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How to Copy Homemade & Protected DVD to Computer Windows 10/Mac

If you want to save movie and TV show DVDs onto laptop or desktop, follow the tutorials about how to copy (home-made and store-bought) DVD to computer on your Windows (10/8/7) and macOS.

DVD is not as popular as old days. If your shelves are chock-full of DVD discs, you may prefer to copy DVD to computer to free up space in your living room, and avoid the risk of any scratch or damage to your physical movie library. On top of that, turning your DVDs into movie files on your computer will give you full access to the movies with your mobile, tablet, laptop, etc without taking around the bulky discs.

Well, how can we save DVD to computer? Many people attempt to copy DVD to computer with Windows Media Player. But in fact, Windows Media Player cannot rip DVD, although it can rip CD.

Here we'll introduce 3 feasible solutions to rip DVD to computer to create a digital copy of your favorite movie. No matter who you are, a home-made DVD owner or a copy-protected DVD holder, you will get a satisfactory answer here.

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Save Protected/Homemade DVD onto Windows (10)/Mac Computer!

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is the best software to choose.

  • Easily copy DVD to PC & Mac computer with 1:1 lossless quality, containing full DVD data, menus, video, audio and subtitle tracks.
  • Store digital DVD copies on desktop or laptop with small size and 98% original quality in MP4, AVI, H.264, HEVC, MKV, MOV, WMV, etc.
  • Accept whatever DVD you feed it - family DVDs, encrypted movies (Disney/Sony, 99-title DVD, CSS/AACS protected DVD, workout DVD...), without installing libdvdcss or other decryption library.

Check the Video Tutorial on How to Rip DVD to Computer

Method 1 How to Rip and Save a Homemade DVD to Computer with HandBake for Free?

To save a home-made DVD 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 mobile devices. Moreover, it also comes with readymade profiles for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Android and Windows Phone.

HandBrake pros and cons:

Rip both DVDs and video files.
Many customizable settings before DVD conversion.
Libdvdcss is required for CSS, region-locked DVDs. But cannot deal with DVD with intricate copy protection.

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 "Open Source" button on HandBrake.

Import DVD to Handbrake
Import DVD to HandBrake

It takes a moment for Handbrake to scan the titles on your DVD. Just wait until the scanning process is finished. Select the title you want to rip off DVD. Generally speaking, the longest duration is the main movie. If you see an error saying that "no valid source found" or "no title detected", it's probably the DVD is encoded with copy protection measures.

Note: When the DVD is copy protected, installing libdvdcss on computer is required. Mac users upgrading to macOS El capitan or later should know that the libdvdcss has been removed due to the SIP. Check the tutorial to install libdvdcss for a successful ripping. But this doesn't guarantee 100% success for some severely protected DVDs. To be exact, libdvdcss is mainly designed for CSS encrypted DVDs. Handbrake will not work when it comes to DVD encryption tech like Disney X-project, Sony ARccOS, AACS 2.0, UOPs, etc.

Handbrake scanning DVD titles
HandBrake is scanning DVD titles

Step 2. Specify output format and modify settings. HandBrake allows you to convert DVD to MP4 or MKV. There're many available presets, such as Fast 480p30. If you have special needs, you can set video audio parameters, adjust resolution, etc.

Choose output format for DVD copy file
Choose output format for the resulting file

Step 3. Click "Browse" to choose which computer folder you want to save the output file to.

Step 4. Hit the green "Start Encode" button located beside "Queue" button to begin copying DVD to your computer hard drive.

Start encoding DVD to computer with HandBrake
Start encoding DVD to computer with HandBrake

Note: Keep in mind that Handbrake can't create lossless DVD copies on computer. As DVD is encoded in MPEG2, a lossy codec, what Handbrake can do is to transcode the DVD to digital file with further loss. Check how can you backup DVD without quality loss >>

Method 2 How to Save DVD to Computer with VLC for Free on Windows (10)/Mac?

