How to Rip DVD to Digital Files?

2019-10-17 02:52:04     Posted by Lisa, Annie Chen

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Summary: Not sure what to do with your old DVDs? Learn how to rip DVDs to digital files compatible with Windows, Mac, and other devices so you can bring your digitalized DVD collection on-the-go. Also, get familiar with popular video formats and their quality so you know which format to “rip” to. Finally, learn which video formats are compatible with what video streaming platforms.

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Preface

 

Thanks to online video streaming, Blu-ray discs, mobile devices, and more, the DVD era appears to be coming to an end. Many have shelved DVDs for more convenient and better options. To ensure you’re getting the most out of your DVDs, rip them onto your Windows or Mac and transfer the video(s) to other devices. It’s likely you found yourself in at least one of the following situations:

 

1. You want to rip DVD content to MP4, WMV, MP3, and other formats or extract your favorite segments from DVDs, so you can save to portable devices.

2. You want to copy rented DVDs to your computer, so you have a backup

3. You want to extract audios from DVDs, so you can listen anywhere

 

Now, we start looking for free, paid, or both online tools and resources to rip DVDs to digital files. In regard to DVDFab DVD Ripper, it’s available in three versions: free, trial, and paid. In addition to quickly producing quality formats, it’s fully supportive of many audio, 2D, and 3D outputs.

 

For more information regarding the tool, please visit DVDFab DVD Ripper. As DVDFab DVD Ripper is available on Windows and Mac, the following will go over how you can rip DVDs to digital files with each system. Convert and rip your DVD collection to bring with you to watch anytime, anywhere.

 

Note: We do not keep any copy of commercial DVDs for business profit. It’s illegal to make publicly available copes without permission of the original copyright owners. It should be safe for you to keep and use for yourself.

 

1. Most Common Types of Formats and Their Quality

 

Over the years, different video and audio formats emerged which can be confusing to people who do not spend much time downloading, converting, or “ripping” files. Understanding these differences can be challenging, but most of the time, your audio and video files can usually be “ripped” or converted to one of the following formats with the help of DVD ripper. Below, we’ve listed the most common types of video and audio formats and their respective quality to give you a better idea of what you’re likely to be dealing with.

 

1.1 Videos

In the past, video was consumed in two ways: cinema or television. With the boom of streaming platforms and devices, they cater to different video formats. So, it’s important to understand the types of video formats and which device they are most compatible with. This is helpful for creators looking to put their best foot forward in their projects. The video formats listed below are compatible with Windows and Mac.

 

AVI

AVI (Audio Video Interleave) was introduced by Microsoft in 1992. It’s compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. For Mac users, however, the free version of QuickTime is not compatible with all types of AVI files. Continue reading to find the best Windows DVD ripper.

 

AVI is known for its high quality and closely associated with the DivX Codec, notable for compressing videos but maintaining its high quality. However, this comes at a cost. It ends up being a large file and takes up more space on computers. It’s also not commonly used format for streaming sites.

 

MP4

MP4 is the most widely used format today. It’s also an abbreviation of MPEG-4, a compressed file that can contain video, audio, and subtitles. As it can support high resolution videos and relatively small in size, it’s known as the standard format in media software. MP4 files can be uploaded to various Apple products (iPhone, iPod, etc.), streamed in iTunes, and playable on Windows Media Player.

 

WMV

Also known as Windows Media Player, it is developed by Microsoft and is most compatible with Windows. However, WMV is also playable on Mac. But Mac users need to download a WMV player and plug in like Flip4Mac when playing WMV files. It was originally designed for streaming videos. Similar to AVI, WMV offers improved video quality and has a good compression rate but takes up more space.

 

MOV

MOV is like WMV to Windows. Developed by Apple, it’s designed for QuickTime player and works best for Mac but also compatible for Windows. Compared to AVI, it’s smaller in size and often uses MPEG-4 as a codec. However, MOV has been criticized for lousy compression of audio.

