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Follow This Detailed User Guide to Rip DVD to MP4 for Free Using 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 DVD ripper since version 0.9.6. But, how to rip a DVD with VLC? Can VLC rip a DVD to MP4 format? 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 user guide shares the same workflow.

Step 1. Free Download and Install VLC DVD Ripper on Computer
Before this DVD to MP4 user guide, we should download and install VLC on our computer. This all-in-one media player and DVD ripper supports multi-platforms, including Windows (XP-10), Mac OS (X 10.6 and later), Linux and more.

Now, Go to VLC official site and select matched operation system to download. 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.

How to Rip DVD to MP4 with VLC Step 1 - Install VLC on PC/Mac

Step 2. Import DVD Disc to VLC

Open VLC. Click Media on menu bar and a drop-down list appears. Select Convert / Save… to access to Open Media dialogue box.

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 how to choose a title, play the DVD with VLC to find the correct title. You are also allowed to set audio/subtitle tracks. Now, click Convert / Save button at the bottom of this page.

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.

How to Rip DVD to MP4 with VLC Step 2 - Import DVD Disc

Step 3. 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.

How to Rip DVD to MP4 with VLC Step 3 - Start Ripping

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.

Also read: How to Use VLC to Convert Video to MP4 on Windows, Mac and Linux

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 DVD to MP4, nothing happens. VLC gives no message about ripping process and just show me the interface."

Yes, unlucky people always encounter wired issues like above questions said when ripping DVD to MP4 with VLC. We suggest you to install the latest version of VLC and try again. 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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Step 1. Click DVD Disc button to load the source into WinX DVD Ripper.

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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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VLC[1] - a portable, free and open-source, cross-platform media player and streaming media server written by the VideoLAN project. It is available for desktop operating systems and mobile platforms, like Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone, Android, Tizen, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. VLC is also available on App stores such as Apple's App Store, Google Play store and Microsoft Windows Windows Store…

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   May Watt@may_w1209

May Watt is a member of Digiarty. She offers a bunch of tips of how to handle multimedia files (DVD, video files, music etc.) and keeps her focus on tech news about Apple, Google, GoPro, Drone and more.

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