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How to Convert DVD to MP4 in 5 min with Good Quality-Size Tradeoff

Summary: Ripping a DVD to MP4 means you can digitize DVDs and make movies more portable. This article will show you how to convert DVD to MP4 and make a digital copy from DVD disc on Windows (11/10/8/7)/macOS (Monterey) without errors.

Since the birth of Netflix streaming and the fluctuation of disc's entertaining status in 2008, DVD's all the way to descending. Digital era has ripened. Hence, video entertainment gradually shifts from disc to digital. In another aspect, when Steve Jobs set off the Mobile Revolution, the mainstream multimedia device falls on smartphone and tablet, which propels the increasing prevalence of MP4 format.

Therefore, demand of DVD to MP4 conversion is doomed to rise. For one thing, you can therefore prevent your cherished movie library from physical damage. For the other thing, you can extend your view options to mobile devices or tablets and are no longer restricted to a DVD player or a PC that features a disc slot only.Here’s all you want to convert DVD to MP4, together with some pitfalls to avoid.

* If you want to play DVD on Windows, refer to the 10 free DVD players for Windows 10/11.

Part 1. Top 6 Ways to Convert DVD to MP4 on Windows 10/11 and Mac

There are numbers of paid or free programs that claim to convert DVD disc to MP4. We can call out several big names like WinX DVD Ripper, HandBrake, etc. If you are still unaware of them, you can check the thorough review below and choose the one you like.

Way 1. Convert a DVD to MP4 with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

Best for: Backup and rip any type of copy-protected DVDs with best balance in quality, speed and size.

Techradar Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is the world's leading DVD ripper with 16 years of experience. It conquers all types of DVDs, from new discs, 99-title, damaged, Japanese, regional, workout to non-standard DVDs. Therefore, you have no problem converting homemade disc, burned DVD, or bought DVD with encryption like Disney X-project DRM, CSS, region code, RCE, APS, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, etc.

In addition to ripping DVD to MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, iPhone, iPad, Android, 4 DVD copy modes are offered, managing to back up DVD with 100% quality reserved. You can even adjust resolution, bitrate, codec, etc to produce optimal file size. Specifically, the ripped file is 700MB-1GB instead of GBs for a full movie, a 80% space saving. Unique Level-3 Hardware Acceleration powered by Intel QSV, NVIDIA (CUDA) NVENC, AMD, Apple M1 (Pro/Max/Ultra) and multiple core tech are fully utilized, meant to convert a full disc to MP4 as short as 5 minutes. Follow the steps below and learn how you can convert DVD to MP4 with best balance in quality, speed and size.

[Tutorial] How Can I Convert DVDs to MP4 with Quality, Size, and Speed Well Balanced?

Step 1. Add the source DVD disc/folder

Open the DVD ripper and click "DVD Disc" icon. A dialogue box appears asking you to select source disc. Then click OK. It also supports DVD Folder and ISO Image. The DVD ripper supports advanced encryptions like navigation algorithm used in multiple titles. It will easily detect the correct title hiden in DVDs from Disney, Sony, Paramount, etc.

Rip or Convert DVD to MP4

Step 2. Choose MP4 as Output Format

Once the title is detected, it will pop up the Output Profile window. Find General Profiles and select "MP4 Video" (codec: h264+aac) from the right column. Click OK. If you need to convert a DVD for iPhone, Android device, YouTube, web services, you can also find a profile. Note: DVD to MP4 settings vary based on your needs. If you want a quality DVD ripping, or faster conversion and smaller MP4 output, you can check the recommended settings below.

Optimal quality settings: convert from a DVD to MP4 in the best quality.

  • Check High Quality Engine box to improve the output quality. It will analyze the source DVD and well balance the quality and bitrate based on the collected information. Check "Yadif Double Frames" De-interlacing box to remove any jagged interlacing artifacts.
  • To get the best possible output quality and smallest file size, choose MP4 H.265. It has 50% smaller size at the same quality.
  • Drag the bar from LQ to HQ encoding. HQ encoding will give you higher quality, but slower ripping.

