How can I digitize old MiniDV video tapes?

Episode 1096 (2:14:28)

Libby from Claremont, CA

Libby has some miniDV tapes that she wants to make digital copies of. She wants to know the best method for doing this, and what format she should use. Leo says that miniDVs are already digital. So that saves a step. Since the service Libby took them to made DVDs, she can rip them and get MPEG2 files. Leo uses HandBrake and VLC Media Client, which work together to rip DVDs. Leo says to just rip it. Don't reencode it. Keep the highest quality and then when she wants to put them on an iPad or iPhone, she can reencode it for that particular device.