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Guide to Rip DVD to iTunes on Windows and Mac: Convert DVD to iTunes Compatible Format

Get Movies, TV Shows, Fitness Videos and Music of DVDs to iTunes Library for Syncing to iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV

"How to import movie from DVD to iTunes on PC? I have a lot of DVDs at home, I need to import all of them into my PC and watch them in iTunes on my PC and on my iPone. I have no idea how to do it, I don't know if there is any software required? Please help."

Till today, there're 512 people hitting "I have this question too" button of this post on Apple official community. Obviously, many people have the demand to rip and import DVD to iTunes library. By doing this, we will have a digital backup of our DVD collections and can sync to iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV for playing without troubling discs.

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iTunes is available to rip audio CDs, but it doesn't mean that it can also handle DVDs. You have to switch to third-party DVD to iTunes ripper for help. So which software you should use to rip DVD to iTunes?

* You can try HandBrake to rip home-made DVD to iTunes, but it doesn't work for copy-protected discs...


HandBrake is a famous open-source video transcoder that can convert non-protected DVDs to MP4 or MKV. Supported codecs include: video - H.264, H.265, MPEG4, and MPEG2; audio - MP3, AAC, AC3, Auto Passthru, AC3 Passthru, DTS Passthru, DTS-HD Passthru, AAC Passthru, and MP3 Passthru. Currently, iTunes can read MPEG-4/H.264 (MP4, M4V and MOV file) video format.

How to use HandBrake to rip DVD to iTunes: insert target DVD into optical drive of your computer -> open HandBrake and choose the DVD under "Source Selection" -> choose desired title and chapters -> specify output preset and adjust parameter settings if necessary (make sure selected codec and format compatible with iTunes) -> hit "Start Encode" to begin ripping DVD to iTunes playable format.

* The best HandBrake alternative - WinX DVD Ripper Platinum - can rip both home-made and encrypted DVD to iTunes...

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is a professional DVD ripper that supports ripping both home-made and store-bought copy-protected DVDs, including (Disney 99-title) movie DVDs, TV series DVDs, workout DVDs, music DVDs and more. It can rip your DVD disc, ISO/CDR file, and also VIDEO_TS folder to all popular multimedia formats such as MP4, MOV, AVI, FLV, and WMV. Offering two optimized output profiles for iTunes, it saves the trouble of making iTunes preset manually.

Equipped with multiple advanced technologies, namely, level-3 hardware acceleration powered by Intel QSV and NVIDIA CUDA/NVENC, Multi-core CPU, Super Encode Engine based on MMX- SSE & 3DNow! and Hyper-threading tech, it is rated at the fastest DVD ripper that can rip a full movie DVD within 5 minutes only.

How to Rip DVD to iTunes with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum?

To make a preparation, you should free download and install WinX DVD Ripper Platinum (compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, etc.) or WinX DVD Ripper for Mac (compatible with macOS Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, etc.). Next, insert target DVD disc to the optical drive of your computer. If you don't have the drive, connect an external DVD drive.

Step 1. Load the DVD you want to rip to iTunes.
Import target DVD disc to this DVD to iTunes converter by clicking "DVD Disc". If the target DVD movie file is DVD ISO image and DVD video folder, please click "ISO Image" and "Folder" respectively. You can see the simple "Getting Started" guide and some functions such as preview windows, screenshot button, Use High Quality Engine, Deinterlacing, Safe Mode, CPU Core Use, and destination folder, etc.

Step 2. Choose desired iTunes preset.
When you come to Output Profile window, scroll down to "Apple Device" category and find "to iTunes Video". As you can see, here are two options for you, allowing you to rip DVD to iTunes (H264) or rip DVD to iTunes (MPEG4). Simply choose any one you like and click "OK" button to move to the next step.

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Step 3 (optional). Edit the output file(s) based on your own needs.
It is available to choose desired audio track and subtitle track, and perform merging, cropping, trimming, etc.

Merge files: Select two or more titles and click "Merge titles".
Crop video size: A popup appears after clicking "Edit". Then click "Crop & Expand" button and select "Enable Crop" to crop video size.
Clip video segment: Click "Edit". Then click "Trim" button and select "Enable Trim" to set Start Time and End time to clip video segment.

Edit Options of DVD to iTunes Ripper

Step 4. Let this ripper to do the rest work of DVD to iTunes.
Hit "RUN", then it will start digitizing DVD to iTunes compatible format immediately.

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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How to Import Files Ripped from DVDs to iTunes Library?

When you have saved DVD content to your computer, you can easily import them to your iTunes library using one of the methods below.

Method 1. Open iTunes, drag the DVD files or the folder containing those files from your computer to the iTunes window.
Method 2. After launching iTunes, click "File" option on the menu, and then choose "Add File to Library" or "Add Folder to Library" to open and load target files or folder.

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How to Transfer DVD Content from iTunes to iPhone iPad iPod Apple TV?

Add DVD from iTunes library to iPhone iPad iPod:

1. Install the latest iTunes version on your computer first and open it.
2. Connect your iPhone iPad or iPod to your computer and then you should see your device under "Devices" of the left sidebar.
3. Go to your Library and choose the DVD content you want to move to your iDevice.
4. Directly drag your file to your device at the left sidebar.

If you're using an iPhone, you're limited to add music or videos only from a single iTunes Library.
If you're using an iPad or iPod, you can add music from several iTunes Libraries, but videos from only one iTunes Library.

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Stream DVD from iTunes library to Apple TV:

To achieve this, you can make use of Home Sharing.
1. Enable Home Sharing on iTunes: Start iTunes, choose File -> Home Sharing -> Turn on Home Sharing, and then type in your Apple ID and password.
2. Set up Home Sharing on Apple TV: Go to Settings -> Accounts -> Home Sharing -> Turn on Home Sharing, and then enter the same Apple ID and password you use for iTunes. Then, select Computers on your Apple TV's screen and select the iTunes library containing the target DVD content.

If you need a powerful DVD ripper that can rip any DVD to iTunes, Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, or other non-Apple devices/programs, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is a good choice. It is easy-to-use and fast-to-rip.

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