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How to rip DVD, convert video and download YouTube video to Zune

Below is the step by step tutorial about how to transfer DVD movies and TV shows, video files and YouTube videos to Microsoft Zune.

Before getting started, let's take a look at the audio and video formats Microsoft Zune recognizes:

Audio Support

Windows Media Audio Standard (WMA) (.wma); WMA Lossless; Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) (.mp4, .m4a, .m4b, .mov); MP3 (.mp3).

Video Support

Windows Media Video (WMV) (.wmv); MPEG-4 (MP4/M4V) (.mp4) Part 2 video; H.264 video; DVR-MS.

So, in order to put DVD movies and TV shows, video files and YouTube videos onto Zune, you will need a converter that will go from DVD and video to Zune WMV or MP4 (Video) or Zune WMA or MP3 (Audio). This kind of program can only rip the DVD's or convert the video files to your PC, however, Microsoft offers Zune users the free program called "Zune Software" to sync the media from PC to Zune. You just need to download it from its official website, where you can get the most detailed information about Zune as well.

In this tutorial, I'd like to demonstrate how to rip DVD's and convert videos to Zune using Clone2Go DVD to Zune Converter. The reason I choose it lies in that, unlike other DVD to Zune converters that can rip only DVD movies for Zune, this DVD to Zune converter can also be used to convert regular video files to Zune. Plus, it allows you to download videos from YouTube and then convert YouTube FLV videos to some format accepted by Zune. Let's take a look at how it performs:

1. Add DVD movies or TV shows

Insert the DVD disc into the disc drive, click the "Open DVD" button to import it if you are going to enjoy the DVD movie on your Zune. Or if the DVD movie is saved as a folder on your computer, you need to click the "Add Video" button to locate that folder, which is composed of two separate folders: VIDEO_TS and AUIDO_TS. From the VIDEO_TS folder, select the .vob file to import and then click "OK".

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2. Import video files

You can also import videos stored on your PC by clicking the "Add Video" button and then click "OK". The supporting formats are shown as follows:

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3. Download YouTube videos

If you want to enjoy online YouTube videos on your Zune, click the "YouTube" button on the main interface. In the pop-up window, copy and paste the URLs of the YouTube videos one by one.

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There will be a list of the added YouTube videos, which will be downloaded automatically one by one. And the downloading status is clearly shown on the list. After the status of all of them indicates "Completed", you can tick whichever videos you want to watch on your Zune.

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After the DVD's, videos or YouTube videos are imported, you can preview it on the main interface. If you only want a clip of the DVD/video, you can drag the "Start to trim" and "Stop to trim" button to get the certain segment.

4. Choose a proper profile and start encoding

From the drop-down list of "Profile", you can select the most appropriate profile:

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Now you can click the "Start Encode" button to starting ripping DVD movies or TV shows, converting videos or converting YouTube videos for your Zune.

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