Putting Digital Video Files from a DVD Onto the iPhone
When MP3 players became the new chic item it seemed natural for all CDs easily ripped to an iPhone or computer so they could be added to these devices, as well as to be played on the increasingly quality computer stereo systems. Though this made the files open to communal piracy, it seemed as though it was impossible to refute people the right to do what they wanted with their own music. Unfortunately, the forces of copyright protection came to the front when video iPods became the new standard. Instead of being able to easily add DVD videos to your device, you have to jump through enough formatting hoops to finally make it less than worthwhile. On many newer DVD box sets there is a ‚Äö√Ñ√∫digital copy‚Äö√Ñ√π included that gives you a full version to add directly onto your iPhone or iPod.
Digital Copies of a DVD Movie
The digital copy usually comes on its own disc in the case, so put that into the DVD-ROM on the computer that you use to manage your iTunes. Make sure that you Internet connection is solid because you are going to have to stay connected. Once it connects to its server, you will be asked a series of questions, depending on the distributor. This will likely be just communication preference like country and language. From there, it will give you an option as to where you would like the file to go. It will be easiest to have it transferred to your iTunes rather than somewhere like Windows Movie Maker. It will take you to the iTunes store section for that film and have a place for you to enter in a redemption code. This code is on an insert that is in your DVD or Blu-Ray disc case. The disc itself really does nothing except link you to the correct spot on iTunes, and you could likely do this on your own by manually searching. Using the disc is easier and quicker, however.
Syncing Videos Using iTunes and Your iPhone
From there, it will download onto your iTunes, placing itself into the video section of your iTunes library. Once it is in there, you can simply sync your iPhone or iPod to iTunes again, making sure that videos are being synced. You do not necessarily have to sync all of the videos you have on iTunes and can instead select this one film specifically to add.
The reality is that there are fewer digital copies awarded than there should be. Most often this requires for it to be on a Blu-ray version and is often a special edition with a larger case, which is done since the standard use of another disc requires more space. This will be listed on the jewel case for the disc you are considering buying, but it can also come at the cost of an additional special features disc.
Make Your Own
If you are not given a legitimate digital copy there is still a workflow that you can go through that will allow you to get a digital copy. First, you will have to use a DVD ripping program like Handbrake to create a fully independent digital movie file. From here you need to use an appropriate video conversion program, like Apple Compressor, to then convert and compress that file to make it iPhone compatible through iTunes. It will then sync to it, or the iPod Touch and iPad, in the videos section as an independent file. It will not have the information and associated picture material that a legitimate video file would have, but it will still be accessible.