How to rip a DVD or Blu ray movie for Android or IPhone in Windows

Tuesday July 12, 2011 ()

File size limit of both Andriod and Iphone is around 2 gigabytes. In addition, storage capacities of most smartphones are not big enough that you are limited to carry only a certain number of multimedia files. Here is how to rip a DVD or Blu ray movie disk that you own and compress them into a smaller file and still maintain a good playback quality in your own smartphone.

First you need to have a computer with either a DVD drive or Blu ray drive depending on the disk you want to rip. You will also need the following software. Don't worry they are all legally free.

  • MakeMKV. A utility to rip your movie. Download it here if you don't have it already.
  • Handbrake. Proccesses your ripped movie file into a format playable in your smartphone (MKV or MP4). Download it here.

Insert your disk into your drive and run MakeMKV.

Click on the read button as highlighed below. This will read and decrypt your disk.

Step 1 - How to rip a DVD or Blu ray movie for Android or IPhone in Windows

Select output destination at (1) below. Click on (2) to expand the tree component.

Step 2 - How to rip a DVD or Blu ray movie for Android or IPhone in Windows

Deselect tracks that you don't need, as shown in (1) below. I deselected all except the main movie, sound tracks of main movie and 1 movie subtitle. As shown in the graphic, there is no specific label for the main movie title but it easy to tell because the main movie always comes with several chapters.

Step 3 How to rip a DVD or Blu ray movie for Android or IPhone in Windows

Most movies have several audio tracks. Here I have selected 2 tracks, the DD (Dolby) track and DTS track which are both 5.1 surround audio track, this will be downmixed to 2 channels later by Handbrake. Usually 1 audio track is enough and based on experience DD tracks ofen have less problems with Handbrake than DTS tracks. The movie shown is a DVD movie. The figure above is slightly different on a Blu ray disk. Audio tracks on Blu ray may include HD audio. Please avoid using HD audio as they make for a large file. When you are done with your selections, click "Make MKV" button to start the rip. Rip takes sometime depending on the speed of your drive and your computer.

When MakeMKV is done and successful, open Handbrake and locate movie file output of MakeMKV. Your screen should appear like below. First select where you want to store the ouput file (1). If you are processing for Andriod select Universal (2) or (3) for Iphone. This will set resolution of your movie output. Click on (5) video tab.

Step 4 - - How to rip a DVD or Blu ray movie for Android or IPhone in Windows

Bitrate of a movie file determines the size and quality of movie playback. The higher the number, the better the quality but the resulting file is larger. For handheld video applications like your Andriod or Iphone a low number of 1500 - 2000 kpbs would still result in a good picture quality. Input a number in (1) below.

Step 5 - How to rip a DVD or Blu ray movie for Android or IPhone in Windows

Click on (2) start processing. This process will some time. When you are done, use your phone utility to transfer the final movie file to your phone.

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