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5 Best Ways to Convert DVD to MP4 Free in 2020

"Ripping DVDs to MP4 format and decoding. Looking for help...I have no experience in this at all."

While Netflix and YouTube might be your main source for entertainment now, old-style DVD disc never disappears. Whether you have a box set or a ton of DVDs, be them homemade or commercial, better extract the DVD media content to save into MP4 or other digital formats, for more flexible options of watching, or just in case they get broken or lost.

When it comes to DVD backup, MP4 is always preferred as the first choice. Why is that? Simply put, converting DVD to MP4 ensures the best balance between video quality and file size, which should cover most people's needs. But how to convert DVD to MP4 for free? We find 5 best ways for you.

DVD to MP4
DVD to MP4

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Part 1 - Convert DVD to MP4 with VideoProc

Strictly speaking, VdeoProc is not a DVD ripper software. Way more than that, it is a comprehensive video processing tool, allowing you to tackle with media files like DVD, video, audio and YouTube links. So there is no doubt you can convert DVD to MP4 with VideoProc.

When working as DVD ripper, VideoProc is one of the best free DVD to MP4 converters for both Windows and macOS. But make sure you run it on Windows 7 or later. Mac needs to be OS X Snow Leopard or any newer version. What makes it really excellent is the ability to unlock 99-title DVD and 1:1 DVD backup option with original quality. That's what make it possible for you to convert a copy-protected DVD to MP4 easily. Plus GPU acceleration support, your DVD to MP4 conversion would be super fast!

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How to convert DVD to MP4 with VideoProc?

Step 1: Open VideoProc and get into "VideoPro - DVD" center.

Step 2: Click DVD Disc to load the content.

Step 3: Move down to Target Format and choose MP4 h.264.

Step 4: Set an output folder and press button RUN.

Convert DVD to MP4 with VideoProc
Convert DVD to MP4 with VideoProc

Part 2 - Convert DVD to MP4 with HandBrake

Handbrake is an FFmpeg-based open-source media converter. This free DVD ripper has hardly any features missing compared to commercial converters. It's an 80s-style interface with difficult video jargons often put a rookie even off. However, the fact is you will be hard-pressed to find any free or paid converter more versatile and powerful converter than Handbrake.

Can Handbrake convert DVD to MP4?

Handbrake allows you to rip DVD or Blu-ray Discs into MP4 or MKV files for digital use. It offers myriad of settings for output parameters including video/audio encoding modes, partition types, resolutions, bitrate, frame rate, languages, subtitles, filters and more. Those options may easily get beginners baffled, but are very useful for experts who want full control over the output digital file.

How to Convert DVD to MP4 with Handbrake?

Step 1: Choose the DVD file

After launching Handbrake on our computer, it will automatically detect the DVD driver that already installed on your computer. Click the target DVD driver on the section of Source Selection.

Step 2: Select the seasons you need to convert.

Go to the drop-down of Title. You are going to see many clips with different lengths. If you are holding a movie disc, then the clip that comes with the longest duration would be the main movie.

Handbrake DVD to MP4
Handbrake DVD to MP4

Step 3: Adjust the output settings.

  1. Go to the right of this panel, scroll down to find Normal on the section of Legacy and select it. You can choose other presets as you like.
  2. Go to Output settings, and select MP4 as the output container.
  3. Click Filters. There you need to set Decomb for Deinterlace and Fast for Interlace Detection.
  4. Click Video, and set Constant Framerate.

Step 4: Click Browse to set a destination file folder. Click the green Start Encode button. Now handbrake starts to rip DVD to MP4.

Why won't handbrake rip my DVD to MP4?

Check your discs at the first place. There shouldn't be any scratches or visible gray or Handbrake won't read the discs directly. If the error still exists, then the problem might be:

1. The DVD you are converting comes with copy protection.

Handbrake can't decode any encrypted DVDs or Blu-ray discs on its own. There are chances you can walk it through by installing the Libdvdcss file on your computer, but the effect is hard to be guaranteed. You are more suggested to use a commercial DVD ripper to convert encrypted discs to MP4.

2. Your CPU or RAM is out of usage.

It is a long and labor-intensive process to decoding and encoding the large DVD movies with Handbrake. Our computer needs to assign as much as CPU resource to Handbrake to make sure it works properly. That is to say, don't load any additional tasks when using Handbrake to convert DVD to MP4, or the app would fail to work.

Part 3 - Convert DVD to MP4 with VLC

VLC Media Player is best known as a versatile multi-media player which basically can play almost all sorts of video and audio (DVD files, MOV, AVI, MP4, MKV, WMA, MP3, WAV, and many more) that on our computers without extra codecs installed. But few people know it's also an inclusive and robust video converter and DVD ripper that is capable to flawlessly convert DVD to MP4 on Windows, Mac, and Linux

Can VLC convert DVD to MP4?

VLC can convert unencrypted DVD, Blu-ray, Audio DVD, and SVCD/VCD to MP4 as well as TS, WebMD formats in a relatively easy manner. It comes with full sets of controls on the generated video that allow users to adjust the encoding parameters, resolutions, filters, frame rate, etc.

How to Convert DVD to MP4 with VLC?

Step 1: Select the target DVD

Go to media > Convert/Save, and then choose Disc.
Click Browse to select the target Disc device

Step 2: Select the copy content

By default, the option of No disc menus should be ticked. You can untick that option to rip DVD with the menu.

DVD to MP4 VLC
DVD to MP4 VLC

Step 3: Convert DVD to MP4

Click Convert/Save in the bottom of the left corner to open up a new panel. In the section of Settings, you can find Profile. Select Video – H.265 + MP3(MP4), or H.264 + MP3(MP4) as the formats since you need MP4 output.

