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How to Rip DVDs with VLC & VLC Ripping Errors Troubleshooting

Say you have tons of movies on DVD, and you want to create a safe digital copy on hard drives or play on daily-used phones, then you need to rip the DVDs. There are many ways and apps to help you turn discs into digital files, but the free and easy ones are always our favorite. VLC Media Player, the famous free video player across different systems, is the easiest way for the task.

Apparently, the steps using VLC seem to be easy and apparently, there are many plain guides on how to rip DVD with VLC to walk you through the ABC steps (you're telling me...), with no touch on any possible cases that things that easily go haywire. For example, we have Googled and come across this guide which is really shallow. Check source >>

The "good" info includes (with our notes added):
★ Open the software (which version to get? VLC versions vary in the security)
★ Load the disc (libdvdcss won't read all discs)
★ Set the settings for the output file (but the DVD title & subtitles are difficult to handle with)
★ And start the process (what about the DVD ripping freezes/loops...)

... and there is no mention about how to troubleshoot any unsatisifactory ripping outputs (e.g., A/V out of sync, no audio, etc.). Anyway, VLC is a video player rather than a ripper, the easy steps won't rip DVDs as easy. If you follow a tutorial like that one, expect time waste on troubleshooting. Considering that, we have you covered with every detail to rip DVD using VLC and avoid & fix most possible VLC DVD ripping errors in this post.

[Part 1] Before You Rip a DVD in VLC & What Should You Note

1. Install VLC

Most users may have VLC on their computer. Those who haven't installed VLC, click here to get VLC. After that, open VLC.

VLC won't open

VLC install crashed: "It keeps giving me 'Oops: VLC media just crashed. Would you like to send a bug report to the developers team?' error message since I upgrade to V3.0.3. I've tried uninstalling and re-installing... deleting the %appdata%/vlc folder... and rebooting. I cannot get to preferences or anything because the program literally won't start. It doesn't even show the process as running on Task Manager."

1. Check the video driver.
2. Update to a newer version.
3. Check if there is another app/software that conflicts with VLC.
>> Check the ultimate fix >>

VLC security issue: German security agency CERT-Bund indicated that there is a critical vulnerability in the latest VLC 3.0.7.1, named CVE-2019-13615, that allows RCE (remote code execution) to let unauthorised modification and disclosure of data/files, and overall disruption of service. The problem happens on Windows, Linux, and macOS. In fact, VLC security issues occur from time to time. To rip DVD without VLC security flaws, avoid the latest version or use another DVD ripper.

2. Get started

Insert the disc you want to rip and click Media drop-down menu and select Convert/Save. Then you should see the picture in Step 3.

Option 2: You can enter into the converting window in another way: click Media on the top menu tab and then click Open Disc. Then you will see a window similar to the one in Step 3, except that the bottom button is Play instead of Convert/Save. Select the DVD, click the downward-facing arrow next to the Play button and select Convert from the drop-down menu.

VLC DVD rip guide

3. Load the disc

Click Disc from the top tab and enable DVD option and select the DVD to rip in Disc device.

DVD won't load: After you select a DVD from the Disc device, VLC just won't load the DVD. Sometimes, it goes with an error message saying MRL 'dvd:///D:/' (though this error happens more often when VLC plays DVDs or videos) or "There is no disk in Drive D." while there is a DVD in Drive D. This error happens when libdvdcss in VLC won't support the encryption of a DVD. You need to:

1. Update VLC to the latest version.
2. To rip DVD with VLC in Ubuntu, you should know that the libdvd applications are not installed by default. Open a terminal window:
sudo apt install libdvdcss2 libdvdread4 libdvdnav4 ubuntu-restricted-extras
3. Remove DVD protection with other software.

Load DVD to VLC

4. Adjust DVD ripping settings

After the DVD is successfully loaded, go to the settings section below. You can see Starting Position and Audio and Subtitles options.

* Starting Position: If you only want to rip a part of the DVD or rip DVD multiple episodes, set the title and chapter that you want to rip.
* Audio and Subtitles: By selecting the Audio/Subtitle track value, you can choose the audio and subtitle in the language you need.

How to rip DVD with VLC

No subtitle: "I am trying to hardcode subtitles into the ripped video using VLC player. I have followed the turtorials, and everything seems right until the final output has no subtitles embedded in."

1. After you rip the DVD, use Streaming wizard (Media > Stream...) to add subtitles.
2. You'd better use subtitles in .srt formats as VLC 3 has no support for autodetection ot txt subtitles.
3. Try to use ":no-sout-all" option in the streaming chain and save the ripped video and subtitles in diffferent folder.
4. Try an older version or the nightly build. Check how to add subtitles to DVD >>

Rip corrupted DVD: In some cases, you may select a corrupted title from Starting Position when it is a DVD protected with 99-title or bad sector protections. Then you can play the DVD on VLC first and go to VLC menu > Playback > Title and find the right title.

Can't keep two tracks: With VLC video rip, you can select which audio track to hear and which subtitle track to display, but you can't keep two or more audio/subtitle tracks in the output video file (many others are stuck with one audio/subtitle track too, e.g., Handbrake, DVDFab, AutoGK, etc.). When you need to sync all the tracks to the output video, you can try other DVD rippers. For example, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum offers four backup modes to keep all the tracks and info: main title, full title, TS_folder, and ISO image.

