Would you like to create backup copies of the DVDs you care about most, transferring them to your PC or external hard drive but you don't know how to do it? Would you like to transfer some of the movies from your personal collection to iPad so you can enjoy them on the go and have no idea how to do it? Nothing easier, believe me.
Follow the directions I am about to give you and in no time you will learn how to rip video from DVD thanks to the help of some software, free and not, that seem to be right for you. They are very simple to use and do their duty without causing trouble even for those who, a bit like you, do not consider themselves exactly a great expert in terms of new technologies.
Then? How about putting the chatter aside and immediately starting to get busy? Yes? Great. I therefore suggest that we do not delay any longer and get to work. Position yourself comfortably in front of your trusty computer and immediately begin to concentrate on reading everything listed below. I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell yourself very happy and satisfied with what you have learned as well as with the final results obtained. Are you ready?
Let's start this guide on how to rip video from DVD talking about HandBrake, a very popular open source software available for both Windows and Mac (as well as Linux) thanks to which it is possible to save the contents of the diskettes on your computer, backup hard disk or mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Going into more detail, it allows you to extract and “rip” DVDs into compressed MP4 / MKV videos optimized for playback on various types of devices.
To download HandBrake on your PC, connect to the program's website and click on one of the two links located under the logo on Windows, depending on whether you use a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system. When the download is complete, open the .exe file you just obtained and, in the window you see appear on the desktop, click first on Yes and then Next, its I Agree, its install and Finish to complete the installation process. If at the end of the setup the program does not start by itself, you can call it up from Start menu.
If you are using a Mac, after connecting to the program website click on the link Download (Intel 64bit). When the download is complete, open the .dmg package obtained and drag the HandBrake icon into the folder Applications macOS then right click on it and select apri twice in a row, in order to open the program, however, going around the limitations of Apple against unauthorized developers.
Now, regardless of the operating system used, insert the DVD from which you want to extract videos into your computer and drag the diskette that you find in Esplora risorse / Esplora file (on Window) and in the Finder (on Mac) in the program window on the screen. Then expand the menu Presets/Toggle Presets which is at the top right of the toolbar and select the profile you prefer from one of the available categories.
Now select the DVD chapters you want to save as a video file on your computer via the menu title: and makes any further customizations to the final file by adjusting the settings in the center of the window.
Infine, click your button KATEGORIEN to select the folder in which to save the “ripped” movies and start the conversion process by clicking the button Start.
Movavi Video Converter (Windows / Mac)
As an alternative to the above program you can consider using Movavi Video Converter. This is a software also available for both Windows and Mac but for a fee (possibly usable in a free trial version, the one I used to write this step). Thanks to it it is possible to extrapolate the movies present on DVDs and save them in all the main video formats, not to mention the fact that it also allows you to rip new disks. Then? What are you waiting for to try it?
To be able to use it on your Windows PC, the first move you need to make is to connect to the program's website and click on the button Scarica free. When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained, press on Run, its Si, its OK and forward. Accept the conditions of the license agreement by selecting the appropriate item and press again on forward twice, come on Install and end.
If instead what you are using is a Mac, connected to this other page of the program's website and always press the button Scarica free. Then, open the package in .dmg format obtained and double-click on the software icon and then press on Continue twice, come on Accept and Install. Type the password of your user account on macOS, press on Install software and finally click on Close.
At this point, insert the DVD from which you intend to extract the video into the computer and press the button Add files present in the upper left part of the program window visible on the screen. Then select Add DVD from the menu that appears and selects Open DVD ....
From the window that is subsequently shown to you, select the DVD and click on the tab Video at the bottom, indicate the format in which you want to save the video on the disk and select the quality from the menu that opens. You can also decide to save the video in a format compatible with specific mobile devices by clicking on the tab devices and dissecting the reference device.
Finally, adjust (if you want) the other settings related to the movie using the items and menus that you find in the central part of the window, specify the path where you want to save the output file by clicking on the button Salva in ... I awarded her Converted to kick off the procedure.
