How to Import DVD to iTunes on Windows and Mac

This tutorial aims at ripping and copying DVD movies to iTunes library, so that you can watch DVD movies on iPad/iPhone/iPod/Apple TV conveniently.

Q: “I was wondering what is the easiest way to copy my personal DVD’s to my iTunes library so I can watch them on my iPad, iPhone or other portable Apple devices.”


When you first begin to rip your DVD collection for iTunes, the most important thing is to figure out the supported format of iTunes. From Apple official website, Apple device is compatible with the following video formats:

> H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High or Main Profile level 4.0 or lower, Baseline Profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

> MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

> Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format.

In order to rip and import DVD to iTunes and Apple devices compatible video formats, you’ll ask help from a third party DVD ripping tool. Here, Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac is highly recommended to do this job.

Overall, it’s safe and reliable DVD ripper that helps you rip any (protected) DVD discs to iTunes compatible *.mp4, *.mov, *.m4a video format on Mac OS (Sierra included) in high speed and excellent quality.

It’s also professional in converting DVD movies, DVD ISO, DVD VIDEO_TS folder to almost any other common video format such as H.264, MKV, QuickTime, MOV, H.265(HEVC), ect.

You can follow the guide here to rip and import Blu-ray movies to iTunes for iPad, iPhone, iPod and Apple TV.

Download and install Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac (compatible with macOS Sierra, turn to best DVD Ripper for macOS Sierra), follow the guide to rip  and copy DVD to iTunes. For Windows users, please switch to Brorsoft DVD Ripper.
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Guide: How to Rip and Import DVD to iTunes?

Here we take Mac DVD Ripper screenshot, Windows DVD Ripper share the same steps besides the tiny difference in interface.

Step 1: Load DVD Movies

Install and run the best DVD ripper, click “Load Disc” button to load DVD movies to the program.

You can also click “IFO/ISO” icon to load your DVD ISO image files.


Tip: If you need to rip DVD with wanted subtitles and audio track, you can click the drop down menu after “Subtitles” and “Audio” to select your desired tracks. What’s more, it also offers an option called Forced subtitles, which enables you to see subtitles only when actors are speaking a different language.


Step 2: Select an output format for Apple TV and set the output folder.

Here we recommend you to choose H.264 HD Video for you can set the AC3 5.1 surround sound.

Click on the drop-down menu of “Format” and then move your pointer to “HD video > “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” which is the compatible format for iTunes.


Tips: If you wanna edit DVD movie, you can click the “Edit” icon to edit, like cropping, trimming, adding watermark effect, merging, rotating and more.

Step 3: Click “Settings” icon to adjust audio and video parameters.(Optional)

Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”. You can adjust codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.


Note: Optimal settings for Apple TV should be set as Video Size: 1280*720, Video Bitrate: 4000kbps at highest quality, Video Frame rate: 24fps or 30fps, Audio codec: ac3, Audio Sampling rate: 48000hz, Audio Bitrate: 160kbps, Audio Channels: 5.1Channels.

Step 4: Start ripping DVD for iTunes

Click the “Convert” icon, the DVD to iTunes conversion will start immediately. You can follow the converting process in the “Conversion” interface.

When the conversion finished, you can get the output files via clicking on “Open” button effortlessly. Now you can sync the converted DVD to iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV via iTunes, or USB flash drive.

If your are ripping the DVD on Mac, you can also directly play the Ripped DVD movies on Mac and stream to your Apple TV via “Airplay”, please carry out the following steps:

First of all, connect Widescreen television and Apple TV by the HDMI cable, and make sure your Mac accesses the Wi-Fi.

Open the ‘System Preferences’ of your Mac computer, and click on the ‘Displays’. Then you can open the Airplay. Change the ‘Airplay Mirroring’ from ‘Off’ to ‘** Apple TV’, and it will connect automatically. A couple of seconds later, your Mac and widescreen TV will be connected.

There is an option at the bottom of the window, you can choose to show mirroring options in the menu bar when available.

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