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How to Upload DVD to YouTube on Windows and Mac

This is a tutorial of how to rip DVD collection to YouTube accepted format/size/length, and upload DVD video to YouTube.

"I have a lot of DVDs including homemade DVDs and commercial protected DVDs. I want to upload some DVD video clips to YouTube for sharing with other YouTubers, but I don't know how, because YouTube does not seem to support uploading DVD directly. Can anyone suggest a solution? Many thanks."

As a popular video-sharing site, YouTube is indeed a good option to upload and share your DVD clips like the wedding videographer, travel vlog, or memorable party moments. But have you noticed that you cannot directly upload DVD to YouTube? There are some restrictions on video format - videos in MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPEG-4, FLV, AVI, WMV, WebM etc. can be accepted by YouTube for uploading. That's why you need to convert DVD to YouTube supported formats with a DVD ripping software before uploading.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Some Restrictions You Should Know before DVD to YouTube Uploading

Besides video format, there are some other restrictions you should be aware before uploading DVD to YouTube.

  1. Bear in mind that you cannot upload commercial DVD clips to YouTube without authorization since it's illegal.
  2. More and more formats are supported by YouTube, like MP4, MOV, MPEG, AVI, WMV, FLV, 3GPP, WebM, ProRes, CineForm, HEVC (h265), but definitely not including DVD or VOB format. Learn more about YouTube supported formats >>
  3. By default, you're only allowed to upload DVD digital files that're no more than 15 minutes. To upload longer videos, you need to verify your account.
  4. The 16:9 aspect ratio is the best ratio for YouTube videos and any other professional video content. If you upload a 4:3 video on YouTube, you will get black bars. So you need to convert DVD video from 4:3 to 16:9
Upload DVD disc to YouTube
Upload DVD to YouTube

Part 2: How to Rip DVD to YouTube Accepted File Format

As recommended above, we can use WinX DVD Ripper Platinum to rip any DVD disc to YouTube accepted format for uploading with ease. It can:

  • Rip any DVD including copy protected DVDs to YouTube friendly formats/codecs directly;
  • Edit DVD video for uploading onto YouTube by trimming, cropping, expanding, merging, inserting extra subtitles, etc;
  • Adjust video audio parameters like aspect ratio, resolution, frame rate, etc for uploading on YouTube.
  • Switch interlaced scanning DVD video to progressive scanning in order to put better video effect on YouTube.
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It helps upload a DVD to YouTube on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, etc. And its Mac version can assist you in uploading DVD to YouTube on Mac OS X 10.5 or later, including latest macOS Big Sur. Known as the fastest DVD ripper, it can finish DVD ripping at 3X-5X faster speed than ordinary DVD rippers in the market. And it maintains the output in good video audio quality.

Quick Guide to Rip DVD to YouTube

First of all, download, install and launch this DVD ripper on your PC or Mac.

Step 1. Load the DVD you want to upload to YouTube.
Insert the DVD disc into DVD-ROM, and then click DVD Disc at the top left corner of the ripper to load the DVD. Typically, it will select the main title for you directly. Certainly, you can also choose any one as you like manually.

Step 2. Select output profile.
This tool is badly user-friendly, because it offers preloaded YouTube video profiles. Simply find one under the path: Web Video Profile -> YouTube Video. According to YouTube Help Center, a MP4 video format with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec is the best choice for uploading on YouTube.

rip protected DVD to YouTube MP4
Rip Protected DVDs to YouTube MP4 format

Step 3. Edit DVD video for uploading to YouTube. (Optional)
If you want to trim, crop, expand or modify subtitles, just click Edit button. If you want to set video audio parameters, simply click the gear icon.


  • By default, users are allowed to upload videos no longer than 15 minutes. If you want to put longer DVD video on to YouTube, you should verify your account to increase your limit.
  • With an up-to-date browser version, you can upload DVD files more than 20GB. And the maximum file size is 128GB and maximum duration is 11 hours. You can check the details from the post "best YouTube size for uploading".
  • YouTube applies 16:9 aspect ratio players. If you are uploading a non-16:9 DVD video, it will be processed and displayed correctly as well, but with pillar boxes (black bars on the left and right) or letter boxes (black bars at the top and bottom) provided by the player. So you may want to change aspect ratio from 4:3 to 16:9.

Step 4. Set destination folder and begin ripping DVD to YouTube.
Tap Browse button to specify a folder to store ripped DVD video. When all settings are done, you can hit RUN button to get DVD to YouTube conversion started.

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.

Part 3: How to Upload DVD to YouTube on Windows/Mac

Warning: Please do not upload a DVD video that will violate others' copyright or privacy rights to YouTube.

After finishing the following steps, your DVD video will be transferred to YouTube.

Step 1. Open YouTube website and login into YouTube. If you don't have an account, sign up for one before any further.

Step 2. Click Upload button at the top of the page.

Step 3. Define the video privacy settings and select the DVD video you want to upload to YouTube.

How to Upload DVD Video to YouTube
How to upload DVD video to YouTube

Step 4. Edit the basic information and advanced settings of the DVD video while uploading. The uploading speed will vary depending on your file size, bandwidth and YouTube server.

Step 5. Click Publish when finishing uploading a public video to YouTube. As for private or unlisted video, please click Done or Share. After uploading DVD to YouTube, you will receive an email notifying that your video has done uploading and processing.


author - Donna Peng

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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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