The Motorola Xoom is a great tablet device. I find myself taking it everywhere to do do everything and it’s even better in situations where I have nothing to do. To be honest I find that my wife uses it much more than I do, but it’s uber-handy to have around.
I have not made the transition from the PC world to the tablet world as my primary device like 28% of other users have, but that’s for another time…
But my favorite thing is to turn on a movie and pass the time as other things happen. that I don’t enjoy; just waiting… standing in lines, awaiting food at a restaurant, etc… general boring stuff.
So, here’s how you get your DVD movies from there to your Motorola Xoom.
The goal is to be able to ‘RIP’ a DVD to your hard drive or just read the DVD directly to the hard drive and then ‘encode’ it from there.
Most DVD’s are going to have some sort of copy protection associated with it, so you may need an application called ANYDVD or Foxreal DVD Ripper… these will allow you to access the DVD on a base level and get to the information you really need.
Once you get there, you can download a free application called HandBrake; it’s hosted over at SourceForge.
The application is very easy to use now; in the past it was strictly a command-line based application, but a new GUI has been created for it and it’s really easy to use. I’m using the Windows version, but there’s also versions for MAC, Ubuntu and Fedora; some in 64-bit versions.
HandBrake can handle folders, files and can even put conversions in to a queue to be processed; doing several movies at a time [in order].
I’d like to clarify that I know that there are many settings out there that can be used with HandBrake and there are others that are absolute ‘masters’ at working with the application; these are just the settings I have for myself because I like to keep kids movies on the Motorola Xoom as well, and I don’t want to put 4Gb DVD on my Motorola Xoom, I just want to be able to watch it to kill time— so, if you want to increase the quality; please do so…
Here’s the HandBrake guide that can offer you more insight on how to tweak the application.
While you may have noticed; the title of this post if for the Motorola Xoom, it could be very well for an Apple product or a Zune, or another Android device… the application has the ability to encode to just the specifications you need.
Offload the file to the MOVIES folder on the Motorola Xoom. Once the file has been copied over, you can then select the gallery, movies/videos and play the video on the Motorola Xoom.
And another good point of this post is that while some movies are coming with digital copy now, there are so many devices that play movies and to really take advantage of that, the movies need to be scaled to that device; so this is a great tool to go ‘specific’ on your portable device.
I hope this helps…
Larry Henry Jr.