How to Rip (Copy) DVDs to Your Computer's Hard Drive (7 Ways)

How to Rip DVDs

This tutorial will show you step by step how to rip (copy) DVDs to your computer's hard drive in a few different ways using free and paid software.

This tutorial should also work for copy or region protected (encrypted) DVDs.

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Ripping DVDs

Want to watch a movie from your DVD onto your smartphone, tablet or drive-less laptop?

Do you have a DVD collection that you want to save to an external hard drive?

Then it's a good idea to rip your DVD to your computer's hard drive and then copy it to your USB flash drive, external hard drive, smartphone, tablet or drive-less laptop.

What is Ripping a DVD?

Ripping a DVD is the process of copying audio and video content from a DVD to a computer's hard drive.

Ripping is often used to convert DVDs into other video formats such as MP4, MKV, MOV, AVI, MPG, WMV or FLV, and to edit, duplicate or back up the content of a DVD.

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How to Rip a DVD using WinX DVD Ripper Platinum - Easy Way

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is a very easy to use DVD ripper which can rip and convert your DVD into many video formats and devices.

It can also rip copy and region protected DVDs (most DVDs you buy from the store have copy protection).

Ripping a DVD using WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is as easy as loading your DVD, choosing a video format, device or website and clicking a button.

You can find WinX DVD Ripper Platinum here.

1. Insert the DVD you want to rip into the DVD drive of your computer.

2. Open WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.

3. Click on "DVD Disc" located at the top.

4. Select your DVD (if not already selected).

5. Click on "OK".

Your DVD will now be loaded and after that a "Output Profile" window will appear.

6. Select a video format, device or website (YouTube, Facebook, etc...). I always choose "MP4 Video".

7. If you want better quality, then turn the switch to "HQ". Note: Ripping in higher quality will take longer.

8. Click on "OK".

9. Make sure that if you rip a movie from DVD that only the main title is selected (usually it's already selected by default).

The main title is the one with the longest time duration.

main title winx dvd ripper platinum

10. If you want to include the subtitles of your DVD, then click on "Subtitles Disabled" and select the subtitle you want.

add subtitles winx dvd ripper platinum

11. Click on the "RUN" button.

Winx DVD Ripper will now rip and convert your DVD. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware, video file format and the file size of the DVD.

How to Rip a DVD using Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is a well known and very easy to use video converter that can convert almost all video formats.

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You can also use it for ripping DVDs to MP4, AVI, WMV, MKV, MPG, MOV, and many other video formats and also to all kinds of devices, such as iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PSP and other devices.

I even ripped a copy protected DVD with Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate.

You can find Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate here.

1. Insert the DVD you want to rip into the DVD drive of your computer.

2. Open Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate.

3. Click on the small ▼ button located at "Load DVD" and select your DVD from the drop-down list.

load DVD in Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

You may get a warning message like "The content obtained by you with this software shall only be used for personal purposes instead of commercial purposes, nor shall it be shared with your family members or friends or otherwise redistributed". If this message appears, then check "Don't show again" and click on "OK".

4. If you want to rip a Movie from your DVD to your computer, then make sure that only "Main Movie" is selected and then click on "OK".

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate will now load your DVD.

5. Click on the video format button (e.g. MP4 Video) located under "Output Format" and select a video format or device. I always choose MP4 (selected by default).

6. At "Output Folder" located at the bottom you can view and change the location on your PC where you want to save the new video file.

To change the location, just click on the small ... button, select a location and click on "OK".

7. If you want to include the subtitles of the DVD, then click on the "T None" button located at your video file and select a subtitle track from the drop-down list.

8. Click on the "Convert" button.

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate will now rip and convert your DVD. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware, video file format and the file size of the DVD.

How to Rip a DVD using WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro

WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro is very easy to use DVD ripper which can rip and convert your DVD into many video formats and for all kinds of devices.

It can also rip copy and region protected DVDs (most DVDs you buy from the store have copy protection).

You can find WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro here.

There's also a free version, but the free version can only rip a DVD to MPG (MPEG) format and has less functions.

You can download the free version of WonderFox DVD Ripper here.

1. Insert the DVD you want to rip into the DVD drive of your PC.

2. Open WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro.

3. Click on "DVD Disc", select the DVD drive and click on "OK".

4. Only select the main movie (usually it's already selected by default).

Rip a DVD with WonderFox DVD Ripper

5. Click below "Output Format" on the video format icon (e.g. AVI, MP4).

6. Select a video format or device. I always choose "MP4".

7. At "Output Folder:" (located at the bottom) you can view and change the location on your computer where WonderFox will save the ripped video file.

To change the location just click on the ... button, select a location and click on "OK".

8. Click on "RUN".

Wonderfox DVD Ripper will now rip and convert your DVD. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware, video file format and the file size of the DVD.

