How to Download and Add DVD collection to my iPad Air 5/4/3/2/1 for watching?

Nowadays iPad Air series are one of the most popular portable multimedia devices. It is a perfect tool not only for listening to music but also for watching your favorite DVD collection on all iPad Air models, included the latest iPad Air 5, iPad Air 4, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 2 and iPad Air. In fact, all the new features indicate that iPad Air 5 is one of the greatest devices to play DVD movies, due to 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with a 2360 x 1640 resolution, 500 nits of brightness, P3 wide color gamut, True Tone and anti-reflective screen.

A line of premium lightweight models released from November 1, 2013 to present.
Model Size Released Discontinued Capacities Processor Operating system
iPad Air 9.7″ 2013/11/1 2016/3/21 16, 32, 64, 128 GB Apple A7 iOS 7.0.3 to 12.5.5
iPad Air 2 9.7″ 2014/10/22 2017/3/21 16, 32, 64, 128 GB Apple A8X iOS 8.1 to 15.x (current)
iPad Air 3 10.5″ 2019/3/18 2020/9/15 64, 256 GB Apple A12 iOS 12.2 to 15.x (current)
iPad Air 4 10.9″ 2020/10/23 2022/3/8 64, 256 GB Apple A14 iPadOS 14.0 to 15.x (current)
iPad Air 5 10.9″ 2022/3/18 Current 64, 256 GB Apple M1 iPadOS 15.x (current)

DVDs are certainly a thing of the past – no surprise considering how hundreds of digital videos fit into a single device. But for most outdoor enthusiasts, they would like to take the tons of old DVD movies on discs with them outside. And Apple doesn’t seem to load a DVD-ROM on the new iPad Air 5, which are still the issues with many DVD collectors since DVDs takes a lot of space and are nit-pick at portable players. This is probably why so many people ask how to play DVD on iPad Air 5/4/3/2/1. So it’s urgent to save the end file as something that isn’t too large and make it compatible with the all iPad Air series devices.

While there’s no way to natively play DVDs on iPad Air series devices, the truth is we’ve got some tricks up our sleeves to make it work. All you need is a PC, laptop or Mac that can play DVDs and, of course, an iPad. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Method 1. How to Rip DVD movies to iPad Air 5 with Aimersoft DVD Ripper?

To be frank, it is necessary to take advantage of a professional DVD ripper to make DVD to iPad Air 5 conversion more effortlessly. You may rely on Handbrake for DVD to iPad Air 5 ripping. But the upshot is disappointing as most DVDs are bogged down with copy protection which Handbrake cannot handle, not to mention the relatively backward devices support. Aimersoft DVD to iPad Air Ripper, the top-notch, safe, easy-to-use and user-friendly DVD ripping software, enables you to quickly convert any DVDs (even latest protected commercial DVDs) to almost all popular Apple devices, such as DVD to iPad Air 5, iPad Air 4, iPad Air 3, iPad mini 6, iPad mini 5, iPhone 13, iPhone 12, iTunes, etc., and delivers high video/audio quality. The versatile editing tools and adjustable parameters are provided to meet the needs of advance option settings.

Well, ahead of DVD to iPad Air conversion, let’s have a glimpse of all iPad series(iPad Air series, iPad Mini series, iPad Pro series) supported video formats:

Officially, iPad devices supported video formats:

  • MP4 (Encoded with MPEG-4)
  • M4V
  • MOV
  • AVI (only support AVI files that are compatible with the Mothion JPEG standards.)

Along with animated images such as GIFs. Mind you, video formats are not the same as encoders. If a supported video format is encoded with an unsupported encoder, it’s still not going to play.

The most popular supported codecs for iPads are:

  • H.264
  • H.265
  • MPEG-4
  • HEVC (For newer models)
  • And M-JPEG

So, even if a video is encoded with a non-supported encoder, then you are not going to be able to play it no matter what. Even if it’s in a supported video format.

Now, download the nice DVD to iPad Air 5 Ripper and follow the steps to convert DVD to iPad Air 5 friendly formats on PC/Mac.

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Guide: How to Rip DVD movies to iPad Air 5?

Step 1: Load DVD Movies or DVD Folder.

Insert DVD disc into DVD Driver. Click “Load DVD” button to select Load DVD Disc. Actually this DVD Ripper Platinum can load two other DVD sources: DVD folder and IFO file in your hard drive.