[Part 2] Start to Rip DVDs with VLC & Errors Fixes

5. Select an output format

Click the Convert/Save button and now you can set the output format for the DVD rip. Click Profile drop-down menu and find the format you want. You can use VLC to rip DVD to MP4, H.264, WMV, MPEG4, iPod, Android, YouTube, and a few others. Select the output you need.

In the Destination section, click Browse and select a folder for the DVD converted video file and give the output file a name.

Rip DVD to MP4 via VLC

6. Start DVD ripping

After the above settings, click Start and it should start ripping the DVD. You can see the Streaming progress bar at the bottom. Simply wait for VLC to finish the rip.

Stream DVD with VLC

VLC crashes during the ripping: VLC crashes randomly when converting a DVD to mp4. Sometimes, after you click the Start button, the VLC DVD ripper titlebar briefly says streaming and then crashes. Some other times, it can't start at the feature track without first going through the DVD menu.

1. In most cases, VLC crashes when converting a DVD is caused by protection. Though VLC media player has libdvdcss to let it access DVDs with some of the encryptions, copy protection strategy changes with practically every new high profile release. You need to seek for other free rippers for protected DVDs.
2. Disable hardware decoding.
3. Try the nightly build.

VLC DVD rip loop: VLC DVD ripping stuck in a loop is another common problem after you start the ripping. For example, a message pops up saying "the output file already exists" with a choice of [Overwrite] or [Keep Existing} buttons to click even if there is no such file. Or "Tried to convert a 30 minute DVD to MP4 but VLC media player showed the message 'Streaming - VLC Media Player' and got endless loops of 2 minutes 14 seconds."

1. Check if you have left the playback on repeat by turning the loop button for playback on. Set it to no loop.
2. Downgrade VLC back to the previous version.

VLC is too slow: How long does VLC take to rip a DVD to mp4? The VLC DVD conversion is exceptionally slow? It ran overnight and after 10 hours it was still running this morning. The file it produced was 3.5GB and still growing. VLC is using about 12% CPU -- partially using one of 8 cores. The system is otherwise idle.

1. Literally, VLC is streaming the video from the DVD during the rip. Therefore, it will take as long as the movie length to finish the rip.
2. VLC supports GPU decoding only. Namely, it will be faster for decoding H.264, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, WMV3, VC-1 (Windows) and H.264 (macOS). Make sure you have enabled GPU decoding for DVD MPEG-2 (Tools > Preferences > Input & Codecs > Set Hardware-accelerated decoding to Automatic). If you want a faster DVD rip, use a ripper that supports GPU encoding & decoding.

VLC GPU decoding

[Part 3] After Ripping the DVD & Errors Troubleshooting

The finish of the DVD conversion is not the end of the story. In fact, there are many flaws in the output video that prevent you from playing the movie successfully. Let's see them one by one.

VLC DVD rip audio out of sync. It seems the video is fine and the length is correct. But when you play the video, you may find the audio is out of sync with the video. If you use VLC to play the streamed video, you can fix the VLC audio/video out of sync error with its own Tools built-in: click Tools > Effect and Filters > click Synchronization > under Audio/Video option, enter a numerical value to speed up or slow down the sound. However, this doesn't fix the VLC DVD rip A/V out of sync problem permanently, which means the error will continue on another device or player. To fix it forever:

1. Rip DVD to other formats, like DVD to MP4.
2. Try another DVD ripper.

DVD rip video but no audio. "I tried to rip a Movie DVD to mp4 (H.264 and mp3) and it plays perfectly in the VLC player. But after converting, I get an MP4 video with only video and no audio." No audio problems come in different forms. Sometimes, you will find all the options under the Audio toolbar are grayed out, the audio is corrupted or stutters or there is audio in VLC but not on any other platforms. To get the audio, you can try:

1. When selecting the output codec under the output profile option, click the setting button and try MP3 instead of AAC.
2. Try an older version or the nightly build.

Choppy playback. The DVD works perfectly but not after the conversion. "When I copy the file to my internal SSD hard drive and open in VLC player it is very choppy." Choppy and stuttering video converted from DVD with VLC player has something to do with the frame rate. For example, the DVD frame rate is 29.97fps while the ripped MP4 video shows a frame rate of 39.61fps. In the setting section for the convert, click the setting button under Profile option > Video codec > set the Frame Rate as Same as source.

VLC won't rip full DVD. The output file turns to be full of disappointment in some cases. "I get a 1K file of nothing in the destination folder", "when it comes to DVD transcoding, I get either a really small file (80-100 MB) or a really large file (1.12 GB) that won't open at all", "the output mp4 file ends up being corrupted with 32 minutes only"...

1. Check if there are any fingertips or scratches on the DVD.
2. If it's a store bought DVD, it's the Bad Sector, Disney X-project, and other newer DVD protections that prevent VLC to access the DVD. VLC is a player, not a ripper after all and can't defeat new DRMs. You will need a DVD decrypter to rip protected DVDs.

Convert DVD without Any VLC DVD Ripping Errors

If you have any trouble to rip a DVD using VLC successfully, for example, crashes, no audio, missing subtitles, black bars, freezes, etc. and can't fix the problem through the above guide or other forums, try the ultimate solution - rip DVDs with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Donna Peng

Donna Peng has been working as a copywriter in Digiarty Software for many years. She has written loads of articles to help people handle their DVDs, videos and other stuff.

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