As we know, DVD is MPEG video, and iPod supports only MP4 and H.264 video, if your video is not compatible with iPod, you cannot add it to iTunes library and sync it to iPod. So this step by step guide will teach you how to rip DVD and put any video on iPod. This guide works for all series of iPod including iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and iPod Classic, etc.
This guide includes Three parts:
Part1. How to convert and put copyright protected DVD movie to iPod?
Part2. How to convert AVI, MPEG, WMV, FLV, MOV, ASF, XviD, DAT, VOB, RMVB, ASF, etc video to iPod?
Part3. How to rip DVD and convert video to iPod on Mac?
The tool you need is this All-in-one iPod converter, it includes DVD to iPod Converter and Video to iPod Converter. I tried and reviewed about 20 iPod converters including freeware and shareware. The reason I recommended this one is because it's easy to use and supports copyright protected DVD, even the latest protected DVD. It embeds an iPod manager that can copy music and video from iPod back to computer, it's really useful when you lost iTunes library, no iPod converter has this feature. You can free download the iPod Converter from here, about 25 MB.
For more iPod converters, you may refer to this DVD Video to iPod Converter Reviews.
Part1. How to rip and put copyright protected DVD movie to iPod
Download and install the DVD iPod Converter Suite, put DVD disc into your computer. Run the software and click "Load DVD" to add DVD files from your DVD drive. You also can click “File” button to import ISO or IFO file from your computer hard disk.
Regular DVD movie has several chapters, you can convert all chapters into one mp4 video, after you load DVD files into the software, you will see an option named "Merge into one file", click it, and then you will get one file. If you only want certain chapters from the DVD, just click the chapters you want to convert.
This software supports selecting subtitle and audio; click the drop-down list to select Subtitle and Audio you want.
This iPod Converter supports all series of iPod; you can click the “Profile” combo-box to select proper profile according to your iPod type. The "iPod Video MPEG-4" profile works pretty well for all iPods.
You can also use this software to extract audio track from DVD to MP3, AAC, WAV or M4A audio, it would work on all mp3 players such as iPod Shuffle, Zune, Phone, iRiver, Archos, etc.
After all things done, click “Start” to run the conversion process. It would take about 30 minutes to rip a regular DVD movie. If you want to add the converted video to iPod VIA iTunes, follow these steps:
1. locate the converted videos and drag them to iTunes library.
2. Plug in your iPod to computer, then iTunes will detect your iPod as a device.
3. Select your iPod device on the left panel of iTunes, click "Movies" tab, and check the videos you want to sync and click "Apply", that's all.
If you do not want to use iTunes, you can use the iPod Copy Manager provides by this DVD to iPod Converter; (The iPod Manager support all series of iPod besides iPod Touch). Plug in iPod to computer, click “Tools” - “iPod Copy Manager”, then you will see a pop up window, the left pane is the video and music list on your computer, the right pane is the file list on your iPod, select the files you want to sync and click the right arrow button to finish the transfer.
Part2. How to convert AVI, MPEG, WMV, FLV, MOV, ASF, XviD, DAT, VOB, RMVB, ASF, etc video to iPod
With the Video to iPod Converter, you can convert these video files to iPod Compatible video:
AVI, XviD, WMV, MPEG, MPG, FLV, DAT, RM, RMVB, MOV, ASF, FLV, MP4, M4V;
Limewire, Bearshare, YouTube, Megavideo, Real Player, QuickTime, Camera, DV, etc.
The operations are similar to DVD to iPod Converter.
Step1. Click "Add" to load your video into the software, this iPod Converter supports batch conversion; you can add multiple video files at one time.
Step2. Click "Profile" drop-down list to select proper profile according to your iPod type. If you want to join all video files into one mp4 file, you can click the option "Merge into one file".
Step3. Click "Start" to run the conversion process, done. Then you can follow above steps to transfer video to iPod.