Smart & Connected Life iPods & MP3 Players How to Copy a DVD to Your iPod With HandBrake It's easy to watch all your DVDs on the go by Sam Costello Writer Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated on May 09, 2019 iPods & MP3 Players Working From Home Headphones & Ear Buds Smart Home Smart Watches & Wearables Travel Tech Connected Car Tech iPods & MP3 Players Tweet Share Email When you want to move your DVDs to your iPod, check out the free HandBrake file converter program. Use HandBrake to rip DVDs to your computer in a special file format, add the movie files to your iTunes, sync iTunes with your iPod, and watch movies from anywhere. HandBrake works on Windows, Linux, and Mac. The screenshots below are from Windows. Be sure to only use this process with DVDs that you own. Doing so with someone else’s DVDs is theft. Download and install HandBrake. Put the DVD into the optical disc drive. If the computer automatically opens the DVD in a video player, shut that program down. Open HandBrake, go to the Source Selection section, and select the DVD drive. If you don't see this screen, choose Open Source. Wait for HandBrake to scan the files on the DVD. The time it takes depends on the size of the disc and the speed of the DVD drive and computer. If a message appears stating that HandBrake is unable to find a valid source or title, the DVD may contain copy protected data. If this is the case, you can't use HandBrake to rip the DVD contents. Try a different DVD ripper. Select the Presets dropdown arrow and choose an Apple preset that matches the device, or choose the settings that you know are appropriate for the iPod. If you're not sure what to choose, select the Format dropdown arrow and choose MP4, go to the Video tab and set Video Codec to H.264 (x264), then go to the Audio tab and set the audio codec to AAC. Take note of any other option you might want to customize before moving forward, for example, to add a subtitle file or enable chapter markers. Select Browse. In the File name text box, enter a name for the DVD file, choose where to save the file, then select Save. Select Start Encode to copy the DVD to the computer. Wait while HandBrake extracts the video from the DVD, converts it to the iPod video file format you chose, and saves it to the computer. The time this takes to complete depends on the length of the video, and the speed of the computer and DVD drive. Monitor the green progress bar to see an estimation of how long it will take, and watch for a Queue Finished message. Select Do nothing to change what happens when the DVD ripping process is complete. Options include shutting down the computer, going into hibernation mode, logging off, closing the program, and more. To add the movie file to iTunes, go to File > Add File to Library, then choose the movie HandBrake copied to the computer (from the location you specified in Step 7). Sync movies to the iPod via iTunes to copy the DVD to the device.