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How to Convert DVDs to Play On Your iPad Quickly (and Not Get Ripped Off By Loser Software)


By RICK JOHNSON
Published: Jan 26, 2012


You've probably thought about converting your DVD collection to play on your iPad.  ...A quick search on Google reveals hundreds of these downloadable “DVD to iPad” converters.  But how do you know which one to use?  Our intrepid editors spent a full month testing and reviewing dozens of software to find the right answer.
 

To test each product, we converted newly released DVDs and TV shows to play on the iPad.  This allowed us to easily see if the software created a quality mp4 conversion. (The format used to play on the iPad.)  We tried new released movies such as Iron Man, W., and The Secret Life of Bees, and tv shows such as Heros and HBO’s Entourage. 

Our Shocking Discovery...  

It seems the greater majority of “DVD to iPad” conversion software simply does not work as promised.  In almost all cases they had slow conversion speeds, were difficult to operate, and gave an end product where the audio did not line up with the video! 

Another finding of ours was even more disturbing.  During our testing we downloaded many different products. It wasn’t long before we noticed our computers were not running as smoothly as they used to.  It seems some of these manufacture's were including data mining spyware with the software!  First they sell you a poor performing product, and then they steal your personal information to sell to advertisers.  Maybe for them that's business, but for us, it ’s a huge violation of privacy.  

Fortunately, we were able to find a few products that stood out above all the rest.  To begin with, these products did not come with any spyware to steal your personal information.  Second, no matter which DVDs we converted, we got a perfect copy to play on the iPad.  Each of these proved to work faster with better quality than any of the competition.  If you want to convert DVDs to your iPad, without getting ripped off, use one of these services.


"Here's The DVD to iPad Converters You Can Trust..."

 

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Editor's Top Choice
A Close Second
Third Place
Great For Gadget Lovers
Best Choice For Mac Users
Name: Cucusoft DVD iPad Converter Wondershare DVD to iPad 4Videosoft DVD to iPad Suite Cucusoft Ultimate DVD Converter iSkysoft DVD iPad Converter
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Pros:
-Fast conversions,
-High quality video,
-Works on all iPads, iPads, iPhones, and Apple TV
-Most popular
-Works on all types of DVDs,
-Good user interface,
-Works on all DVDs,
-Clean user interface,
-Fast Conversions,
-High quality video,
-Works on all devices,
-Converts everything
-Works on Mac,
- Fast conversion speed,
-Converts all types of dvds,
- High qulity video,
Cons:
-None
-More expensive, -Not as fast as Cucusoft
-Not as fast as the others, -Lesser quality video,
-Expensive
-Does not work on PC
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Play Quality
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User Interface
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Customer Service
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Overall Value
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Guarantee
30 day full money back
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Direct Conversion Mode
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Converts Video Segments
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Music, MTV and Episodic DVDs Support
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Movie DVDs Support
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Supports all iPads, iPods, iPhones and Apple TV
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DVDs
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Media Files
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H.264 Movie(.mp4)
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Windows XP, 2000, 2003
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Here's How the Top DVD to iPad Converters Measure Up

Editor's Top Choice

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Cucusoft DVD to iPad Converter number one ipod

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The Cucusoft Converter was the number one product we tested.  This software was not only faster than the competition, but created consistently better quality conversions time and time again. For speed, Cucusoft claimed to have a more advanced conversion engine that converted DVDs faster.  Upon testing, we found it really was faster than the other 27 brands we tested.  

Another thing that stood out above the rest was the superior quality of the finished converted DVDs.  Upon viewing the images looked clear, played smooth, and the colors were left just as bright and vivid as if you were playing the real DVD.  Audio also had astonishing quality. It sounded full, clear with no static or cracking… and stayed lined up perfectly with the images throughout the entire movie.  (Sadly we can not say the same for most other software.)  