Step 4: Choose an easy to be found folder as the destination output file folder. Click Start and VLC will start to rip DVD to MP4.

How to Fix No Sound When Converting DVD to MP4 Using VLC?

1. Stick on the VLC default setting for output format (H.264/H.265 + MP3). The audio codec you select on VLC doesn't support the MP4 container. MP4 is not capable of supporting all sorts of audios, as like, it can't go with PCM, WMA, G.728, and partially support Vorbis and FLAC audio codec.

2. Make the original audio sample rate matches the generated file. The generated MP4 video won't come with an audio stream if the sample rate setting for the audio file doesn't match the source information.

Part 4 - Convert DVD to MP4 with MakeMKV

MakeMKV is one of the most popular DVD digitalizing tools in the market. It can instantly read and convert DVD and Blu-ray discs protected by the latest versions of AACS and BD+. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Moreover, its beta version is now free with all features included.

Can MakeMKV convert DVD to MP4?

MakeMKV was born to DVD digitalization, but it only converts DVDs to MKV files which are not well supported by many players. If you want a better-supported MP4 copy of your DVD, then you have to re-convert it with other video converters or transcoders.

How to convert DVD to MP4 with MakeMKV?

MakeMKV is a light-weight and free DVD converter that reads and converts DVD quickly. But just like others, it takes much time in the converting process. Now follow the steps to convert DVD to MKV in 5 steps, and just wait for exported movie.

Step 1: Insert the DVD that you want to convert.

Step 2: Launch MakeMKV, and select the drive with the disc in it.

Step 3: Click the big disk button in the center of the UI, and the software will start to read the disc.

Read DVD MakeMKV
Read DVD MakeMKV

Step 4: Tick the title that you want to convert (usually the one in the biggest size), and choose an output folder.

Step 5: Hit Make MKV, and it will start the conversion.

DVD to MP4 MakeMKV
DVD to MP4 MakeMKV

MakeMKV preserves the best video quality, all video and audio tracks, and chapter information, and at the same time, the final video will remain the original size which a two-hour movie DVD will reach up to 5+GB. If you have limited storage, then you should consider some tools that can highly compress DVD videos.

Part 5 - Convert DVD to MP4 with Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player, also called WMP, is a media player and media library utility on Windows 7/8.1/10. It enables Windows users to play, store and organize (including easy edits) video/audio files as well as images. It supports a wide range of media formats, such as MP4, AVI, WMV, MP3, M4A, FLAC, etc.

Can Windows Media Player convert DVD to MP4?

Windows Media Player can't convert DVD to MP4. All versions of WMP are not capable of converting DVD to MP4 due to the copy protection issue. On Windows 10, Microsoft removed DVD playback utility from Windows Media Player. You are not allowed to play nor copy DVDs with Windows Media Player since then.

How to convert DVD to MP4 with Windows Media Player?

Since it's no way to convert DVD to MP4 with Windows Media Player, though you can find many so-called guides on how to convert DVD to MP4 with WMP, they usually end up with a tutorial of other software, or other functions of WMP, e.g. convert CD to MP3 on Windows 7.

DVD to MP4 FAQs

Is converting DVD to MP4 legal?

Generally speaking, backup any content with copyright for infringing purposes like commercial redistribution, whether you own it legally or not, is illegal. But when it comes to converting DVD to MP4 for personal use, things are different from country to country.

  1. United States: According to Title 17 of the United States Code, it is illegal to copy protected DVDs without the consent of owners. But there is no clear statement for non-commercial use. So if you really need to backup media, convert DVD to MP4 for personal use only.
  2. United Kingdom: people who own the DVD can legally backup the DVD.
  3. Japan: DVD backup became illegal since October 1, 2012.
  4. German: Circumventing the copy protection is illegal, but you are allowed to convert DVD to MP4 for personal use.

How to Rip DVD to MP4 in best quality?

  1. Convert DVD to MP4 HEVC instead of MP4 H.265. Same file size but better quality.
  2. Keep the original video resolution. Better not upscale or compress the video.
  3. Don't lower the frame rate unless you have to. Being fluency is another kind of good quality.
  4. Do some simple editing like stabilization, if your video turns out to be shaky.
  5. As to bit rate, VBR or ABR should be more preferred than CBR. And before reaching to a certain level, the higher the value of bit rate, the higher the quality of video.

How long does it take to convert a DVD into MP4 H.264?

It depends. If you use a DVD to MP4 converter that supports hardware acceleration, about 8 to 12 minutes should be enough to complete the backup of a DVD of two hours or so. When using software encoding only, converting a 120-min DVD to MP4 on Intel Core i7-8700K might take you 20 to 40 minutes, or even longer.

What is the fastest way to convert a DVD to MP4?

  1. Run the DVD to MP4 conversion on a high-end computer.
  2. External DVD drive would help speed up your DVD backup a bit.
  3. Convert DVD to MP4 with GPU acceleration enabled to maximize the use of your engine.
  4. Use DVD to MP4 converter software that is able to deal with copy protections like CSS or 99 titles, or you will get stuck at the first decoding step forever. VideoProc and WinX DVD Ripper are two good options.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jordi D. Rodríguez

Jordi was an amateur tech enthusiast, but now an editor who has published hundreds of stories covering video editing, hardware acceleration, software review and how-tos. He is more like a "tech support" with adventurous soul, eagerly grabbing cutting-edge video technologies off in a professional yet easy-to-understand way. Enjoys gliding, diving, etc.

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