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How to Rip DVD to MP4 on Windows or Mac Computer Free and Easily

Summary: Ripping a DVD to MP4 means you can digitize DVDs and make movies more portable. This article will show you why and how to convert DVD to MP4 on Windows (10/8/7)/macOS (10.15 Catalina).

In this post, we compile the top 6 best DVD to MP4 converters of 2019 for your information, both free and paid software are covered.

Since the birth of Netflix streaming and the fluctuation of disc's entertaining status, DVD is all the way to descend. Digital era has ripened and become the loudest melody, thus consumer demand is clearly shifting to digital distribution of video entertainment. In another aspect, when Steve Jobs set off the Mobile Revolution, the mainstream multimedia device falls on the handheld smartphone and tablet, which propels the increasing prevalence of MP4 format. The unpredictable demand for DVD to MP4 conversion has surfaced.

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Part 1: Why Do You Need to Convert DVD to MP4?

DVD was a universal entertainment carrier in a global context that people used to record important moments and view movies, blah blah blah. Roughly from 2004 to 2007, the revenue of yearly DVD sales was calculated in billions; while at the same time, more than 127 million DVD players were sold to over 70 million U.S. homes until the end of 2004.

DVD disc offers high storage capacity (4.7GB and 8.5GB) to store any kind of digital data and allows us to watch the disc via DVD players. However, it also has some defects that push people to rip DVD to digital file (MP4 is the preferred choice) and save it into other storage devices. Before learning the necessity of converting DVD to MP4 video files and digging out the easiest method, I'd prefer revealing some general knowledge of DVD and MP4 format like the disadvantages of DVD disc and advantages of MP4.

Disadvantages of DVD disc

DVD is fragile.
Children always break DVDs. So do adults. DVDs are vulnerable to warping, scratching, and breaking when aged, and stored or used improperly. When a disc is damaged, several or hundreds or thousands of sectors will become unreadable. Therefore when you play it, you may encounter problems like sometimes it plays properly and sometimes it skips or even aborts, when DVD is inserted, it doesn't seem to read or load, and DVD playback keeps freezing. It's advisable to copy DVD against scratch or any damage.

DVD occupies much space of our room.
DVDs are cumbersome to store, thus becoming a headache for those who have collected an enormous number of DVD discs. They desperately need nice DVD storage ideas and are often suggested to convert DVD to MP4 or other digital files, in that this method can help save much room space and find target item easily.

DVD playback requires DVD drive and MPEG2 decoder.
Nowadays, we have various electronic devices. However, most of them, for example, iPhone 11/Pro, lack the ability to play DVDs, because of the absence of DVD drive and MPEG2 decoder.

Regional lockout causes DVD won't play error.
Virtually all commercial DVDs have region codes [wiki] which only permit the discs to be played on DVD players that have identical codes. For instance, if you live in America (where DVDs and DVD players have a region code of 1) and purchase a DVD from British (where region 2 is employed), you probably fail to play it on your player.

Relievedly, all the above problems will be circumvented after ripping DVD to MP4 file.

Advantages of MP4

• MP4 takes up less space than others as keeps high quality.
MP4 features a high compression rate and great output quality. Therefore, it delivers a smaller file size than other formats when setting as the same quality. Sometimes an MKV file at least doubles the size of an MP4.

• MP4 is easy to store and manage, and hard to be corrupted.
A digital MP4 copy is much easier to store and manage. You can save it to computer hard drive, external hard drive, flash drive, iPhone, Android, etc. Besides, you can categorize all the MP4 videos ripped from DVDs by genre, by year, etc, and name them according to your own needs. When you need a certain file, you can locate it effortlessly from the well-organized list or by searching.

Unlike fragile DVD discs, MP4 files are difficult to be damaged during regular use. If corrupted, we have multiple ways to repair MP4 files.

• MP4 is accepted by almost all devices and programs.
MP4 is compatible with almost all electronic devices, including computers and HD/4K TVs from different brands, Apple iOS devices, Android phones and tablets from Samsung, Google, HTC, Microsoft, Sony mobiles, tablets, game consoles, and so on. That is to say, after converting DVD to MP4, you can keep MP4 copies with you and watch them on the train, airplane, bus, etc without taking along physical discs.

In addition, MP4 is accepted by many software programs (e.g. iTunes, iDVD, iMovie) and web services (e.g. YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo). So, you can do more things you like.

Part 2: Whether Computer Has a First-party App for DVD to MP4?

Although many people claim tha DVD industry is waning, the DVD/Bru-ray sales are still quite high, which determines the DVD-closely-connected tool would not disappear from the mainstream OSs in the near future. The fact is that the new Windows and Mac system upgrades always contain at least one add-on for DVD. To OS developers, empowering an OS with DVD playback functionality is the easiest thing, only needing to pay a licensing fee to decode MPEG2 DVD video. Windows Media/DVD Player and Mac DVD Player are good examples. Besides, the systems also offer components to help burn DVD, like Windows DVD maker (only preassembled on Windows Vista and 7) and iDVD.