Recommended speed settings: convert DVD to MP4 in 5x less time.

Common DVD rippers take averagely 30 minutes for a one-and-half hour move. For example, 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. On a computer with higher configuration, a full DVD can take anywhere from 15-25 minutes. But with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum, ripping a full DVD takes roughly 5 minutes (depending on your computer hardware), with Level-3 Hardware Acceleration is enabled. The rip will go from about 150fps to 350fps based on the computer you have (higher configuration, faster speed). Below are the recommended settings.

  • Enable hardware accelerator. The GPU accelerated DVD ripper is powered by the unique Level-3 Hardware Acceleration tech. It applies Intel QSV, NVIDIA Cuda/Nvenc, AMD, or M1 (Pro/Max/Ultra) acceleration in the DVD decoding, MP4 encoding, and processing. This tech will speed up DVD to MP4 H.264/H.265 by 5x faster than most other tools without sacrificing the picture quality.
  • The Multi-core CPU, Super Encode Engine based on MMX- SSE & 3DNow! and Hyper-threading tech will further speed up the process.
  • The Safe Mode can quickly detect the correct title of any DVD. This feature can bypass tough protections that other tools can't, such as 99-titles, navigation copy protections, etc.
WinX DVD Ripper Settings - GPU-accelerated DVD video to MP4

Recommended video size settings: convert DVD from GBs to MP4 in MBs.

In addition to selecting "H.265 MP4" as the output format, flexible options are offered to further reduce the size of the ripped MP4 video. Click the gear button beside the profile and enter into the parameter settings page. A slew of other variables such the video/audio codecs, pixel dimensions, frame rate, bit rate, audio sampel rate, etc. will help convert a DVD at 7.5GB to a smaller MP4 file.

  • You're not suggested to adjust the frame rate and aspect ratio, if not necessary.
  • Enable Video Codec and select the codec H.264 or H.265. It has a smaller size without too much compromise on quality loss.
  • Lower the bitrate to a lower level. For example, adjusting the original 2500 to bitrates of around 1800-2000 is acceptable without noticeable pixellation.
  • Lower the resolution. Typical DVD videos are 720×480 (NTSC) and 720×540 (PAL). Adjust the resolution to 640×480 won't make any quality difference.

Please note: Adjusting these variables have some effect on the re-encoded video quality. You can go smaller, only at the cost of quality loss. Generally, If you keep the original DVD quality, the H264/AAC (mp4) profile generally range from 1.2Gb - 1.6Gb after rips. By converting DVD to H.265 MP4, the size can be reduced by 50% at the same quality.

Disc to MP4 quality setting

Below we will encode the same DVD to MP4 in different settings after adjusting the above parameters. Test: Frozen DVD, 7.26GB, 1 hour 49 minutes, running on Intel® intel® HD Graphics 610 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, Windows 10.

Preset

Type

Container

Video Codec

Audio Codec

Quality

Avg. Speed

File size

Normal

Hardware

MP4

H.264

AAC

Excellent

358fps

963.45MB

Normal

Software

MP4

MPEG4

MP3

Excellent

355fps

899.44MB

LQ

Hardware

MP4

H.264

AAC

Excellent

374fps

316.1MB

HQ

Hardware

MP4

H.264

AAC

Excellent

303fps

1.024GB

Step 3. Start Converting DVD to MP4

Click the "Browse" button to select a destination folder in the dialog box that opens, and click OK. Then click the big blue "RUN" button to start converting.

Step 4. Tranfer MP4 to Device (Optional)

After the DVD is converted into MP4 (h.264/mpeg-4 avc/hevc) video, you can freely save the DVD video to computer or transfer to iPhone, iPad, Android, game consoles, tablets, and computers that don't have a hard drive.

Way 2. Rip a DVD to MP4 with Handbrake

Best for: Open source unprotected DVD to MP4 ripper for advanced users.

