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Old July 17th, 2012, 08:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm using Handbrake to digitize DVDs we own for my daughter before an upcoming car trip. They play on the Nexus 7 using the Google Movies app, but they play only in portrait mode. Any suggestions on how to get them to show up in landscape?

I installed Rockplayer Lite and got them to show up in landscape, but the aspect wasn't preserved (e.g., The Muppets were skinny).

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I don't have my device yet, but I have seen some folks mention a toggle in settings somewhere to enable landscape viewing.

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Out of interest, what settings are you using in Handbrake?

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Landscape viewing appears to already be enabled (though I did search for a setting that might be buried). I tested it by watching Transformers, which comes with the device. That flipped to landscape right away.
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For Handbrake settings, I'm using the "Android - High" preset. The Picture Source is 720x480. The width defaults to 720x478, with the 478 (and "Keep Aspect ratio") grayed out. Anamorphic = loose, modulus = 16, display size = 856x480 (not editable).

The only change is that I set the Framerate (FPS) to "Same as source." When I left it at the default (29.97), the video was way faster than the audio. Audio was normal, but video looked like double-time.

I also tried the iPad settings, but still had the same problem.
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Maybe a dumb suggestion, but have you tried tweaking settings using Spare Parts? I know it helped screen sizing with the original Galaxy Tab.
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I'm using Handbrake to digitize DVDs we own for my daughter before an upcoming car trip. They play on the Nexus 7 using the Google Movies app, but they play only in portrait mode. Any suggestions on how to get them to show up in landscape?

I installed Rockplayer Lite and got them to show up in landscape, but the aspect wasn't preserved (e.g., The Muppets were skinny).

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For Handbrake settings, I'm using the "Android - High" preset. The Picture Source is 720x480. The width defaults to 720x478, with the 478 (and "Keep Aspect ratio") grayed out. Anamorphic = loose, modulus = 16, display size = 856x480 (not editable).

The only change is that I set the Framerate (FPS) to "Same as source." When I left it at the default (29.97), the video was way faster than the audio. Audio was normal, but video looked like double-time.

I also tried the iPad settings, but still had the same problem.
Isn't the Nexus 1280X800 HD? What if you change that setting if possible? Maybe picture source?

Not sure on this, just a suggestion. Never used Handbrake.
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Isn't the Nexus 1280X800 HD? What if you change that setting if possible? Maybe picture source?
I tried that, but I can't increase the picture setting above 720. The input is a DVD, so not HD-quality, but I'd like it to take up the whole Nexus 7 screen even if there is reduction in video quality.
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Seems no point in doing very high res or bit rates, since no sd slot, unless watching a movie and then replacing with another.
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Perfect! Worked great, looks gorgeous. Should have done that last night instead of struggling.

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I'm experimenting with google drive. After I rip the movie, I then convert it with handbrake, and then I dump it in my google drive. When it shows up in my N7 google drive, I can launch it, which downloads a temp file, or I can check the "make available offline" box and put it on the N7. Nice because it doesn't make a permanent file unless you want it to.

With 600 meg files though, you have to be patient.
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If you notice that Nexus 7 isnít rotating, feel free to pull the notification bar down and hit the rectangular icon with the two arrows around it. Actually, if itís not rotating, itís probably showing up as a lock with two arrows around it. In order to get your device to rotate, it needs to have the box with arrows.
And if you have to have the landscape tablet experience while on the home screen, follow the steps:
1. Get a file explorer such as root explorer or es file manager(go to settings allow mount rewritable and root access)
2.Then go to system(es file manager just go to the star button on the top left hand side and click on the phone button and you will see the system folder)
3.You will find a build.prop file make sure to make a copy of it and save it somewhere just in case for a backup.
4.Then click on the build.prop and open it with a text editor. (ES file manager has its own)
5. Now scroll down to ďro.sf.lcd_densityĒ, or something with lcd density(sorry im at work so i dont have my n7 with me)
6. Now the original lcd density is 213 so the best result for tablet mode is going 170 and below.
7. Save the file by press the menu button.
8. Reboot your N7 and then you got Tablet UI.