There is another way to rip tons of DVD into a digital file that can be saved and played in your computer. With VLC media player, you don't even need to install a DVD copy software additionally. It acts as a decent DVD ripper that enables you to easily rip DVD, Bluray, Audio CD and even SVCD before they go unreadable or useless.

However, VLC comes with a few trade-offs - it is short of customizable quality settings to save the storage space for your computer and cannot circumvent any kind of DRM. That's why VLC get tripped up at times during the ripping.

VLC pros and cons:

No need to install third-party DVD ripper.
Easy to use, but leave you with few quality settings to tweak.
Not work with all DVDs.
No much control over the output file, with limited editing options.

But if you don't mind its disadvantages and want a straightforward solution, follow the step-by-step guide to learn how do you copy a DVD to you computer with ease.

Step 1. Go to VLC official page to download and install VLC.

Step 2. Open VLC, click Convert / Save … from the drop-down menu Media.

Rip DVD to computer with VLC
Save DVD to Computer with VLC

Step 3. Then, you will come to Open Media panel. Click on the Disc and select Browse button to select the DVD you want to copy to computer. Choose title, chapter, audio and subtitle track. Next, Click Convert / Save button at the bottom.

Import DVD into VLC
Import DVD into VLC

Step 4. Click the drop-down arrow of Profile to choose desired output video and audio formats. Click Browse button to specify save path. Once done, hit Start to begin ripping the DVD. It takes around 30 minutes to generate backup from a DVD based on your computer hardware.

Select profile and start ripping DVD to computer with VLC
Select profile and start ripping DVD to computer with VLC

Click to see full guide to backup DVD with VLC >>

Method 3 How to Copy a Copy-protected DVD to Computer with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum?

Almost all open source DVD rippers are incapable of dealing 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 Big Sur, 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.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum pros and cons:

Support any DVDs, be it classic title, newly released one, 99-title DVD, workout disc, or damaged DVD.
350+ device profiles. Rip DVD in a file that's playable on any screen without needing to fiddle with obscure settings.
4 lossless DVD copy modes: Create 1:1 DVD copy on computer in ISO image, MPG, DVD folder with full/desired audio and subtitle tracks.
Unique level-3 hardware acceleration is enabled to guarantee a superfast DVD conversion speed without burdening CPU.
It's shareware. But the good news is that you can download a WinX DVD Ripper giveaway version to use its full features.

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!

For Windows and Mac only. If you are a mobile user, please click here.
Please DO NOT use WinX DVD Ripper Platinum to rip rental DVDs.

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.

You can scroll down to PC/Mac General Video to choose an output format. It's suggested to rip DVD to MP4 for the widest compatibility with media player and mobile devices. You can also choose to create ISO image from DVD or copy DVD to MPEG2 for the sake of reserving the output quality. You can also choose the device profile format and leave this at the default to fit your specific need.

Copy DVDs to computer with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum
Convert DVDs to digital format with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

Optional: For a fast DVD conversion on computer, pull the slider to Fast, it will lead to small size but low quality. You can also save high-quality DVD copy on computer by tweaking the slider to the HQ, which will have higher quality but take up more space.

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.

Final Word

The process of copying a DVD is easy with a tool as long as it has a ripping feature. If you are going to create digital copies from classic DVDs and save them onto your computer, there isn't too much trouble with Handbrake, VLC or any other DVD rippers. But if you want to download and save some recently released DVDs or some discs produced by Disney, Warner Bros or Paramount, you need to turn to a more powerful tool such as WinX DVD Ripper Platinum to rip the intricate DVDs.

You'll have a big chance to get a copy-protected DVD. Some DVDs are protected with fairly advanced encryption that general DVD rippers cannot overcome. They usually manifest themselves with 99 titles in disguise. When scanning the titles, most programs including Handbrake will have difficulties detecting what title to rip and finically produce screwed up rips, leaving you with nothing but out-of-whack movie, e.g. mixed up video, no sound, etc.

To sum up, HandBrake could be an option for copying unencrypted DVD to computer if you don't mind the limited output formats/presets and unexpected errors. While VLC offers us a really straightforward solution to rip DVD without fiddling with any other software. 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 is the best way out.


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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