I am wondering if there is a DVD player available for the Ipad? -from discussions.apple
No. There is No DVD player for iPad currently available for directly watch DVD movies on iPad.
Is there a External DVD drive that I can hook up to my Ipad? -from techsupportforum
No. There is No external USB DVD drive for iPad DVD playback.
All of these because iPad has no DVD slot so that DVD won't play directly on iPad. But this doesn't mean you can't play DVD movies on iPad at all. After you convert the DVD to digital copies, you can play the DVD movies on iPad freely.
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Part 1: Play DVD on iPad Without DVD Player for iPad
As there is no DVD player for iPad, the best way to watch DVD on iPad is to rip DVD to iPad supported formats. This requires you to fall back on a solid iPad DVD ripper, such as MacX DVD Ripper Pro.
It's designed to help you rip and copy DVD to iPads (iPad Pro, iPad mini, iPad Air) with MP4, MOV, M4V (H264/MPEG-4) formats in 1080p, 720p HD with no quality loss. It supports any DVDs you bought from the store, including DVDs encrypted by region codes, CSS, RCE, 99 titles, bad sectors, etc. It's based on GPU acceleration to offer 5X faster speed. Thus, you can watch DVD movies on iPad anytime anywhere you want without format restriction.
Here are easy steps about how to rip DVD to iPad for playing on iPad Pro/Air etc.
Step 1: Import DVD Disc or DVD Folder or ISO image.
To rip DVD to iPad, the first step is to load DVD movie. This iPad DVD ripper accepts three forms as input formats, DVD disc, DVD folder and ISO image.
Step 2: Select Output Format from "to iPad Video".
On the pop-up windows, pick out "Apple Device" > "to iPad Video" > then you can select to convert a DVD to iPad Pro, iPad Air, or iPad mini.
Step 3: Choose the Destination Folder.
Attention shifts to "Browse" button to opt for a target folder to save the output DVD files.
Step 4: Begin to Rip DVD to iPad Device.
Click "RUN" button and this DVD ripper for iPad's DVD ripping engine will go into action to rip DVD to iPad iOS device. Just a cup of tea time, you will eventually get DVD playback on iPad.
Part 2: Play Converted DVD on iPad with Best Players
After you convert the DVDs to an iPad format, you can transfer the converted DVD movies to iPad and start to play without errors. iPad can natively H. 264, MP4, M4V, MOV, MPEG-4 and M-JPEG with its built-in video app. It won't support videos encoded in AV1, DivX, VP9, etc. saved in containers like WMV, MKV, AVI, and more. DVD files like MPG, ISO image, Video_TS folder are not supported.
If you've make a safe backup of your DVD collections in formats like ISO or MKV, you can't play the DVD videos on iPad natively. But there are media players to help you play the DVD videos on iPad.
1. VLC Media Player
VLC works on many platforms, including iPhone and iPad. It's able to play almost all the video formats. MKV DVD copies with multiple video/audio/subtitle tracks are supported. ISO image and VOB videos are accepted either. It has the libdvdcss library built-in to help it play encrypted DVD videos on iPad without problem.
KMPlayer is anther free DVD player software for iPad. It includes almost all the essential decoders for media playback. KMPlayer is the best if the DVD is in a 3D format. It offers high-quality video and audio playback with flexibe settings.
Part 3: FAQs about DVD Player for Mac
Q1: Can I connect my external DVD drive to my iPad USB-C port for playing DVD?
A1: No. No optical drives are supported on iOS devices. There are no built-in drivers for any optical drives and they simply use too much power that iPad cannot handle.
Q2: How can I watch a DVD on my iPad with converting?
A2: AirPlay is a nice option. You can just connect your iPad and computer with the same wifi. Play the DVD disc on your computer and then select the AirPlay option to streaming the playing DVD to your iPad.