I love P90X3, but I want the workout, not all the fluff that comes with it.
If you’re a frequent P90X3 user and you own the DVD set — you probably feel the same way I do: When I’m motivated to pop that DVD in the player, I shouldn’t have to wait on FBI warnings, medical disclaimers, BeachBody product advertisements, commercials or user testimonials. I don’t relish the thought of exercise, so when I’m pressing play on the DVD player, the sooner we get to the action, the better.
Having said all that, I’ve finally decided to rip all these DVDs and incorporate them into my media player. Not only does this skip the process of having to locate the DVD in the sleeve and put it in the player, but I receive the added benefit of skipping the parts I can’t fast-forward through when using the DVD.
However, unless you understand how these DVDs are formatted, ripping the appropriate content can be somewhat confusing. That is why I wrote this guide, to help other impatient people get the most out of their time and get on with the workout.
What you’ll need:
- A computer with a DVD drive
- P90X3 DVDs
- A couple hour’s worth of time
How the DVD’s are organized:
Each DVD (excluding How To Accelerate) contains two different workout routines. Each workout routine has selections on the title menu allowing you to turn on/off options (music, subtitles, etc). Each selection corresponds to a different title on the DVD. This is important to know so you select the right title within Handbrake. For the purposes of this guide, I selected the normal routine for each workout. This table below describes each disc, title and the corresponding normal routine for each workout.
Please note there are some small discrepancies in the labeling of each DVD and their ordering in the packaging that might confuse you. The 4th DVD (in order) in the booklet (Pilates X & X3 Yoga) is labeled “P90X3 Disc 6.” The 5th DVD in the booklet (Incinerator & The Challenge) is labeled “P90X3 Disc 4.” The 6th DVD in the booklet (MMX & The Warrior) is labeled “P90X3 Disc 5.” Pay special attention to the table so that you select the right titles.
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Let’s Do This:
I’m assuming you already know how to use Handbrake or you wouldn’t be reading this guide. If you don’t know how to use Handbrake, Google is your friend.
Insert a DVD into your computer. For the purposes of this example, I used the Total Synergistics and CVX DVD. Handbrake should automatically detect the DVD and begin scanning all the titles and generating preview pictures.
- Select the title corresponding to the disc and workout routine you wish to rip. If you’re following along and using the Total Synergistics/CVX DVD, title 4 is Cold Start.
- Choose a filename and folder where the file will be created. You can also change the picture settings in the tabs below this area if you desire. I chose to leave everything with the defaults.
- Click on the Enqueue button. You could Start the ripping procedure right now, but we can queue up two more titles on this DVD and rip them all at the same time.
Repeat the same process outlined above for any additional titles on the DVD. If you’re following along and using the Total Synergistics/CVX DVD, you can follow the process again for title 17 (Total Synergistics) and title 60 (CVX). Or, if you’re using a different DVD, use the table above to select the appropriate titles for the two workout routines on that specific disc.
- After you’ve queued up the titles you wish to rip, click on the Queue button to view them.
- If everything is to your liking, click the Start button to begin ripping these titles to disk.
Handbrake will begin ripping the titles you selected to disk. I’ll be placing these videos on my XBMC server, which we already use to stream media off the Internet. You can even take these videos with you on your favorite mobile device. If that’s your intention, you might want to use the presets for your particular device.
If you found this guide helpful, please leave me a comment below to let me know!