5 Reasons to Copy or Rip A DVD Movies

This articel show you the 5 reasons or 5 advantages for ripping or copying DVD movies.


Before we talk about the reasons for ripping or copying DVD movies form disc, a problem should be make clear firat: is it legal to backup Blu-ray or DVD?

This issue has been in argument for many years. In most countries, it’s illegal to circumvent the CSS and AACS in any forms. Thus, DVD ripping or copying would be at a risk of defying the Digital Copyright Act.

However, in some countries, the law allows people to make a single backup for the purchased DVD for the learning and research purpose. While in some other countries, you can freely deal with the things you purchased but you can’t infringe the copy right. That means you backup the DVD discs then spread them. The law may allow your backup but don’t allow you to spread the backed up content or use the backed up content in commercial occasion.

According to our understanding, you may make single DVD backup for your purchased discs for the purpose of storage, learning and research. But any form of spreading the backed up content is illegal. Sometimes, you will find it unfair. As you have purchased the DVD Disc, it means the disc is your own property. You have the right to deal with your own property, right? This will be debated for years and the overall opinion is that you should be able to make a copy as a backup if it’s for personal use only.

The last thing is that if the DVD is recorded by yourself, for example, you made a DVD Disc to memorize the happy time or event, it means you have the whole right to the Blu-ray and DVD discs, you can freely copy, rip, convert and backup them.

5 Reasons to Copy/Rip DVD Movies from Disc

1. Limited lifespan of DVD disc

CD-R and CD-RW discs media manufacturers have performed their own lifetime evaluations using a variety of homegrown tests and mathematical modeling techniques. Generally speaking, manufacturers claim life spans ranging from 30 to 100 years for DVD-R and DVD+R discs and up to 30 years for DVD-RW, DVD+RW and DVD-RAM. Be aware, however, that disc producers, manufacturing methods and materials change over time as do applications and cost imperatives. Consequently, those concerned with disc longevity should consult their media manufacturer for more particular information.

2. On the move watching

Nowadays, more people choose to watch movies on smartphone or tablet especially when they are out for travelling. However, it seems to impossible to view DVD disc on portable players, the main reason is that neither smartphone nor tablet has built-in DVD drive to read DVD disc. The only possible and convenient way to watch DVD disc on smartphone or tablet is ripping DVD disc into compatible file format for playing on iPhone, iPad, Android phone/tablet, Windows Phone/tablet, etc.

3. Conveniently access DVD movies in the home

Don’t want to carry the cumbersome DVD players from one room to another just to watch one of your favorite DVD movies. Never mind, just copy or rip your DVD movie into digital file formats, then you can easily stream them to your computer, TV, smartphone, tablets, etc via media servers like Plex or DLNA server.

4. Backup DVD movies for storage

Whether you have family videos that you’d like to preserve or the latest Hollywood blockbuster, it’s worth your time to make sure that your investment doesn’t become scratched, lost, stolen, or otherwise useless. Therefore, it is very essential for you to use a DVD copy software to make a useful backup of your DVD disc. Some program like Make MKV enables you to make a complete MKV backup with all the subtitle languages, audio tracks and chapter information well preseved, others like Brorsoft DVD Ripper gives you more options including not only MKV backup, but also a full disc copy with all original information and a main movie copy without unwanted extras.

5. Extract content from DVD for useage.

The last reason to copy DVDs is to extract content such as screenshots to use in your creative projects. The Fair Use provision in dvd copyright laws allows limited use of others’ work created for the purpose of commentary. This brings up an important point: the issue of copyright infringement. Taking a snippet of video and combining that with other artistic expression and original content within a newly produced video is part of the richness of a community s artistic expression. Movie-studio executives, however, sometimes view Fair Use differently.

How to Rip / Copy DVD Movies from Disc

Here we use MAC version screenshots as example, Windows version has the same step.

1. Load DVD files 

Insert your DVD disc into DVD drive and then run the Mac DVD converting software. Click Load DVD button to load the movies from your DVD discs. You can also import ISO/IFO files.

On the right windows, you can preview your files and take snapshots of your favorite movie scenes.


Tip: After the files are loaded, you can select the subtitles and audio track you prefer.


2. Select the output video/audio format

Click the Format bar. You can navigate to choose the format you want from the Common Video list. And if you want to convert your DVD for portable devices, you can find the icon of your device and set it as the output format to rip DVDs to videos with optimized settings for your device. Video presets for iPhone, iPad, Samsung device, Acer table, HTC, BlackBerry and more are provided.


Specify the video/audio Settings

If you want to customize output video quality, click “Settings” button to customize video quality like resolution, frame rate, bit rate, audio channel, etc.

3. Start the conversion process 

After you’ve adjusted your settings to the way you want, click the big Convert button to start to rip your DVDs. Once the conversion process is finished, simply click “Completed” to back to main interface, and click “Open” button to find generated videos.

Tip: If conversion takes long time, you can set auto shut down by checking the box of “Shut down computer after conversion”.

How to Copy DVD Movies from Disc

1. Add DVD movie

Insert the DVD disc to the DVD-ROM, then click the Load Disc button to add videos.


2. Select an output folder

Specify a folder to store backed-up video files in the Browse field.

3. Start to backup

Option A – Full Disc Copy without anything loss

Click Copy the entire disc button to start to backup DVD.


In fact, the “Copy the entire disc” feature maintains the entire structure of an original Blu-ray or DVD disc, so the m2ts streams or .vob streams are contained.

Option B – Directly Copy only DVD main movie and leave out extras 

Click Format bar, choose Copy > Directly Copy from the Format menu to copy the .vob files only which contains the main movie on DVD.


After that, do remember clicking Convert button to do Movie-only copy. When the copying work is done, you are able to click Open button to get the output .vob files without any other extra contents.

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