It is not so common now, but many people still buy DVDs from local stores or online. Even those who don't buy DVDs, might have a collection of old DVDs collected with effort. To watch these DVDs on smartphones or to digitize them for safekeeping, you need to rip DVDs. You can rip DVDs to ISO or to individual video files.
While you can use a free DVD ripping software or a paid one, your focus should be to use a tool that gives you the best video output and runs fast. In this article, we will be listing out the best DVD ripping applications that you can use to rip DVDs.
This is the best tool if you are looking to rip DVDs to the computer. It is available for both Mac and Windows operating systems. DVDFab DVD Ripper is a result of years of development and research. It supports DVD ripping to all major video and audio formats like MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV etc,. You can select the output device like iPhone X or Amazon Kindle. Or, you can just tell if the ripping is for a mobile or home theatre and DVDFab will take care of rest. With an add-on called Enlarger AI, you can upscale videos to up to 300%. It means upscaling 480p (SD) to 1080p (Full HD) and from 1080p to 4K. Let's now see how you can rip DVDs on a Windows 10 computer with DVDFab DVD Ripper.
Step 1: Installation
Download and install DVDFab DVD Ripper. It comes with a trial period of 30 days during which you can test the features of this application. After that, it will run as a free version with limited capabilities.
Step 2. Load DVD
Start the application and load your DVD into the DVD drive of your computer. DVDFab DVD Ripper will automatically detect the DVD and will take a few seconds to read and load it.
Step 3. Choose the right media profile
Locate the Choose Other Titles button and beside it there will be a video profile button. Click on it to select the video and audio type you want. If you plan to rip DVDs to play on your smartphone, you can select Mobile (MP4.Mobile). If you want a different profile, click on the Choose Other Profile option and select the profile as per your requirements. You can also choose the Device tab under this section and click on your device type. This way you will get the best format of video file suited for your device.
Step 4. Select the chapter, audio track and subtitle
There will be a button on the left side of your DVD name in the main DVDFab screen. If it is showing a + button, click on it to display a small row below. From the row, you can choose the Chapter, audio track and subtitles you want in the output file of the ripped DVD.
Step 5. Video Editing
In the row we expanded above, the second last button opens a Video Editor. You can use this to do any video editing before you rip the DVD. The window has a lot of tools that you can use to add text, image or your own subtitle to the video. You can even crop, trim, rotate, adjust brightness and contrast of the video. Any editing you do in the video can be previewed in the Output window. Of course, it is an optional step and you need to use it only if you want to edit something in the output video.
Step 6. Advanced Settings
The third last button is the button for Advanced Settings. Use it to change parameters like the Codec, Resolution, Bitrate, Framerate, Encoding method etc,.
Step 7. Select output directory and format
Once all these steps are done, now is the time to select the directory for your output file. In the bottom area of the application, a default path will be selected in the Save to area. You can click on it to change the directory where you want to save the files. You can even select to publish this file online to Facebook, Vimeo or Youtube
After this, now is the time to start the conversion process. Click on the Start button to start the DVD ripping process. There is also a Start Later option present in the dropdown process right next to the Start button with which you can schedule the process.
Are you wondering how the very common media player - VLC, can rip DVDs? Many people are not aware of the amazing capabilities of VLC Media Player. One of which is its ability to rip DVDs in a format of your choice. It takes only a few steps to use VLC to rip DVDs. Load the DVD in the DVD Drive and launch VLC.
Step 1: Select Open Disc option in the Menu. It will open another window.
Step 2: In the next window, click on the dropdown arrow beside the Play button and select Convert.
Step 3: In the Convert window, you need to select the video format in which you want to rip DVD with VLC. We suggest selecting the MP4 format for compatibility with a wider range of devices. Next, select the destination location in the Destination file box and click on the Start button. Depending on the disc size, it will take a few minutes to hours to rip the DVD.
Use HandBrake for DVD rip if your looking for a free tool and are good with advanced software. This tool is the ultimate free DVD ripping software. It takes only 2 clicks to start DVD ripping with HandBrake. Once you have installed this tool on your computer, launch the software and click on the DVD to rip.
It will take a few seconds to scan the DVD. On the next window, change the Save As location if required and then click on the Encode button to start DVD ripping.
And that’s it!! That’s all it takes to rip DVDs with HandBrake. The best thing is that this is not all that HandBrake can do. This is just scratching the surface of HardBrake's capabilities. You have nearly 50 presets that can rip DVD optimized to various platforms, devices and OSs.
You can crop or resize the video, apply various filters, change advanced settings like in DVDFab DVD Ripper, select subtitles and create chapter markers with this tool. There is no limit on the size of files you can rip, the count or the file type.
So all in all, with HardBrake the only thing you don't get are a few of the video editing tools that you get in DVDFab Video Ripper. And of course, HardBrake doesn't do anything to speed up the DVD ripping process, unlike DVDFab. Also, HandBrake can't rip protected DVDs. If you don’t need these options, HandBrake just might be the perfect tool you can go for.
BDlot is an old application and the official website has now shut down. However, the application is still available on multiple software hosting websites. This application can rip DVDs to ISO but not to a video format like MP4 or MKV. So, if you just want to create a digital backup of your DVD, BDlot DVD ISO Master is a great choice.
BDlot doesn’t have any customizations in the DVD ripping process since it supports DVD ripping to ISO only, but it does offer lots of protection removal features. You can remove DVD region code, UCPs, CSS encryption, UOPs, ARccOS, Rip-Guard, and Disney X protection.
3.1 How to rip DVD to MP4
You can use any of the above except BDlot to rip DVD to MP4. Just load the DVD and select the output profile as MP4.
3.2 How to rip DVD on Mac
You can make use of DVDFab DVD Ripper or VLC to rip DVD on Mac. These both tools work exactly in the same way on Mac and you have to follow the same steps to rip DVDs on Mac as on Windows.
3.3 How to rip copy protected DVD
If your DVD is copy protected, then you need to make use of DVDFab DVD Ripper to rip video from copy-protected DVDs. None of the other tools can rip copy-protected DVDs to video files directly. If you want to convert it to an ISO while removing any such protections, you can also use BDlot.
Before we finish off, be careful in using free DVD ripping tools except for VLC and HandBrake. We say this because many such tools try to install adware and potentially harmful applications on your computer in the garb of free tools. DVDFab DVD Ripper is a premium application to take care of all your DVD Ripping requirements and provides video editing tools and advanced settings for the output file. If your disc is copy protected, there is no tool better than DVDFab DVD Ripper to rip the media files from it and provide you in a format that is easy to share and store.