How to Convert DVD to MP4

Although DVD seemed like the format of the future when it overtook VHS, little did we know it would soon be on its way out too. Nowadays, we use our laptops, tablets and phones for watching films and TV shows, so you need to have them stored either on the hard drive or in the cloud, ready for easy access. Find out how to convert DVD to mp4 so you can watch your favourite movies on the go.
 

1) Choose Your Software to Convert DVD to MP4

 

Before you convert DVD to mp4, you need to pick the ideal software for your situation. There are a number of software options online, most coming as a free download to help you add that film or TV show to your hard drive.
 

Here are some of the most popular options for ripping DVDs to your computer:
 
● VLC – VLC stands for VideoLAN Client, and is a free media streaming program for PC, Mac, iOS and Android. One of its other uses is as a DVD to mp4 converter. It is completely safe when you download it from approved sites.
 

● WinX DVD Ripper Premium – If you want a DVD ripper that adds extra functionality, then WinX DVD Ripper Premium is the program for you. This paid-for download allows you to rip scratched DVDs with no quality loss, and you can even trim and subtitle the video. It also boasts a basic free version and both Windows and Mac OS users can download the program.

 

● Handbrake – Handbrake is an online video converter that is popular with Mac users, but which is also available on Windows devices. It offers a wide range of options to suit your DVD ripping needs, including converting DVD to mp4. It was voted the most popular video converter by users of Lifehacker in 2013, winning by a huge margin over the other contenders.

 

Once you have settled on the DVD to mp4 converter of your choice, download it and you are ready to rip your DVD.
 

2) Rip Your DVD
 

Each online video converter works in a similar way, but to give you an idea of the DVD to mp4 process, here are the instructions for converting using the above programs.

Convert DVD to MP4 With VLC

1. Insert the DVD you wish to rip.

2. Open VLC on your PC or Mac.
 

VLC Media Browser - How to Convert DVD to MP4

3. Hit the ‘Media’ tab and select the ‘Convert/Stream’ option.

VLC Convert and Stream - How to Convert DVD to MP4

4. Hit ‘Open Media’ to find the correct file.

5. Select mp4 as the format you would like the DVD converting to under ‘Choose Profile’.

6. Hit ‘Save as File’ to tell the program where to save the mp4. You can also add the title of the DVD. Hit ‘Save’.

7. Hit ‘Go’ to begin the conversion.

In the unlikely event you run into any issues, go back to Step 5 and select ‘No Disc Menus’ too, then complete the steps that follow.

 
Convert DVD to MP4 With WinX DVD Ripper Premium
 

1. Insert the DVD you wish to rip.


2. Open WinX DVD Ripper on your PC or Mac.

 
WinX Home Screen - How to Convert DVD to MP4



3. Hit the ‘DVD Disc’ button at the top of the screen to select the disc you want to convert. Hit ‘OK’.

 
WinX Disc - How to Convert DVD to MP4

4. Choose ‘MP4’ as the output format and hit ‘OK’.

 
WinX Output - How to Convert DVD to MP4

5. Hit the ‘Run’ button to convert your DVD to mp4.

 

 

Convert DVD to MP4 With Handbrake
 


1. Insert the DVD you wish to rip.


2. Open Handbrake on your PC or Mac.


3. Hit the ‘Source’ button and select the drive containing the DVD

Handbrake Options  - How to Convert DVD to MP4


4. Hit ‘Open’ and select the correct file. For a film, this will be the longest file. For a series, you will see each episode as individual files. You can select more than one at a time.

Handbrake Output - How to Convert DVD to MP4


5. Select ‘MP4’ under ‘Output Settings’. You can also adjust more technical items such as video quality, bitrate and more. However, if you are unsure about what you are doing, you should stick to the default settings.


6. Hit ‘Start’ to convert your DVD to mp4.

VLC Convert and Stream - How to Convert DVD to MP4

What to Do With Your DVD to MP4 Conversion
 


Once you have converted your DVD to mp4, you need to decide what to do with it. It could be that you simply want to back up the DVD in case it becomes scratched. However, you might also want to travel around on trains or buses with your DVD collection close to hand, without having to cart around a load of heavy physical DVDs.

 


If you have enough space to save the films and TV shows from your DVDs on your hard drive and you keep your laptop with you, you can simply open them up whenever you want to and watch them. If you do not have the storage available, you could save them to a cloud-based storage solution, such as iCloud or Google Drive. You will need an internet connection to watch them in future, though.

 
You could also transfer them to your phone or tablet so you can watch them without carting around your laptop.
 

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