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How to Copy DVD with VLC Using the Video Recording Feature

Sometimes you want to back up your DVDs in video formats since the DVDs can be easily damaged or get lost. VLC Media Player 1.0 or later comes with the feature "Record" which allows you to record videos from DVDs.

In the below step by step guide, you will learn how to back up DVD with VLC Media Player by recording the DVD videos. If you want to rip DVD rather than recording videos, please turn to how to rip DVD with VLC.

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Easy way to copy DVD with VLC Media Player 1.0 or later

1Open VLC Media Player

Open VLC Media Player and go to View > Advanced Controls to bring up the Record button. Some other buttons such as snapshot and looping are just beside the Record button.

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2Record DVD videos

Now start to play your DVD by clicking "Media" > "Add File" to select the DVD videos you want to play. When playing, click the Record button on the top to start the recording and hit it again to end the video recording. The record button will turn blue to indicate that it is recording.

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You'll find the recorded videos in MPEG format in your Documents folder named as VLC record and the date and time of recording.

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In this way, you have copied DVD with VLC in MPEG video format. And VLC Record feature is especially good when you just want to get part of the DVD movie. You can also record videos from videos in the same way. Just note that this is not the same as DVD ripping because you must play the videos while recording and may get videos with lower quality than you have expected. And VLC will not burn the recorded videos to DVD. If you want to burn videos to DVD, you can turn to a professional DVD burner software like Aimersoft Best DVD Burner.

In fact, you can use other DVD backup tool to back up your favorite DVDs

1. If you want to rip your DVD to hard drive for backup or convert DVD to popular video formats for playback on portable devices, you can use Aimersoft DVD Ripper, a professional DVD ripper software to help you rip DVD to video formats like MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, MPG, MOV, MKV, etc. or extract audio from DVD. Besides, it allows you to trim, crop, adjustment video effect, etc. to get the best overall video effect.

2. If you want to copy your DVD to another DVD for backup, you can turn to Aimersoft DVD Copy, which can help you copy and backup all DVD movies to DVD disc (Including the protected DVDs) in 1:1 ratio, or save DVD movies to hard drive as DVD Folder or ISO image file.

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