Is it possible to rip DVD to MP4 on Windows (10) or macOS (Catalina) with the built-in apps? No, there's no default DVD ripping program.

Why? For one thing, DVD copy protections of various kinds sit nearly on all DVDs of movie, TV series and fitness currently. So it's quite a complicated process to kick them to one side and rip DVD to MP4 or other formats on the computer.

For another and also the most decisive thing, decrypting commercial DVDs by circumventing copy protections for profit usage is prohibited officially by DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act).

As a result, no OS developer would get itself into the DVD ripping, and DVD collectors have to turn to third-party DVD (to MP4) Converter – WinX DVD Ripper.

* Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.
* DVD copy protections (DVD region code not included) only have an effect on illegal DVD copying, but not on DVD playback
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Part 3: Top Third-party DVD to MP4 Rippers and Review

Fortunately, free DVD rippers for copy protected DVDs bring a relatively easy way to convert DVD disc to MP4 digital file. We can call out several big names in the market, HandBrake, VLC and Format Factory, which are commonly listed in top DVD rippers chart due to user-friendly UI, simple operation and solid ability of DVD to MP4 conversion. Those excellent DVD to MP4 converters share similar workflows and also produce alike troubles.

1. Lack of Support for Commercial Copy-Protected DVDs
Digital Rights Management schemes are often used on commercial DVDs, especially on newly-released DVD movies/TV shows, in order to prevent reproduction. To circumvent strict copy protections is a prerequisite for DVD to MP4 conversion. However, HandBrake and the peers fail to rip protected DVDs natively and pop up error messages like "no valid source found", "cannot scan DVD title" depending on different encryptions. Nevertheless, libdvdcss, a library working as a part of VideoLAN project to access and unscramble DVD CSS, can be used for HandBrake to handle CSS-encrypted DVDs. Or else, you need to install a third-party DVD decrypter to handle encrypted DVDs.

2. Slow DVD to MP4 Ripping Speed
How long does a ripper take to convert a DVD to MP4? That's the most concerned. When we need to manage a large DVD collection, we hope the ripper can perform conversion process as fast as possible. Certainly, DVD ripping speed not only lies on the performance of DVD ripper but is influenced by computer configuration. The faster processor the computer has, the faster the encoding will be. On a modest machine, we find that HandBrake takes 30-45 minutes to rip a feature-length movie to MP4 while the peers need more time. It is a bit slow in my opinion.

3. Security Problem
It is not a common issue but happens on a few DVD to MP4 rippers, for example, Format Factory. Sometimes, firewall and antivirus software may give a warning message of spyware. Even there is not an alert, we should be careful as well because some adware like Ask Toolbar is probably installed on the computer silently.

Well, can we get a perfect DVD to MP4 ripper for Windows (10)/Mac without the above-mentioned problems? Here we've rounded up 6 popular DVD to MP4 converters ready for you to choose from.

No 1. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum - This is a world-renowned tool with 13-year DVD ripping experience, recommended by tech giants incl. CNET and PCWorld. You can convert any DVD to a file MP4, AVI, MOV or HEVC that can be stored and played anywhere. Besides the powerful DVD ripping feature, it works as DVD copy software that gives you a handy backup solution in case you want to protect your investment against scratch or don't have room for the physical discs. On top of that, the whole rip process is really fast without sacrificing the picture quality, thanks to the unique Level-3 hardware acceleration and High Quality Engine.

No 2. Handbrake - Handbrake is perhaps the most experienced DVD ripper in the market. Praised for broad compatibility with Windows, Mac, and Linux, along with no trial limit. Handbrake is free to rip CSS and region-locked discs to MP4 and MKV, if with libdvdcss installed. There are advanced options available for precise encoding settings, effects, parameter adjustment, etc, which, though, are something of a learning curve.

No 3. DVDFab DVD Ripper - DVDFab proves itself a solid choice with its simplified interface and powerful DVD decoder feature. It gives you freedom to rip and decrypt any kind of DVD you throw at it. Besides digitizing DVD to manageable MP4, AVI, WMV, or other mainstream formats, you are given total control over the conversion - set resolution, bitrate, frame rate, deterlacing, aspect ratio, volume and more.

No 4. Aimersoft DVD ripper - Aimersoft DVD Ripper features a large library of preprogrammed profiles, which means you can not only convert DVD to digital MP4, WMV, AVI, etc but also format your DVDs to play on phones, tablets, smart TVs, gaming systems, and more anywhere. The ripped MP4 file is clear, with no noticeable artifacts or motion blur.