Techradar Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Handbrake is a popular free DVD ripper among users running Windows, Mac, and Linux. Handbrake is free to rip CSS and region-locked discs to MP4 and MKV, if with libdvdcss installed. There are advanced parameters you can tinker with, available for precise encoding settings, effects, parameter adjustment, etc, which, though, are something of a learning curve.

Note: if you are going to turn a DVD movie into an MP4 on your Windows 10 or 11 using the latest Handbrake version, please make sure you have Microsoft DESKTOP runtime 5.x installed. Then you can follow the Handbrake intruction below to convert DVD to MP4 file.

[Tutorial] How to Convert a DVD to MP4 with Handbrake?

  1. Download, install and open Handbrake on your PC or Mac.
  2. Insert the DVD you want to convert to MP4.
  3. Click Open Source to load the DVD movie. Note that you can rip unprotected DVDs only. If the DVD, ISO image or DVD folder is encoded with CSS or region code, please download libdvdcss. Or else, an error message like "no valid source or titles found" will prompt.
  4. The main title will be selected for non-commercial DVDs. For protected DVDs, you can find the title via VLC and manually select it.
  5. Click the Presets drop-down menu, ranging from General, Web, Matroska, Hardware, etc. You can preferrably choose Fast480p30 for the US or Fast576p25 for Europe. You can also choose HQ for better image quality, which may also result in slow DVD encoding speed.
  6. Choose the format MP4 from the drop-down list in the Summary.
  7. Click Browse and select a destination folder to save the resulted MP4 file.
  8. Then click Start Encode on the above toolbar.
best DVD to MP4 ripper - Handbrake

What to look out for: Handbrake may fail to encode some DVDs to MP4 properly if you upgrade to macOS 10.11 or newer. This is because Apple introduced new System Integrity Protection to prevent the execution of unauthorized code. You have to download libdvdcss additionally and take advantages of it to deal with the protected DVDs.

Way 3. Convert DVD to MP4 with VLC

Best for: two-in-one DVD ripper and player. No need to download external DVD ripper.

Trustpilot Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

VLC proves itself a solid choice with its simplified interface and powerful DVD decoder feature. Besides a popular media player, it offers an easy way to transcode DVD to MP4 H.264, H.265, WMV, Webm, and several device profiles. However, it comes with a few trade-offs. You can't decrypt a protected DVD with VLC and you have no control over the conversion - resolution, bitrate, frame rate, deterlacing, aspect ratio, volume and more.

[Tutorial] How to Convert a DVD to MP4 with VLC?

  1. Download, install and run the VLC media player. Insert the original DVD disc to VLC.
  2. Open the converter and click Convert/Save under Media menu in the top left corner of the main interface. Click the Disc button to load the DVD disc.
  3. Once the DVD movie in the Disc Device is loaded correctly, click the Convert/Save button. Alternatively, you can also go to the Open Disc from Media tab > browse and choose DVD locatoin at Disc Drive > choose Convert from the drop-down menu next to the Play button.
  4. When the Convert window pops up, select Video - h.264 + MP3 from the Profile dropdown menu.
  5. Click Browse button to save the converted movie. Then click the Start button and convert a DVD to .mp4 file.
DVD to MP4 converter - VLC

What to look out for: VLC is a well-recognized media player with GPU accelerated DVD/video decoding ability. But when it comes to DVD and video encoding, VLC has poorer performance compared with professional DVD ripper software. So if you value speed when converting DVD to MP4, you can choose the other DVD to MP4 converting tools in our list.

Way 4. Convert DVD to MP4 with Freemake DVD Ripper

Best for: Easy DVD ripper for beginners.

Techradar Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Freemake DVD Ripper features a large library of 50+ preprogrammed profiles, which means you can not only convert DVD to digital MP4, WMV, AVI video file, but also format your DVDs to play on phones, tablets, smart TVs, gaming systems, and more anywhere. Compared to other free DVD to MP4 converters, it has a benefit to remove some protections like the DVD region codes. But for other protected DVDs, Freemake will be glitchy.

