Ripping DVD's

I would like to rip my DVD’s to my computer in either avi or mpeg format. Is there any simple way to do this?


There are various programs that will do this. Copying your own personally-made DVDs will not be a problem. Be aware, though, that commercial CSS-encoded material has locks to inhibit copying. Commercial software has existed to break that encryption, but my impression is that it was withdrawn from the US market in the face of the DMCA. And I’m not sure how to get around this; all my DVD experience involves self-made discs.

Do a Google search for “DVD Decrypter”.


While there are legal uses for the technology the OP requests, there are also plenty of illegal ones. Let’s keep the discussion limited to legal uses and activities. Posts suggesting illegal activities will be removed.

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I was actually going to ask about this myself. I have a DVD of my dance; that is, some of my performances that I did when I was a teen. There is no way this is not entirely my property, is what I’m saying. I’d like to rip it to my computer, and then be able to upload it to the Internet, too, and do some other stuff with it.

Will this DVD Decrypter help me with stuff like removing salient parts of it? For example if I want to rip the whole thing but only post like 20 minutes of it, will it help with that?

You’d be better off with video editing software such as Nero Vision for that.

That’s extremely easy and can be done with freeware that should only take you an hour or two to master. Stick the disc in your drive and open its root directory. You’ll find a folder there named VIDEO_TS. Open that folder and find the .vob file which contains the portion of the dancing that you want to convert. Open that file with dvd2avi. This is a wonderful little piece of software that has been around for years, and is as free as the air we breathe. It will convert the .vob file (or any chosen portion of it) to .avi or .mpeg, and it’s off to YouTube you go!

Now that’s something I didn’t know, mostly because with my stuff, I was going the other way. My DVDs were the end result, not the source. Cool!

Thank you. Someone is burning the VHS onto a disk this week. When they give it back to me, I’ll try this. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Uh…hee hee (embarrassed giggle)—I forgot one little thing. :smack: DVD2AVI will demux the audio, and you’ll wind up with two files—one containing the video, and one containing the audio track. You’ll need to use another piece of freeware named VirtualDub to stitch them back together before you send it on its merry way to YouTube. But fret not—if you have any problems just let me know and I’ll walk you through it. I did a little test tonight to see if I really knew what I was talking about, and used the software to produce this 51-second video of a segment from a DVD of a friend’s child’s junior high school play. Seems to work just fine, but 19 mb is kinda big for a video that short. The audio needs to be compressed from PCM to something smaller. I’m not sure which compression algorithms are compatible with YouTube—maybe you can look into that yourself. MPEG-3 should probably do the trick, though.