I'm new here, but hope it helps
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I'm a fan of DVD Catalyst.
I used it to rip all of my DVDs to files I can use on my tablet or a set top box.
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Okay, not to sound too dumb. After I make what ever video file i want, do I have to save it to cloud storage, then retrieve it on my N7 ?
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If you notice that Nexus 7 isnít rotating, feel free to pull the notification bar down and hit the rectangular icon with the two arrows around it. Actually, if itís not rotating, itís probably showing up as a lock with two arrows around it. In order to get your device to rotate, it needs to have the box with arrows.
And if you have to have the landscape tablet experience while on the home screen, follow the steps:
1. Get a file explorer such as root explorer or es file manager(go to settings allow mount rewritable and root access)
2.Then go to system(es file manager just go to the star button on the top left hand side and click on the phone button and you will see the system folder)
3.You will find a build.prop file make sure to make a copy of it and save it somewhere just in case for a backup.
4.Then click on the build.prop and open it with a text editor. (ES file manager has its own)
5. Now scroll down to ďro.sf.lcd_densityĒ, or something with lcd density(sorry im at work so i dont have my n7 with me)
6. Now the original lcd density is 213 so the best result for tablet mode is going 170 and below.
7. Save the file by press the menu button.
8. Reboot your N7 and then you got Tablet UI.


I'm new here, but hope it helps
Hmm. I'm rooted and can bring it up in edit, but it won't let me save the file. Have even changed file permissions to 777.
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Okay, not to sound too dumb. After I make what ever video file i want, do I have to save it to cloud storage, then retrieve it on my N7 ?
Never mind. I didn't even think that I could just drop file from PC to N7 via micro USB, just like my phone.
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If you notice that Nexus 7 isnít rotating, feel free to pull the notification bar down and hit the rectangular icon with the two arrows around it. Actually, if itís not rotating, itís probably showing up as a lock with two arrows around it. In order to get your device to rotate, it needs to have the box with arrows.
And if you have to have the landscape tablet experience while on the home screen, follow the steps:
1. Get a file explorer such as root explorer or es file manager(go to settings allow mount rewritable and root access)
2.Then go to system(es file manager just go to the star button on the top left hand side and click on the phone button and you will see the system folder)
3.You will find a build.prop file make sure to make a copy of it and save it somewhere just in case for a backup.
4.Then click on the build.prop and open it with a text editor. (ES file manager has its own)
5. Now scroll down to ďro.sf.lcd_densityĒ, or something with lcd density(sorry im at work so i dont have my n7 with me)
6. Now the original lcd density is 213 so the best result for tablet mode is going 170 and below.
7. Save the file by press the menu button.
8. Reboot your N7 and then you got Tablet UI.


I'm new here, but hope it helps
Hmmm. I'm rooted but when I try to edit that file it won't let me save it. Any ideas?
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Bit of a tech numpty here I'm afraid...I have just got a Nexus 7 which I understand how to use etc but would liketo put some films on for my daughter to watch on the plane- how do i go about this...someone told me to download handbrake but I don't really understand how that works either...
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Google it...'how to use handbrake'. There are many videos and walk-throughs. I used it once or twice a few years ago so can be of no help.
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You probably have two options, using handbrake as mentioned above (I don't know how to use it but will probably need to figure it out at some point) or purchase the movies in the Play market. Then in the movie app, click the little push pin on the bottom right corner to store them locally on your device.
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If you're talking about ripping films from DVDs, you'll need more than Handbrake, as the DVD will need to be decrypted first. Handbrake only does conversion from one format to one that's suitable for whatever device you want. It doesn't do decryption (or at least the version I use doesn't - someone could correct me if I'm wrong).

I use DVDFab to decrypt DVDs - it's pretty comprehensive. It may look like you have to pay for it, but it has a 30-or-so day trial period, after which the decryption part will continue to function without payment (basically it continues as a slimmed down version after the trial period).

The output of DVDFab will give you a series of VOB files that you point Handbrake towards. Handbrake then uses those VOB files to create a video file that can be transferred and played through the Nexus (well, any device - personally I use it for my iPod Touch; I will likely use it for an HTC One X when I get one of those, and the Nexus 7 when I get one of those). There are various standard profiles pre-loaded (it sets the resolution and size for you), one of which is for Android.

As one of the other posters has said, there's plenty of explanation out there of how to use Handbrake, but I hope this gives you enough to get started.

There are many options out there for doing these sorts of things. Most of the one-stop-shop versions you have to pay for. I went for the free ones, hence the slightly convoluted method.

