The iPad family no matter it’s iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Air or iPad Pro, have no direct DVD playback support due to the fact that there is no drives installed in such small and thin bodies.

Usually the iPad users will watch kinds of videos using the embedded QuickTime players or browse the online contents directly via Safari. However, when it comes to DVD, there is no way even to hook up an external DVD drive to iPad. Therefore, we must turn to those alternative ways listed below to sync DVD playback on iPad.

Play DVD on iPad with iPad DVD Player has Streaming Function

This method is probably the easiest, all you have to do is to find some existing iPad DVD Player with streaming feature, it’s also call iPad to DVD streamer. It can stream video between your computer and iPad easily.

AirPlay is the key for these iPad DVD Players. 5KPlayer and VLC are two very famous examples in this category. They all use AirPlay to stream what you are playing on your computer to your iPad with just a simple click.

5KPlayer supports multi-region 4K UHD, 3D DVD video playback and can seamlessly stream the video contents to iPads in different models without any quality loss.

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VLC is another free iPad DVD streaming player that can be used as the cross-platform streaming solution to play DVD contents on iPad. VLC is able to stream all the contents it can play and settings is also easy. Simply open the VLC media layer and press CTRL + N or click on the Media menu and click Open Network Stream. Enter your IP address and port.

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Play DVD on iPad with 3-Party DVD to iPad Transferor and Ripper

This method is great for someone who already had some 3-party DVD rippers that can convert DVD to iPad supported video format MP4. Among all the DVD rippers on the market, Leawo DVD Ripper is definitely one of the best. First, it supports to import DVD from different resources like from CD-ROM, from Folder and from ISO File; second, it’s able to convert DVD to iPad video format MP4/H.264 with various resolutions like 1024×768 for iPad and iPad mini, 1920X1080 for New iPad, iPad mini 2, 3, 4, and iPad Air 1, 2.


The step-by step tutorial below will show you how to achieve this DVD to iPad conversion with just a few clicks.

Step 1: Launch Leawo DVD Ripper(which included in Prof. Media) and click the DVD Ripper tab.

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Step 2: Click Add Blu-ray/DVD to add DVD resource from CD-ROM, from Folder or from ISO File. Or you can use the drag and drop function.

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Step 3: After the DVD file load completed, you can preview the video content and choose from Full Movie, Main Movie or Custom Mode.

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Step 4: Choose the output format as MP4 for different models of iPad. For example, 1024×768 for iPad and iPad mini, 1920X1080 for New iPad, iPad mini 2, 3, 4, and iPad Air 1, 2.

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Step 5: Select one of the iPad model format and click the editing icon to enter the MP4 profile settings, where you can set the video and audio codecs of MP4 including codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate and aspect ratio for video and codec, bit rate, sample rate and channel for audio.

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Step 6: Click convert button and set the save path, then the conversion will start immediately.

Step 7: Transfer those converted MP4 files to your iPad via iTunes based on a secure USB connection or via AirDrop if you are using iMac or MacBook.

Play DVD on iPad with iPad DVD Player App

Use some iPad DVD Players apps like iPad DVD player FREE or HandBrake, or you can search more by yourself. You may have to use the separate app for transfer from Mac or Windows PC you are using. But as advertised, they all will let you watch DVD on iPad.

The main workflows of these apps are:

* Insert DVDs into the computer’s optical drive;

* Use these apps to import DVD content to your iTunes as digital video;

* Sync the digital video files in your iTunes with iPad for playback.

There are of course some other detailed settings have to be done, and it could be different settings based on the exact app and computer you are using. However, it’s quite easy as long as you read the app’s introduction and tutorial.