 

FLV

FLV is designed for the Adobe Flash Player, and it’s most common on websites. However, it’s not common as a distribution format like WMV or QuickTime. So, it’s likely you will have to convert files to FLV or vice versa. A pitfall of FLV is that any extra conversions will likely reduce file quality.

 

1.2 Audio

Like video files, audio files come in all types and sizes. However, there are three major categories of audio file formats: uncompressed audio formats, formats with lossless compression, and formats with lossy compression.

 

Uncompressed audio formats are most commonly accepted by low level audio. Lossless compressed audio formats store data using less space without losing any information. Lastly, lossy compressed audio format has greater file size reduction compared to uncompressed audio formats. It simplifies the data and removes some of the audio information. With that being said, what are some of the most common audio file formats that wasn’t mentioned above?

 

MP3

Even if you aren’t an audio expert, you should know of MP3 being one of the most common digital audio formats. A high audio quality with also high compression. However, MP3 VBR (Variable Bit Rates) is known to take up less space and better quality.

 

AAC

Similar to MP3, it takes up less space while maintaining high audio quality. Yet, some say AAC achieves better sound quality than MP3 at the same bit rate. It’s also designed for lossy digital audio compression.

 

WAV

WAV audio format was developed by Microsoft and IBM. It’s meant to provide the same sound quality as your original DVDs.

 

M4A

The M4A file format is encoded with AAC and is meant to be a successor to MP3. 

 

Now, there are increasing demands from users, like how to rip and convert DVD to MKV.

2. Which Format should You Convert to?

 

Depending on your device, you should convert to the format most suitable for playback.

 

As Windows is owned by Microsoft, the company presents a list of file types supported by Windows Media Player 12 on their support website, most of which DVDFab DVD Ripper is capable of. The most popular formats such as WMV, AVI, MP4, and MPEG are all included. For specific devices not including computers, select the “device” tab within the software and choose which to “rip” or convert to. This automatically converts your DVD to a file most compatible with that device.

 

For Apple products, while much less than Microsoft products, including MP4 and AVI. DVDFab DVD Ripper software has an exclusive device section for Apple products, not including Mac computers. So if you aren’t sure which format to choose, check in the “device” tab and select your device you want your file to be compatible with. Products include iPads, iPhones, Apple TV, and iPods.

 

Another alternative for playing videos is RealPlayer. Though it’s been declining in popularity as QuickTime and iTunes blew up, it’s still a viable format for videos. RealPlayer can virtually play all types of video formats. Supported formats that are also compatible with DVDFab DVD Ripper are FLV, WMV, MP4, MP3, and AVI.

 

For users who want to watch their digitalized DVD collection on DVDFab Player 5, a powerful media player that supports 4K UHD. While DVDFab Player 5 can directly play your DVDs, “ripping” your DVDs to popular media formats like MP4, MKV, M2TS, and more can get you better resolution than before.

 

3. Video Formats and Their Respective Video Platforms

 

Unfortunately, video formats are not compatible across all devices or platforms. Different file formats do better on certain platforms. Some platforms only accept certain formats. Let’s take a look at what platforms accept what type of video formats.

 

Knowing the types of accepted video formats on their respective platforms will give you a better idea which file to “rip” to when using DVDFab DVD Ripper if you want to upload to specific websites. Be sure to review copyright licenses before you upload and make the video public.

 

YouTube

YouTube supports the following formats that are also supported by DVDFab DVD Ripper: MPEG-4, FLV, MP4, WMV, and AVI.

 

Note that audio files like WAV, MP3, or PCM can’t be uploaded to YouTube. Also, video formats captured by your smartphones and tablets are often in MP4 format. DVDFab DVD Ripper has a unique function that optimizes MP4 for YouTube for 4K and standard files.

 

Facebook

Facebook supports the following formats that are also supported by DVDFab DVD Ripper: AVI, FLV, M2TS, MKV, MP4, MPEG4, TS, and WMV.

 

Facebook recommends videos to be in either MP4 or MOV format. For audio, the AAC format is recommended and is supported by DVDFab DVD Ripper.