We also really like how simple the software was to operate.  Upon start up it has a feature that automatically fast forwards through the previews so only the movie itself is converted.  (This saves memory space on the iPad.)  There are also advanced features to change settings if you like.  Most people will not use these, as the optimal settings have been pre chosen so all you have to do is click the convert button.  Once the DVD is finished converting  just import through iTunes and into your iPad it goes. 

arrowRatings Summary
Editor Rating:
97%
Conversion Speed
5 stars
User Rating:
97%
Play Quality
5 stars
Price:
$29.95-$39.95
User Interface
5 stars
Guarantee:
30 Day Full Money Back
Customer Service
5 stars
Free Trial:
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Overall Value
5 stars

That’s why Cucusoft is our number one choice. They had better quality, speed, and customer service than all the rest.  If you don’t know which one to buy, get this one...you won't be disappointed..

(If you need to convert DVDs to more than just an iPad, such as a Palm Pilot, Zune, PSP, or virtually any other hand held device capable of playing video. Take a look at the Cucusoft Ultimate series below.)

The Cucusoft converter works for the iPad Nano, Classic, and the new Touch.

Which is The Best Value?

Cucusoft has 4 different options of the software you can buy. They have software to convert DVDs, convert downloaded video from the internet, and both of these combined in suite at a reduced price.

The fourth option is the Ultimate, which is great if you want to convert DVDs and Media to more than just the iPad.



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Cucusoft DVD to iPad Order Page
cucusoft video to ipad converter
Cucusoft Video to iPad Order Page
cucusoft converter suite


Cucusoft DVD + Video Converter Suite Order Page -Most popular choice

 


If you don't which to buy you should get the suite, it doesn't cost very much more and chances are at some point you may want to play downloaded video on you iPad... for example you could download music videos and play them instead of just the song... or you could download and convert TV shows and comedy sketches... there are many possibilities and with the internet becoming more sophisticated, more are popping up all the time. So we recommend getting the combination video/DVD suite to save a little money.


Free Trial Download
(This download has been checked personally by our staff and we can guarantee you it will in no way harm your computer. After clicking the link choose save and the software will do the rest. It takes less than 2 minutes to install.)

 

 

A Close Second

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4Videosoft DVD to iPad Converter number 2 ipod

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This was another good choice for DVD to iPad conversion. Just like Cucusoft, the Avex software had excellent conversion times. The total time to convert a DVD was about 45 minutes... not quite as fast as Cucusoft, but by no means bad. The user interface was clean and simple to understand, it took 3 clicks to start the conversion process. When playing the converted DVD, the movie quality was good for most settings. We did have one instance where the sound was off, but that was easily fixed by going back and adjusting the settings.

Overall this is another good choice for converting your DVDs to the iPad They're not our first choice only because Cucusoft's software was a little faster, and the small problem we had with the settings.



arrowRatings Summary
Editor Rating:
92%
Conversion Speed
4 stars
User Rating:
96%
Play Quality
5 stars
Price:
$29-$39
User Interface
4 stars
Guarantee:
None
Customer Service
4.5 star
Free Trial:
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Overall Value
4.5 star


Options

4videosoft dvd to ipad converter
4Videosoft DVD to iPad Order Page
4videosoft video converter suite
4Videosoft Video Converter Suite Order Page



Free Trial Download (This download has been checked personally by our staff and we can guarantee you it will in no way harm your computer. After clicking the link choose save and the software will do the rest. It takes less than 2 minutes to install.)

 

Third Place

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Wondershare DVD to iPad Converter number 3 ipod
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Wondershare DVD to iPad is our third choice and the last PC dvd to iPad software to make our list. The test results showed they have good conversion speed, again not quite as fast as the other two but still not bad. While using the software, the conversion process was very easy to get started. Once finished, the DVDs played smoothly and the audio lined up nicely... the image wasn't quite as crisp as the other two, but it was hardly noticeable. Overall this is quality piece of software that can do everything it says.





 
arrowRatings Summary
Editor Rating:
83%
Conversion Speed
3 stars
User Rating:
85%
Play Quality
3.5 stars
Price:
$29.95
User Interface
4 stars
Guarantee:
None
Customer Service
4 star
Free Trial:
download
Overall Value
4 stars


 
wondershare dvd to ipad converter box Wondershare DVD to iPad Order Page


 

 

Great for Gadget
Lovers

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Cucusoft Ultimate DVD Converter  
Cucusoft Ultimate DVD to iPod


Cucusoft went one step above the competition when they designed their Ultimate series converter.  This is a product that has the capability to convert DVDs and downloaded video to virtually any device able to play video.  That means you can watch DVDs on your PSP, your Zune mp3 player, your PDA, and even some mobile phones.
 

