[GUIDE] DVD to Nexus 7 (works with avi, mkv, iso etc as well)
What do you need:
* Your Google Nexus 7. While you donít need it for the actual process, of course if you want to watch a movie on it, you need to be able to put the movie onto it.
* The USB connection cable for your Nexus 7.
* Windows-based PC in order to be able to run DVD Catalyst 4. DVD Catalyst 4 is currently only available for computers and laptops running Microsoft Windows. It works on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, on 32bit as well as 64bit systems. Currently there is no Apple Mac or Linux version available of DVD Catalyst 4.
* DVD drive for if you want to convert DVDs or a Bluray drive if you want to convert Blurays, or access to your video file collection if you want to convert AVI, MKV, M2TSetc.
* Conversion software. There is a large variety of different tools available for this. You can do it the free way, with applications such as Handbrake and Freemake, or go with one of the many overpriced applications that are found all over the internet, but for this guide I am using DVD Catalyst 4, one of the most popular conversion applications for phones and tablets due to how easy it works (1 click conversions), the support provided to you when you need it (quick, hand-typed and detailed) and the very affordable pricing (on sale for $9.95, less than the price of 2 DVDs in the sales-bin at the grocery store, or less than one new-release movie in Google Play).
You can purchase DVD Catalyst 4 for only $9.95 by clicking here (link), or download the free trial version by clicking here (link) The trial version converts 25% of each item.
Note: To use DVD Catalyst 4 with Blurays, extra software is needed. For DVDs and video files, it works without the need of anything else. DVD Catalyst 4 even includes its own codecs, so it is capable of converting video files you might not even be able to play on your computer.
* Movies or TV shows. Of course you need videos that you want to watch on your Google Nexus 7. You can use movies and TV shows on a disc such as a DVD or Bluray, or you can use video files such as AVI, MKV, created by other applications. So-called ďDigital CopiesĒ, the video files you get with some DVD and Bluray purchases (ďFree Digital Copy IncludedĒ on the case), iTunes/Amazon purchased/rented digital download movies, and movie files obtained from other online services like Amazon Prime, Blockbuster have a special DRM on them that prevents them from being played on your Nexus 7, and also prevents them from being converted. If you use these services to actually get a DVD sent to you, those can be converted though.
Using DVD Catalyst 4 to convert your movies and TV shows for your Nexus 7:
Start DVD Catalyst 4 by clicking the shortcut on your desktop:
The first time you start DVD Catalyst 4, it might take a bit for it to load. Once it is loaded, you are presented with a screen like this:
The manual goes into detail about what and how things work and what they are for, but if you just want to convert your movies and tv shows, there is no need to read up on that.
While DVD Catalyst 4 looks really simple, and it works really easy, it actually grows with you if you are getting more and more experienced (and daring) with your conversions).
Often underestimated by the simple look, there are more advanced features and powerful options in DVD Catalyst 4 than you will find in most similar conversion tools combined. But, rather than forcing you to deal with them like similar applications do, DVD Catalyst 4 handles all of that automatically so you donít have to.
When you are ready and interested to play with those powerful features and options, they are there for you to play with, and you can control just about every aspect of the conversion process.
For the purpose of this guide, I will not go into those now. The manual, as well as some detailed articles on the tools4movies.com website will give you all the details though.
Use the dropdowns on the left side of DVD Catalyst 4 to select Google and then Nexus 7
There are some additional profiles available for it:
If you are converting DVDs (like most people), just select the Nexus 7 profile. For information about what the others are for, please have a look here: http://www.tools4movies.com/2012/01/...st-hq-hq2-hqx/
One of DVD Catalyst 4′s main advantages over similar applications is that it includes profiles for almost all video-capable devices on the planet. In the current version (4.2.1 at the time of writing this guide) DVD Catalyst 4 includes over 3300 device profiles, so even if you donít have a Nexus 7, likely your phone/tablet/ipad is likely listed. If not, just let us know.
With your Google Nexus 7 profile selected, insert your DVD (Mirror Mirror in this example):
Now just tap the Go button to start the process:
This can take a while, depending on the speed of your computer.
On most computers, the conversion runs about twice as fast as it takes to actually watch the movie, so a 2 hour movie will take about 1 hour or so. but if you are using a powerful Quad-Core computer the conversion can go quite a bit faster.
Using a high-end laptop, the conversion can run as fast as 8x realtime, so a 2 hour movie converts in 15 minutes or so. If you are using an older computer, or a netbook, the conversion can take a little bit longer though.
After the conversion is complete, DVD Catalyst will open the video folder where your movie file is located:
Now connect your Nexus 7 to your computer, and it should appear on the side:
Then simply drag your video file over to the one you want to use for your movies. Left-click and hold on your movie file, and then move your mouse to the memory location and let go of the mouse button.
Once the file is copied over, you can use the build-in Gallery application on your Nexus 7 to play your movie.
Your Next Conversion:
Because DVD Catalyst remembers your preferences, all your future conversions will work like this:
1. start DVD Catalyst 4.
2. put a DVD in your DVD drive.
3. Tap Go.
5. Copy video file over.
For more information, please visit our website at www.tools4movies.com
07-17-2012 12:58 PM