[Tutorial] How to Convert a DVD movie to MP4 with Freemake DVD Ripper?

  1. Run the DVD to MP4 converter after you download it, insert a DVD into the drive.
  2. Click +DVD button at the top part, select your DVD drive with the physical movie, choose a VIDEO_TS folder on the DVD disc. Choose the biggest VOB file from the list. The program will read the disc and show you multiple titles. Choose the one with the longest length. Note: Freemake doesn't read copy-protected DVD, and sometimes, even the longest title length doesn't guarantee 100% successful DVD to MP4 conversion, so it's better to resort to another DVD ripper.
  3. Select MP4 from the profile list at the bottom of the interface and change the settings for the MP4 if needed. For example, you can pick the quality you want from the dropdown lists, including sticking with standard DVD quality, or upconverting to 720p, though it won't add any detail.
  4. After all the changes, click the Convert button to begin the DVD conversion.
rip DVD to MP4 - Freemake DVD ripper

What to look out for: There are some upsell attempts when you are using the free DVD to MP4 converter version. The ripped movies are generally accompanied with Freemake logo, making them almost unwatchable. You'd better upgrade to its paid version to remove the branding.

Way 5. Rip DVD to MP4 with DVDfab HD Decrypter

Best for: A good DVD to MP4 ripper for not only DVD discs but also Blu-rays.

Techradar Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

If you have any old or not so strongly protected DVDs or Blu-rays, DVDFab HD Decrypter is good for your ripping needs. With it you can convert your entire disc to MP4 or MKV format so that you can enjoy the digitized MP4 movie on mobile or laptop on the go.

However, it’s a little confused when it comes to download and install DVDFab HD Decrypter. During the installation, 25 additional software including DVD copy, DVD ripper, DVD creator, DVD cinavia removal, UHD creator, etc that are packed all in one DVDFab 12 are downloaded. But you can still choose to use DVDFab HD Decrypter for free as long as you are not ripping the newly protected DVDs and are not annoyed by the constant pester to upgrade.

[Tutorial] How Do I Rip a DVD to MP4 for Free with DVDFab HD Decrypter?

  1. Download DVDFab 12 from its official page, then opt for Ripper from the option bar. Then insert the DVD disc you want to rip to MP
  2. 4. Choose the profile MP4 as the output format.
  3. Click Start button to rip DVD to MP4 for free. The ripping process will be shown automatically.
DVD to MP4 ripper - dvdfab hd decrypter
DVDVideoSoft

What to look out for: DVDFab HD Decrypter is a free version that supports limited output formats like MP4 and MKV. It cannot work with all DVD discs, especially those released after 2018.

Way 6. Convert DVD to MP4 with DVDVideoSoft

Best for: Ripping DVD to video and audio for mobile devices.

Techradar Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Free DVD Video Converter from DVDVideoSoft is a lightweight program for Windows that will rip DVD to MP4, AVI, MKV, MP3, as well as a slew of mobile devices like iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, etc. The program is free, safe, and easy to use, which lets users to select the DVD titles, languages, and subtitles without any hassle.

[Tutorial] How to Convert DVD disc to MP4 on Windows 10/11 with DVDVideoSoft?

  1. Open the software after you download the program on your computer and click the Browse button to selecta drive with your DVD or DVD folder.
  2. Then click the Choose button to select the DVD title you want to convert to MP4. If you're not sure which is the correct title, you can play the DVD with VLC and remember the title.You can also set the languages and subtitles and click OK.
  3. Click Browse to set an output folder. Then under the Formats, select MP4 as the output format. Choose preferred presets under the Presets optimized for playback on your computer or mobile.
  4. After all the steps, click Convert to start.
DVD to MP4 ripper - DVDVideoSoft
DVDVideoSoft

What to look out for: DVDVideoSoft supports unprotected discs only. So you will need to download extra software to rip copy-protected DVDs. Moreover, if you want more advanced features such as parameter adjustment, basic editing options, you’d better look for other professional DVD to MP4 converters for help.

