How to: rip a DVD using VLC

How to: rip a DVD using VLC

largeVLCVLC is my video player of choice for its spectacular feature set. It plays just about every format under the sun, whether it’s audio or video. There are so many features in VLC that is easy to over look some useful features. Most people know that VLC can play back subtitles, delay or advance audio, and convert files but did you know that VLC can rip DVDs too?

In this tutorial, I’ll how you how to rip a DVD using only VLC.

One of the lesser-known features of VLC is its DVD-ripping capabilities. If you don’t want to download any other programs to do ripping, you’ll be glad that VLC included this feature. To get started ripping a DVD, click on ‘Media’ and then ‘Convert/Save…’

vlc convert and save

From there, choose the ‘Disc’ tab and select your DVD drive. If you’re trying to rip a commercial DVD, make sure to set VLC to skip the DVD title or it’ll just keep recording the menu video over and over again. Most users won’t need to adjust anything under ‘Show more options’ so just click the button for ‘Convert/Save.’

vlc dvd title

The next screen that pops up will want you to choose a location to save your file. Give it a memorable name and put it somewhere you’ll remember followed by the extension of the file format you want, otherwise VLC will default to a .ps file, which stands for Program Stream. So for example, if you’re saving a movie as an MP4, add ‘.mp4’ to the file name when saving.

There is a little tool button next to the drop-down menu for changing video codecs where you can adjust specific settings for video and you can even overlay subtitles on your ripped file.

vlc advanced tools

Once started the play progress bar will represent the rip progress. You’ll probably also notice that your machine becomes slower as VLC will be consuming tons of system resources to encode video.

vlc system resources

While it’s great that VLC includes a built in way to rip DVDs, programs like Handbrake offer a much simpler interface and MUCH quicker performance.

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