Q: Hi, can anyone recommend a free DVD to iPad converter so I can put some film on for my little boy for the holidays, I've tried a few so called "free" ones but they ain't, one kept a watermark on the conversion the other would only convert 3 minutes...
any help appreciated.
iPad is a line of Apple's iOS-based tablets, which is a quite convenient portable device for you to play video and music, shoot video and photo, browse webpage and email, download and install apps for games and learning. According to the authority data, the total sales have been up to 200 million dollars from being released in January, 2010 to June, 2014. In the over 4 years, Apple Inc. has totally released 4 different iPad generations - iPad (1st generation), iPad2, the new iPad (iPad3), iPad4, iPad mini, iPad mini2 (iPad mini with Ritina display) and iPad Air.
Many of iPad owners like Mick are inevitably in need to rip and play DVD on iPad free of charge. But it seems that most of DVD to iPad converters you have found out through search engine are just free trial ones which usually have time limit of ripping, like Mick can "only convert 3 minutes" of his DVD. In view of this, this article will list you top 3 easily-handling DVD to iPad freewares to meet your "DVD to iPad" needs.
1. DVD Shrink
File Size: 1 M
DVD Shrink a free DVD ripping program for iPad owners to rip and back up DVD movies on PC and for a further playback on iPad. It free rips DVD and DVD files by reducing the amount of data stored on DVD with minimal loss of quality. But its Achilles' heel is that only after integrating with "Nero" (version 7 or lower) or other DVD burning helpers can you run your DVD Shrink normally. What's more, that the final English versions of this tiny software - 188.8.131.52 version was built in July 2004 makes it unable to remove many recent copy protection methods.
Notice: Since there is no download link on its homepage now, please be careful not to get the one with malware, spyware or virus when downloading it on other websites.
File Size: 13.2 MB
HandBrake is a free and open-source tool for ripping a film from a DVD to iPad-playable video. You can directly rip your DVD to MP4 and MKV formats on Windows or Mac Hard Drive, playable on iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Android, PSP and other general video devices you may have. It owns multiple video and audio parameter settings for you to alter the output file personally.
But it's a time-consuming ripper because it owns a lower ripping speed than the other two. Most importantly, it is unable to break down some protection methods like CSS, which means you should decrypt those DVDs with a third-party software to remove those protect restriction so that HandBrake can read and free rip DVD to iPad.
3. WinX DVD Ripper
File Size: 10.3 MB
WinX DVD Ripper is totally free DVD to iPad ripper with elegant interface to easily convert your DVD or DVD folder to many popular video formats like MP4, MPEG, WMV, FLV, MOV and to many general portable devices like iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, HTC, PSP etc. It can remove most DVD copy restrictions like CSS, UOP, RCE, region code and Sony ARccOS. What’s worth your trying most is its superfast ripping speed and incomparable output quality.
Taking all the related factors into considerations, it's obvious that WinX DVD Ripper gets to the top of free DVD to iPad rippers because of its clearer interface, faster ripping speed, better output quality and advanced decryption technology.
Download WinX DVD Ripper on your PC, install it under guidance and launch it for preparation :
Step 1: click DVD Disc button to load movie after inserting DVD into your computer DVD-ROM;
Step 2: select "to MP4" option, choose "MPEG" format and "640*480" video resolution to make it more suitable for playing on your iPad (you can also adjust the video quatity and frame rate according to your own needs);
Step 3: choose the output folder to save your converted video;
( Note: not until the DVD disc is successfully loaded can you choose the "output folder" option. )
Step 4: hit "Start" button to rip DVD to video available on iPad.
WinX DVD Ripper doesn't support decrypting the latest protected DVD, if you want to free rip the latest Disney encrypted DVDs to iPad 4, iPad mini and iPad Air or other new arrivals of portable devices, please upgrade to a more advanced DVD ripper - WinX DVD Ripper Platinum. The built-in High Quality Engine and “Yadif Double Frames" De-interlacing Engine improve its converting speed and quality greatly.