1. msweig's Avatar
    I'm about to take a long plane trip with a toddler, and I think converting some of the DVDs I have to some type of digital format we can watch on the Surface 2 would be helpful. The problem is I'm not totally sure what I'm doing. From what I can tell there is basically 2 steps:

    1) Convert to digital file (I'm using a Win7 PC for this).
    2) View video file on Surface 2

    What do I need for each of the steps? I know there are various programs for transferring DVDs to digital formats, but I'm not sure what format I should be choosing (if I can pick one that will allow the video file to play on both my Surface 2 and my wife's iPad that would be great). Also not sure what is a good program.

    As for viewing it on the Surface 2, I'm not sure how well the built in Xbox video player really works. I tried transferring one DVD, and since the DVD would be in 480, I just made the digital file that way (figuring that would help with file size). My guess would be I could just "zoom in" on the video when it was playing, but that didn't seem to work. Is there a better program to be using for viewing the files? Or do I need to convert the files to 1080p (which to me seems kind of wasteful storage size wise)?
    11-17-2013 02:32 PM
  2. Nokia Boy's Avatar
    i seen many people that recommend the Handbrake which is a freeware program to rip DVD's...
    Also the most common formats usually are MP4 or Avi,but i don't know if they work on the surface or the iPad
    I didn't really understand what you mean with the last part.
    11-17-2013 03:05 PM
  3. msweig's Avatar
    The last part was basically asking is there a way to zoom in, or make a video full screen, on the Surface 2, either with the Xbox video app the tablet comes with, or with another program. I know with some players in Win 7 you can take a video and make it full screen. I can't figure out how to do that with the tablet.
    11-17-2013 03:20 PM
  4. jywang's Avatar
    If you are willing to purchase software. .. I recommend Slysoft Any DVD and CloneDVDMobile.

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    11-17-2013 04:08 PM
  5. SteelSteve's Avatar
    DVD Catalyst
    11-17-2013 06:05 PM
  6. Trone1942's Avatar
    i seen many people that recommend the Handbrake which is a freeware program to rip DVD's...
    Also the most common formats usually are MP4 or Avi,but i don't know if they work on the surface or the iPad
    I didn't really understand what you mean with the last part.
    Surface supports .wmv and .avi, iPad .move or .mp4;
    Handbrake cannot deal with copy-protected DVDs;
    There are what I found after long searching on the Internet, also, follow the steps in the guide:
    Last edited by HeyCori; 11-23-2013 at 07:20 AM. Reason: link removed
    11-17-2013 09:39 PM
  7. Marlon Bu's Avatar
    Isn't it possible to use an external DVD/Blu-Ray-Player with USB3?
    11-20-2013 04:04 AM
  8. jimmy5059's Avatar
    Hi, as you want to transferring DVD to Surface2 for playback. Many people recommended you Handbreak, it is free but sometimes it doesn't work well. So I suggest you to give a ry to Leawo DVD Ripper, I have used it to convert my DVD to my iPad, it really works very well.
    Last edited by HeyCori; 11-23-2013 at 07:20 AM. Reason: link removed
    11-22-2013 07:38 PM
  9. HeyCori's Avatar
    [WARN]Please do not post links detailing how to remove DRM. Thanks.[/WARN]
    11-23-2013 07:21 AM
  10. HeavyHanded's Avatar
    I wish it were possible to just connect and external usb DVD player to surface but there is no way to make it play. Hopefully VLC RT will be out soon and that will make it possible.
    11-23-2013 07:43 AM
  11. doadrian's Avatar
    Hello, look for AnyDVD (it has a trial version) and Handbrake (free). The output file should be mp4 and you will be able to play it on Surface or almost any mobile device.
    12-04-2013 03:37 AM
  12. BCH's Avatar
    DVD Decrypter is freeware. Rip disc with that, then use Handbrake to convert the ripped file to mp4. Cost is $0.
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    12-04-2013 06:24 PM
  13. Johnnyzhang123's Avatar
    Just use Pavtube as it's easy to setup/use. You can stream DVDs and do offline conversion. There is a free and paid version on the app store
    02-20-2014 07:00 AM
  14. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    DVD Decrypter is freeware. Rip disc with that, then use Handbrake to convert the ripped file to mp4. Cost is $0.
    This is the "correct" answer for using a Windows system to media-shift DVDs. The OSX version of Handbrake is a single step process.
    02-20-2014 09:59 AM

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