No 5. Wonderfox DVD Ripper - Wonderfox is another easy-to-use DVD ripper with a library of over 250 profiles that optimize your conversion for any gadget. It includes most of the ripping tools you look, such as simple conversion from DVD to MP4 or others, basic editing, parameter adjusting, etc, but it cannot extract ISO file or Video_TS folder to your computer's hard drive, which is inconvenient if you want to make an exact copy of disc for storing or archiving purposes.

No 6. Movavi Video Converter - Movavi takes advantage of Superspeed tech to deliver a quick DVD video converting speed. It just rips homemade and unprotected DVDs but fails to rip copy-protected DVDs, which is extremely limiting. But Movavi is still of great help if you have a large collection of DVDs with old unprotected movies or self-made content.

The 6 DVD to MP4 converters are fairly great. Well, facts are good at words. Our side-by-side comparison, in terms of software information, extra features and DVD converting performance, may give you some clue to choose the one that is most suitable for you.

Full Comparison of Top 5 DVD Rippers on DVD to MP4 Ripping

Equipment for the test: Windows 10 Pro; Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700K CPU; 16GB RAM; 64-bit OS

 

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

DVDFab DVD Ripper

Aimersoft DVD Ripper

Wonderfox DVD Ripper Pro

Handbrake

Software Version

v8.20.0

v11.0.6.0

v3.0.0

v13

v1.3.0

Constant Upgrade

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Size

31.4 MB

3718 KB

12.6 MB

48.6 MB

11.18 MB

UI

Clean and simple

1. The font size is too small.
2. A little bit confusing

Clean and simple
(old design)

Clean and simple
(not all functions really work)

Too professional and complicated for newbies

#1 Full Comparion on Ripping Copy Protected DVD Disc to MP4

Original DVD Disc Info. - John Carter (UDF); time: 2:12:00

 

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

DVDFab DVD Ripper

Aimersoft DVD Ripper

Wonderfox DVD Ripper Pro

Handbrake

Load Time

Fast

2 min

Fast

Fast

8 min

Encoding Methods

1-pass

1-pass; 2-pass; CRF

FF

1 pass/VBR

1-pass/ABR; 2-pass; CRF

Hardware Acceleration

Intel QSV; CUDA+NVENC

Intel QSV; CUDA+ NVENC

CUDA
(no NVENC)

CUDA; Nvidia

Intel QSV for 1-pass only

Main Title

1

1

6

1

1

Time

9.33 min; 8.45 min

11 min; 9.22 min

12.57 min

9 min; 9.27 min

/

Quality

Intact & clear

Intact & clear

Intact & clear

Intact & clear

/

Resolution

720x404

720x404

640x480

720x480

720x362 (1.98:1)

Errors

No

[1]

[2]

No editing features. [3]
80-90% High CPU usage

Encrypted DVD ripping errors. [4]

[1]
1. When we choose high quality under the 2-pass mode, it shows "Cannot turn on high-quality encoding under CUDA or Inter Quick Sync mode, switch to Software mode now".
2. When you check CUDA in both Video decoder and encoder setting, it always crashes. Changing video encoder from CUDA to Software, it works. Change video encoder to Intel Quick Sync, it says "Intel Quick Sync H.264 encoder cannot be supported by your graphics card", while another software ripping log clearly shows that we did use QSV to do the encoding several minutes ago.

[2] Quite outmoded interface and excessively large output file size. The parameter settings are improper, like MP4 HD option with 8000 kbps the lowest bit rate, which leads to a 11GB file. Besides, part of the output images in the top and bottom area are removed. Seriously, we don't get it why this software ranks NO.1 on toptenreviews.

[3] There's no DVD ripping speed data on the process bar. And strangely, DVD to MPG ripping is not as fast as the advertised "only 5~10 minutes".

[4] Scans titles one by one while ripping copy protected DVD, which however failed at last. Sometimes HandBrake makes it, but unfortunately, the output video is full of pixel blocks. Another bug is the wrong selection of Frame rate.

#2 Full Comparison on Ripping DVD ISO to MP4 HD/High Profile

Original ISO File Info. - FROZEN; size: 7.27GB; time: 1:42:12

 

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

DVDFab DVD Ripper

Aimersoft DVD Ripper

Handbrake

Avg. FPS

153

125; 145; 106

No data

410; 110; 121

Time

11 min; 30 min (safe mode)

19 min; 34 min; 24 min

36 min

6 min; 22 min; 22 min

Quality

Intact, sharp and clear

Intact, sharp and clear

Intact & clear

Intact but unbearable;
Intact & clear

Output File Size

1.87 GB

1.54 GB; 13.1 GB; 971 MB

7.5 GB

2.41 GB; 1.10 GB; 0.99 GB

Resolution

720x404

720x324

1280 x 720

720x384

Errors

No

Mainly output videos using lossy compression [5]

As there is no upgrade for a long time, the supported latest device is still iPhone 4s.

