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How to Convert DVD to iOS iPhone 11/Pro/Max etc. with HandBrake?

iPhone offers users amazing viewing experience thanks to its retina HD display with a 2436-by-1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi, 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi, 1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, etc. Not only can you play digital videos on iPhone, but also you can play DVD on iPhone.

Certainly, you can't play DVD on iPhone directly, because DVD format is not supported by any iPhone model natively. You need a third party DVD to iPhone converter to duplicate a digital copy that is playable on your iPhone. If you don't want to spend a penny in a DVD converter, Handbrake for iOS is highly recommended. Handbrake is an open-source and cross-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux) video transcoder capable of converting DVD to iOS iPhone and other gadgets.

However, HandBrake doesn't come with optimized presets for latest iPhone model, say iPhone (11/Pro/Max) and iPhone XS/XR/X. We can only see some general presets for Apple devices in HandBrake. Therefore, we will show you how to create iPhone preset, iPhone X preset for instance, and guide you how to convert DVD to iOS iPhone with Handbrake.

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Part 1. How to Create iPhone Preset on HandBrake?

The latest HandBrake has six iPhone releated output device profiles and they are: Apple 1080p60 Surround, Apple 1080p30 Surround, Apple 720p30 Surround, Apple 540p30 Surround, Apple 240p30 under Devices; and iPhone & iPod touch at Legacy category. Since there's no specific iPhone model presets. If you often use HandBrake to convert DVD to your iPhone, you can add a preset for it in advance.

Let's take creating iPhone 8 Plus preset on HandBrake 1.1.0 as an example.

Step 1: Open HandBrake, and load DVD video.

Step 2: Click round "+Add" icon at the right bottom to pop up a specific preset dialog box.

Step 3: Tap preset name and description into black bar, and define picture size as source original or custome it to certain one (1920x1080 at most). Audio and subtitles are also available to set at will. At last, click "Add" to finish. Then the iPhone preset would appear under "User Presets" list, which can be set as the default preset.

Add iPhone Preset in HandBrake
Add iPhone Preset in HandBrake

Another DVD to iPhone 6 preset instruction with HandBrake 0.9.9:

1. Open HandBrake folder: Hit Win+R, then paste %appdata%\Handbrake, and you will see two preset files in the folder: presets.xml and user_presets.xml. These two folders contains Handbrake original presets.

HandBrake Preset XML
HandBrake Preset XML

Right click user_presets.xml and open it with notepad.

2. Delete all original content and replace the tags below, then save and close notepad.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<ArrayOfPresetxmlns:xsi="" xmlns:xsd="" >
      <Name>(1334x750 H264):iPhone 8 Plus</Name>
      <Query> -f mp4 -w 1334 -l 750 -e x264 -b 1100 -a 1 -E faac -6 stereo -R 48 -B 160 -D 0.0 -x ref=2:bframes=2:subq=6:mixed-refs=0:weightb=0:8x8dct=0:trellis=0 -v 1</Query>

3. Reopen HandBrake, and you'll check the handbrake iPhone 6 preset in its Presets window.

create iPhone 6 preset on HandBrake
create iPhone 6 preset on HandBrake

Part 2. How to Convert DVD to iPhone with HandBrake

Please be noted that HandBrake itself can't convert copy-protected DVDs.

Step 1. Click "Open Source" to load the DVD you want to convert for further playback on iPhone. Then, choose the title and chapter you need.

Step 2. Click "Browse" to specify save path and name the output file.

Step 3. Choose the iPhone preset you just created.

Step 4. Hit "Start Encode" to begin converting DVD to iPhone supported format.

Check detailed tutorial of how to rip DVD with HandBrake on Windows/Mac

Comparing with GUI (Graphical User Interface), machine language is much harder to understand and handle with (it is quite normal to encounter with unexpected crashing and breakdowns). Besides, rather than grabbling around to find HandBrake iPhone preset settings (though you can download them anywhere, it must be a time-consuming labor and you are not ensured that the preset is suitable for your iPhone), why don't you simply find HandBrake alternative software to convert your DVD to iPhone 11/Pro/Max/X/8 etc?

Part 3. Best Handbrake Alternative to Convert DVD to iPhone Easily and Fast

Though Handbrake is greatly improved since V0.9.9 to the latest V1.1.0 (more than 1000 enhanced features and piles of bugs fixed), there still are some shortcomings that force users to find a Handbrake alternative.

1. When trying to convert DVD to iPhone, the conversion process must be involved with H.264 encoding. H.264 encoding will consume great portion of your CPU, and cause superfluous heat which harmfully over heat your iMac, MacBook or Mac Pro.

Some Handbrake alternative software will rescue your Mac from this trouble, like WinX DVD Ripper for Mac. It features CPU usage controlling ability, so you can regulate the "House power" of your CPU's capacity. This encoding will not only maximally speed up your DVD ripping process, but also bring minimal damage to Mac.

2. Handbrake sometimes is not as stable as you expected when converting Sony, Paramount and Disney encrypted DVDs. For example, error: This version of handbrake is 64, VLC found but not 64 (learn how to fix Handbrake 64 VLC Error).

3. Sometimes Handbrake users need great expansion of input and output options. HandBrake only supports M4V, MP4, MKV output formats, even doesn't support AVI any more. Handbrake 0.9.9 acknowledged instability when converting DVD/Video to Xbox/PS3. But some Handbrake alternative will help you out with hundreds of video/audio codecs equipped with, like WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe.

4. Handbrake doesn't offer decent performance upon Windows PC. You can use WinX DVD Ripper Platinum when ripping DVD on Windows OS. There just are innumerous advantages that surpass HandBrake anyway. It can make perfect 1:1 copy (disc to disk) with 5 minutes, give constantly update to support latest DVD copy protections and more. And, specifc iPhone presets will save your time to convert DVD for iPhone.

5. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum keeps pace with the latest tech trend. Ever when there is a new device release, the DVD ripper adds seamless support for the new device, including iPhone 11/Pro/Max, so that you can convert DVD to the device supported format without needing to know the obscure codec or settings.

HandBrake alternative offers many iPhone presets
HandBrake alternative offers many iPhone presets

To sum up, if you are not masterful at computer or software stuff, it is truly a hard ball game to create iPhone preset on HandBrake and convert DVD to iPhone. But with the best Handbrake alternative - WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, you are able to convert DVD to iPhone without adding preset, damage of computer or the help of any other third-party tool to decrypt copy protected DVD movies. Better still, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is capable of using both Intel QSV and Nvidia CUDA hardware accelerations, while HandBrake only embraces Intel QSV.

Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.

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Jack Watt is a sought-after editor at Digiarty. He is responsible for digital and multimedia world, delivering definitive video and audio related software reviews, enlightening guides, and incisive analysis. As a fan of Apple, Jack Watt also brings his experience to more readers and focuses on writing of the Apple ecosystem at large.

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