After you add your movie, you can choose any titles or chapters that you want to convert by ticking the check boxes before them.

Step 2. Choose iPad Air preset as the output format

Choose your iPad model from the Apple devices output preset as the output format, which will remove all the incompatibility issue for you. Note that you can customize the settings for the output by specifying format and destination folder.

Step 3. Start the DVD to iPad Air 5 conversion

Select an output folder for the converted file and then click the “Start” button to begin the conversion. All the conversion tasks will be done at fast speed and you will get a high output quality. You can choose to shut down your computer or open the output folder after conversion, so you don’t have to sit before your computer waiting for the conversion to finish. It is the easiest and common way to convert only needing 3 simple steps.

When the conversion is done, you will need to proceed with several extra steps below to copy DVD to iPad Air 5 on your computer.

Method 2. How to Free Rip DVD movies to iPad Air 5 with Handbrake?

Most DVD Rippers ask for a small price. Finding something that’s both decent and free or even cheap can be a bit of a challenge – unless you know where to look.

Handbrake is a free, open-source program that can both rip a DVD and convert it to a playable video file. It’s definitely more complicated to use compared to our premium pick. But, that’s the price you pay for not actually paying.

Note: Handbrake can’t rip copy-protected DVD and always select the wrong main title. The output quality and ripping speed are always unsatisfactory.

  1. Download, install, and run HandBrake. Insert DVD into DVD drive and then you should see your DVD drive on HandBrake.
  2. Simply click it and HandBrake will scan titles. Select the title you want to convert.
  3. Choose a preset. Since HandBrake doesn’t have an iPad preset, you need to set the video format for iPad (H.264, MPEG-4, Motion JPEG, HEVC). You can choose MP4 as the output video format and tap “Video” option and choose H.264 as the output video codec.
  4. Click “Browse” at the bottom right to set output file name and save path.
  5. Hit “Start Encode” button to begin converting DVD to iPad Air 5 accepted format.

Learn more about Rip a DVD on Windows/Mac with Handbrake


How to transfer the ripped DVD movies to iPad Air 5?

Part One. How to add movies to iTunes library from computer?

Before the transfer, make sure the two followings:

  • Install iTunes on your PC or Mac.
  • Make sure your movies are in iTunes supported video formats: MP4, M4V or MOV.

Now let’s get started.

1. Launch iTunes on your computer.

2. Click “Add File to Library…” on iTunes.


Click the menu icon in the top left corner on iTunes, then choose “Add File to Library…”. Select the movies (one or more) and click “Open”.

3. Check the added movies.

Switch to “Movies” category, you will find the movies loaded to iTunes library on your Windows (or Mac).


In case you wanna add movies to iTunes library without copying them, you can click the top-left corner menu, choose “Preferences”, head to “Advanced” and uncheck the “Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library” box. As you see below, you can also change the path of iTunes media folder.


As long as the movies (or other media) added to iTunes, you are able to use iTunes to sync movies to your iPad Air as well as iOS device via the apple USB cable. Similarly, you can also follow this step to add music files to your iTunes library.

Part Two. How to add movies from iTunes to iPad Air 5?

1. Connect iPad Air 5 to your computer via Apple USB cable;

2. Launch iTunes and sync movies to your iPad Air 5 via iTunes.

If you want to copy DVD to iPad Air on your computer without iTunes, please visit my previous article.

All in all, the latest iPad Air 5 will surely deliver even better DVD movies enjoyment experience.

This article is a bit long, but thanks for your reading.

Editor’s Recommendation:

Sharon Li

A fan for video streaming. :-)

5 thoughts on “How to Download and Add DVD collection to my iPad Air 5/4/3/2/1 for watching?

  • March 31, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    With it, I settle my problem in just a few mouse clicks! Now I can easily watch my DVD movies on my portable iPad Air 2.

    • June 26, 2015 at 10:57 am

      I love backing up my DVD library, and being able to put movies onto my iPads/iPhones for traveling, and other uses. So easy!

  • May 12, 2015 at 3:25 am

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    • June 26, 2015 at 4:02 pm

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  • June 26, 2015 at 5:58 am

    This is a universal DVD converter which can rip and convert even latest DVDs to all popular video/audio file formats for my ipad. And video effects can be personalized freely.


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