You do not need a DVD Burner to copy a Dvd movie to your IPOD. All you need is a DVD-ROM Player on your computer, a MP3/Media Player that supports Video Content, and a 3rd Party software computer for conversions and transfering.
If you were to get an Apple iPod Video Generation 5, then here's some good software.
If this program doesn't fit your needs, then here are a list of good freeware programs that allow you to do DVD to Ipod Conversions.
If your gonna get something else, you can easily "google" DVD to (Insert MP3/Media Player Name), and then search for some software. Most popular MP3/Media Players have a lot of good freeware/shareware 3RD Party Software for all of your needs. Just search around the internet. If you still need help, I'll be happy to give you some advice right here on cnet.com.
This is may seem like a silly question, but if I were to get an mp3 player that supported video, and i bought a dvd, would i have to have a dvd burner to put the dvd onto my player? I've read just about everything and havent figured out if you have to. I hope not because I wont be getting a dvd burner for quite some time. Thanks!