This tutorial will show you how to convert any Blu-ray, protected or not, to iPad using two free programs. Unlike other tutorials that require more than two programs, or programs that aren’t well-known or trustworthy, we convert Blu-ray to iPad-compatible MP4 format using DVDFab HD Decrypter and Handbrake. Both programs are free and easy to use, and will let you rip your entire Blu-ray collection to iPad (MP4) format very easily. Read on for the full tutorial!
Blu-ray to iPad: What you need
- Blu-ray drive. Any more, Blu-ray drives have dropped in prices to the point where they aren’t out of reach of the normal consumer. Sites like Newegg.com have respectable name-brand drives for around $60 these days.
- DVDFab HD Decrypter (click here to download). It’s free, and has functionality that you may find interesting beyond just converting Blu-ray to iPad. We use it in this tutorial to rip the Blu-ray first to your hard drive, so that Handbrake can convert it for us. To be honest, you could use this program on its own just to rip / backup your entire Blu-ray library to your hard drive if that’s what you’re interested in.
- Handbrake (click here to download). Handbrake is a simply awesome and free program that converts a ton of different formats to iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, etc. formats. It can theoretically go straight from the Blu-ray disc to iPad format, but it doesn’t take out copy protection like DVDFab HD Decrypter does for us. If your Blu-ray isn’t copy protected, Handbrake is all you’d really need. It was originally Mac-only, and has since released versions for all of the Windows operating systems.
Once you’ve installed DVDFab HD Decrypter and Handbrake, and you’ve inserted your Blu-ray movie, you’re ready to start. Since Blu-rays tend to be pretty big, make sure you have ample space on your hard drive to store as much as 50GB of files during the conversion. You can of course delete everything but the finished product when you’re done. Our sample movie for this tutorial ended up being just over 1GB in size, which isn’t bad considering we started at 50GB. It’s also a manageable size for our iPad 2.
Step 1) Rip Blu-ray to Your Hard Drive
Launch DVDFab HD Decrypter for the first time. At first you’ll be presented with a screen where you choose which functionality you want to use in the software. Select the last choice, just HD Decrypter, and then click Start DVDFab. You may also want to check the box for Do Not Show Again if you don’t want to be annoyed with this extra step ever again.
With your Blu-ray in the drive, you should automatically be prompted to choose the region of your Blu-ray. If not, just load it up in the software. DVDFab will load your Blu-ray, which will take a minute or two. Remember, we’re dealing with close to 50GB of data on a typical Blu-ray movie.
Next, click the “Main Movie” button on the left of the screen. This will bring up a list of the different titles on your Blu-ray. The main movie itself will always be the longest title on there, so check whichever title is obviously the largest. You can see in the picture below that our main title was significantly larger than the other options. Next, you’ll want to set your output destination for the Blu-ray we’re about to rip to your hard drive. Make sure you have enough space! When this is done, go ahead and click Next, and click OK on the box that pops up.
On the next page, your Blu-ray movie will start ripping to your hard drive. The estimated time remaining is a little overestimated – it took our Tabletorials desktop about 20 minutes to rip the entire Blu-ray. Go grab a drink, relax, and come back when you’re ready for Step 2.
When the Blu-ray is finished ripping, just hit OK, Finished, and close out of DVDFab.
Step 2) Convert Blu-ray to iPad (MP4) Format
Now that we have the movie ripped to our hard drive and the copy protection is no longer an issue, we can use Handbrake to convert the Blu-ray rip to iPad (MP4) format. Go ahead and open up Handbrake.
First, click the iPad preset option on the right-hand side of the screen. You could choose any of those presets if you’d like to convert Blu-ray to iPhone, iPod Touch, or another device. Handbrake is a great program. The only setting we recommend that you change is unchecking the “Large file size” button (highlighted in the picture below). For us, the box was checked automatically, but for others, they’ve told us it was unchecked out of the gate. Just make sure it’s unchecked, or else we’ll run into huge file sizes without any noticeable change in quality.
Then, go ahead and click the Source button in the upper left, selecting Video File from the drop-down menu. This is where you’ll navigate to the Blu-ray movie that we ripped with DVDFab. Navigate to where you chose to save the Blu-ray rip. Go into the BDMV folder, and then into the STREAM folder. The file should be the only one in there, a .m2ts file. If there are multiple files for your particular case, it will be the file that’s by far the largest. Our Blu-ray came out to 25GB. Lastly, you can change the output folder if you want by clicking the Browse button. We stuck with the default, and just changed the file name to Sunshine so that it was easier to recognize when we’re done.
Handbrake will load your Blu-ray file briefly, and then it’s ready to convert to iPad (MP4) format. Just click Start at the top. There are options to watch a video preview while it converts, but you need to have VLC Media Player installed and we found it to be buggy. Our Blu-ray took about an hour to convert into iPad (MP4) format.
When the conversion is done, you’ll have a video file ready to put into iTunes and transfer to your iPad. The default extension is .m4v, which is just an iTunes-friendly version of .mp4. Navigate to your new video, drag it into iTunes, and then drag it from your iTunes library into your iPad’s library.
You’ve now got your Blu-ray on your iPad! Handbrake’s iPad presets that we used create a beautiful, high-def video that doesn’t take up too much space. Perfect for plane rides, family vacations, or late-night movie watching in bed.
If you have any questions or requests about converting Blu-ray to iPad (MP4), please leave us a comment below!