Rip a DVD (with pictures)

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Rip a DVD (with pictures)
Rip a DVD (with pictures)

Of course the film industry has the right to protect intellectual property, but if you bought a DVD you should still know what to do with it, as long as you don't distribute the film illegally. Read this article to learn how to rip a DVD or Blu-Ray so that you can watch the movies not only on your DVD player, but also on your computer or tablet.


Method 1 of 2: Rip a DVD on a PC


Step 1. Download a program to bypass DVD copy protection

Good options include DVD43, AnyDVD, or DVDFab DVD to DVD.

  • Compare different products, read the terms and conditions carefully and search the internet for reviews from people so that you can be sure that you are choosing the best software.
  • Choose a product that you can try for free, don't transfer money right away.
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Step 2. Insert the DVD you want to copy into the DVD drive of the computer

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Step 3. Copy the contents of the DVD to your hard drive

  • Open Start, click My Computer, right-click the DVD and select Explore.
  • Look for the folder named VIDEO_TS. Drag the folder to the desired location. If you're only going to watch the movie on your computer, you're done ripping now. You don't have to do anything with it except if you want to reduce the file size or if you want to watch the movie on a mobile device.
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Step 4. Download transcoding software

You can find many options on Google, but Handbrake is the best choice. Whichever program you use, first check whether they support the desired mobile platform.

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Step 5. Open the source file of the DVD you want to rip from Handbrake or other transcoding software

The software scans for chapter titles and markers. If the program does not recognize the titles, you can click on the Chapters or Chapters tab in the software portal and enter the titles yourself.

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Step 6. Decide where to save the movie

Many programs have a tab called Destination. Click Browse and choose the location where you want to save the file.

  • You can also save the file as a shared file on a media server or network drive.
  • Navigate to the appropriate folder, right click and choose 'Map Network Drive' from the menu.
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Step 7. Adjust the soundtrack

For example, you can keep the original Dolby Digital (AC3) soundtrack of the movie and create a backup soundtrack for devices that are not suitable for it.

  • Click the Audio & Subtitles tab of your transcoding software.
  • Choose the soundtrack you want. Choose AAC from the Audio Codec menu.
  • In the mixdown column, choose Dolby Digital II. Leave the values ​​for bitrate, sample rate and DRC settings as they are.
  • Go to the second audio track. Choose the same soundtrack from the source list.
  • Select AC3 from the list of audio codecs.
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Step 8. Click the start button to rip the DVD

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Step 9. Play the ripped movie in your media player to make sure the quality is good

Method 2 of 2: Rip a DVD on a Mac

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Step 1. Download Handbrake transcoding software

Opt for the 64-bit version if your computer can handle it.

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Step 2. Download VLC media player

If you have opted for 64 bit, you now also need the 64 bit version of the VLC player. It includes libdvdcss, a tool to decrypt DVD so you can play it on your Mac.

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Step 3. Launch Handbrake on your Mac

A window will now appear. Choose the DVD you want to rip and click Open.

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Step 4. Wait for Handbrake to scan the DVD

When the scan is finished, click on the box next to Title. Choose the longest title from the pop-up menu.

  • You might see 99 titles that are all about the same length. This means that the DVD is copyrighted. Open the DVD Player program. Click 'Go' and click 'Title'. Find the title with the check mark next to it. In Handbrake you then choose this title.

  • If you want to rip multiple titles (eg a multi-episode DVD), select one title, give the title a unique name in File and click Add To Queue. Repeat this process until you have added all the desired titles to the encoding queue.

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Step 5. Click the Toggle Presets button at the top of the Handbrake window

You can also press command-T. Choose a 'preset' for your ripped DVD based on the type of device you want to watch the movie on. You can also choose Universal, then you can play it on all Apple devices.

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Step 6. click on the gear

Choose Make Default in the menu that now appears.

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Step 7. Check if the DVD contains 'interlaced video'

Click the Preview window in Handbrake and scroll through the frames of the DVD. If you see images with jagged edges, the DVD has 'interlaced video'.

  • Click the Settings button. Now a window called Picture Settings will open.

  • Click Filter. Slide the Slider between Decomb and Deinterlace all the way to the right.
  • Click the drop-down menu next to Deinterlace. Choose Fast and watch the video to see if the images look good now.
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Step 8. Adjust the audio to reduce the size of the file

  • Eliminate the audio tracks you don't need, including language tracks.

  • If you're not going to use surround sound, you can delete the 5.1 track or mix the audio to stereo.
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Step 9. Add the subtitles to the file by clicking the Subtitles tab in Handbrake

Choose the subtitles you want to add to the file.

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Step 10. Click Start and wait for the transcoding to finish

This may take a while.

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Step 11. Add metadata such as an image, the cast or summaries

Download programs like MetaX, iFlicks or Video Monkey to help you with this. Handbrake sends any rips directly to MetaX.

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Step 12. Drag the movie to your iTunes library and watch


  • If you want to burn the DVD to a blank 4.7 GB DVD, you will have to reduce the file size first, as the original is often larger than 4.7 GB.
  • ripping DVDs takes a lot out of your processor, so don't rip until you don't need your computer for other things. For example, do it at night when you are sleeping anyway.

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