How to Transfer DVDs to iTunes Library for Free (Protected Movies Incl.)

Posted by Bella Brown to DVD Ripper| Last uplodated on Dec 3, 2018

If you have a massive DVD collection, maybe you won't always have the opportunity to have a DVD player around to enjoy them. More often, you will want to free transfer DVDs to iTunes library freely so that you can access to the movie contents anywhere on easier devices like iPhone or iPad. Yet the process of synching movies to iTunes is not possible since iTunes doesn't accept MPEG2 format. Never mind, folow the guide and see how to transfer and import DVD movies to iTunes freely and effortlessly.

What to Know before Adding DVD to iTunes

iTunes Supported Formats
According to Apple official site, the formats supported by iTunes are limited to MP4, M4V and MOV files for video, and MP3, AIFF, WAV, MPEG-4, AAC and Apple Lossless (.m4a) for audio. In other words, if you want to freely transfer DVD movies to iTunes library, you need to convert DVD disc to iTunes supported MP4, M4V or MOV first.

DVD Copy Protections
Almost all your purchased commercial DVDs are protected by different copy protections. Those encryption measures make it hard to convert them into digital formats and then put DVD onto iTunes. By far, there are kinds of protection schemes that has disabled a large number of rippers. Choose carefully.

Convert Disc to iTunes with A Reliable & Free DVD Ripper

The market is cluttered with kinds of rippers, free or paid, good or bad. Here we assume that you would want to import DVD to iTunes freely, fast and easily. Considering in conjunction with the DVD movies you may have purchased (which contains tough copy protections), many famous DVD rippers can't make the cut, including HandBrake. We use another reliable yet 100% free DVD ripping tool in this case- MacX DVD Ripper Mac Free Edition.

* It has wide DVD support for any DVD protections and keeps updating with the latest protection measures. It's virtually the most comprehensive free software in the industry that fully supports almost all the commercial DVDs you'd want to add to iTunes;
* The hyper threading technology and multi-core CPU tech guarantees a 5-minute ripping process for a full-length DVD;
* You can free transfer DVD to iTunes format in MP4, M4V, MOV; and also has 180 other formats available.

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How to Transcode DVDs to iTunes Library Freely

Now you can see that process is divided into two major steps: ripping and adding. A few clicks can get the job done. First insert your DVD disc into the hard drive and also download Mac version (10.5-10.12) or Windows version (98-10) based on your computer.

Rip DVD to iTunes Supported Formats

Step 1: Load DVD Movie
Click "Disc" to import the DVD. It takes no time to detect the correct title of the DVD movies.

Step 2: Adjust Video Settings
Select the output file for the ripped DVD. As we're going to free import DVD to MP4 or MOV that iTunes supports. You can further tweak the video settings like frame rate, bit rate, resolution etc to make the DVD files smaller for iTunes.

Step 3: Start to Rip
Click "Browse" to set an destination to save the output DVD video and click "Start" to rip DVD movie to iTunes now.

Put and add DVD to iTunes for free

Note 1, make sure you have enabled the high quality engine as it will maximum keeps the ripping quality;
Note 2, if you have any problems ripping protected movies (especially new titles like Disney Moana, Sing, Arrival, Moonlight etc.), check the Safe Mode box, that will solve most DVD ripping errors.
Note 3, if you want to rip all the DVDs to iTunes, including 99-title movies, Japanese DVDs, new releases and all other encrypted DVDs but has no luck with the above DVD to iTunes ripper, try the advanced version MacX DVD Ripper Pro.

How to Transfer DVD Movies to iTunes
Having the DVD full prepared, the transferring the ripped movie to iTunes library is pretty easy. If you're new to this, just follow the steps.

1. Add Meta Information to the Movie (Optional)
You can skip this step if you don't mind how the DVD cover looks like in your iTunes, or you may sort them with the help of tools like MetaZ or iFlicks. Those apps will add tags and information to the movie by scanning related cover, artists, chapter introductions and more. You just click them and the DVDs will looks just like those professional movie database.

2. How to Import DVD to iTunes Libray Freely
Simply drag the DVD movie from Mac Finder or Windows desktop to iTunes library. The added DVD movies in iTunes will appear in the Movie section along with other purchased movies, TV shows or videos.

How to put DVD on iTunes free

How to Transfer DVD Movies from iTunes to iDevices (optional)
If you're going to watch DVD movies on iPhone or iPad, there is another step to go: manually transfer DVD movies via iTunes to iDevices. The steps are easy: connect iPhone or iPad to computer > open iTunes (the latest veresion) > select the movie you'd like to sync to iPhone/iPad > click the left sidebar and simply drag the ripped DVD movie just added to iTunes.

Painfully Slow to Add DVD to iTunes? Fixed Now!

Being a widespread problem, many users have experienced varying degrees of slow or unresponsive process when transferring the movie from disc to iTunes with large library or files. For example:
When I add an .M4V file to iTunes movie section, it takes forever for the files to process. I can see the bar showing the progress of my movie being imported into iTunes, extremely slow!
My iTunes library has grown to over 1 TB of music, movies, TV shows and others. It's getting slower and slower and today, it's almost unusable for me to transfer any movie content to iTunes library.
I was importing a DVD to iTunes so that i could sync to my iPad to watch during my way to work. But it took forever to respond...

Now let's fix the slow iTunes problem:
* Put DVD movies to iDevices? Easy
If you simply want to watch DVD movies on iPhone or iPad, the fix to slow iTunes is quite easy: just skip iTunes. Rather than adding DVD to iTunes and then sync to Apple devices, the quickest and easiest way to put ripped DVD movies to iDevices is taking advantage of third-party software. Here we would like MacX MediaTrans (free download Mac version or Windows version). It will move DVD movies to iDevices by simply drag and drop.

* Disable Unnecessary Services:
There are options that are enabled by defualt in iTunes, but most of which are not required by users. To allow a faster start when you want to put DVD movies on iTunes, you're suggested to disable them. For example, you can disable Disabling Crossfade Songs & Sound Enhancer and Look for remote speakers connected to AirTunes & Look for iPhone and iPod Touch remotes.

* Delete Smart Playlists
When you have a load of DVDs to add to iTunes, you need it run as fast as it can. Therefore, you can remove Smart Playlists, which will make iTunes load movies almost instantly.

* Disable Automatic Syncing
iTunes automatic syncing can not only erase off your iDevice accidently sometime, but also takes quite a long time for it to response. If you're not going to transfer iTunes DVD movies to iDvcies, you can just disable it.

Disclaimer: You have to know that the legality of DVD ripping of any kind varies in different countries. We do not endorse or courage any copyright infringement in any form. We only share a way that makes it easy for people to watch their purchased/homemade DVDs easily on other devices. You can only rip DVD for legal personal use and you're strongly suggested to consult your law.

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