How to Rip a DVD with VLC

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DVDs obviously aren’t a widely used physical format anymore, but there still might come a time where you need to rip one. Whether pulling data and files from an older DVD or just attempting to digitize your DVD collection so you can quit sorting through physical media, VLC has you covered.


1. Open VLC.


2. Under the Media tab, go to Convert/Save.

convert3. Click on the Disc tab.

disc4. Choose the DVD option under Disc Selection. If you find yourself running into errors later, come back and select the No disc menus option too. It’s not usually needed, but just in case.

dvd5. Choose the DVD drive location.

location6. Click Convert/Save at the bottom.

save7. Select the codec and particulars you’d like to use for the rip under Profile.

profile8. Click the Browse button and select the destination and filename for the finished rip, and then press Save.

browse9. Click Start.


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  • Robert Says:

    Your above worked great, however the DVD I was copying had 3 TV episodes on it. Your suggestion made perfect copy of 1st show, but no sign of eps #2 and 3. Any suggestions on how to do? MUCH thanks!

  • Annie Says:

    Thanks for sharing this article for me. It is really helpful. Now I can use VLC to rip DVD. I used to rip DVD with DVD Ripper Pro. It is also a great tool to rip DVD.

  • Tal Monso Says:

    poll. did you tried to go over the titles of the DVDs ? cuze there is a good chance you ripped only the main title, where the chapter selection is and all..(instead the chapters content itself)

  • renald Says:

    VLC is a great player. And, I'm happy that it has convert feature. It helps me do some conversions successfully.

    However, It isn't very good at ripping. It plays my dvds ok but just goes into some rabbit hole when choosing convert/save.
    Basically nothing happens, I get a 1k file of nothing in the destination file. Tried this with 3 different dvds, all the same result.

    Finally, I tried WinX DVD Ripper which my friend recommended to me. Great, it worked. All my 3 discs are digitized without troubles.

  • polly Says:

    I also used VLC to rip DVDs. Unfortunately I don't know why. I tried many DVDs, but only one can be successfully ripped. I guess it may be that VLC can't grab the encrypted DVD, because when I was using WonderFox DVD Ripper pro, all DVDs were successfully captured, so the DVD was completely intact. This is probably the reason, right?

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