I completely understand how reluctant DVD collectors are when asked to lend out movie DVDs, and how worried they are about DVD degrading over time, because these discs are truly fragile, and many of them are out of production. If you are also troubled by these issues, try to make copies of your DVDs.
When it comes to copying DVDs on Windows 10, we are expecting for a free or built-in utility to help us out. However, free open source software like VLC and HandBrake are not competent to do this.
And built-in programs like Windows Media Player and File Explorer are only developed with features of burning videos to DVDs and CDs. So if you'd like to copy your DVD movie to another disc, rip the DVD to your computer first.
The method we recommend involves two tools – VideoProc and Windows File Explorer (built-in). The whole procedure is divided into 2 parts – how to copy a DVD in Windows 10, and how to burn the video into another DVD. Let's get started.
Part 1. How to Copy a DVD on Windows 10/7 with VideoProc
VideoProc is regarded as the best DVD copy software comes with numerous handy features for users from beginners to professionals. Compared to built-in or open-source DVD rippers, VideoProc distinguishes itself with an advanced decryption tech to copy protected commercial DVDs, Disney 99-title DVDs, region-locked DVDs, workout DVDs, homemade discs, and ISO image files.
In the era where physical DVDs seem to be left far behind, VideoProc still keeps serving DVD collectors by copying DVDs, digitalizing DVDs to 370+ modern codecs and formats including MP4, MKV, H.264, and H.265, editing and improving video quality of old and slightly scratched discs.
VideoProc - Best DVD Copy Software on Windows 10/7
- 1:1 copy to keep the entire DVD content, menus, titles, chapters, subtitles, audio tracks, etc.
- Flexible copy options: main copy, title copy, Video_TS folder, and ISO image files.
- Direct copy DVD to hard drive, mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs.
- Lossless output to keep the original quality of DVD movies/TV series.
- Level-3 hardware acceleration engine boosts the process up to 47x real-time faster.
Step 1. Insert a DVD into Your Computer
Put your DVD on the optical drive, and press it into your computer. If your computer is shipped without an optical drive, you need to connect an external one via the USB port.
Step 2. Open the DVD File in VideoProc
Open VideoProc. Click "DVD" in its main UI and select the source DVD. Select "Auto Detect" to let VideoProc detect the disc file system type. Click "Done".
Step 3. Copy the DVD to the Computer with VideoProc
If video compatibility takes priority, we'd suggest converting DVD to MP4 before burning it to another disk. Click "Video" at the bottom, and select "MP4 H.264".
You can find more options in "Target Format" > "DVD Backup" and "DVD Profile" in which you are enabled to copy the DVD to ISO image files, Video_TS folder, MPEG2, VOB files, MKV, etc.
Step 4. Save the Digital Copy of Your DVD to the Computer
Select a folder on the PC to save the video, and hit "RUN" to make a digital copy of the DVD.
Next, you need to burn the DVD movie into another disc with the following steps. Just keep reading.
Part 2. How to Burn a DVD in Windows File Explorer
After copying the DVD to computer, the rest can be briefed into easy drag-and-drop operations in Windows File Explorer. But there are still some details we should walk through together.
Step 1. Insert and Open Another DVD with Windows File Explorer
Eject the DVD and insert a blank or a rewritable disc into your PC. Once it spins up, a window pops up to ask what you want to do. Just choose "Burn files to disc" in this dialogue. If the AutoPlay prompt is disabled, go to "This PC" section on Windows 10 or "Computer" on Windows 7/8.1, and double click on the disc drive.
Step 2. Choose a Disc Format
Edit the disc title and choose to use it "Like a USB flash drive" or "With a CD/DVD player". Tap "Next" to proceed.
- Like a USB flash drive: It allows you to burn discs only usable on computers and displays data in folders. You can delete, edit and add files in this disc at will. (Live File System)
- With a CD/DVD player: DVDs burned in this manner can be played on both computers and DVD players. But you cannot delete or edit files after burning. (Mastered)
Step 3. Burn the Video into a Blank Disk
It will take a while to format the drive. When the formatting is finished, open the disc in File Explorer. Find the DVD video just exported from VideoProc. Drag the file into the disc root location and it will be burned into the disk automatically.
Note: A DVD has only either 4.7 GB or 8.5 GB to use. If you wish to store tons of movies, copy DVDs to a hard drive with VideoProc. Typically, a commonly used 2TB drive could hold 415 DVD films (4.7GB per one).
Option: Copy a DVD to a Blank Disc in Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player is launched to play videos, audio files, and images on Windows 7, 8.1, 10. It removed the DVD playback utility on Windows 10, but fortunately, keeps the free DVD burning feature. After converting the DVD to a digital format with VideoProc, you can use WMP to copy it to another disc. Here's how.
Step 1. Make sure you've changed the disc to a blank one in the optical drive. Open Windows Media Player.
Step 2. Select the "Burn" option in the player library. Expand the drop-down menu and choose "Data CD or DVD". Then it recognizes your disc automatically.
Step 3. Browse the library to find the DVD video just cloned by VideoProc. Drag and drop the video file or multiple files into "Burn list" on the right side.
You can change the file order by dragging and dropping a file up and down in the list, and remove one by right-clicking on it and selecting "Remove from list".
Step 4. When the steps above are done, hit "Start burn" above the disc icon to start copying the video/videos to a blank DVD.
Why do we not recommend copying DVDs with Windows Media Player?
1. You can't preview the video since the DVD playback feature is removed in WMP on Windows 10.
2. It cannot rip or copy any DVD to digital formats.
3. It only burns files into data DVDs that are not playable on some DVD players.
1. Is it legal to copy a DVD?
Making a personal backup copy of the DVD content is permissible in some cases and things differ slightly from country to country. But briefly, it is forbidden to copy protected DVDs for commercial uses without the permission of owners under any conditions.
2. What type of DVD is best for burning movies?
DVD comes in 4 flavors – recordable DVDs, re-writeable DVDs, random access DVDs, and read-only DVDs. If you want your DVDs movies to be only readable, choose DVD-R or DVD+R. If you want to edit and delete files on the disc at will, then DVD-RW, DVD+RW or DVD-RAM.
3. How do I make a DVD read only?
Copy DVD movies to DVD-R or DVD+R. After you store videos to it, it gets read-only by default. The dash and plus between DVD and R used to represent different writing and reading specifications. But noticeable differences have gone recently.
Disclaimer: We do not advocate copying authorized or protected DVD videos.