adjust a whole bunch of settings to optimize videos for size and stuff
After the file has been converted to mp4 format can i delete the VIDEO_TS? Or will that prevent the video from playing?
nulyjeyo5 years ago

@Cucusoft DVD to iPod Converter Suitegets the job done nicely and came highly recommended by other users.
You can try it for free, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how well it actually works compared with all the other software out there.
Hope this helps,

sjurczak (author)  nulyjeyo5 years ago
Thank you! With new DVD security formats and paths, some of the older software that I use can't rip/convert everything.
i use AOA DVD ripper
finleym506 years ago
This <a rel="nofollow" href="http://topsreviews.com/dvd-ripper/dvd-ripper-aimersoft.html">DVD Ripper</a> is the most powerful one that I have used before. It has great power to rip DVD to video of all formats.<br/><br/>
chrisreeve6 years ago
If you use Windows, then use DVD43 as a decryptor. It will do it on the fly, eliminating the need to copy the video to your hard drive first.

mjohonez2986 years ago
to be safer click stream processing and uncheck all but the movie (it says 720 usually the first one) and 6ch or 2ch english. i had to fund out the hard way. 4 hours later it was in spanish...
Can you do it without software? Mac OS X isn't good on the freeware compatibility front...
matstermind6 years ago
the decryptor won't install.
sjurczak (author)  matstermind6 years ago
does the installer say what the problem is?
nevermind, DVDfab works
timmy1234s6 years ago
is it legal to use netflix, borrow DVDs and put it into the ipod?
It is illegal but many people do it any way
yes it is as illegal as stealing. well it is stealing.
sjurczak (author)  timmy1234s6 years ago
im not exactly sure, but i guess it is as long as you pay for the service. its very complicated
abadfart6 years ago
Nice I wish I had found this earlier I finally figured this out but ya same programs
Ashbuhbee6 years ago
I did everything as instructed, and when I went to transfer from iTunes to my iPod, a prompt opened up that said "'ThePrincessBride' was not copied to the iPod 'Ashleigh's iPod' because it cannot be played on this iPod." Does anyone know WHY?
it need to be mp4 format
For iPod users, Tipard http://www.tipard.com/ipod-converter-suite.html iPod Converter Suite is a requisite iPod converter to rip DVD and any video to iPod MP4 video format and MP3, M4A, AAC audio format. It can also backup the files on iPod to computer. This iPod Converter Suite is discount software for the coming Christmas. It is actually the combination of Tipard http://www.tipard.com/dvd-to-ipod-converter.html DVD to iPod Converter, Tipard http://www.tipard.com/ipod-video-converter.html iPod Video Converter and Tipard http://www.tipard.com/ipod-to-pc-transfer.html iPod to PC Transfer.
Key Functions:
1. Rip any DVD and video to iPod video and audio formats
Rip DVD and convert MP4, H.264, AVI, MP3, WMV, WMA, flv, MKV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, 3GP, 3GPP, VOB, DivX, Mov, RM, RMVB, M4A, AAC, WAV to iPod MP4, H.264 video formats and iPod MP3, M4A, WAV, AAC audio formats.

2. Transfer music and video files from iPod to computer
Help you to backup iPod video/audio files to PC, then you could transfer the video/music to another iPod or iPhone.

3. Easy and powerful editing function (Merge, Trim, Crop, Snapshot
It offers powerful editing functions such as joining multiple DVD chapters, titles or different videos files into one file, trimming any clip from video and DVD, cropping the size of video play region and so forth.
Ahar6 years ago
I have a question: I bought a movie on my other computer, with my moms account, then i burned it to a DVD-RW so that i could have it too. My mom's account on itunes has been authorized the maximum of 5 times already, so I cannot put the DVD-RW on my Itunes just by importing. Can I put it on there without the lock, with this guide. Much thanks =) awesome instructable BTW
sjurczak (author)  Ahar6 years ago
im not sure if this type of security bypass is the same as the ones iTunes uses. but there are some programs out there that can remove it...or so they say. an easy way would be to try a converter if it can ignore the security. Also, ive seen some instructables telling you how to get to the music and movies when they are on the ipod. maybe its unlocked there. it has to do with hidden files.