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How to Rip DVD to MP4 with VLC on PC/Mac

VLC[1] is better known as an open-source media player supporting virtually all multimedia files, embracing videos in diverse formats, DVDs, CDs and VCDs. As a matter of fact, it additionally acts as a simple DVD ripper since version 0.9.6. But, how to rip a DVD with VLC? Can VLC make an MP4 copy from DVD disc? Here, we will explain how to free rip DVD to MP4 using VLC in detail.

How to Free Rip a DVD to MP4 with VLC?

In the following, we will show the thorough illustration of how to free rip with VLC on Windows 10. Mac users can follow this guide to convert DVD to MP4 on Mac with VLC.

Step 1. Install VLC DVD Ripper
Go to VLC official site and select matched operation system to download. VLC Media Player supports multi-platforms, including Windows (XP-10), Mac OS (X 10.6 and later), Linux, etc. After it is fully downloaded, double click the exe file (vlc-3.0.1-win32.exe) to install VLC. During installation, you can choose optional components (for example web plugins) to install.

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Step 2. Import DVD Disc to VLC
Open VLC and insert your DVD. Click Media on menu bar and a drop-down list appears. Select Convert / Save… to access to Open Media dialogue box. Besides DVD disc, VLC also enables you to import ISO Image or VIDEO_TS folder which stores DVD contents as source for ripping to MP4.

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Step 3: Select the title
Click Disc tab and you will find 3 sections on this page: Disc Selection, Starting Position, Audio and Subtitles. Check DVD option and browse to import DVD source to VLC. Next, set title (main title in general) and chapter you wish to rip to MP4. If you don't know which is the correct title, play the DVD with VLC to find the correct title. Select the audio/subtitle tracks. Then click Convert / Save button.

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Select DVD title

Step 4. Start Ripping DVD to MP4
Convert pop-up arrives. Move to Settings panel. Set profile as MP4. If necessary, you can click the setting icon to adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution and subtitles. Then, click Browse button to give a destination for saving resulting MP4 file. Don't forget to name it. Finally, click Start to make VLC rip DVD to MP4.

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Tip: VLC provides two MP4 options: H.264 + MP3 and H.265 + MP3. Choose the most appropriate one depending on your needs. In addition, this VLC DVD ripper offers tens of video, audio, device and web profiles, such as WebM, TS, MP3, FLAC, TV, iPod, Android and YouTube.

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Fail to Rip DVD to MP4 with VLC? How to Fix?

"I'm trying to save a title from my DVD to an MP4 file on disk. I can save title 1 OK, but for some reason, title 2 crashes VLC."
"I am trying to rip a DVD to an MP4 file with an H264 codec in Windows 7, using VLC. The file does get created, but there is no audio."
"When I click Start to rip my disc to MP4, nothing happens. VLC gives no message about ripping process and just show me the interface."

* Fail to support copy protections. VLC is able to rip copy-protected movies, and even if you can't tell the correct title of a DVD, you can find it by playing the movie with VLC. But this dosen't mean a flawless DVD ripping process. Errors like VLC crashes, no audio, pixlated output, etc. can happen easily.

* Limited output choice/settings. VLC supports DVD to MP4 h.264, h.265, and MPEG4 as well as several other formats. It won't ensure the output quality, settings. You can't adjust, merge, crop, and do any settings or adjustments.

* Slow speed. First, the DVD-mp4 process happened in VLC is not quite the same as DVD ripping. It's a process that record the movies in real-time to MP4 created on your hard drive. DVD ripping is where a DVD ripper cracks the CSS encryption and save the DVD image into another file. It's faster. Second, VLC is mainly a media player instead of a ripper. It only supports GPU decoding.

When wired issues like the above happen during DVD to MP4 ripping with VLC, you can re-install the latest version of VLC, try another output profile, . If VLC still won't rip DVD, the DVD is probably copy-protected. If so, we need to use a DVD decrypter to remove copy protection of DVD at first and then rip it to MP4. On the other hand, we can switch to a VLC alternative to make everything simpler.

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It is a pretty easy task to rip DVD to MP4 via this best VLC alternative. Download and install it on your computer (Windows 10/macOS High Sierra and lower versions are supported).

Step 1. Click the DVD Disc button to load the source into WinX DVD Ripper.

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Step 2. Generally, main title will be checked automatically. Now, select "to MP4" tab. WinX DVD Ripper gives the best default audio/video settings for output file. You are also allowed to adjust to meet special needs.

Step 3. Click Start to rip DVD to MP4. Soon, you can get a resulting digital file in MP4 format

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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.

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author-Matthew Palmer

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Jack Watt is a sought-after editor at Digiarty. He is responsible for digital and multimedia world, delivering definitive video and audio related software reviews, enlightening guides, and incisive analysis. As a fan of Apple, Jack Watt also brings his experience to more readers and focuses on writing of the Apple ecosystem at large.

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