Now this product is not for everybody, if you just want to watch DVDs on you iPad, then you should look at our first choice, The Cucusoft DVD to iPad converter.  On the other hand if you love gadgets and want to get the most out of each one, this might be the software you’re looking for.

As far as testing goes, the Ultimate scored about the same as the normal Cucusoft DVD to iPad converter.  It had good conversion speed, was easy to use, and had a clean user interface.  It's also safe to say that Customer service is the same as well. With each email sent, we received a prompt friendly reply.  Video and sound quality looked good, with every setting, the video played smoothly and the sound was lined up start to finish.  

If you want to put DVDs and downloaded video on more than just the iPad, The Cucusoft Ultimate Converter will not disappoint.

 

arrowRatings Summary
Editor Rating:
96%
Conversion Speed
5 stars
User Rating:
97%
Play Quality
5 stars
Price:
$59.95
User Interface
4.5 star
Guarantee:
30 Day Full Money Back
Customer Service
5 stars
Free Trial:
download
Overall Value
4.5 star

 

cucusoft ultimate converter Cucusoft Ultimate Converter Order Page



Free Trial Download (This download has been checked personally by our staff and we can guarantee you it will in no way harm your computer. After clicking the link choose save and the software will do the rest. It takes less than 2 minutes to install.)

 
 

Best Choice For Mac Users

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iSkysoft DVD to iPad Converter  
iskysoft dvd to ipad converter screenshot


For the Mac we tested half a dozen DVD to iPad Converters. Out of all them the Iskysoft converter had the fastest conversion speeds, cleanest user interface, and noticeably better image and sound quality. When using the software a "getting started" guide appears on start up to walk you through the process and explain the settings. This made things very easy. It was nice addition. Customer service was also very good, we inquired about a profile setting and got a reply back the same day. Not bad.

Overall iSkysoft is great conversion software for the mac that can easily convert your DVDs to play on the iPad.

arrowRatings Summary
Editor Rating:
92%
Conversion Speed
4 stars
User Rating:
96%
Play Quality
5 stars
Price:
$29.95
User Interface
4 stars
Guarantee:
30 Day Full Money Back
Customer Service
5 stars
Free Trial:
None
Overall Value
4.5 star

 

iskysoft dvd to ipad converter mac
iSkySoft DVD to iPad Converter Order Page
 
 

 

Comments:

“I’ve tried other products and had almost given up on getting my dvds to play on the iPad.  Needless to say I found your webpage and took one more chance with the Avex converter.  To my dismay it worked the first time with no hang ups.  Thank you!” 

 

“I needed to convert a wmv file to play on my iPad nano at the last minute for a long car ride.  I bought Cucusoft’s Ultimate converter and it did the job without hassles.  Thanks guys.”

 

“I am a Mac OS user, I tried the Iskysoft DVD to iPad Converter.  It was easy to use and had good speed.  So far I have converted 3 DVDs to play on my iPad Touch, and each one worked brilliantly.  Thank you very much.”

 

“Thanks for the reviews, I took your advice and now I'm proud to say I just finished converting my first DVD to play on my iPad and it's working flawlessly.”


P.S.
Since we published our top reccomendations for DVD to iPad conversion products, many people have been sending us very positive letters. I want you to know I've been personally enjoying reading them all and I'm responding back to as many as possible. This is what inspires us to do more investigations and I now want to ask that all comments be sent to me directly at Rjohnson@consumerguidesblog.org I can't wait to read yours!


P.P.S.
Don't forget to download the free trials. Incase you missed them, here's the downloads of our top reccomended products. (Each has been checked by our staff to be safe and spyware free.)

Cucusoft DVD to iPad Suite Free Trial -Readers most popular choice

Wondershare DVD to iPad Suite Free Trial -Editors Second choice

Cucusoft Ultimate Free Trial Download -Great for Converting DVDs to more than just the iPad



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