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Month: July 2009

DVD to iPhone via Windows

DVD to iPhone via Windows

“My name’s Matt Haney, and I have an iPhone”.  But then, looking around on the train to and from work nowadays, it seems everyone else has one too.

One of the reasons I got the phone was so that I could watch videos on the train without using the not-designed-for-video-playback screen on my old phone, or having to carry a PSP around.  So, here, for the sake of my own memory more than anything, is how I go about getting moving pictures from overpriced shiny round things onto my overpriced shiny iPhone.

Software used: DVD Decrypter & Handbrake

Basically, the process is ‘Decryptwith DVD Decrypter, then encode with Handbrake’.  This can be a pain for multiple episode DVDs (TV Series boxsets, for example), as you can’t just set it off and go to bed.  This is where the ancient art of batch scripts comes in.  Both of these pieces of software can be run from the command line, so I use a batch script like the following*:

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I’m’m’m in Dangerererer

I’m’m’m in Dangerererer

…apparently – look, my desktop says so, so it must be true!

yourrererereindangererererer_thumbOh no!  Panic!  What should I do?  I know, I’ll click this handy ‘System Security 2009’ shortcut which just happens to have appeared on my desktop at the same time as my wallpaper changed – that sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?

Sigh.

How hard – really – can it be, to at least make your poxy ‘shock horror’ fake warnings look like they were written by someone who speaks English?  “Your’re in danger”?  These things could “break” my life?

Sigh.

Anyway, on with life.  That diagram, by the way, was just part of an explanation of how different versions of data will relate to each other in a system which is just about to go live.  Alternatively, it was a way of saying I had nothing to blog about…  Boxes A, B and C represent 3 versions of one set of data, and boxes X, Y and Z represent 3 versions of another set of data.  Thrilling, and just a little bit obtuse.  Sorry about that.

(I didn’t really expect anyone to answer…)