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Handbrake iPhone Preset Guide: Rip DVD to iPhone XS/XS Max/XR

The release of iPhone XS and iPhone XR drives Apple fans on the cusp of madness, partly due to their 1334-by-750 4.7" display and 1920-by-1080 5.5" screen that are perfect for watching HD DVD movies, TV shows and videos. Except for purchasing movies from the iTunes store ready for iPhone XS consumption, DVD collectors are willing to rip DVDs to iPhone XS/XS Max/XR supported video format using free software like Handbrake so as not to waste money on the same movie a second time. Sadly, countless posts from users asking for the proper Handbrake iPhone preset, especially when it comes to the new iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, even though the official site indicates that it's a whole lot easier to getting something that amounts to the best Handbrake settings in the latest version 0.9.9. Here we put together the most wanted presets optimized for iPhone, including iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/8/8 Plus and iPad Air.

Part 1: Customize Optimized iPhone Presets in Handbrake to Convert DVD to iPhone

The following tutorial will show you how to rip and convert DVD to iPhone 8/iPad using custom optimized iPhone settings

Step 1: Install the optimized iPhone presets

At the very beginning, you need to download the presets. Then run Handbrake, go to "Presets" -> "Options" at the lower right side of the interface and click "Import" to select the preset files you just downloaded and unzipped. Then three iPad and iPhone presets will appear in the presets panel for you to choose.

Customize Handbrake iPhone/iPad Presets
Customize Handbrake iPhone/iPad Presets

Step 2: Choose Collect Handbrake Preset for iPhone/iPad

1. In case you want a higher-quality file or put the movies or videos on your TV, it's recommended to choose the 720p preset;

2. For the standard definition video while ripping new releases on DVD, the SD preset is all what you need;

3. The iFrame preset will allow you to create a file that is almost 960*540, which is half resolution of 1080p and is favored for promoting HD content; It is as close as you'll get full resolution on your iPhone 8 and your iPad. Good option to save space when you watch videos mainly on iPad.

Tips: Using Handbrake to rip DVD to iPad or iPhone only covers iPhone 8 and iPad, limited profiles. For the iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/7/6s/6/SE/5s or iPad Air, please move to the Part 2.

Part 2: Rip DVD to iPhone using DVD to iPhone Presets

If you've already got the iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/8/8 Plus, then the abovementioned presets are a little out-of-date as it is not prepared for iPhone, and iPod touch 4/5 presets. But the following guide will show you how to rip copy protected DVD to iPhone with Handbrake Mac HD DVD to iPhone presets.

handbrake presets 1
handbrake presets 1

Step 1. Hit Win+R after you open folder and paste %appdata%\Handbrake. There are two preset files in the folder, namely handbrake_presets.xml and user_presets.xml, containing iPhone, iPod touch and Apple TV presets. Right click to open user_presets.xml with notepad.

Step 2. Replace the original content with the tags below, save and close the notepad.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<ArrayOfPresetxmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" >
      <Name>(1334x750 H264):iPhone 6</Name>
      <Query> -f mp4 -w 1334 -l 750 -e x264 -b 1100 -a 1 -E faac -6 stereo -R 48 -B 160 -D 0.0 -x ref=2:bframes=2:subq=6:mixed-refs=0:weightb=0:8x8dct=0:trellis=0 -v 1</Query>

Customize Handbrake iPhone/iPad Presets
Customize Handbrake iPhone/iPad Presets

Step 3. Reopen the open source DVD ripper, and you'll see the iPhone XS preset in its Presets Windows.

Then you can following our Handbrake rip DVD tutorial to import the source DVD movie, select the destination folder to save the output file, choose the created iPhone XS preset for your output format and commence the DVD conversion with Handbrake.

Part 3: Best Handbrake Alternative to Rip DVD to iPhone without Presetting Beforehand

Handbrake is famous for its open-source, cross-platform DVD ripping and video converting performances. But it is still far from perfect, not only because it's time-consuming and complicated for inexperienced users to find the right preset settings, but also because of its other shortcomings as follows you cannot endure.

1. Handbrake commonly faces the problem of inability to scan the right title while ripping Disney DVDs, and other protected DVDs by Warner Bros, Paramount, Sony, etc.

2. It fails to provide you as many as output options, which instead only supports MP4 and MKV formats. To rip DVDs to AVI, MOV, WMV, MP3, AAC, etc, you will need a Handbrake alternative.

3. Many users still expect as many preset profiles as possible, although there are iPhone presets as well as iPad, iPod, Apple TV presets. For people who want to enjoy DVDs on Surface Pro 3, Samsung Galaxy Note, etc, customizing other presets are inadvisable. Finding a DVD ripper with already set profiles is highly demanded.

Handbrake iPhone/iPad Presets
Handbrake iPhone/iPad Presets

With the abovementioned Handbrake errors in mind, you will clearly want an alternative to solve all the issues. Here MacX DVD Ripper Pro (both Mac and Windows versions) is available for you, not only it provides the Apple iPhone XS presets Handbrake does not have but also it boasts other 390+ preset profiles including iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/7/6s/6 Plus/5S/5C, iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy, Galaxy, HTC One, PSP, Surface Pro, etc to meet all your DVD converting needs while saving your time in customizing presets for iPhone, iPad and Android. What's more, this best DVD ripper for Mac can copy and rip both homemade and commercial DVDs to MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV, WMV, etc with high quality and fast speed.

For your reference: if you wanna play ripped DVD contents on iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/7/6S/6, you can use MacX MediaTrans to transfer videos from computer to iPhone for playback without any limits. What's more, this iPhone file manager also can aid you to easily export photos from iPhone to Mac, copy music from computer to iPhone iPad iPod, download eBooks from iPhone to computer, etc.

Notice: We only advocate using those best Mac DVD rippers to copy and rip DVDs under the concept of Fair Use and do not encourage any illegal reproduction or distribution of copyrighted content. Please abide by the local DVD copyright law before doing it.

author- bella
Bella Brown

Bella has been working with DVD digitization for over 12 years. She writes articles about everything related to DVD, from disc drive, DVD copyright protection, physical structure, burning and backup tips. The unceasing passion of DVD movies helps her build a rich DVD library and ensure a practical solution to address almost all possible DVD issues. Bella is also a crazy fan for Apple products.