When Microsoft revealed that it would remove DVD movie playback functionality from Windows 8, enthusiasts howled in protest. Now we have the Microsoft Surface RT tablet on market –just like iPad and any Android tablet– without DVD support. Well, we can understand that, since there’s no room for a DVD-ROM on a 10.6-inch tablet, though its screen (1366x768) presents movie in pretty good quality. Never mind, real movie fans always get their hands on creative solutions to meet their needs. Here’s one for movie lovers – watching DVD movies on Microsoft Surface RT by ripping and putting DVDs onto the Windows RT tablet.
To rip DVD movies for viewing on Microsoft Surface RT, you need to understand Surface RT compatible format. Per our testing, the Surface RT managed to playback 720p .avi files off of a microSD card. Other than avi, the Windows Surface RT also supports .mp4, .wmv and .asf format. However, DVD streams are saved in .vob format, which is not accepted by Surface RT. So we need a DVD ripper that cracks copy-protection and also converts .vob to .mp4 or other supported format. Pavtube DVD Ripper for PC is recommended to do the DVD to Windows 8 Surface RT conversion. It is an easy-to-use and wonderful DVD ripping tool to help you convert both homemade and commercial DVD movies to Microsoft Surface RT MP4 for unlimited playback. The equivalent Mac version is Pavtube DVD Ripper for Mac, which can rip and convert DVD movies to MP4 on Mac OS X (Include Lion and Mountain Lion). Just get it now and copy your favorite DVD movies to Windows 8 Surface RT for smoothly playback!
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How to convert DVD to Microsoft Surface RT
The below guide takes screenshots of the DVD Ripper for Windows, if you are using a Mac, get Mac version and follow the same guide – the main interface looks alike.
Step 1. Click the "Load DVD" button to choose and import DVD movies from your computer's DVD-ROM.
Step 2. Select MP4 as the output format. Click "Format" bar, follow "Windows > Microsoft Surface Windows RT H.264 Video (*.mp4)". The output videos is encoded in 16:9, which fits Surface RT tablet just right.
You can also click "Settings" to manually change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. as you wish.
Step 3. When all is OK, click "Start" to rip DVD to MP4 for Windows 8 Surface RT. After the ripping, you can click "Open" to locate the converted MP4 video files and just transfer them to your Windows 8 Surface RT for watching on the go!
For people who also want to rip Blu-rays and convert MKV, MTS, MPG, TS videos to Windows 8 tablet, the money-saving bundle Blu-ray Video Converter Ultimate is the best choice.