 

Vimeo

According to Vimeo, it supports “just about any kind of video file”, including the popular video formats: AVI, WMV, MOV, and MP4. Similar to YouTube, it doesn’t accept audio files.

 

Dailymotion

While YouTube dominates the video space, some users prefer to use Dailymotion, a French video-sharing that’s a good alternative to YouTube.

 

Some argue that YouTube wins in quantity but Dailymotion wins in quality. However, the chances of watching a popular event minutes after it happens is higher on YouTube than Dailymotion. Yet, Dailymotion is more lenient in terms of the content’s being uploaded. As such, you’re more likely to avoid a copyright strike from Dailymotion than YouTube. Dailymotion videos can’t be more than 60 minutes. However, YouTube’s current default maximum length setting is 15 minutes but can be extended to a maximum duration of 12 hours.

 

With that being said, Dailymotion only supports a few video file formats, most of which are supported by DVDFab DVD Ripper: AVI, MP4, MPEG, WMV, and FLV.

 

The recommended audio codec for Dailymotion is AAC, which is also supported by DVDFab products, including DVDFab DVD Ripper.

 

4. How to rip DVD on Windows?

 

If you are a Windows user, you’re bound to be familiar with the Windows Media Player (WMP), a media player and media library application software. Therefore, regardless of what DVD ripping software you use, you must after convert to a WMP manageable format. A message may pop up that you require a DVD decoder after choosing Windows Media Player to play a DVD that you’ve inserted into the drive. You may successfully watch the DVD with the help of installing a plugin to Windows Media Player or finding another player that can directly play it.

 

As we all know, Windows Media Player is always able to play videos in its default WMV format and audios in WMA format. For all media players on Windows, videos in MP4 format and audios in MP3 format remains universally suitable and playable. DVDFab DVD Ripper lets you filter by video outputs and supports more than 10 different audio formats. However, we’ll go over how to rip DVDs to MP3s and MP4s, the most popular outputs, and WMV, playable for WMP.

 

4.1 How to rip DVD to MP4 on Windows?

If you haven’t downloaded DVDFab DVD Ripper, head over to DVDFab’s website and grab your free Windows download. You can access the download website in two ways. First, head to DVDFab.cn and under the ‘DVD’ tab, click on ‘DVD Ripper.’ Another way is to click on the ‘Download’ tab (beside the ‘DVD’ tab) and grab your free download of DVDFab 11 for either Windows or Mac.

 

This section shows how to use DVDFab DVD Ripper to convert DVD to MP4 on Windows listed below.

 

Step One: Insert DVD or Choose from Local Source

 

Open DVDFab 11 and click the “Ripper” tab . Insert a DVD you want to rip into your optical drive, and DVDFab will load contents on the DVD automatically. You can also load the source manually by clicking the "+" button. But if the source is an ISO file or a DVD folder, you can drag the file/folder directly to the main interface to load it. Below is the main screen you should see.

 

rip dvd to digital file

 

Step 2: Choose MP4 format

 

As usual, the MP4 format has been set the default display format when you click the “Ripper” module. If it’s not the set to MP4, click the profile library on the top left corner and then click Format > Video, the MP4 format lies here. As you’ll see, besides MP4, there are AVI, FLV, MKV, WMV and other formats you can pick.

 

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Step 3: Customize your video

 

If you have no desire to edit the video file, skip to Step 4. Otherwise, this program is powerful enough to customize your video. You can choose titles, chapters, audios and subtitles. The advanced settings are editable when you click the Wrench button. In the Advanced Settings, you are able to change codec, frame rate, resolution, video quality and more. The detailed advanced settings are shown in the below picture. What’s more, with the built-in video editor, DVDFab DVD Ripper enables you to trim, crop, rotate and adjust the video files to create your own unique visual contents.

