2 Easy Ways to Copy DVD to Computer on Windows 10/8/7 and macOS
How to save (non-commercial and copy-protected) DVDs as digital video files (ISO, MP4, AVI, MOV, etc.) to computer on Windows and macOS
DVD is not as popular as old days. Even if you have some DVDs, you may prefer to rip DVD and save the DVD videos to computer desktop or laptop, thus you don't need to bring fragile bulky DVDs with you. Obviously, it is only one of many reasons for saving DVD to computer. Other reasons include: digitize DVD to ISO image to create a new DVD later, save on computer hard drive to protect precious movie collections, free up some room in your house, turn DVD discs to digital for flexible playback on computer or mobile devices, and so on.
Whatever the reason, this article will deliver the best two solutions to save DVD to computer. No matter who you are, a freeware seeker or a specialist software follower, a home-made DVD owner or a copy-protected DVD holder, a beginner or a tech geek, you will get a satisfactory answer here.
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- Part 1: How to Rip a HOMEMADE DVD to Computer with HandBake for Free?
- Part 2: How to Save a COPY-PROTECTED DVD to Computer with WinX DVD Ripper?
Save 100% Original Copy of Protected/Homemade DVD on Computer!
Needless to install libdvdcss or other decryption library, WinX DVD Ripper can accept with whatever you feed it, family DVDs, encrypted movies (Disney/Sony, 99-title DVD, CSS/AACS protected DVD, workout DVD...)
Easily copy DVDs to PC & Mac with 1:1 lossless quality, containing full DVD data, menus, subtitles, video, and audio, etc.;
Store digital DVD copies on desktop or laptop with small size and 98% original quality in MP4, AVI, HEVC, MKV, MOV, WMV, others;
How to Rip and Save a HOMEMADE DVD to Computer with HandBake for Free?
To save a home-made DVD without any copy protection schemes to computer, you can get help from some free DVD converters like HandBrake. HandBrake is an open source video transcoder capable of ripping unprotected DVDs to MP4 and MKV for saving and playing on computer and other devices. Moreover, it also comes with presets for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Android and Windows Phone.
And it is also worth mentioning that HandBrake is a cross-platform program available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Simply go to HandBrake official website, download the edition compatible with your computer OS, install and launch it to save DVD to computer for free. And here we have prepared a step-by-step guide, in case you can't handle it on your own.
Step 1. Insert the DVD, then click "Source" button on HandBrake and tap your DVD drive. Then, HandBrake will begin scanning the DVD titles immediately and select the main title for you spontaneously.
(Tip: If the selected title is not the one you desire, you can opt for another at will.)
Step 2. Click "Browse" to choose which computer folder you want to save the output file to.
Step 3. Specify output format and modify settings. In general, you just need to select the "Container" (MP4 or MKV). If you have special needs, you can set video audio parameters, adjust resolution, etc.
Step 4. Hit the green "Start" button located beside "Source" button to begin copying and saving DVD to your computer hard drive.
If you encounter following problems while using HandBrake for DVD conversion on computer, the following solutions might help you out.
Handbrake Cannot Scan DVD Title [Solved]
Handbrake No Title Found Error [Solved]
Handbrake only Rips about Half DVD [Solved]
How to Copy a COPY-PROTECTED DVD to Computer with WinX DVD Ripper?
Almost all open source DVD rippers are incapable to deal with protected DVDs, just like HandBrake. But there are many commercial DVD rippers in the market, among which WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is the most popular one for Windows and Mac, including Windows 7, 8(.1), 10, Vista, macOS Catalina and lower. Not only support for saving home-made DVD to laptop, it will also rip any copy-protected DVD in AVI, WMV, MP4, MPEG, H.264, HEVC, MOV, FLV, MKV, 3GP, and other mainstream formats on PC and Mac. Meanwhile, it also provides DVD backup options, enabling users to copy and save DVD as ISO image file and DVD folder at 1:1 ratio to computer.
Other highlights include: 320+ output formats, 350+ preloaded profiles to save DVD to mobile phones/tablets, fast DVD ripping speed (Level-3 GPU hardware acceleration tech), lossless quality, rich video audio parameter settings, etc. Have some DVDs locked by DVD CSS, region code, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney X-project DRM, or other schemes? Free download WinX DVD Ripper Platinum and follow the guide below!
To begin with, download, install and launch this DVD converter on your computer.
Step 1. Insert target DVD to DVD-ROM and click "DVD Disc" button located at the top left of WinX DVD Ripper Platinum to load the DVD.
Step 2. Choose an output profile. Only a few seconds later, this tool can load the DVD, detect the main title and meanwhile pop up the output profile window for you to choose the format you want. It's suggested to rip DVD to MP4 for the widest compatibility with media player and mobile devices. You can also choose to copy DVD to ISO/MPEG2 for the sake of reserving the output quality.
Step 3. Hit "Browse" to define which destination folder you want to save the DVD video to.
Step 4. Click "RUN" to begin ripping and saving copy-protected DVD movie to computer right now.
Note: The software developer only advocates ripping DVDs for personal use and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.
HandBrake could be an option for copying unencrypted DVD to computer if you don't mind the limited output formats/presets and unexpected errors. But if you want to have an easy-to-follow yet feature-rich DVD ripper for both home-made and commercially copy-protected DVDs, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum can be the best way out.