Way 7. Convert DVD to MP4 with MediaCoder

Best for: Fast and Customizable DVD ripping.

CNET Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

MediaCoder is a free media transcoding that supports converting DVDs to most popular video and audio formats like H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, VP8/VP9, and more. It takes advantage of QuickSync, NVENC, CUDA to deliver a quick DVD to H.264/H.265 converting speed. Users are also allowed to adjust the output settings like video bitrate, format, rate mode, and more. However, the program is quite complicated to get started.

[Tutorial] How to rip a DVD to MP4 Free with MediaCoder?

  1. Run the DVD to MP4 converter. Click Add Track from the File menu and select your DVD.
  2. Click on the Video tab and check Enable Video function. Go to Format —- MPEG4.
  3. Click the Output Folder to specify where the program should save the converted files, then click START and wait.
How to convert discs to MP4 with Mediacoder

What to look out for: MediaCoder's interface is a little bit intimidating, which may not be instant to go about everything, especially if you are a green hand. Besides, the DVD to MP4 converting speed is a bit slow when compared with other professional DVD rippers.

Part 2. Common DVD to MP4 Errors You May Meet

There are still some other free DVD to MP4 converter softwar in the market. They basically share similar workflows but also producs alike troubles as below:

1. It takes too long.

I was ripping some DVDs but the rip was averaging 11.8 FPS, getting closer to 25-30 minutes a DVD. I've restarted my computer, checked my CPU usage (under 20%) and everything I could think of but it still took a long time. It's annoying when you're ripping 5-10 DVDs a day.

DVD to MP4 ripping speed relies on both the DVD ripper software itself and computer hardware. The faster processor the computer has, the faster the encoding will be. How long does it take to convert a full dvd to MP4? Generally, a DVD ripper is widely considered as fast when it can convert a DVD movie to MP4 withiy 15 minutes, with an average speed of 25FPS+. It's unacceptable when it takes hours to finish a DVD copy, especially when you need to copy a large DVD collection.

2. The output is not as good as the original DVD.

I'm trying to rip some family's DVDs (weddings, etc.). But the ripped MP4 (same resolution as original) has some pixels on the screen.

The DVD ripping process will re-encode the video and lose quality for that reason. But different codecs like MPEG4, H.264, and HEVC have different qualities (generally, HEVC > H.264 > MPEG4). To keep the the visually same quality (including Dolby digital sound), DVD to MP4 x265 is the best choice. Besides, copy protections like fake title, bad sector, CSS, etc. can possibly result in bad quality if the software fails to remove them. That means you need to install a powerful DVD ripper to handle copy protected DVDs.

3. The ripped MP4 is huge in size.

I have Pavtube but when converting using best settings in h.264 (mp4) the file gets huge. Tried using Handbrake, files are smaller (3.3gigs...). Need to convert some DVDs to an iPhone, so is it possible to SHRINK it somewhat to fit on a mobile device?

A compelete DVD is anywhere from 4-7GB and the rip size depends on how nice you want the quality. Simply put, the smaller size, the lower quality. Generally, for a full-length movie (1.5-2 hrs) encoded in MP4 H.264 codec, 1.2-1.8 gigs will give good quality. But incapable DVD rippers sometimes produce the rip as large as 40GB, especially when they cope with the newly-released DVD movies, 99-title DVDs and Disney DVDs. So a good DVD ripper with decrypting ability is deemed as essential.

Summary: It's kinda a paradox to get the fast speed, optimal quality, and small size for the DVD to H.264/MPEG-4 avc. However, a battle-tested DVD converter like WinX DVD Ripper Platinum can get the best possible results in a balanced way.

Part 4. Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can VLC convert DVD to MP4?

As a matter of fact, VLC additionally acts as a DVD ripper since version 0.9.6. Despite VLC doesn’t offer more conversion profiles like AVI or WMV, and there are some hidden tabs and buttons in our test, but you can still follow the steps to rip a DVD to MP4 with VLC.