 

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rip dvd to digital file

 

Step 4: Select a Save Directory

 

Navigate to the bottom of the main interface to select a directory to save. As to rip DVD to MP4 format, the default directory to save is “Mobile Device”. You are also allowed to choose other directories. Click the “Folder” button to choose a local folder in computer to save the output video. Or, click on the globe icon to save directly to your YouTube account.

 

Note: DVDFab DVD Ripper is a desktop software. So when you pick the default directory - Mobile device, does it mean you need to connect your phone with the computer? This is one way. Another way is that after the ripping finishes, a new interface will pop up and a QR code is offered to you. Scan the QR code to download and install DVDFab Remote on your smartphone. Without a USB-cable, you can transfer files between your computer and phone.

 

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Step 5: Start the ripping process

 

Click the “Start” button to export the MP4 video.

 

After the process of ripping DVD to MP4 on Windows finishes, you are free to watch the MP4 video through any media player on Windows, and even on your any portable devices, like Android/iOS device. This program is famous for keeping the original quality of DVDs. If you desire more information about this program, please refer to DVDFab DVD Ripper. The next section will show you how to rip DVD to MP3 on Windows.

 

4.2 How to rip DVD to MP3 on Windows?

This section goes over how to convert or rip DVDs to MP3s on Windows, a process will be extremely similar to the above.

 

Step One: Insert DVD or Choose from Local Source

 

After loading your DVD, if you haven’t downloaded DVDFab DVD Ripper, head over to DVDFab’s website and grab your free Windows download. Click on the ‘Download’ tab and install DVDFab 11 for Windows or click on ‘DVD Ripper’ under the ‘DVD’tab. Below is a screenshot of the screen you should see once you open the software.

 

rip dvd to digital file

 

Step Two: Choose MP3 Format

 

At Step 2, click the profile library and then click Format > Audio > MP3 format as shown in below picture. The numbers indicate the order you should follow.

 

rip dvd to digital file

 

Step Three: Customize Video

 

At Step 3, You can choose the titles, chapters, audios and subtitles. Click the Wrench button to make advanced settings. In this panel, you are able to change the parameters of the audio to be output, like codec, sample rate, channels, volume and more. If you have no desire to make further editing toward the audio file, skip to Step 4 to select a directory to save.

 

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rip dvd to digital file

 

Step Four: Select Save Directory

 

At Step 4, click the “Folder” button to choose a local folder in computer to save the output audio. Click on the globe icon to save directly to a YouTube account. Then click “Start” to start the process of ripping DVD to MP3 on Windows.

 

4.3 How to rip DVD to WMV?

This section goes over how to rip DVDs to WMV to be compatible for Windows Media Player. Similar to the sections above, you want to grab your free DVDFab DVD Ripper Windows download in one of two ways. First, you can head to DVDFab and click ‘Download’ at the top. This brings you to a page to grab your free DVD Ripper download for Windows. Or, beside the ‘Download’ tab and underneath the ‘DVD’ tab, click on ‘DVD Ripper.’

 

Step One: Insert DVD or Choose from Local Source

 

Load a DVD into your drive and open DVDFab 11. If you haven’t downloaded the software, please get your free download from DVDFab DVD Ripper to Windows.

 

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Step Two: Choose WMV Format

 

Open DVDFab 11 and click on the “ripper” tab. Next, click on the purple button at the left hand corner and select the format at the top right. By default, the application should already have selected “Video” which you should select WMV. If not go to format -> video -> WMV.

 

rip dvd to digital file

 

Step Three: Customize Video

 

Click on the wrench button to open advanced settings like making adjustments to codecs, audio, channels, and more. Also, choose titles, subtitles, chapters, and more.

 

rip dvd to digital file

 

rip dvd to digital file

 

Step Four: Select Save Directory

 

Click the bar to choose where you want your saved file to go. To change your download destination, click the folder. To save directly to a YouTube account, click on the globe icon.

 

Step Five: “Rip” the DVD

 

Click the “Start” button to begin the process. Regardless of how big your file is, we guarantee a fast and timely download speed.

