A simple step-by-step guide to ripping and putting DVD movies onto Microsoft Surface RT/Pro or Surface 2 tablet.
We can say without resevation that both the Surface RT and Surface Pro rock for watching movies. However, the Microsoft tablets doesn’t have a DVD-ROM for playing DVD movies. So if you want to transfer your favorite movies on DVD to Surface RT/Pro for amusement wherever you go, here is a simple tutorial for you, guaranteed to get your DVD movies onto Surface or Surface 2 while keeping original high quality.
To get the work done, you need to get some help from third-party softwares. There are many programs out there that allow you to make copies of your DVDs and let you watch them the way you want to view them. The best program I can recommend for ripping DVDs to Microsoft Surface is Brorsoft DVD Ripper (available for Windows or for Mac users). It is easy to use for editing and conversion and makes great quality copies of my DVDs.
The program takes everything from the DVD, including the chapters, extras, and subtitles. With it, you can take your digtal copy down to the 1.5GB level (without losing the quality of your DVD). The audio/video synchronization is very good, the size of the subtitles too. And each rip and compress only take 10-15 minutes or even less. If you’re playing your DVD movies on Surface, chances are you already installed this great free utility. If not, download it from below.
The software works like most other DVD Ripper I’ve used. Pop in your disc, choose the Surface optimized presets, and click Convert to start DVD to Surface MP4 conversion. Below is a detailed workflow.
How to Rip DVD for playing on Microsoft Surface RT/Pro
- Step 1 -> Insert your DVD movies into your computer’s drive, and then click the “Disc” button on the interface to navigate to the DVD videos you want to convert.
- Step 2 -> Click “Format” bar, you can easily find the optimized videos for Surface under Windows > Microsoft Surface Windows RT/Pro H.264 Video (*.mp4). The output videos could fit on the Windows OS based tablets perfectly.
- Step 3 -> You can also click “Settings” to change the video encoder, frame rate, resolution, etc. Remember the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss. According to my experience, for watching movies on the Surface or Surface 2, 720p with 1500kbps~2000kbps (depending on the movie length) is just all right.
- Step 4 -> When everything is OK, just press the “Convert” button to start ripping DVD to Surface MP4 videos. It will not take much time. Just wait for the conversion process to get done.
There, now you know how to get DVD movies onto your Microsoft Surface tablet so you can watch them on that gorgeous screen! Keep in mind that some of the settings can be tweaked to improve the video quality but it’s a balance between quality and size. Using the settings I suggested, a 115-minute (The Fighter, set bitrate as 1500kbps) encoded to about a 1.3GB MP4 file.
Editors’ note: With decent decrypting capability, high quality video output and considerate backup solution and specific format templates for versatile PMP devices (iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Xbox, PS3, Android tablets and phones, etc), Brorsoft DVD Ripper ranks top on the DVD ripping application list. Meanwhile Brorsoft provides excellent customer support service, including lifetime free upgrade of product and technical support. Users can contact the support staff via email for help and suggestion.