Handbrake - How to Rip a DVD Disc and DVD Movie for Free

Say you bought a new DVD Disc and want to watch the movie on your iPad, iPhone or other devices; you have to rip the DVD to compatible video formats like MP4. In order to rip a DVD to your needed format, open source DVD ripping software, Handbrake, is one good choice.

Part 1: What is Handbrake

Handbrake is a free and open source transcoding program which can both convert videos and rip DVDs to computer hard drive. It supports multiple platforms including Mac OS X, Windows and Ubuntu. Besides, it has several output presets and can directly rip DVD to iPad, iPhone, iPod, AppleTV, Android and Windows Phone 8.

Download and install Handbrake on your computer. This guide will take Handbrake Windows for example. For Mac user, please download Handbrake Mac. The operation of this DVD ripping software on different platforms is basically the same.

Part 2: How to Rip a DVD with Handbrake

Step 1

Load DVD to Handbrake

Insert the DVD you want to rip into your DVD drive, and then launch Handbrake.

Click "Source" button. In the dropdown menu, choose the DVD drive to load the DVD into Handbrake. If your DVD is in DVD ISO image file format, you need a virtual DVD drive to load the DVD. As for DVD folder, you have to check Folder in the Source dropdown menu and choose the VIDEO_TS folder directory to add the DVD to be ripped into Handbrake.

Then Handbrake will start scanning your DVD, and all titles and chapters will be loaded.

Step 2

Set destination and choose DVD chapter to rip

After the DVD to be ripped is loaded, you have to define the target video destination. Here you can choose to rip DVD to MP4, M4V and MKV with Handbrake.

Then choose the specific title you need to rip from the Title dropdown menu. Also you can choose to convert specific chapter under one title. Please note that all chapters are chosen by handbrake default settings.

Step 3

Customize output video settings

On the right part of Handbrake, you can choose presets in order to rip DVD to iPad, iPhone, iPod, AppleTV, Android, and Windows Phone 8 directly.

Advanced editing:

As for advanced users, you can define parameters in the video editing box by clicking tabs including Picture, Filters, Video, Audio, Subtitles, and Chapters.

You can set video image size, add video filters, define video codec, add audio track/subtitle, and import/export DVD chapter under each specific tab.

Step 4

Start ripping DVD to MP4, M4V or MKV

After all output settings are done, hit the green "Start" button to start the DVD ripping process.

Tips: If you have more than one DVD title or chapter to rip, you can add the DVD title/chapter to queue after setting the destination as Handbrake can batch convert these chapters.

Rip DVD with Handbrake alternative

As open source software to rip DVD, Handbrake is pretty outstanding. But it's not that easy to use especially for beginners with an oversimplified interface, poor presets and limited output formats. So it is highly suggested taking a Handbrake alternative to rip DVD with ease.

Tipard DVD Ripper is the best DVD ripping software which can convert any DVD to your needed formats.

Here is the detailed tutorial on how to rip a DVD to computer with DVD Ripper.

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