How to Rip a DVD

Jeffy Mar 11, 2014


How to Rip a DVD More and more people prefer to refuse to physical media and store all the data on the same machine. If you have an impressive DVD collection, you probably want to free some shelf space and relocate all those movies straight to your computer. Those who have ever tried to do this before probably know that it's a daunting task because most DVDs are encrypted. It makes copying data impossible… unless you use the right software and techniques. We will below teach you how to rip a DVD with the help of our favorite software programs.

DVD Decrypter

DVD Decrypter is a simple yet powerful tool that showed good results with different encryption schemes. To rip your DVD with this program, install and launch it and follow the steps as described below:

  • Select the ripping mode: File, IFO, or ISO;
  • Insert the disc in your DVD-ROM. The program will need a couple of seconds to analyze the disc and show you the related data on the right side;
  • Highlight all the data if you want to clone the entire disc or select the desired elements separately and copy the content;
  • Choose the output folder. The program will suggest the destination automatically but you can change it if you don't like it;
  • Click the Rip icon to start the process. You can watch the progress and stop it if something went wrong;
  • Check the output folder to make sure everything is okay.

WinX DVD Ripper

WinX DVD Ripper tool is also an efficient way to rip DVDs. It works similarly to the above-mentioned one:

  • Hit the DVD Disc button to load DVD;
  • Check the box in front of the file that is the length of your movie;
  • Choose the output format (AVI, MPEG, MP4, WMV, FLV, or Music). If you don't know what format you need to play it on your portable devices, opt for the presets for iPhone, iPod, AppleTV, PSP, Zune, etc.;
  • Configure the settings. The settings section offers you to choose the audio quality (usually, you will need 320 kbps), video quality (recommended is 1500 kbps), video resolution, volume, and some others;
  • Specify the output folder and start the process.


Ripping DVDs using default tools is not always successful and downloading special applications is a smart decision. Just remember that copying and sharing DVDs is illegal so make sure you only do that to backup your movies and never lose them even if the physical disc was damaged or lost. The programs described in this tutorial were proved to be very powerful, but you can opt for alternative applications.

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