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The Movavi DVD converter software for Windows and Mac
Step 1. Install Movavi’s DVD Converter
Download Movavi Video Converter, open the file, and install the software on your PC or Mac.
Step 2. Add the DVD you want to copy
Insert the disc into your computer’s DVD drive. Click Add Media, then Add DVD in the top left corner of the Video Converter window and choose Open DVD. Find the disc on your computer and click Select Folder.
Step 3. Choose an output format
Choose the desired format for your converted DVD video under Video. Movavi Video Converter supports over 180 formats and codecs including MP4 (MPEG-4), AVI, MPG, HD video, and more. You can also save your movie in an appropriate format for playing on the mobile device of your choice, including iPad, iPod, Android phones and tablets, and many more – just check the Devices category to see the complete list.
Once you have selected the preset that suits you best, the program will estimate the size of the output video file so you can decide if it meets your quality and other requirements, or you can choose another format.
Step 4. Copy your DVD
Click the Save to button to change the destination folder for the output file. Then click the Convert button in the bottom right corner and wait until the video is processed. Once the conversion is complete, the folder with your converted DVD videos will open automatically.
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What is DVD?: The VOB format explained
Because DVDs come on disks, most people don't think too much about the actual files contained on the disk. If you happen to open a DVD on your computer and browse around the file directory, though, you'll see plenty of different files. It may seem as though several of them have video within them. The VOB files are the only ones that contain video, however. IFO files, which can also be opened by many programs that can play DVDs, are indexes that tell the program which VOB files contain which information. As a media container format, VOBs can include video, but they can also have subtitles, audio tracks, and images. When you open an IFO file, the player is actually just reading the file to find the appropriate VOB file to open and play.
Video encoding format
Audio encoding formats
PCM, DTS, MP2, or AC-3
Device and OS compatibility
Windows-based devices, Mac OS X, Linux, game consoles like Xbox and Playstation.
Frequently asked questions
Can I convert a DVD to a digital copy?
We've already discussed how to copy a DVD into a digital copy, but can you do so legally? This is undoubtedly an area of concern for most law-abiding people. The warning screens that pop up on DVDs before they start playing list severe punishments for illegally copying the contents. Of course, if you have burned the DVD from home videos, then you are free to do whatever you want. But what about copyrighted material? How serious are those warning screens? The reality is that copying a DVD to a digital format is technically illegal. However, if you are doing it for personal use, you are unlikely to get into trouble. Still, we recommend anyone concerned about the issue consult with local laws in their area before using a DVD converter or burner.
Can I legally backup my DVDs?
You may have just read the previous answer and be a little confused. Many people claim that it is perfectly legal to copy a DVD as long as you are using it as a personal backup and do not plan on redistributing it in any way. They argue that as the rightful owner of the DVD, you are entitled to a backup. Are they correct? No. At least not under US law. DVDs are protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management). Under Title I of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, it is illegal to circumvent DRM. Because you must circumvent the DRM to make a copy, doing so is automatically unlawful. Things may change in the future, so again, always be sure to check current local laws before you copy a DVD to a PC.
Can VLC rip DVDs?
Yes. VLC is a powerful media player that is popular because it can open many files that other players can't. It can easily open DVD files from their VIDEO_TS folders as well as the specific VOB video files that are stored on the DVD. Many people don't realize this, but VLC can also export any opened video to any supported format. This means that you'll be able to open your DVD in VLC and then rip it to MP4, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, or nearly any other format you can think of. This makes VLC a capable DVD player and converter. However, this conversion only comes as a side effect of the ability to export video. As a result, you won't find many editing features or advanced options for controlling the conversion of your DVD to other formats.
Does ripping a DVD ruin it?
The term “ripping” sounds scary to people who are unfamiliar with it. With most uses of the word, ripping something destroys it. This causes people to be a little apprehensive about ripping their DVDs. But there is no need to worry. The term “ripping” is used in a different context when it comes to copying physical media to digital backup files. Although ripping a DVD does involve circumventing the copy protection built into the disk, this is done precisely the same way that any DVD player would do in order to playback the DVD. So, ripping a DVD is almost identical to merely playing it. This means that unless there is some error with your DVD drive that would damage the disk while playing it, ripping it will not cause any harm. It is perfectly safe to rip a DVD to a PC.
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