  1. Open VLC.
  2. Click Media drop-down menu and select Convert/Save.
  3. Click Disc tab and select the DVD to rip in Disc device.
  4. Click the Convert/Save button.
  5. Select Video - H.264+MP3 (MP4)
  6. Click for detailed VLC tutorial to rip a DVD...

2. Is converting DVD to MP4 legal?

It's not legal to crack a DVD in United States. But it's widely considered that it's OK to make an "archival" copy of any DVD content that you've legally purchased/acquired the rights to.

3. How do I covert protected DVD to MP4?

You need to get a DVD ripper that supports copy protections. There are protected DVD rippers that supports Disney DRM, CSS, region codes, RCE, 99 titles, etc. Download the program, insert your DVD, and it should be able to read and analyze the correct title of a protected DVD. (Please note, before you convert a protected DVD, make sure you legally own it.)

4. How do I convert DVD to MP4 for free using Windows Media Player?

Windows Media Player is able to play media files and convert CDs but there is no option to convert DVDs to MP4 file format. The only option available is to use anther third-party program to convert a file format into MP4.

5. Is it possible to rip DVD to MP4 on Windows or Mac 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. As a result, no OS developer would get itself into the DVD ripping stuff.

6. How to Convert DVD to MP4 on Windows 10/11?

Microsoft ditches DVD support in Windows, including the latest Windows 11. So you cannot play DVD movie on Windows 10 or 11 directly unless you download third-party DVD software. Instead of putting DVD into a disc tray each time you play it, it’s better to convert a DVD to an MP4 on Windows 11 or 10 beforehand, so that you can play it on the go without a DVD player. How do I convert dvd to mp4 for free on Windows 10 or 11?

WinX DVD Ripper can handle the task of converting DVD to MP4 video on a computer running Windows 11/10/8/7. Just download and install the software on your desktop PC or laptop, click +DVD button to load the DVD movie, then choose the output format MP4 H.264 for the best compatibility, press RUN button to start converting video from DVD to MP4 format on Windows 10/11.

7. Can I convert DVD to MP4 online free?

Technically, you cannot create MP4 from DVD directly. First of all, online DVD converters normally read DVD VOB files instead of DVD discs. Secondly, you cannot upload a DVD video file since common DVD video file ranges from 4.7GB to 8.5GB in size while online free video converters generally accept the media file less than 1GB or even smaller. What's worse, it takes a long time to transfer DVD to MP4 since network connection is heavily required. So we still recommend using desktop software such as WinX DVD Ripper or Handbrake to convert DVD files to MP4.

8. What is a good DVD to MP4 converter?

Choosing a good DVD to MP4 ripper shall be based on the following criteria:

  • A good DVD ripper shall feature a intuitive UI, and guide you to complete the conversion ask within a few clicks, preferably 2 or 3 steps.
  • When evaluating whether the DVD ripper is good at converting DVD to MP4 or not, the ability to deal with copy-protected DVDs is of great importance. Or else, it may run into error like no title found, incomplete encoding, halfway crashing, and more.
  • It will deliver a superfast conversion speed. Hardware acceleration is the icing on the cake.
  • Incompetent tool may have very fast rips but at the expense of image quality. So high quality DVD to MP4 ripper is still of top concern.
  • It offers loads of profiles for almost all PCs, mobiles, gaming systems, etc, and fulfil your various ripping needs.

In our actual test, WinX DVD ripper and Handbrake are regarded as the best tools to convert DVD to MP4 format.

9. How do I convert DVD to mp4 on Mac?

Mac users can create a copy of unprotected DVD with Mac’s Disk Utility. However, there isn’t any native way to digitize DVD. To convert DVD to MP4 on Mac, you need to resort to third-party software like MacX DVD Ripper Pro, Handbrake for Mac to do the task. Here we take converting DVD to MP4 using MacX DVD Ripper Pro as an example.

