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How to Rip DVD with VLC Media Player with Ease

Part 1: How to Rip DVD with VLC Media Player

Part 2: VLC Alternative to Rip DVD without Any Limitations

Sometimes you may get some DVD videos and want to upload them to the Internet to share with more people or enjoy them on your portable devices on the go. Well, on this occasion, you need to rip the DVD to your hard disk with some DVD ripping software.

Have you ever thought that you can rip DVD with VLC Media Player? Most people think VLC is just a media player. This article will guide you to convert DVD to videos using VLC Media Player in just a few steps (Note that this tutorial is written for VLC 0.9.6 or later, the latest version is 1.1.11).

How to convert DVD to videos with VLC Media Player

First, make sure you have VLC installed. If not, go to http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ to download VLC Media Player and install it on your computer. Then launch the program.

First, open VLC Media Player and go to Media > Open Disc or press the shortcut Ctrl + D to select the DVD files you want to rip.

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In the Open Media window, choose the Disc tab. Make sure DVD is selected under DVD Selection and hit "Browse" to choose the right disc device. You can choose the DVD title and chapter to get the exact part that you want to rip. The button "Play" allows you to preview the DVD part you selected to make sure it is the right video.

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When you have got the right video, go to Media > Convert/Save.

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On the Disc tab, choose Convert/Save. Then you will see the below Convert window.

 rip dvd with vlc media player

Under Destination, you can set the name and output location for the ripped videos. When doing this, just make sure the file extension is right - ".ogg" or ".mp4″. Under Settings > Profile, you can choose the video codecs for your output video. You can edit the Profile settings by clicking the edit button beside the profile options.

When you finished the settings, you can hit "Start" to start the ripping process and just wait for VLC to finish the DVD ripping. After the ripping, you can get MP4 or OGG files and can play them on your portable devices.

Part 2: VLC Alternative to Rip DVD without Any Limitations

Though VLC Media Player comes with powerful abilities to convert video/DVD format, it still has some drawback. For example, the supported output format is limited. And sometimes it can’t recognize protected DVD well and failed to convert the DVD successfully. Plus, VLC Media Player is too complicated for a novice who has little knowledge about DVD ripping process.

Then, what to do if you want to rip DVD to more video formats like AVI, WMV, FLV, MPG, MOV, MKV, etc. or rip audio from DVD? Cheer up now! Just cast aside VLC and turn to Aimersoft DVD Ripper for Windows (Windows 8) which can help you rip any DVD to all popular video formats like MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, FLV, etc. Besides, the built-in editor allows you to trim, crop, adjustment video effect, etc. to get the best overall video effects.

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What’s more, this DVD ripping tool is easy to handle and only with three simple steps can you finish the DVD conversion: Load DVD to the program, choose an output format and click Start to begin ripping DVD. Note that optimized preset for playback DVD on mobile devices like iPhone, iPad, PSP, Xbox, etc. are also in the support list. By the way, there is also a Mac version of DVD ripper that specially designed for Mac OS X (Mountain Lion).

Below is the video tutorial about how to rip DVD with Aimersoft DVD Player:

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I followed this instructions, I left my computer working for the whole night and right now I have a 5.3 gb file and hasn''t ended yet. Its been working more than 10 hours. Is this normal?
If the DVD is written in "vob" format, you have to select the vob FOLDER on the DVD as the source, not just the DVD itself. If you don't, VLC will only rip the title file and stop. So select the actual "vob" folder on the DVD as the source, and VLC will rip the whole movie onto one mp4.
I've been trying to find a suitable codec pack before. But failed. Now I use the Aimersoft ripper, works fine and many output format, including the H264 MP4 you mentioned. No extra codec needed.
How about a set of VLC codec recommendations? The one in your screenshot doesn't exist. I've been struggling to find the right VLC codec for DVD ripping. Optimally I'd like to create an H264 MPEG4 (mp4) file so that it will play back correctly in VLC and on other devices.
Aimersoft Employee
Hello. Just try Aimersoft DVD Ripper. 
Aimersoft Employee
Hello, you can have a try on Aimersoft DVD Ripper to rip and convert DVD to video/audio as you like.
Same as comment below. Can anyone help? I'm using windows 7.
I followed all of these steps and I just end up with a 3 KB file that does nothing....  what am I doing wrong?  I am using the Windows version of VLC
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