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What about adding "digital copies" of BluRay/DVDs you have bought?
How can I just add those since they don't need to be decrypted?
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How can I just add those since they don't need to be decrypted?
I have a bunch of those, I'll try it tonight when I get home from work.
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Try DVD Catalyst 4. I use that to convert my dvd's into mp4 files which can be played on any android device or computer. It is a pay program though, so be forewarned. You can try to get started with that, and if you have any questions, just post them up here and I'm sure myself or someone in the community can answer them.
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How can I just add those since they don't need to be decrypted?
will not work since 95% of digital copies come from Apple and will work with Itunes or are locked to only play in Windows media player. a decryption and conversion would be necessary, but cannot be explained here due to possible copyright issues. this stuff can be googled.
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Try DVD Catalyst 4. I use that to convert my dvd's into mp4 files which can be played on any android device or computer. It is a pay program though, so be forewarned. You can try to get started with that, and if you have any questions, just post them up here and I'm sure myself or someone in the community can answer them.
that sounds promising ...do i just google dvd catalyst 4? will my laptop become riddled with viruses?
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You should try Freemake Video Converter. It is VERY simple to use. You load your DVD up and there is button for "Android". It converts you movie in to many different formats. One note though... when you install Freemake, I choose custom installation so you don't have to install the toolbar.
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I'm using DVD Catalyst right now. It's insanely straightforward and after you download a pop up comes up telling you how to install and use it.

Select your device, insert your movie, conversion takes about 30 minutes, and then it tells you to plug in your device and you load the movie up.

I just converted Wedding Crashers and 21 Jump Street and now I'm doing Act of Valor. Each file is roughly a gig, but it's so worth it.
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For Handbrake settings, I'm using the "Android - High" preset. The Picture Source is 720x480. The width defaults to 720x478, with the 478 (and "Keep Aspect ratio") grayed out. Anamorphic = loose, modulus = 16, display size = 856x480 (not editable).

The only change is that I set the Framerate (FPS) to "Same as source." When I left it at the default (29.97), the video was way faster than the audio. Audio was normal, but video looked like double-time.
I used these settings to rip a DVD. An animated movie from DVD looked okay on Google Movies and looked MUCH better on MX Player. But, on MX Player I had to set it to 150% zoom to get the right ratio (again, still looked better than the Google Movies app).
So, are these the right settings on handbrake?
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that sounds promising ...do i just google dvd catalyst 4? will my laptop become riddled with viruses?
I was concerned about the same thing, but it seems to be pretty widely used and recognized as a legitimate program. I haven't had any problems so far.
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I'm using DVD Catalyst right now. It's insanely straightforward and after you download a pop up comes up telling you how to install and use it.

Select your device, insert your movie, conversion takes about 30 minutes, and then it tells you to plug in your device and you load the movie up.

I just converted Wedding Crashers and 21 Jump Street and now I'm doing Act of Valor. Each file is roughly a gig, but it's so worth it.
Definitely worth it. I've had a few movies even take up a gig and a half, like Dark Knight. But if nothing else, its good to just have a back-up copy of all of your movies.
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I've merge two DVD Ripping threads together, sorry, I was subscribed to both and didn't realize they were separate or I would have done it sooner..
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As far as I know, the movie industry uses "DRM" to lock down the video on the digital copy, which prevents you from using them on unauthorized devices including the Android-based NEXUS 7. It is a pleasure that 20th Century Fox is aiming to change all that and will be bringing digital copy downloads to Android but I didnít hear much about it. To get digital copies and nexus 7 to play nicely, you'll need to get rid of drm restricition first. For your reference, you can check out a tutorial here.
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Old September 12th, 2012, 07:30 AM   #35 (permalink)
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I have been using dvd catalyst 4 for a while. Fast and easy conversions. I have been able use the movies I previously ripped for my Nook Color on my Nexus 7.
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Can I recommend mx player 1.7 beta? https://sites.google.com/site/mxtechglobal/videoplayer_ad__1_7beta.apk?attredirects=0

Playback is smoother than 1.6.

Also I use airdroid to transfer files it is on Google play and is free
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Do you need to use DVDFab to decrypt DVDs before using DVD Catalyst? Or will it convert a standard store bought DVD directly? (non-blue ray)

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Try DVD Catalyst 4. I use that to convert my dvd's into mp4 files which can be played on any android device or computer. It is a pay program though, so be forewarned. You can try to get started with that, and if you have any questions, just post them up here and I'm sure myself or someone in the community can answer them.
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Do you need to use DVDFab to decrypt DVDs before using DVD Catalyst? Or will it convert a standard store bought DVD directly? (non-blue ray)
Since DVD Catalyst is developed by a US company, it does not have the ability to decrypt DRM on commercial DVD's and Blu-rays.

