With the UK Google Play store having a poor selection of media along with a general lack of good legal sources of movies and TV content you might want to turn to DVDs.
Before I go any further, this site does not support illegal sharing of media, nor will we condone methods of getting round copy protection. However if you have a home made DVD or a movie that has no copyright restrictions then DVD ripping is a legitimate activity.
Here’s how I recently ripped a family home movie DVD on to my Nexus 7, the super portability of the tablet form makes it great for sharing with grandparents when we get together.
Ripping DVD to Nexus 7
There are many commercial DVD ripping programs, and you can buy something like DVD ripper from Amazon. However a well known free alternative is Handbrake an open source multi platform video transcoding package that is available for Mac, Linux and of course Windows. Note that Handbrake does not rip copy protected DVDs (by default).
If you go for Handbrake, I can confirm that the AppleTV 2 preset seems to give good results, but would love to know if you find something more suitable. I won’t go into detail regarding how DVD ripping works, that’s out of scope for this post. Check out the instructions.
An hour long DVD took about 10mins to rip, but this could be much longer if you have an older PC.
Nexus 7 DVD Playback
The player that I see mentioned time and time again is MXPlayer, and I used this without problem so have to recommend it. I am also keeping an eye on the VLC android version, I use VLC on my Windows box and it always manages to play everything I throw at it!
If you don’t want to install an additional media app, then the pre-packaged Android player was able to play my video too. I copied it over from my PC to the Video folder on my Nexus and it appeared in my Play Movies ready to view – easy!
Note: There are ways to circumvent Handbrake’s copy protection, this is not something this site condones so please do not discuss this in the comments.
For more information on backing up DVDs, click here.