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[Solved] How to Fix VLC Won't Rip DVD Problem on PC/Mac?

1. I'm trying to convert a DVD with VLC, but it generates a weird error message that says DVDRead could not open the disk. It's especially weird as VLC plays the DVD fine... If anyone can offer any help that will be great!

2. I'm following the instructions from How-To Geek:, and anytime I click "start", it just shuts out and looks like how it does when you first open VLC, no special recording or streaming message or moving anything.
Did this have something to do with the DRM or something, doesn't it....

There must be piles of users who have ripped DVD with VLC. However, ripping DVD with VLC will not always run well. When you encounter "VLC won't rip DVD" matter, just follow the guides below.

Part 1. Top Solutions to VLC Not Ripping DVD Error

When you're having a trouble in ripping a DVD with VLC player, there are a couple of things you can try to make it alright:

1. Update VLC to the Latest Version

Check your VLC media player version and make sure VLC is up-to-date. If you're not running the latest version of VLC media player, download and install the latest version from the official VLC website.

2. Install libdvdcss codec library for VLC

Install the necessary codecs if your DVD disc is copyright protected. Make sure you have the necessary codecs installed on your computer to decode the DVD. Most commercial DVDs would require additional codecs like libdvdcss for VLC to be installed to handle encrypted DVDs.

3. Check the DVD Region

DVDs are often region-locked, which means they can only be played in certain regions. Make sure the DVD you're trying to rip matches your computer's DVD region setting.

4. Try Other Settings in VLC

Let's check the VLC ripping DVD steps in case it's your misoperation that leads to VLC won't rip DVD:

Step 1. Open Disc (in Media option) -> Choose Disc device and the DVD Title/Chapter to find out the correct title with full movie content -> Play

Step 2. Convert/Save (also in Media option) -> Select Disc device and DVD Title/Chapter again at Disc window -> Convert/Save

Step 3. Do DVD ripping settings, like choosing profile (MP4, WebM, TS, OGG, H.264, MPEG, HD, Android, Audio etc.), destination folder and deinterlace.

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Step 4. All things done, click "start" to begin the VLC ripping DVD to MP4 video.

If all steps are right and VLC still cannot rip DVD, do the following troubleshooting tips:

  • Take the DVD disc out of the DVD-ROM drive and put it in again, or alter a DVD disc to have a try.
  • Restart your Windows PC or Mac OS X.
  • Reset VLC to default settings, or unistall and reinstall the VLC player to try again.

5. Set VLC Preferences

  • Open VLC > "Tools" > "Preferences" (or press Ctrl+P).
  • In the preferences window, click on "Input/Codecs."
  • Under "DVD handling," try changing the "Disc device" option to the correct DVD drive letter (e.g., E: or D:).
  • Save your changes and restart VLC media player on your Windows or Mac. Now try ripping DVD with VLC again.

6. Change DVD Drive

Sometimes, it's your DVD drive to make you suffer this VLC not ripping DVD error. If you have access to another DVD drive or computer, try ripping the DVD disc with a different drive to rule out any hardware issues with your current drive.

If none of the above solutions work, consider seeking help on forums or communities related to VLC. There may be others who have experienced similar issues and can offer specific solutions. Or, consider using a different DVD ripping software with more powerful DVD decryption ability.

Part 2. Try Top VLC Alternative to Rip DVDs with Nary an Error

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Step 2. Choose DVD Ripping Format/Device
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Step 4. Begin Ripping DVD
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