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Guide to Putting DVDs to Surface Pro tablet


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Guide for ripping and putting DVDs onto Microsoft Surface Pro tablet for enjoyment on the go.

The question comes up with the release of Microsoft's Surface Pro for Windows 8: how to watch DVD movies on Surface Pro tablet? Well, since the Windows 8 based tablet PC doesn't have a DVD-ROM that can play DVD movies, you may have to find another way to get the work done. If you haven't got a way to make it, you can follow this simple guide to rip DVD movies to Surface Pro compatible videos. It's much easier than you may think and only comes with some help from a third-party software. But it can be done.

First, free download and install Pavtube DVD Ripper:

(Download here if you using Mac 10.5 or 10.6)

Frankly, the program is very easy to use for editing and conversion. I've had success using it to convert DVDs to Microsoft Surface RT (of course, it can used for Surface Pro) playable format and I've found the quality to be excellent, and see no difference when compared to playing the discs themselves. With it, you can not only rip video from DVD for Surface Pro/RT, but also other portable media players like iPhone, iPad, iPod, HTC, Samsung, PS Vita, Windows tablet/Phone, Xbox 360, etc.

Guide: How to convert and play DVD movies on Microsoft Surface Pro tablet

Note: The quick start guide below uses DVD Ripper for Windows screenshots. The way to transfer DVD to Surface Pro or RT in Mac (Lion and Mountain Lion) is the same. Just make sure you've downloaded the right version.

Step 1: Load DVD

Run the program, then click "Load DVD" icon to add the DVD files you want to play on your Surface Pro from DVD disc, DVD folder, ISO or IFO. As you can see, loaded files can be previewed in the right preview window and you can take snapshots of your favorite movie scenes.


Tips: You can click "Edit" to customize your videos by cropping, rotating, adding watermarks, adjusting video effects or trim to get the very part you want. For ripping DVD with subtitles, you can click "Subtitles" bar to choose your wanted subtitles.

Step 2: Choose output format

Click "Format" bar, you can get optimized videos for your surface Pro under "Windows > Microsoft Surface Windows RT/Pro H.264 Video (*.mp4)". The output videos could fit on your device perfectly.


Tips: If you like, you can click "Settings" to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish. Remember the file size and video quality is based more on bitrate than resolution which means itrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss.

Step 3: Start DVD to Surface Pro conversion

After all the above settings, simply click "Convert" button to start converting DVD to Surface Pro MP4 video.

Step 4: Transfer the result videos to your Surface Pro via USB cable
If you have no idea about Surface Pro file transfer, you can check out the post The Ways Transferring Files to Your Surface to learn more. If you have any problem when enjoying videos on Surface tablet, just check out Microsoft Surface Column to learn more.

So there you have it. Pretty simple! In this way, you can enjoy DVD movies on Microsoft Surface Pro or RT tablet as you want. If your movie isn’t already in one of the supported formats or it’s still on a DVD or Blu-ray, you can get an all-in-1 video covnerter app - Blu-ray Video Converter Ulitimate (or its Mac Version - iMedia Converter Mac) to encode movies to play on your Surface tablet with ease.
Remove DRM from iTunes M4V and Sync iTunes library to Surface RT and Pro

This article will show you how to get music, movies or TV-shows purchased from iTunes to Microsoft Surface RT for smoothly playing.

Q: I just bought a new Surface tablet and I am wondering if I could play music files I purchased on iTunes on my Surface RT? I have searched around the internet but I haven't got a specific answer to this question. Besides, the movies and TV-shows I have purchased on iTunes will be playable on my Surface RT?

A: Before answering your question, keep in mind that the Windows RT based Surface tablet can not play any iTunes purchases with Apple Digital Rights Management (FairPlay DRM). However, all iTunes songs (at least in the US) will be DRM-free in steps since April 7, 2009. From my experience, if the song isn't copy protected it should play. For the little copyrighted iTunes songs, in .m4p format, you can upgrade these songs to DRM-free files for US$0.30/song or use DRM removal software to strip DRM from them free of charge.

For iTunes videos, if they are video podcasts from iTunes, you can play them on your Surface RT without any problem. But if they are Movies, TV-shows or Music videos which you purchased directly through iTunes store, they are all with DRM protection. DRM can not stop you transferring iTunes video purchases to Surface RT, but the videos will say "this file is not supported" or "this video can't be played" when you play these iTunes movies/TV shows on the Surface RT tablet.


In order to play iTunes video files on Microsoft Surface RT, you have to remove DRM from iTunes movies and convert iTunes M4V files to Surface RT compatible video formats(MP4 with H.264 video codec is highly recommended). To get the work done, a DRM Removal software is needed. If you're looking for ease-to-use, just check out Pavtube's ChewTune, which is an intuitive and stable DRM converter to help you remove DRM protection from iTunes, Amazon, Zune, BBC iPlayer, Napster, Blockbuster, etc. and convert videos to all popular video formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, WMV, AVI, FLV, etc. for playing and sharing anywhere you like. Meanwhile the playback of the converted videos is as decent as possible as original. The equivalent Mac version is the ChewTune Mac, which can convert and transfer iTunes movies to Surface RT on Mac OS X. Free download the right version and enjoy your iTunes M4V movies on Microsoft Surface RT without any hassle!

Download iTunes to Surface RT Converter:

Convert, Transfer and Play iTunes movies on Surface RT

The quick start guide below uses ChewTune Windows screenshots. The way to encoding iTunes M4V to Surface on Mac is almost the same. Just make sure you get the right version according to your computer operating system.

Step 1: Add iTunes movies to the software. Launch the DRM converter and click "Add Video" "Add Folder" to load the iTunes video files to the program for converting. You can also simply drag and drop media files to the source pane to add. Batch conversion is supported so that you can add multiple files.


Step 2: Choose the output video format and output folder. Click "Format" bar and move mouse to "Windows" column, you can easily find the profile of "Microsoft Surface Windows RT H.264 Video (*.mp4)". The output videos could fit on Surface RT or Pro perfectly.


If you like, you can click "Settings" to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish. For watching videos on the Windows RT based Surface Tablet, 720p with 1500~2500kbps is just all right. I found that bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss.

Step 3: After above steps, just click "Convert" to start removing iTunes DRM protection and converting iTunes M4V to Microsoft Surface RT MP4 videos.

Once the process completes, download and transfer the DRM-free iTunes videos to your Surface RT Tablet via USB cable. Then you are free to enjoy and watch iTunes movies on Microsoft Surface RT as you like.

And yes, this workaround works with Windows 8 as well, of course. Click here to get known the basic tips for watching movies on Microsoft Surface RT.

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