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2 Easy Ways to Copy DVD to Computer on Windows 10/8/7 and macOS

One thing to do at home during COVID-19 hibernation: save (home-made and store-bought) DVDs as digital video files (ISO, MP4, AVI, MOV, etc.) to computer

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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copy DVD to digital format

Save 100% Original Copy of Protected/Homemade DVD on Computer!

Needless to install libdvdcss or other decryption library, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum 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.)

save DVD to computer with Handbrake
Save Homemade DVD to Computer Free with HandBrake

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.

1. As for the copyright-protected DVDs, Handbrake is unable to read these discs unless you install libdvdcss library. That being said, 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, Region Code, UOPs, etc.
2. When you copy a DVD to computer using Handbrake, it can't make DVD copies without quality loss. As DVD is encoded in MPEG2, a lossy codec, what Handbrake can do is to transcode the DVD with further loss. You just keep in mind that Handbrake can't create lossless DVD copies for 1:1 backup on computer. >> Check how can you copy DVD losslessly <<

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

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!

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.

To begin with, download, install and launch this DVD converter on your computer.

Free download WinX DVD Ripper Platinum for Windows10/8/7
Free download WinX DVD Ripper for Mac on macOS Catalina or lower

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.

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Convert DVDs and Save to Computer

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

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.

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Donna Peng

Donna Peng has been a copywriter at Digiarty since 2014. Because of the occupational requirement and personal interest, she has carried on broad and profound study and researches to multimedia related stuff, popular electronic devices and multimedia programs in the market.

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