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Handbrake: DVD Ripping

HandBrake can be used to rip videos off of unprotected DVDs, such as student-created DVDs. Videos that are ripped from encrypted or protected DVDs, such as most movies, will be badly distorted. A different program will need to be used to rip encrypted/protected DVDs. Handbrake and disc drives are available in the Library Design Lab. Full Guide: View/Download

To rip a DVD:

  1. Insert the DVD into the disc drive.
  2. Launch Handbrake. A pop-up will appear.
    • Alternatively, if HandBrake is already open, click "Open Source" to the top-left.

  3. Locate the DVD drive.
  4. Click "Open."
  5. Click the drop-downs below "Source" to set the desired length/portion of the DVD to be ripped.

    • To rip the whole DVD, leave these as-is.
    • To rip only a portion, select the desired DVD chapters, or set the time-frame in seconds.
  6. Click the "Format" drop-down and select ".MP4."
  7. Click the "Preset" drop-down and select the desired quality. "Fast 480p30", which is standard DVD quality, is recommended. Be aware that DVDs can't be ripped into HD quality because they're standard definition.

  8. Rename the file in the "Save As" text field to the bottom-left. Do not delete the file type (".mp4").
  9. Click "Browse" to the bottom-right and set the desired storage location.
  10. Click the circular, green "Start" button to the top of the window. The ripping process will begin and the status will appear at the bottom of the window. Depending on the length, this process may take a very long time. Do not interrupt the ripping process.

PLU Instructional Technologies equips users with the knowledge and tools needed to create digital content, but does not accept responsibility for how these programs are utilized. We do not claim ownership of any user-created content and will not be liable for violations of copyright or Fair Use laws. The legality of user-created content is the sole responsibility of the user. iTech doesn't provide DVD ripping or burning services. 

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Keywords:DVD, ripping, disc, video   Doc ID:80690
Owner:Misty B.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2018-03-07 12:35 PDTUpdated:2019-06-21 15:01 PDT
Sites:Pacific Lutheran University
CleanURL:https://kb.plu.edu/dvd-ripping
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