How to Rip a DVD to MKV using MakeMKV

MakeMKV is a free DVD ripper that can easily and quickly rip DVDs and Blu-ray discs to high quality MKV files with a single click.

It can also rip copy protected DVDs (most DVDs you buy from the store have copy protection).

MakeMKV preserves all of the source disc's information, including tracks, chapters, HD audio, menus, and so on.

You can download MakeMKV here (don't mind BETA, it's 100% working.).

1. Insert the DVD you want to rip into the DVD drive of your PC.

2. Open MakeMKV.

MakeMKV will now scan for your disc drive.

3. Click on the "disc drive" icon.

load disc in makemkv

MakeMKV will now read and load your disc.

Once the source DVD is opened you will see its contents as a tree structure. Normally, a disc contains titles (individual clips such as main movie and bonus features).

dvd contents in makemkv

4. Select which titles you want to save and what tracks to keep in each title.

Here's what I would do with a movie DVD:

I would uncheck every title except the main title (main title is the movie and it's the one with the biggest file size).

uncheck titles in makemkv

Click on the show more dvd contents icon of the main title and then uncheck all audio and subtitle tracks you don't need.

uncheck audio and subtitle tracks in makemkv

5. At "Output folder" you can view and change the location on your computer where the ripped video file will be saved.

6. Click on the small disc drive button located under "Make MKV".

7. You may get a pop-up window, like "Directory D:/Video/Movie_Name does not exist. Do you want to create it?". If this window appears, then click "Yes".

MakeMKV will now rip and convert your DVD to MKV. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware and the file size of the DVD.

How to Rip a DVD using Handbrake

Handbrake is a well known free video converter that can convert many video formats.

You can also rip DVDs with this video converter.

It can't rip copy protected DVDs by default (most DVDs you buy from the store have copy protection).

However, there is a way to get around this, by installing libdvdcss and I will also show you how to do this.

You can download Handbrake here.

Tip: If you want to rip a copy protected DVD, then you will need to download the libdvdcss file here for Windows 32-bit and here for Windows 64-bit, and then place the "libdvdcss-2.dll" file into Handbrake's program folder (C:\Program Files\Handbrake).

libdvdcss (or libdvdcss2 in some repositories) is a free and open source software library for accessing and unscrambling DVDs encrypted with the Content Scramble System (CSS).

1. Insert the DVD you want to rip into the DVD drive of your PC.

2. Open Handbrake.

3. Click on the "Source" button located at the top left and then click on your DVD.

load dvd in handbrake

4. Go to "Destination" and click on the "Browse" button.

5. Open the location on your computer where you would like to save the ripped video file.

6. Enter a name for your video file at "File name" and click on "Save".

7. If you want you can specify presets and custom settings:

If you don't know what all of this means, then just choose a preset.

I always leave the settings as they are. Preset > Universal and Container > MP4.

8. Click on the "Start" button located at the top.

Handbrake will now rip and convert your DVD. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware, video file format and the file size of the DVD.

How to Rip a DVD using VLC

VLC a free and open source cross-platform (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.) multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.

You can also rip DVDs with this media player.

It can't rip copy and region protected DVDs (most DVDs you buy from the store have copy protection).

You can download VLC Media Player here.

1. Insert the DVD you want to rip into the DVD drive of your computer.

2. Open VLC.

3. Click on "Media" located in the top menu and choose "Convert / Save..." from the drop-down menu.

Rip DVDs with VLC Media Player

4. Open the "Disc" tab.

5. Make sure that "DVD" is selected.

6. Click on the "Convert / Save" button located at the bottom.

7. Select a output video format at "Profile".

8. Click on the "Browse" button located next to "Destination file:".

Rip DVDs with VLC Media Player

9. Select a location on your computer where you want to save the new video file.

10. Enter a name for your video or movie (e.g. Breaking Bad) at "File name:" and click on "Save".

11. Click on the "Start" button.

VLC will now rip and convert your DVD. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware, video file format and the file size of the DVD.

How to Rip a DVD using K3B in Linux (Linux Mint & Ubuntu)

K3b is a well known CD/DVD burning application for Linux (e.g. Linux Mint and Ubuntu).

K3b can also be used for ripping DVDs to your computer's hard drive.

You can easily install K3b via Software Manager or via the Terminal using the following command line:

sudo apt-get install k3b

To rip a DVD using K3b you will need to install "Transcode", which you can easily install via Software Manager or via the Terminal using the following command line:

sudo apt-get install transcode

1. Insert the DVD you want to rip into the DVD drive of your PC.

2. Open K3b.

3. Click in the top left panel (section) of K3b on your DVD.

4. Click on "Start ripping".

5. Now a "Video DVD Ripping" window will appear and here you will have the following settings:

6. When you're done, click on the "Start" button.

K3b will now rip and convert your DVD. This may take a while. The amount of time it takes depends on your computer's hardware, video file format and the file size of the DVD.

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