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How to Transfer DVD Movies to iTunes in 2 Steps

Summary: If you're looking for the easiest way to copy/import/add your DVDs to iTunes library so that you can watch them on your iPhone iPad or iPod, you've come to the right place.

Questions from discussions.apple.com:

Hello, I really want to put DVDs that I have onto my iTunes but I don't know how. Is there anything that I have to download for it?
I was wondering what is the easiest way to copy my personal DVDs to my iTunes library so I can watch them on my iPod touch. I have purchased iFxxx Media Converter but I am having a lot of trouble with it and it is painfully slow.

Many DVD collectors seek help online on how to transfer DVD to iTunes, either for protecting DVD Disc from being damaged or playing DVD movie back on iPhone/iPad/iPod smoothly. No matter the DVD is homemade or commercial (purchased/borrowed/rented) one, it's a must-do to rip DVD with a third-party DVD ripper. Let's just follow the steps below to finish DVD to iTunes importing easily and fast.

Best Software to Rip DVD to iTunes Preferred Video for Sycning

We recommend 100% clean and powerful - WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

  • Circumvent any copy protections from DVD movies.
  • Convert DVD for adding to iTunes. Come with optimized iTunes presets.
  • Custom-oriented output profile and interface to cater for any users.

Step 1. Rip DVD to iTunes compatible digital format

The first thing is to convert DVD disc movie into a digital video/audio format for iTunes - MP4, MOV, M4V, and select a reliable DVD ripper. If it's a homemade or old DVD, free DVD rippers like HandBrake, MakeMKV and WinX DVD Ripper can fit the bill effortlessly. But it's a commercial disc with content protection, the DVD ripping software must be able to remove uncertain copy protection from DVD.

We here take ripping Disney Frozen 2 on Windows 10 with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum as the demonstration:

Import DVD by clicking "DVD Disc" -> Choose "iTunes (MPEG4 or H264)" at "to iTunes Video" under Apple Device category -> (Selectively) Execute personal settings like selecting/adding subtitles, cropping/trimming video, adjusting the video parameters and define the output video saving folder -> Hit "RUN" to start DVD ripping.

Rip DVD to iTunes before Transferring DVD to iTunes

DVD copy protection content will be detected and bypassed by WinX DVD Ripper Platinum automatically. To ensure the whole DVD ripping process stable, it's recommended to check "Safe Mode" option under preview box. Generally, it will take about 5-10 minutes to finish a full movie DVD ripping. Of course the higher your computer configuration is, the faster speed you will get.

Also see: Transfer General DVD Video to iTunes with HandBrake

Step 2. Add Ripped DVD Movie Video into iTunes

This step is actually the way to import video from computer to iTunes library.

Just launch iTunes, choose "Add File to Library" after right clicking the top left little icon, or choose "Add File/Folder to Library" under File menu, then browse the DVD movie video and import it to iTunes. Alternatively, you can drag the DVD video file or folder into iTunes' Movies window.

Add/Transfer DVD Video to iTunes on Windows 10

Here you go, you can find the movie video under "Home Videos" channel and sync the DVD movie video onto your iPhone iPad or iPod over Wi-Fi or via a USB cable in a breeze. Click to see the official guide on sync media between iPhone/iPad/iPod and iTunes on PC/Mac.

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Fed up with transferring DVD to iPhone iPad with iTunes? Well, the iOS manager helps!

iTunes' unfriendly interface usually makes user feel at sea, and takes much time to figure out how iTunes works even after reading related Apple Support posts. That's why so many iOS users hate managing the iPhone/iPad/iPod media files, of course including transferring (DVD or other media) files between computer and iOS devices, with iTunes.

Transferring DVD to iTunes and then syncing DVD video to iOS devices is really time-wasting. Why not choose an alternative way? WinX MediaTrans, a rising star of iOS file manager software, offers the easiest and fastest way to add, backup media files on iOS 13 based iPhone iPad iPod.

With straightforward UI, even green hands can handle it with facility. What deserves to be mentioned here is that WinX MediaTrans outshines with its incomparable file syncing speed: it only takes minutes to export/transfer a 2-hour 720p video to iPhone and less than 10 seconds to transfer 100 4K photos from iOS devices to a computer, which is hardly beat by any similar tools.

Below are steps of transferring DVD video to iPhone on Windows 10/11:

  1. Connect iPhone to computer with a USB cable and open WinX MediaTrans;
  2. Click "Video" option on the main interface to jump to video managing screen;
  3. Click "Add Video" on the top bar to select the DVD movie video to put on iPhone;
  4. Hit "Sync" button to start transferring DVD movie video to iPhone.

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Estrella H.

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Estrella H. is a senior editor at Digiarty covering all the latest tech in mobile industry for the better part of the first four years, from iPhone, Samsung to other innovative gadgets. And now she's been dived into data backup and management to keep data safe on mobile devices in the recent three years. Outside the tech, she is a songwriter and loves hip-hop.

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