How to Successfully Rip DVD With VLC on Windows and Mac

Cheryl Bennett
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VLC media player is known for its versatility and wide range of supported media formats. It’s not limited to playing media files, but can also be used as a powerful tool for converting video, audio and even DVDs. VLC uses libdvdcss to access DVDs with region code and CSS restrictions. But the ripping feature of VLC is quite uncontrollable and often cause errors including but not limited to: no subtitles, missing audio, degraded video quality, rip menu only/no menu, sudden freeze, etc.

This article will show you step by step how to rip a DVD using VLC on your computer, and avoid potential problems as much as possible. But if you want to solve the issues once and for all, we strongly recommend using a dedicated DVD ripper that provides more control over a successful DVD rip.

 

Before Ripping

It’s important to note that VLC cannot rip all the titles of a DVD in one go, you need to tell VLC which title(s) or chapter(s) you want, as well as the audio tracks and subtitles. This is especially important when you’re ripping a DVD with multiple titles. Perform following steps to find the correct title(s) and tracks before ripping:

  1. Insert a DVD into the drive of your computer and play it in VLC. Sometimes it can take VLC longer time to access a DVD with region code protection.
  2. Navigate to the “Playback” menu and select “Title” to find out which title is the correct one you need. You can also check the chapters of the title. Go to “Audio” > “Audio Track” and “Subtitle” > “Sub Track” to see which tracks is the language you want.check DVD title in VLC media player

 

[Guide] How to Rip DVD With VLC on Windows

Step 1. Access the DVD ripper function of VLC. 

Open VLC and press Ctrl + R combination on your keyboard, and go to the “Disc” tab.

Step 2. Add DVD source and edit options.

Select the DVD inserted as the “Disc device”, and check the “No disc menus” option to avoid ripping a loop menu. Set the correct title as the “Starting position”, and select the audio and subtitle tracks. Then click on the “Convert/Save” button to proceed.

Rip DVD with VLC on Windows

Step 3. Output settings.

In the “Convert ”window, choose an output format you want from the “Profile” list. H.264+MP3 (MP4) is a highly compatible option. Then click “Browse” to enter a file name and specify a destination folder where you want to save the ripped DVD.

VLC rip DVD on Windows - convert settings

*If you want to embed subtitles onto the video, click the wrench icon to the right of the Profile field. Then click the Subtitles tab and check both the Subtitles and Overlay subtitles on the video options.

profile edition window - Subtitles tab

Step 4. Initiate the ripping process.

Click “Start” to begin the ripping process. VLC will display the progress in the progress bar at the bottom of the interface.

VLC rip DVD progress

 

[Guide] How to Rip DVD With VLC on Mac

The Mac version of VLC does not support selection of audio track and subtitles when ripping DVD. It usually rips DVD with the main audio track with no subtitles.

  1. Insert the DVD into your drive, and open VLC media player.
  2. Go to “File” in the top menu and choose “Open Disc”. Click the “Disable DVD menus” button. Then specify the title you want to rip.
  3. Check the “Stream output” option, and click “Settings".rip DVD with VLC on Mac
  4. Select an output format from the “Encapsulation Method” list, such as “MPEG 4” (.mp4). Then click Browse button to select a folder to save the output file.   vlc rip DVD on Mac settings
  5. From the “Transcoding options” you need to specify the video and audio codec, or VLC will rip the DVD in the original MPEG-2 codec. H.264 and MP3 are recommended options. Click “OK” to save the settings.

*Normally you only need to configure the video and audio codec and VLC will autodetect other parameters like "bitrate" and "scale".

  1. Go back to the "Open source" window and click the "Open" button to start the DVD ripping process on Mac.  

Once the ripping process is complete, you can verify the ripped video in the specified folder, or continue to convert the next title you need.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Can VLC rip DVD with subtitles?

Hardly. According to our testing results, VLC either rip the disc without subtitle or overlay multiple subtitles of all language on the video. And the Mac version doesn’t support this feature at all. It may vary from disc to disc, so testing is the quickest way to find out. Select a short title or chapter and try it out. If VLC doesn’t work, use a better ripper program such as HandBrake.

Q2: Can VLC rip DVD with the menu?

No. It won’t keep the menu structure. If You don’t disable the DVD menu option, VLC will convert the DVD main menu to a video file like a title, but you can’t click the menu buttons and the sub menus are missing. To preserve the menu function and disc structure, you need to copy DVD to an ISO image file or Video_TS folder using a free DVD copy software.

Q3: How long does it take to rip a DVD with VLC?

The speed is not too slow, the fastest VLC can rip a standard 2 hour DVD movie in half an hour. It may take longer depending on your configuration parameters.

Q4: How do I use VLC to rip a TV series DVD with multiple episodes?

If there is a main title that combines all episodes, you can rip it to a single file like a movie. If you want to rip each episode as separate files, rip all titles you need manually by repeating above steps.

Q5: How to fix VLC freezing or not working errors during DVD ripping?

  1. If VLC freezes or crashes while converting DVD to H.264 video, you can disable the hardware acceleration and try again. Steps: click “Tools” in the menu bar and select “Preferences” > click the “Input/Codecs” tab > choose “Disable” in the “Hardware-accelerated decoding” list. If it still doesn’t work, change the output profile to H.265 or keep the original video and audio codec.disable vlc hardware accleration
  2. If VLC keeps crashing or stops converting at the same spot, the DVD may be damaged or copy protected. Skip that section or use a more powerful DVD ripper that supports ripping damaged discs and recent releases.

 

Conclusion

VLC is an excellent media player that can convert your DVD into digital files, but it’s not meant to rip DVDs. We’ve tested ripping various DVDs with the latest version of VLC (including the nightly builds), and the results are not quite satisfactory. If you want to rip your DVD movies and TV shows with correct subtitles, audio and no quality loss, the best solution is to use a more reliable DVD ripping program, such as iFunia DVD Ripper.

 

Bonus: Rip DVD Without Errors Using VLC Alternative DVD Ripper

iFunia DVD Ripper is a professional yet simple DVD ripper that supports commercial DVDs, homemade DVDs and even damaged/scratched discs. Unlike VLC, it displays DVD titles on the interface and lets you rip them all in batches. It supports hundreds of output formats and preset profiles for TVs, smartphones, software and more, allowing you to enjoy DVD content on various devices.

Here's a simple guide on how to rip DVDs flawlessly on Windows and Mac:

1. Download and install iFunia DVD Ripper on your Windows or Mac computer.

Free Download Windows 11/10/8/7 Free Download macOS 10.11 or later

2. Open the DVD ripper and drag your DVD to the program interface. Alternatively you can click “File” menu and select “Add DVD”.

Add DVD source

3. When the DVD is loaded, select a desired output format from the “Convert all tasks to” list in the lower left corner.

choose output format or profile

4. Select your desired audio track and subtitles for each clip.

5. If needed, click the Edit edit icon icon in the upper right corner of each title to modify the DVD content. Here you can trim and crop the video, add watermark, and adjust brightness, saturation, etc. Click “Save” to preserve.

modify DVD video

6. Click the Convert convert button button at the bottom right corner of the interface to begin the DVD ripping process. Enable the “Merge” option if you want to merge several clips into one file.

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Cheryl Bennett
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Cheryl has been writing tutorials, reviews, and how-to articles on consumer apps since 2016. She specializes in multimedia products and is always testing on Mac, PC, and various devices.

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