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>> So, say you've got a couple of DVDs like your cousin's wedding that you wanna watch on a long plane ride with your iPod. Well, with Handbreak it's almost too easy to rip DVDs to your iPod. Is it legal -- maybe, sometimes, well, we'll get to that.
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>> First, download and install the program Handbrake either from our own download.com or directly at handbreak.fr, then launch Handbrake, insert your DVD, Handbreak will automatically select the longest clip, but you can always pick whatever one you want down to the chapter. Handbreak does have a lot more advanced features, but if you know what the difference between a B-frame and a P-frame is, then you don't need this Insider Secret. What you should concern yourself with is the presets. The preset buttons in the upper right corner lets you quickly choose the right output format for either your iPod, PSP or even your Xbox 360. In this case, we're gonna select iPhone slash iPod Touch. Once your preset is selected, just press start. Generally speaking it will take about one to two times the length of your movie to encode, but it's worth the wait to be able to watch your legal home DVDs in iTunes or in your iPod. Now for the elephant in the room, in the US you can arguably use Handbrake to backup your legally purchased commercial DVD titles if they're not encrypted. It's called Fair Use, but it's a gray area. However, if your DVD is encrypted, which most are, it is against the law in the US to circumvent the encryption even of your software makes it possible, so don't go breaking any laws. If you're not in the US, the laws do vary. So you might wanna check into it further. That's it for this Insider Secret. I'm Wilson Tang with CNET.com.
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