Dec 9, 2007

Ripping DVD's to iPod or PSP

Well, last night I finally removed my self from the no iPodder's club at my company Christmas party. That is right, I won an 80GB iPod classic. In honor of such an event, I thought I would bring this post back to the top:

I want to revisit a post I wrote about copying DVD’s. Since the new Pirate’s movie is out, of course there is increasing interest in the world of pirating again. In fact, about 15% of my blogs' traffic comes from people looking for pictures of Jolly Rogers. Anyway, that is not the point of this post, or of this blog, but software, movie, and maybe even music piracy occasionally is. (Please let me re-iterate that I do not condone such behavior, and I have no control over what people do with the information I provide).

Anyway, in my post about copying DVD’s, I did not touch on the subject of mini portable movie players such as iPod’s or PSP’s. What if you purchased your new DVD and want to be able to watch it on your lunch break at work on your iPod? I have a solution for you.

There is a DVD ripping software that will convert your standard DVD into iPod or PSP format. Like everything else I suggest it is free. This little miracle is called Handbrake, and there is a version for MAC, Windows, and Linux. It will shrink the DVD down to an Mpeg-4 or H.264 format for use with PSP, iPod or similar device. It now even has support for AppleTV and PS3.

So don’t just “back-up” your movies for use on your DVD player, ‘back them up” and take them with you on your iPod or PSP.

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