Intel QSV encoding mode requires you to fill in the Avg. bitrate number manually. [6]

[5] DVDFab is imbedded with very limited output video formats, only incl. MP4, MKV, FLV, AVI, WMV and AVI. Well, those actually satisfy most people, but there are ones who need a 1:1 copy of DVD. To make a full copy of DVDs, please turn to WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.

[6] Parameter calculating is quite complicated for green hand. But if you want to give it a try, HandBrake gives you some clues: 18-20 bitrate is for SD while 20-23 for HD. As to encoding ways, choose x264 instead of QP.

Comparisons of Other Features of the Top DVD to MP4 Converters

 

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

DVDFab DVD Ripper

Aimersoft DVD Ripper

Movavi Video Converter

Remove DVD DRM

Yes
(Support virtually all DVD copy protections)

No

Yes

No

Auto Detect the Right DVD Title

Yes

No

Yes

-

Trim DVD Video to Convert

Yes
(Freely trim any part of the DVD video by setting Start/End Time)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Crop Video

Yes
(Remove black bars or cut off unwanted area to fit for any screen)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Choose or Add Subtitles

Yes
(Choose the language you want, or add external SRT subs to DVD)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Adjust Video Parameters

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

High Quality Engine

Yes

No

No

No

Deinterlacing

Yes
(Make interleaved videos much more clear)

Yes

Yes

No

Safe Mode

Yes
(Skip and avoid any problem during DVD to MP4 conversion)

No

No

No

Related: WinX DVD Ripper Platinum vs DVDFab DVD Ripper

Choose WinX DVD Ripper Platinum for DVD to MP4 Conversion

A more powerful and battle-tested DVD to MP4 converter for Win/Mac could make things much easier. WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, a totally user-friendly and multi-function DVD converter for Windows PC, also available in Mac version, could help you fast convert any kind of DVDs to MP4 easily with unmatchable image quality for playback on various devices, by perfectly bypassing all copy protection mechanisms like DVD CSS, UOPs, region code, Sony ARccOS, APS, RCE, as well as Disney X-project DRM. | How to rip Disney DVDs >>

Apart from MP4, it also owns many other outputs of video formats and devices, e.g. AVI, WMV, MPEG, MOV, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows devices, etc. From the side-by-side comparison above of top DVD rippers on DVD to MP4 ripping, you can find why WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is one of the top choices for converting DVD to MP4.

Part 4: How Can I Convert DVD to MP4 on Windows (10)?

Free download, install and launch WinX DVD Ripper Platinum on your PC. Then follow the tutorial below to rip DVD to MP4 on Windows (10) easily and quickly. You should insert the DVD Disc into the DVD drive in advance.

Step 1. Add the source DVD disc/folder.
Open WinX DVD Ripper, click DVD Disc icon. A dialogue box appears asking you to select source disc. Do it and click OK.

Tip: DVD Folder and ISO Image can also be ripped into MP4.

Step 2. Select MP4 as the output format.
A couple of seconds later, all DVD titles will be listed and the main title will be automatically checked. The Output Profile window pops up.
Find General Profiles category and select MP4 Video (codec: h264+aac) as output format. Click OK. Additionally, you can choose MP4 output profile from other categories, such as YouTube Video, to iPhone Video, to Android Video according to your needs.

Rip or Convert DVD to MP4

Step 3. Define an output folder to save MP4 video.
At the Output Setting area, click Browse button to select a destination folder in the dialog box that opens, and click OK.

Step 4. Start to convert DVD to MP4 without quality loss.
This DVD to MP4 ripper will automatically enable hardware acceleration according to your GPUs. you just need to click RUN button on the bottom right and It takes roughly 5 minutes to rip a feature-length DVD movie to MP4. Certainly, a process bar can tell you how the conversion goes.

You can follow the step-by-step guide to rip DVD using VLC without any errors.

How Can I Rip DVD to MP4 on Mac?

Preparations:
1. Download and install WinX DVD Ripper for Mac on Mac computer.
2. Insert DVD disc into DVD Drive. If there is no DVD drive on Mac computer, please connect an external DVD drive.

Rip or Convert DVD to MP4

Steps:
Step 1. Launch WinX DVD Ripper for Mac. Click DVD button to load DVD content.

Step 2. Once Output Profile window pops up, go to General Profile > MP4 Video (Codec: h264+aac) > OK.

Step 3. Click RUN button to start ripping DVD to MP4 on Mac. If necessary, click Browse button to set destination folder for saving resulting file before running to convert.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 author -Donna Peng

Donna Peng

Donna Peng has been a copywriter at Digiarty since 2014. Because of the occupational requirement and personal interest, she has carried on broad and profound study and researches to multimedia related stuff, popular electronic devices and multimedia programs in the market.

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