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Jan 17

How to sync/redeem Digital Copy movies to iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch via iTunes 11


Most of the movies you buy on DVD and Blu-ray now include bonus iTunes Digital Copy discs, so you can import an iTunes-compatible version of the movie to your Mac or PC. Then watch it on your computer, iPad, iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV.

Syncing FAQ: Digital Copy -> iTunes (iTunes 11 included) -> iPad/iPhone/iPod/Apple TV

Q1. Digital copy transfer driving me nuts!

“I want to transfer a digital copy of the thing2 onto my iPad I’ve got the digital copy on my pc but how do I transfer it to my iPad ? Thanks in advance!”

A1. On your computer open up iTunes and then on the top left blade click “File” and then “Add File to Library”. You can then browse to the digital copy of your movie to add it to your iTunes account. Plug your iPad into your PC and then click on your iPad under “Devices” in iTunes (left hand column about half way down the screen). Now click on the “Movie” blade that is close to the top middle of the iTunes screen (below the Apple symbol) and there you can check the “Sync Movies” so that the digital copy of your movie is sync’d to your iPad. Hope this helps.


Q2. The Digital Copy of Star Trek won’t sync to my iPod?

“I just downloaded the Digital Copy of Star Trek onto iTunes, and every time I try to sync the movie to my iPod it says my computer isn’t authorized to sync, but it plays in iTunes. What can I do to fix this?”

A2. First of all, ripping it won’t work. I tried. I had the same problem with it not syncing to my iPod, so I went to an Apple store and asked. They recommended reinstalling iTunes and restoring the iPod. Restoring the iPod seemed to work, as now Star Trek is on my iPod and works. Hope this helps you!


Q3. iTunes digital copy to iPad?

“We have a Blu-Ray movie (“Sherlock Holmes”) that came with digital copy (on a DVD) that I was able to copy to my iTunes library. But when I drag it to my iPad, I get the message that it won’t copy because I’m not authorized to do so. Does this mean that there’s no way to copy it to any iPad, or that I haven’t properly authorized my iPad yet. If the latter, what should I do?”

A3. On a Mac with OSX Lion & iTunes 10 it is rather simple. No need to download other software. iTunes can do it for you.

Steps to transfer Movie to iTunes and then iPod/iPad/iPhone

  • 1. Make sure you have iTunes 10
  • 2. Open iTunes 10
  • 3. Insert Digital copy movie disk into drive. It must be the disk labeled “Digital Copy”
  • 4. The movie will start playing in full screen mode. You want to minimize it to a smaller view on your desktop.
  • 5. Let the intro stuff on the disk playout
  • 6. You will then be presented with a Start Screen giving you different options (i.e., Set Up. Play, Scene Selection, & Digital Copy. Click Digital Copy
  • 7. It will then take you to a Digital Copy screen
  • 8. Click on the iTunes icon on your dock and launch back iTunes
  • 9. Digital Code redemption page should now apear. If it doesn’t go to the left navigation pane and select “iTunes Store”
  • 10. It will ask for a redemption key. Enter the authorization code found on the authorization code that came with the disk.
  • 11. It takes approximately 6-10 minutes to transfer to iTunes.
  • 12. You can then “Sync” your device to transfer the movie to your favorite device.


Q4. Transferring or downloading an iTunes Digital Copy to iPad

“I have a digital copy video in iTunes but it will not sync to my iPad 1. Using Windows XP. Any suggestions?”

A4. Okay, but being “checked and highlighted” does not cause media to sync. Do you manually manage the content on the device or use the sync feature as designed?

If manually managing the content, can you “drag and drop” the media onto the device?

If syncing, go to the Movies (or video) tab and select the video there, then sync.

Does it work now?


Q5. Digital Copies Transfer to iPad 3

“I am planning on getting a new iPad but have been wondering about whether people are able to transfer the digital copies that you download from the DVD/Blu-Ray you buy to the iPad without having to convert through some application. I have read online that some people can just sync and some people have to convert and I was wondering if there is a good program out there that can convert and still keep the picture quality of the original download. HELP!!”

A5. Right now, I think there are only three kinds of “Digital Copies” that come with DVDs/BRs. There’s the iTunes Digital Copy, Windows Media Digital Copy, and Ultraviolet Digital Copy.

In my experience, when you get the iTunes ones, you can either choose iTunes or Windows Media, but not both. I always go with iTunes.

Now, once you’ve activated your code, you can copy that file over to another Mac/PC that is activated on the same AppleID. If you want to transfer the file to an iPad, just make sure you copy the file to the iTunes library that the iPad is associated with. When you sync, it’ll transfer to the iPad.

