In order to rip and convert DVDs, computer owners will need a computer equipped with a DVD drive and an active installation of the VLC Media player. VLC is a free multimedia player designed to play most video files including DVDs. In addition to Windows, it offers support for Linux, Mac OS X, Android and iOS.
VLC has a user friendly interface with simple controls. Owners can convert their favorite DVDs for storage by following a few quick steps.
- Set up system
- Initiate rip
- Save file
Start up the computer and insert the DVD into the disc drive. Navigate to the system's menu and launch VLC.
In VLC, click on Media and select Convert/Save. An alternative method is to use the shortcut key CTRL+R. Choose DVD in the opened tab and then select the start and stop times. Click on "convert/save."
Select how the media file will be saved. VLC offers support for mov, wav, flv, mp4 and mpg among others. Choose a save destination on the computer hard drive and click "save." Press "start" to launch the conversion process. Converting a DVD may take anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour depending on the computer. During conversions, VLC provides a progress count that owners can use in tracking the progress rate.