Whether traveling or resting in the back yard, it’s comes rather handy to have a favorite movie or two available for relaxed viewing when you are away from your DVD player and TV set or your computer. Instead of lugging all that equipment with a long extension cord from your nearest inside outlet to the backyard hammock, simply convert your DVD collection to digital media and upload onto your iPod or MPEG 4 player. The process is actually quite simple, and with the right software, it’s not just inexpensive but often free, which fits any kind of budget!
Tools to Convert DVDs
You will need a few items before you start the conversion. One, obviously, is your computer and the DVD player in working order.
Next, you’ll need the actual software. While some DVD players, whether free-standing or built-in, have the capability of burning or recording a DVD, very few have the built-in capability to create digital media in a form compatible with a portable video player without the actual disks along. And that extra disk carrier defeats the purpose of complete portability.
Inexpensive software works well, but since we’re pinching pennies, let’s concentrate on freeware. Either DVD Decrypter or Videora iPod Converter are two excellent software packages that are easy to use and cost you nothing to download and use, beyond the bandwidth used in the download.
Once you have the software downloaded, scanned for viruses as a standard safety precaution, which you should perform on any download, regardless of type or reputation, and the software is installed, you’re ready to start converting your DVD collection to iPod viewing.
Easy Step-by-Step Instructions to Convert DVDs
While exact titles of functions may differ, depending on the program or software you use, most are similar enough to the DVD Decryptor software used in this article for little translation difficulty, so get ready to go fully mobile with your movie collection!
1: Insert your DVD into the computer’s player.
2: Launch your software program to convert dvds.
3: In the software’s menu bar just below the title bar at the top, click the Mode option for a drop-down menu. From that menu, chose the IFO option.
4: In the Tools menu, usually right next to the Mode entry, select the Settings option, usually at the bottom. Some software may list this as Options. Ensure the following matches your availability within that pop-out box that comes next.
5: In the Settings box, click the IFO tab, then near the middle you will see a File Splitting drop menu. Choose NONE.
6: On the Settings box, click the Stream Processing tab. Check the Enable Stream Processing box.
7: On the main program box, look on the right side. Click to check the first audio and video boxes.
8: On the left side of the main program box, choose the computer folder in which you want the video data stored on your computer. This creates a file you can access at any time for uploading onto any compatible device. It’s not a one-off process; the data is there for however long you maintain it. You can also create a special folder for your videos; just ensure that’s the one you choose before continuing.
9: Click Decrypt. On an average-to-high speed computer, this can take 20 minutes or longer, so be patient. There’s quite a lot of data being converted, but it’s worth the wait.
10: Connect your iPod or MPEG4 player and upload a movie or two, depending on the storage capacity of your portable device.
Not bad, huh? Be sure to back up your files for long-term use and enjoy them for a long, long time!
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What program do you use to convert dvds?