There’s no converting involved. Not sure if you’d need to convert if you chose Windows Media or if it was an Ultraviolet Digital Copy.

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Through Google search, you will find more similar problems, at the same time, you will find that does not have a truly comprehensive solution, this article will be described in detail, first, you can learn about what is an iTunes Digital Copy, here is an illustration from

What is an iTunes Digital Copy?

Watching a movie on your widescreen TV from the comfort of your couch is great. But what if you’re facing an interminable wait at the DMV? Or maybe you’re going to be stuck at the laundromat for a couple of hours. This is where a movie on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch comes in.

An iTunes Digital Copy is one more way you can take the show on the road. It only takes a few minutes to redeem your digital copy and transfer it to your iTunes library. Once you’re done, the digital version of the movie is yours to keep forever, and you can view it as many times as you want. Watch your movie in iTunes on your computer or on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Or sync with your Apple TV to add to your movie collection.

Most of the movies you buy on DVD and Blu-ray now include a bonus stand-alone Digital Copy disc. Digital copy comes with a copy of the movie you can put on a single computer once, and from there, view it on your PC’s screen or portable media players like iPad, iPhone, Xbox 360, Zune HD, etc. To enjoy digital copy movies on iPad 3, you need to download/transfer digital copy to iTunes library, and then sync the movie to iPad 3 with iTunes. Follow the instructions below to watch on the insert inside of your box to redeem your Digital Copy using the disc or the website.

  • Part 1. Download/Redeem/Transfer Digital Copy movies to iTunes 11
  • Part 2. Sync Digital Copy movies to iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch via iTunes 11

Transferring your iTunes Digital Copy movie to your iTunes library is easy. First, make sure you’re using the latest version of iTunes, which you can download now for free.

Part 2. How to Download/Redeem/Transfer/Add Digital Copy movies to iTunes 11

1. Insert the iTunes Digital Copy disc.

To add your Digital Copy movie to your iTunes library, insert the disc in your Mac or PC. Follow the simple instructions to begin the transfer.

2. Redeem.

The iTunes redemption code for your movie is included with your DVD. Click “Redeem” button, when the dialog box asking for it appears, enter your Apple ID and password.

3. Go to the Downloads selection in the Store list to track the download process. Once it’s finished downloading, you can open the video from the “Movies” selection in the Library list.

4. When the movie is finished importing, click the Eject button to eject the digital copy disc.

5. Enjoy your movie at home or on the go.

The digital version of the movie appears in your iTunes Movies library. Watch it at home on your computer or your Apple TV. Or take it with you on your iPad, iPhone or iPod.

Part 1. How to Sync Digital Copy movies to iPad, iPhone, iPod via iTunes 11

Unlike the original DVD/Blu-ray Disc movie, digital copy is encoded at much lower bitrate and thus takes less storage (usually 1-2GB), so you don’t need to compress the movie for new iPad or iPod. Just sync the movie to iPad/iPod from iTunes movie library.

1. Connect new iPad/iPhone 5/iPod with your computer using the cable that came with your device. In the upper right hand corner you will see your iPad touch appear. Click on the name of your device.

2. You will be taken to the summary screen. From here you can see a list of tabs along the top. Click on the Movie tab for the digital copy movie you’d like to sync to your iPad.

3. Make sure the “Sync Movies” checkbox is checked and select the digital copy movie you’d like to sync.

4. Click the “Apply” button in the lower right hand corner after you’re done selecting all your media.

Troubleshooting and Tips

1. If you get a dialogue box that says “Some of the items in the iTunes library were not copied to the iPad/iPhone/iPod because you are not authorized for them on this computer”, make sure you have logged in on your iPad/iPhone/iPod with the same Apple ID account as on your computer. Check Apple ID under settings > Store on your ios devices.

2. When you’re unable to transfer/sync digital copies of movies to iPad 4/new iPad/iPhone/iPod etc. ios devices but can’t get it work with the above method, it’s likely that the problem isn’t iTunes itself but the DRM on the movie file. And to resolve that you’ll need to deal with the DVDs manufacturer, or get a third-party DRM Media Converter that strips DRM and turn digital copy into free videos.

3. You may also convert Blu-rays & DVDs to iTunes 11 for syncing to iPad/iPhone/iPod/Apple TV when digital copy does not work anyway.

4. To enrich your iTunes library, you can also convert unsupported MKV, AVI, Tivo, MPG, FLV to iTunes 11 friendly formats.

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