 

5. How to rip DVD on Mac?

 

There are numerous free applications available for ripping DVDs on Mac. However, a common pitfall for free and open-source software is malware infection and potential lack of updates. Depending on the software you use, it may require downloading more software to do the trick.

 

However, DVDFab DVD Ripper for Mac is an ultimate solution for beginners and experts. It’s an all-in-one free DVD ripper software that gets the job done without the need to find other applications.

 

For our Mac users, DVDFab DVD Ripper currently does not support QuickTime Movie (MOV). However, it still supports other Mac-friendly outputs: MP4, MPEG-4, AVI, and more. For a full list, please visit DVDFab DVD Ripper for Mac.

 

“Ripping” a DVD on Mac is similar to the steps covered in our Windows section.

 

Step One: Insert DVD or Choose from Local Source

 

After putting in your DVD, open DVDFab 11. If you haven’t installed it, please head to DVDFab DVD Ripper for Mac for your free download. Below is the screenshot you should see once you open the software.

 

rip dvd to digital file

 

Step Two: Choose Format or Device

 

Open the application and head to the “ripper” tab. Click on the purple button at the left hand corner and select the format at the top right. Choose which format you want to “rip” to. Your selection will be shown in the purple button at the top left.

 

rip dvd to digital file

 

Step Three: Customize Your Video

 

Clicking on the wrench button beside the loaded file lets you edit the video. Choose your subtitles, chapters, audios, and more. In the advanced settings, you can change frame rate, resolution, and more.

 

rip dvd to digital file

 

rip dvd to digital file

 

Step Four: Select Save Directory

 

At the bottom left of the software, choose where you want the saved file to go. If you want to save to a new location, click on the folder. You can also save directly to a YouTube account by clicking on the globe icon.

 

Step Five: “Rip” the DVD

 

Start the process by clicking the light green “Start” button at the bottom right. We guarantee a fast and timely download speed, regardless of how large your video is.

 

6. How to rip DVD to other devices?

 

Enjoy your digital DVD collection anytime and anywhere, even in areas without Wi-Fi. DVDFab DVD Ripper for Windows and Mac lets you “rip” to more than 15 devices. If you followed any of the above quick tutorials, you would’ve noticed a tab for ‘Device.’

 

Below is a quick guide on how you can rip to more than 15 devices.

 

Step One: Insert DVD or Choose from Local Source

 

After putting in your DVD or choosing a local file, open DVDFab 11. If you haven’t downloaded the software, please head to the either DVDFab DVD Ripper for Windows or DVDFab DVD Ripper for Mac.

 

rip dvd to digital file

 

Step Two: Choose Device

 

At the top left hand corner of the software, you’ll notice a purple button. Clicking this lets you choose your device and format. Head over to the ‘Device’ tab and choose the device you want.

 

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Step Three: Customize Your Video

 

If you want to tweak your video, click on the wrench icon beside the loaded file. This lets you choose subtitles, chapters, audios, and more. In advanced settings, you can change frame rate, resolution, and more.

 

rip dvd to digital file

 

Step Four: Select Save Directory

 

At the bottom left of the software, choose where you want the saved file to go. If you want to save to a new location, click on the folder. Also, you can directly save to a YouTube account. Click on the globe icon to do so.

 

Step Five: “Rip” the DVD

 

Start the process by clicking the light green “Start” button at the bottom right. We guarantee a fast and timely download speed, regardless of how large your video is.

 

7. Conclusion

 

Have you gotten a full picture of how to rip DVD to various formats and devices? Regardless if you’re “ripping” to a device or a format, the steps and process are relatively the same. We’ve also covered the best UHD Disc Ripper in another post for those who are interested. DVDFab DVD Ripper is designed to save users time and provide a simple, fast experience to digitalize your DVD collection. 

1. Convert DVDs to AAC, MP3, MP4, MKV, AVI, and etc.
2. Support all the popular smartphones, tablets, and etc.
3. Freely customize the output audio & video parameters.
4. Robust editing features like cropping, trimming, and etc.

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