How to Rip DVD with Handbrake

This article is for those people who have a great acount of DVD discs, share two methods to rip your DVD discs, with Handbrake and DVD Ripper. If you think it is useful, please share with others.


Part 1. Rip DVD with Handbrake

Part 2. Rip DVD with DVD Ripper

Before we get start, I want to talk about “Is it legal to backup 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 backup 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 DVD discs, you can freely copy, rip, convert and backup them.

Rip DVD with Handbrake

There are lots of programs available to help you do the DVD ripping task, but we bet you favorite program is the HandBrake, a completely free DVD ripper software wit a high reputation. Now we will guide you through the steps how you can rip DVD with Handbrake for free.

NOTE: To rip encrypted DVDs, you’ll need the DVD43 plug-in, which circumvents the publisher’s digital rights management technology. Such procedures currently occupy something of a legal gray area. You probably won’t face any legal consequences if you simply rip your legally purchased movie collection for your own use, but we’re just going to present the instructions and let you decide for yourself whether to follow the steps.

Step 1. Download and Install HandBrake

Make HandBrake downloaded and installed on your computer. The default interface of HandBrake can be seen as below.


Step 2. Load DVD Movies

After launching HandBrake, you can open the drop-down menu of “Source”, then click “Open Folder” option to load DVD movie from computer hard drive. If you want to load DVD movie from disc, please make the disc inserted into computer DVD drive firstly then click “Source” button to do the disc loading.

Tips: When handbrake finishes the DVD loading, you can click “Title” drop-down button under “Source” section to choose the title you want to rip. If you hope to rip the main movie, just select the title with the longest run time. Otherwise, you might end up with a rip of the preview or the DVD menu, but not the actual movie. Generally, the program will select the main movie for output by default.


Step 3. Set Output Destination
Under “Destination” option, you can click “Browse” button to navigate to where you want to save the output file, and meanwhile type in a file name in the pop-up menu. Then, click “OK”.


Step 4. Choose Output Profile

Under “Output Settings” section, you can choose desired output format (MP4 or MKV) from “Container” box. If needed, you can do some settings under “Picture”, “Filters”, “Video”, “Audio”, “Subtitles”, “Chapters” and “Advanced” sections.

Tips: HandBrake offers some handy presets on the right side of the main interface.


Step 5. Rip DVD with HandBrake

When done with all settings, you can click “Start” button on program top menu bar to start to convert DVD with HandBrake. Then full process of ripping DVD with HandBrake can be checked at the bottom of program interface.

The conversion time depends on your original video length, output video settings, you CPU, etc. During the conversion, you can stop or pause the process at any time you like. After the conversion, Handbrake will show you a window saying that your Handbrake queue is done.


Rip DVD with DVD Ripper

You probably have found out that it’s very complex to operate the HandBrake. What’s more, HandBrake has no support for encrypted DVDs. So if you are looking for ripping a copy protected DVD much easily and quickly, you’re much better off getting a solution like Brorsoft DVD Ripper, which can not only rip just about any DVD, but can convert it into any format you want really easily.

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Technically, DVD ripping programs are widely available. If you tried to search key words such as “remove copy protection from dvd” and found out tens of thousands of different results, and you really don’t know which one could remove copy protection effectively, you’ll be glad that you are now at the right place here.

Here are some useful tips on how to judge a real marvelous DVD protection ripper.

1, Hack DVD copy protection ability. What we need is DVD ripper software with excellent DVD copy protection hacking feature. It should has ability to backup any encrypted DVDs including older and recent ones and remove copy protection from DVD with Disney X-project DRM, Analog Protection, CSS, Sony ArccOS, CSS, UOPs and unlock region code.

2, Easy to use. If one software is with quality features, it may be complicated to control. But what we need is simple steps. There are just three main steps to charge the whole ripping process: Load DVD > Set Profile > Get Started.

3, Totally safe. No one would like to take any risks to run an unsafe software. The recommended DVD ripper ought to be totally clean. No virus, no adware, no spyware, and no malware.

4, Speed and quality. Once a DVD ripper program makes a balance among faster ripping conversion speed, amazing output video audio quality and smaller file size, it catches my heart in its hands.

Brorsoft DVD Ripper comes out, it has decent decrypting capability (removing Disney X-project DRM, Analog Protection, CSS, Sony ArccOS, CSS, UOPs and DVD region codes), high quality video output(up to 4K resolution), considerate backup solution(full copy or main movie only) and specific format templates for versatile PMP devices (iPadiPhoneApple TVXboxAndroid tablets and phones, etc).

Download and install Brorsoft DVD Ripper on your Windows (10) PC. Follow the tutorial to rip copy proteed DVD step-by-step. For Mac users, please switch to Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac  (compatible with macOS Sierra, turn to best DVD Ripper for macOS Sierra).

Step 1. Load DVD files

Launch the DVD Ripper(taken as example, Blu-ray Ripper has almost the same steps). Click the “DVD” icon to load DVD movie. After the DVD files are loaded, you can preview them on the right viewing window and take snapshots of your favorite movie scene. ISO and IFO files are also supported.


Tip: If you need to rip DVD with wanted subtitles and audio track, you can click the drop down menu after “Subtitles” and “Audio” to select your desired tracks.


Step 2. Choose output format

Select an compatible format, e.g. H.264 .mp4, since it is compatible with almost any devices and media players.

Basically the “Common Video -> H.264 Video (*.mp4)” is just all right.

Or depends on your device, you can choose a suitable video format from catalogues.


Tip: If you think the video size this not suitable for your devices, you can first choose any one of the provided type, then change the settings. Please remember the file size is based more on bitrate than resolution which means bitrate higher results in bigger file size, and lower visible quality loss.

Step 3. Start to copy DVD and remove copy protection

When all the settings are OK, click “Convert” button to copy DVD and remove copy protection.

You can view the conversion progress and are able to cancel the converting process at anytime..

When the conversion is over, click “open” to locate the ripped video files without copy protection.

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