  1. Download and launch the DVD ripper on your Mac computer. Then add your DVD disc, ISO image or DVD folder and let the program scan the title automatically.
  2. Once the movie main title is selected, you are prompted with a pop-up window leading you to choose an output format. Choose MP4 H.264 as the export format.
  3. Click Browse button to locate the destination folder where you want to save the exported movie file.
  4. Tap RUN button and it will begin converting DVD to MP4. You can witness the converting processing and it will finish conversion in a few minutes.

Detailed guide: how to convert DVD to MP4 on Mac for free

Part 4. External Knowledge about DVD and MP4

Since 1995, DVD had become a universal entertainment carrier in a global context. People were using discs to record anything important and cherished, and to view movies. Roughly years 2004 to 2007 were the golden age of DVDs, with the revenue of yearly sales calculated in billions. More than 127 million DVD players were sold to over 70 million U.S. homes until the end of 2004. However, the physical medium has some defects that push many people to rip DVD and choose MP4 as the preferred format. Here are the reasons:

1. Possible Reasons to Digitize DVD Disc

DVD disc offers high storage capacity (up to 8.5GB/4 hours at typical bit rates) to store any kind of digital data. Most DVDs store video in MPEG-2 format at 720x480 pixels for NTSC and 720x576 pixels for PAL in either 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio. To play a DVD, you need a  DVD drive and an MPEG-2 decoder (e. g., a DVD player or a computer DVD drive with a software DVD player). With DVDs, you should note that:

  • DVD is fragile.
    DVDs are vulnerable to warping, scratching, and breaking. When it is damaged or aged, sectors become unreadable and you may encounter problems like it skips or even aborts; it doesn't seem to read or load. It's advisable to copy DVD against scratch or any damage.
  • Disc drive is ditched from modern devices.
    Modern PCs, Macs, ultrabooks, and game console like Xbox One S are coming without disc drive. To play DVDs, you need an external DVD drive and MPEG2 decoder. This becomes an extra burden when you want to bring some DVD movies on your trips.
  • DVDs take much space.
    DVDs are cumbersome and becoming a headache for those who have an enormous number of DVDs. They need nice DVD storage ideas and are often suggested to convert DVD to MP4 or other files to save space and find target item easily.
  • Region code causes playback errors.
    Virtually all commercial DVDs have region codes [wiki] which only permit the discs to be played on DVD players that have identical codes. E.G., you can't play a DVD from British (where region 2 is employed) in America (where DVDs and DVD players have a region code of 1). Click here to convert DVD region code >>

2. Possible Reasons to Convert to MP4 Format

MP4 (MPEG-4 Part 14) is a digital multimedia container format most commonly used to store video, audio as well as data like subtitles and still images. It works with a variety of coompression schemes like H.264, HEVC, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, AAC and MP3 audio track. Relievedly, all the above problems with discs can be circumvented by ripping DVD to MP4 file.

  • MP4 well balances size and 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 but hard to be corrupted.
    Due to its easier storage & management, MP4 is the best format to backup DVD to. You can save it on computer hard drive, USB, flash drive, iPhone, Android, etc. You can categorize MP4 videos by genre, year, etc. as per your needs. It's easy to locate any file by searching. Unlike fragile DVD disc, MP4 video file is difficult to be damaged during regular use. If corrupted, we have multiple ways to repair MP4 file.
  • MP4 is widely supported.
    MP4 is compatible with almost all devices, including computers and HD/4K TVs, phones, tablets, and game consoles from Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft, Sony, etc. It's accepted by media players, editors (e.g. iTunes, iDVD, iMovie) and web services (e.g. YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo). After converting DVD file to MP4, you can watch MP4 copies on the train, airplane, bus, etc without taking along physical discs.

For the above reasons, it is advisable to change the movie format from DVD to MP4 with professional DVD rippers. Click here and follow our detailed guide to convert DVD to MP4 here >>

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author - Donna Peng

Donna Peng

Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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