How to Import DVD to iTunes Library for Free Step by Step Guide

Posted by Delaney to DVD ripper | April 18, 2017

Unless you always have the DVD disc and TV next to you, you can't watch your favorite movies and TV shows on the go. But after you add DVD to iTunes library, you can carry your movies in digital formats to anywhere and play them on iPhone or iPad freely. How to import DVD to iTunes library for free? Now let's check it step by step.

How to Put DVD onto iTunes for Free? We Need Two Steps

* Copy DVD to iTunes supported formats
* Transfer DVD to iTunes library

iTunes Supported Formats

Since iTunes accept certain formats only, we will first need to convert DVD into formats supported by iTunes. Before we start the process of importing DVD to iTunes library, check the formats that compatible with iTunes. Then you can choose any of those formats when you copy DVD movies to iTunes.
Video: H.264 video and MPEG-4 video in MOV, MP4, and M4V file formats
Audio: AAC, AIFF, Protected AAC (MP4 from iTunes Store), MP3, Apple Lossless(M4A), WAV

Tools Required for Free DVD to iTunes Import

We notice that there are many searches on how to put DVD onto iTunes without software, but it's virtually impossible to make it. Free DVD to iTunes copy software is a must for the first step. There are many choices for you on the market and therefore, you may need to choose carefully. To help you choose the right tool for DVD to iTunes transfer, we divide the tools in two categories and you can select the one that fits your need:

* For homemade DVD only, Handbrake is your best choice, as it will easily convert a non-protected disc to a MP4 file for you to add DVD to iTunes;
* For commercial DVD movies, you can choose MacX DVD Ripper Mac Free Edition, as it supports most protected discs and will copy DVDs to MP4, MOV, M4V and more formats.

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How to Import DVD to iTunes for Free

Now we have got the reliable & free DVD to iTunes copy software, checked the formats supported by iTunes, everything is ready. Next is a step-by-step tutorial on how to import a DVD to iTunes library for free (below we take a commercial protected disc as an example).

Step 1: Import the DVD to Copy
First, free download the free DVD to iTunes copy software on computer.
For Mac users, free download the Mac version (compatible with macOS Sierra, El Capitan and earlier);
For Windows users, free download the Windows version (Windows 10/8/7/XP all supported).
Now insert your DVD to the computer's hard drive. Launch the software and click the DVD button on the interface to load the DVD. Feel free to add any homemade or protected movies, and it will instantly scan the correct main title of the movie.

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Step 2: Free Copy DVD to iTunes Supported Formats
A window will pop up automatically asking you to choose the output file. To free import DVD to iTunes library, choose one of the iTunes supported formats (MP4, MOV or M4V). To do this, you can choose MP4 from the Mac General Video, or simply select the iTunes Video from the left sidebar.

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Step 3: Edit Output DVD Video (Optional)
You can further customize the output file if necessary (e.g., you can cut unwanted parts to reduce the output file size or add special effects or watermark on your movie). Click the Edit button on the right side the same bar of the checked title.

Free add DVD movies to iTunes easily

Options offered including trimming, subtitle adding, cropping & expanding, rotating etc. Apply specific features based on your own needs.

How to import DVD to iTunes library free

Step 4: Start to Copy DVD to iTunes Formats
Click Run button and start the protected DVD to iTunes copy process. Here are a few tips in the  DVD to iTunes ripping:
* First, check the High Quality Engine and Deinterlacing box, this is to give you a ripped DVD video in high quality. You should know that high quality results in larger file size;
* This free DVD to iTunes importing helper allows multi-core CPU usage. If you want the fastest DVD ripping process, you can select to use up to 8 cores; if you think that's annoying, you can select part of the cores for the ripping while others for other tasks, that will also ensure a quite fast process. For this case, it takes about 8 minutes to convert a 44 minute episode.
* If the DVD you want to import to iTunes is protected by tough encryptions, check the Safe Mode, that will solve most copy problems with tough discs.

How to import DVD movies to iTunes library

Other Programs to Help Put DVD onto iTunes Library

There is also other DVD to iTunes freeware that will help you free import DVD to iTunes library. To allow you choose the free DVD to iTunes copy software that fits you most, here we make a detailed comparison between the most popular free DVD rippers.

Platform

Output

Decrypt Encryption

Speed

MacX DVD Ripper Mac Free Edition

macOS/Windows

MP4, MOV, M4V, MP3 etc

Yes

Fast

Handbrake

macOS/Windows/Linux

MP4 and MKV

No

Fast

Format Factory

Windows only

MP4, 3GP, MPG, AVI, WMV, FLV, SWF

Yes

Fair

Freemake Video Converter

Windows only

MP4, MOV and 500+ formats

No

Fast

DVDFab HD Decrypter

macOS/Windows

disc, DVD folder, ISO image file

Yes

Fast

DVDShrink

Windows only

mpeg2

Yes

Fair

DVDShrink

macOS/Windows/Linux

MKV

Yes

Fast

Note: The free programs above can almost add DVD to iTunes of any kind. However, most of them lack the ability to handle the latest released DVDs or those disc with unusual format. That's where advanced versions really make their mark. If you have any DVD that fails to be ripped with any free programs, try the advanced version of the above helper. It supports all types of discs, including new DVDs, 99-title DVDs, TV series DVDs, workout DVDs and even damaged/unplayable DVDs in a 5-minute process. 

Step 5: Add Metadata to Ripped Movies (Optional)
Different to movies purchased from iTunes Store which will display the movie information neatly, when you import DVD movie to iTunes library, the movies will listed without details. If you don't mind that, just ignore this step. If you want to let iTunes better sort your library, you can add metadata with third-party apps.
The apps you can use include Subler, iFlicks, MetaZ and many more. Take iFlicks for example, it will download online movie information and add to movies easily, such as the movie release dates; directors and descriptions; cover art and more. Simply throw the ripped movie to it and there you are.

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Step 6: How to Import DVD to iTunes Library
Now let's add DVD to iTunes library freely. This step is pretty easy.
* First make sure you have downloaded the latest version of iTunes on your computer. Then launch iTunes;
* Drag the ripped DVD movie from the Mac Finder or Windows Desktop to the iTunes window; Or you can click iTunes menu and select Add to Library;
* You can click Movies in the Library section of the Source pane to check if the DVD is put to iTunes or not.

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