How to Rip a DVD
VLC Media Player can read and save all the major formats of video and audio, it can rip DVDs.
- Open up VLC and click the open button (it's the leftmost one).
- From the dialog box that appears make sure DVD is selected and Disc Device points to your DVD drive.
- Click OK to see if that's what you want to rip. If it is, click the stream/save box and then settings.
- If it's not, change the title to "1" and then keep increasing the number until you find the one you want.
TIP: Some DVDs have the main video as late as title 15.
- Once you've got the right video, open the Convert/Save dialog by going to
Menu -> Convert/Save or hitting Ctrl+R.
- Select "Disc" from the tabs at the top and re-enter where the title you want to rip is.
- Hit convert/save.
- Browse to where you want the title saved, and make sure you end the file name in ".ogg".
- Under the settings box, select the "Video - Theora + Vorbis (OGG)" profile, and customize the settings if you are so inclined by hitting the settings button to the left.
- If you want lossless audio, select "Video - Theory + FLAC".
- Start the rip by hitting the start button, and your DVD will start ripping.
- When it's done, you can watch the file with VLC
TIP: Files ripped to OGG won't play on your iPod, but by using a different profile (Video - MPEG-4 + AAC (MP4)) they should work or you can convert them using this guide.
- Select mp1v for the video codec and mp3 for the audio; 1024k is usually a good size and produces a nice balance between size and quality.
- Click OK, and OK again.
VLC should start transcoding the disc to your hard drive, where you can watch it.
TIP: When you want to watch the file with VLC, be absolutely sure that the stream/save box is unchecked in the open dialog box You can watch the ripped files in any media player though.
Because of the DMCA, it's illegal for you to rip a DVD. Digital Rights Management - DRM means you'll find CSS on it. The MPAA or Apple or Any Business may want to sue you for doing this. You have been warned.