Convert DVD Movies to Tablet Videos – Step by Step

Convert DVD video to tablet for convenience!  Previously, Homepreneurs suggested a simple home business idea, converting VHS tapes to DVDs.  That article is popular and frequently viewed.  This time we’d like to suggest taking video conversions a step further: DVD to tablets.  We tested several free programs and found a free one – – that is intuitive, easy to use, and converts to many tablet formats.  For this article, we tested only option, from a DVD to an iPad.

  • Note:  Convert only backup copies of personal videos for yourself or customers.  Mass distribution of any DVD movie or software is illegal and NOT sanctioned or recommended by Homepreneurs.

1)     Navigate to and download the video converter as seen below

  • Caution: Freemake will try to install 3rd party programs that are not needed, such as MusicBox and SafeVault.  Use care to install only Freemake.

2)     This conversion software worked on 5 of the DVDs attempted, but a newer DVD failed due to an encryption error.  Freemake will handle dual layer DVDs – we were successful with converting Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves – see below.  BlueRay was not tried.

Insert the DVD for conversion and click on the +DVD icon at the top of the screen.

3)     Navigate to and select the DVD or video location (note screen print below).  The video’s location could be on the hard drive or in the DVD player.  Please note that any DVD or video selected will start automatically with Windows Media player or similar.  Stop the video from playing.

4)     FreeMake will automatically load the video selected in the above step.  You will be prompted for two titles, check the box that is the larger size or has more time.  (see below).  FreeMake will automatically  load the video.  If the DVD is dual layer (two sided), repeat the previous 2 steps. Note the location where the file is loaded/saved.  The default location may be changed under the file menu, options, temporary folder.

5)     When the video is done loading in memory, a window similar to below is seen.  When a dual layer DVD is chosen, two title bars are displayed and the “join files” icon in the upper right is active.  Move the slider to the right so that “join files” displays “on”.

6)     Select convert from the menu bar.  For this example, Apple was chosen to convert for an iPad, but many options are available: Samsung, Sony, Xbox, MP3, FLV, etc.

7)     Adjust the output parameters for maximum size.  Many DVDs are in Widescreen format and will be narrow on an iPad without size modifications.   FreeMake will allow some adjustment, but will not convert from native Widescreen to Fullscreen, at least not for the iPad conversion.

8)     When finished, a “conversion completed’ window will display.

9)     Go to iTunes if converting to iPad

10) Click on Library-Movies, then on the File menu at the top and “add file to library”.  Navigate to the location noted in step 4.

11) Physically connect the tablet to the source computer – laptop or desktop.  Sync the iPad or other tablet device with laptop or desktop that has the converted file.  Verify the file has transferred and test it!

This conversion is a handy way of backing up movies, converting them to more portable devices (e.g. tablets), and like converting VHS to DVD, can be a neat little side business.  Best of all, the software is free.  Better conversion software is available for purchase – Roxio is an example – but that adds to your cost.  These conversions can be good holiday presents too.  Give your time and expertise to others.

Again, we stress the legal implications: backup copies of a purchased DVD are allowed, multiple copies for distribution are illegal in the United States.

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

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Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed.  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

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