How to rip (copy) DVDs to your computer's hard drive (7 easy ways)

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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Copy a DVD to your PC using free and paid ($) software:


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Ripping DVDs

Want to watch a movie from your DVD on your phone, 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 the video file to your USB flash drive, external hard drive, phone, 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.

WinX DVD Ripper will now load your DVD and then open a Output Profile window.

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

7. For the best quality, 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 also want to rip the subtitles, 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.

And:

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.

You can also rip 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 Load DVD.

load DVD in Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

A DVD Load Model window will appear.

4. Select Main Movie and click on OK.

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate will now load and analyze your DVD.

5. At Target, you click on the ▼ button and select a video format or device.

select video format or device in Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

6. If you want to add subtitles to your video, then make sure that the subtitle is selected.

select dvd subtitles in wondershare video converter

7. If you want to edit the video (trim, cut, crop, add effect, rotate, etc.), then click on one of the icons located underneath the video thumbnail, edit your video, and then click on OK to save.

edit video in Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

8. At Output located at the bottom, you can see and change the location on your computer where Wondershare Video Converter will save the video file.

9. 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 a very easy to use DVD ripper that 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 fewer 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, etc.).

6. Select a video format or device.

7. At Output Folder (located at the bottom), you can view and change the location on your computer where WonderFox will save the 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 the word BETA because 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 (the main title is the movie and it's the one with the biggest file size).

uncheck titles in makemkv

Click on the ❱ (right pointing angle bracket) 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 MakeMKV will save the video file.

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, you 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 (e.g., 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 at the top left and click on your DVD.

load dvd in handbrake

4. At Destination, you click on the Browse button.

5. Open the location on your computer where you want to save the video file.

6. At File name, you enter a name for your video file and then 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 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, macOS, 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.

But:

It cannot 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 media player.

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 at the bottom.

7. At Profile, you select a output video format.

8. Click on the Browse button 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. At File name, you enter a name for your video or movie (e.g., Breaking Bad) and then click on Save.

11. Click on the Start button.

VLC media player 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 and Ubuntu)

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

With K3b you can also rip DVDs to your computer's hard drive.

You can 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 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. In the top left section of K3b, you click on your DVD.

4. Click on Start ripping.

A Video DVD Ripping window will appear.

5. Now you will have the following settings:

6. 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.


References:

HowToGeek: How to rip DVDs with VLC

MakeUseOf: 5 simple steps to rip an entire DVD to your hard drive

LifeHacker: How to rip a DVD to your computer

VideoLAN: VLC media player

Wikipedia: libdvdcss