I use AnyDVD from Slysoft. It sits in the tray and when you insert a copy protected disc, it removes the copy protection...
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I just downloaded DVD Ripper Pro for Mac. Has ratios for so many devices from Mac to Xoom to more Android devices. I will try it out.
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Do you need to use DVDFab to decrypt DVDs before using DVD Catalyst? Or will it convert a standard store bought DVD directly? (non-blue ray)
No need to convert anything prior to using DVD Catalyst. Just pop the DVD into your pc and everything can be done within DVD Catalyst.
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Since DVD Catalyst is developed by a US company, it does not have the ability to decrypt DRM on commercial DVD's and Blu-rays.

I use AnyDVD from Slysoft. It sits in the tray and when you insert a copy protected disc, it removes the copy protection...

Not true. It decrypts commercial DVDs just fine. It really is a one click solution - put the disc in the drive and click go.

That said, it also has hundreds of options if you care to tinker with them. I'd recommend using HQXT mode as it reduces file size and increases quality, but the defaults are just fine.

You don't need another program to make it work. The trial version will convert half a DVD so you can test it before you buy it to the works with your setup.

The dev is enormously helpful too - there are loads of help pages and instructions on the deeper settings on the website if you want to go digging for them. You really can't go wrong with this program.
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To convert the DVD movies, I think could use handbrake, and here is the guide: Anyone converting movies with Handbrake yet? (or other tools)
And I found a nice tips on "Nexus 7 Tips&Tricks: Rip DVD to Google Nexus 7" from Enolsoft blog, if the handbrake can't help, then could turn to this tip.
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I use AnyDVD to rip DVDs to ISO's but I'm getting fed up with not being able to play these on my N7. I recently tried Pavtube which encodes to MKV format. This seems really very good for films, it is extremely quick at encoding, but not good for TV Series DVDs as you can't access the DVD menu in the same way as an ISO container.

I wish someone would write an Android app to let me use my ISO's....!
I'd deffo pay for that
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Seems no point in doing very high res or bit rates, since no sd slot, unless watching a movie and then replacing with another.
You can play them from a thumb drive with the adapter.... I don't know if it works without rooting though.
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I have no idea what I'm doing!

Have installed Handbrake and am praticing converting files just using a trailer from the DVD. I've tried all the presets 'Universal' 'Android' 'Android tablet' 'normal' and 'high profile'. I've changed the Framerate (FPS) to same as source as someone sugested. Using MX player to play.... BUT EVERYTHING IS STILL PIXALATING!!!!!!

This is driving me nuts please help!
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Do I just need to use another decoder first and if so which one???????
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If you're trying to convert a DVD that has some sort of DRM on it, you'll need something to strip that away first before getting Handbrake to do the conversion.

My personal preferance at the moment is MakeMKV (free in Beta) for decrypting. I used to use DVDFab (the HD Decrypter module, which is the module you need for stripping away the DRM, was free after a 30 day trial period).

I prefer MakeMKV to DVDFab as you can selectively decrypt multiple tracks on the same DVD or Bluray disc. DVDFab requires you to choose one track at a time, which is a bit of a faff if you're trying to decrypt a DVD having multiple tracks (eg mulitple episodes in a series).

After decrypting, open the file(s) in Handbrake and set it to convert to whatever format you want (I used the "Android High" profiile for my HTC One X and Nexus 7).

Hope that helps.

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I'm a fan of DVD Catalyst.
I used it to rip all of my DVDs to files I can use on my tablet or a set top box.

I've never heard of this software and it looks great. Pity it's not freeware though, in your opinion is it worth purchasing? I'm looking into purchasing this but I'd like to hear of other people opinions before.
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I've never heard of this software and it looks great. Pity it's not freeware though, in your opinion is it worth purchasing? I'm looking into purchasing this but I'd like to hear of other people opinions before.
on the web site they are offering it for 10 dollars not a bad price. personally i use dvd::rip for Linux and it works great
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I've never heard of this software and it looks great. Pity it's not freeware though, in your opinion is it worth purchasing? I'm looking into purchasing this but I'd like to hear of other people opinions before.
I use DVD Catalyst for both standard and Blu-Ray discs and it is great (I use AnyDVD HD with it to rip Blu-Ray). Probably ripped about 300 DVDs with it so far for viewing on my N7 and Transformer Prime tablets.
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