If you are using a computer with Windows installed and you need to extract the content of DVDs in the form of uncompressed MPG video files without making long recompressions, the best suggestion I can give you is to rely on VOB2MPG. It is very easy to use and is available in two versions, a free basic version (the one I used to write this step) and a paid version that allows you to extrapolate individual chapters and includes other advanced functions. Unfortunately it may not work on the most recent versions of the Redmond home OS (officially the supported operating systems are Windows XP, Vista and 7).
If you want to try it, connect to the program's website and click on the link Download VOB2MPG v3.0 (5 MB) which is in the middle of the page to download it to your PC.
When the download is complete, open the compressed archive you just obtained and start the program VOB2MPG Setup.msi contained within it to start the installation process of VOB2MPG. In the window that opens, first click on Next three consecutive times and then on Yes and Close to complete the setup. Then start the program by recalling it from Start menu.
Now insert the disk on which you want to intervene in the computer reader. Then, in the program window that opens, click on the icon folder placed next to the wording DVD: and select the file VIDEO_TS.IFO contained in the folder VIDEO_TS of the DVD you want to extract the videos from.
At this point, put the check mark next to the titles you want to extract (you cannot select individual chapters if you use the free version of the program), indicate in the drop-down menu Audio streams the audio track you want to extrapolate together with the video and first click on the icon of folder placed next to the item Output folder: (to select the folder in which to save the extracted videos) and then on the button with the icon DVD located at the top right (to start the extraction). The procedure should take about 20 minutes.
Please note: In order to function, VOB2MPG needs the . NET Framework 2.0. To download it, connect to the appropriate web page attached to the Microsoft website.
WinX DVD Ripper (Windows)
WinX DVD Ripper is another great program for Windows operating systems that in my humble opinion you should consider if you wish to be able to rip videos from DVD. It not only allows you to copy the movies on diskettes but also allows you to make a copy in ISO format in order to have the DVD image equal to the original one. It is available in a free version (the one I used to write this step) and in a paid version. The difference between one and the other is that the free version only allows you to convert the first 5 minutes of a video.
You ask me how to make use of it? I'll point it out to you immediately. First, connect to the program's website and click on the button Download Free DVD Ripper, in order to start downloading the program to your computer.
At the end of the procedure, start the .exe file obtained and press on Si. Press later on OK and Next, select the voice I accept the agreement and click to anchor your Next four times in a row, come on install and Finish.
Once the program window is displayed on the desktop, close the screen relating to the transition to the paid version, insert the disk in relation to which you are interested in going to act on the computer and press the button Disc which is at the top left. Then select the drive that contains the disk from the appropriate menu and press on OK.
Now you have to indicate the format in which you want to save the video file extracted from the DVD on your computer or the device on which it is intended to be played. Then select the option you prefer from the additional window that appears on the screen. If instead you want to create an exact backup copy of the DVD, select the item DVD Backup and the option you prefer from its menu. Then press the button OK down.
Now put the check mark next to the DVD titles you want to save and select the audio language by clicking on the item next to the icon with speaker symbol. If you also want to import subtitles (if present), click on the present next to the symbol of a page with a T and make your choice from the menu that opens. Of course, if you have chosen to backup the entire DVD, there is no point in selecting titles, as the profile already provides for copying all titles, audio tracks and subtitles, including menus.
To conclude, click on the button KATEGORIEN which is at the bottom and choose the destination location of the output file and then press the button Run at the bottom right and the procedure to extract the videos from your DVD will start immediately. At the end of the process, the destination folder will open automatically.
Extract Video from Protected DVDs
The programs I told you about in the previous lines are not able to extract videos from protected DVDs equipped with copy protections. If you need to copy DVDs of this type, you need ad hoc resources. If you want to find out what they are and how to use them, read my guide on how to decrypt a DVD. It is much easier than you imagine.
Further useful information in this regard can also be found in my post on how to rip protected DVDs, in my guide focused on how to burn protected DVDs and in my tutorial on how to copy a protected DVD.