How to convert DVD to MP4

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How to convert DVD to MP4 for free

If you are interested in finding out how to convert DVD to MP4 for free, all you have to do is resort to the use of some programs used for this purpose. You ask me what these software are and how can you use them? To find out, keep reading. Below, in fact, you will find listed what I believe to be the best instruments in the category and the relative instructions for use.



How to convert DVD to MP4 with HandBrake

One of the most interesting software you can turn to to convert DVD to MP4 is without a doubt HandBrake. It is a free and open source program that works on both Windows and macOS. It is extremely simple to use and includes predefined conversion profiles that allow you to obtain videos optimized for playback on PC, smartphone, tablet or video game console (MP4 files are now playable without too many problems on all the devices just mentioned).

To download HandBrake on your computer, connect to the program's website and click on the button Download HandBrake xxx.

Once the download is complete, if you use Windows, april il .exe file just obtained and, in the window you see appear on the desktop, click on the buttons on Si, Next (for two consecutive times) e install, then press the button Finish to complete the setup. Then, start HandBrake by clicking on the relevant collegamento which was added to the Start menu.

It was used MacOSInstead, open the package .dmg just got it and drag theprogram icon in the folder Applications on your Mac. Next, right-click on it, select apri from the context menu and then press the button apri in the window that appears on the screen, in order to start HandBrake, however, going around the limitations that Apple imposes on the software of non-certified developers (an operation that must be carried out only at the first start).



Now you just have to insert the DVD to convert to MP4 in the burner connected to the computer and select, in the program window that has appeared on the screen, the disk name from the menu on the left (if the menu is not visible, click on the button first Open Source which is always on the left).

Wait for the video tracks on the media to be detected and select, through the drop-down menu Title, the title of the DVD that contains the movie.

When done, expand the menu Presets, at the top right, and indicate the conversion profile you prefer among those listed or, alternatively, the type of device on which you intend to play the content of the DVD after copying.

If you want, you can also customize other properties of the final video, such as the audio tracks and subtitles to be included, by adjusting the settings found in the tabs Summary, Dimensions, Filters, Video, Audio, subtitles e Chapters which are located in the center of the program window.

Finally, choose the option MP4 give menu to tendin Size, award-winning KATEGORIEN to select the folder in which to save the output videos and click on the button Start Encode (its Windows) oppure Home (on macOS) at the top left to start the conversion. Easier than that ?!

How to convert DVD to MP4 with Nero


If you are using Windows, you can also evaluate of convert DVD to MP4 with Nero. In case you don't know, it's a historic suite for burning and managing multimedia files for Windows. It is paid (it has prices starting from 49,95 euros, depending on the version chosen), but a free trial version is available that works without limitations for a few days.


To download the trial of Nero Paltinum Suite (which is the version of the program containing the tool for "ripping" DVDs), go to the Nero website and click on the button Download located at the software name. Then type yours email address in the field provided and press the button Download. If you feel you need more detailed explanations, you can read my specific guide on how to download Nero for free.

When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and, in the window that is shown on the screen, check the box relating to the acceptance of license conditions, dopodiché clicca sul pulsating NEXT (twice in a row) and on that Checkout. Then enter yours name, your last name and payment information in the proposed form, click on the button Continue and wait for the Nero files to be fully installed on your system.

After completing the above steps, for convert DVD to MP4 with Windows 10 and subsequent, insert the disk on which to go to act in the burner connected to the computer and, in the program window that has appeared on the desktop in the meantime, select the Nero Disc to Device.


In the further window that opens, select the diskette from the displayed menu, specify the position where you want to save the output file, select i chapters of the DVD to save, click on the button Send and wait for the program to convert the DVD content into one or more MP4 files.

How to convert DVD to MP4 with VLC

While it's not a tool specifically designed to convert DVDs, you can convert DVD to MP4 with VLC. In case you don't know what I'm talking about, I inform you that VLC is a well-known free multimedia player, of an open source nature and available for Windows, macOS and Linux, thanks to which it is possible to play practically any type of audio and video file without resorting to external codecs. It also includes functions for “ripping” (ie extracting from diskettes) CDs and DVDs. Furthermore, it fully falls into the category of software for convert DVD to MP4 free city, as its interface is completely localized.


For scaricare il programma tu tu computer, visit the relative website and click on the button Download VLC.

When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, april il .exe file obtained and, in the window you see appear on the desktop, click the buttons Yes e OK. In segito, prei sui bottoni NEXT (three times in a row), Install e end, in order to complete the setup.

Once the VLC window is displayed on the desktop, insert the DVD you wish to act on in the burner connected to your computer, then click on the menu Media located at the top left, select the item from the latter Convert / Save and choose the tab disc from the additional window that appears. Then click on the button Shop by Department next to the wording Device to disk and select your disk.

After completing the above steps, choose from the menu Profile the conversion profile for the MP4 format you want to use. If you want, you can also create a custom profile by clicking on the button with thebulleted list, choosing the option MP4 from the card Encapsulation in the additional window displayed, adjusting the other options related to video encoding, audio e subtitles, typing the name to use in the field Profile name e premendo sul pulsating Save.

Finally, click on the button Shop by Department next to the wording Destination file to indicate the location on your computer where you want to save the output file and start the procedure to convert DVD to MP4 by clicking the button starts.

Stai using MacOSInstead, open the package .dmg obtained and move theVLC icon in the folder Applications from the Mac. Next, facci click destro sopra, select la voce apri from the context menu and click on the button apri in the window on the screen, so as to start the software, however, going around the limitations desired by Apple against applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be carried out only at the first run).

Now that the program window appears, insert the DVD into the burner connected to the Mac, select the menu Fillet located at the top and choose the option Convert / Broadcast and drag theDVD icon present in the Finder or in the additional window that has just appeared.

Then, click on the menu that you find corresponding to the section Choose the profile and select the MP4 format profile you want to use. If necessary, you can also create a personalized profile by clicking on the button Customize, selecting the item MP4 from the card Encapsulation, by adjusting the options related to video codec e audio and subtitles using the additional tabs available, by pressing the button Save as a new profile, entering the name to be assigned in the field provided and by pressing the button Save.

Finally, click on the button Salva eats file, indicate the location where you want to save the output file by pressing the button Shop by Department and click on the button vai, to start the procedure by which convert DVD to MP4 Mac.

How to convert DVD to protected MP4

Unfortunately, with the programs I have already told you about, it is not possible to "rip" the contents on diskettes protected with anti-copy systems. To overcome this limitation, however, you can resort to the use of some solutions designed specifically for convert DVD to protected MP4, such as the ones I have reported to you below.

How to convert DVD to protected MP4 with AnyDVD

To overcome anti-copy systems, so that you can then convert DVD to MP4, I suggest you rely on AnyDVD HD, a commercial software available exclusively for Windows systems that unlocks "on the fly" all diskettes inserted in the computer and allows you to process their content with any other program suitable for the purpose. It is paid (it costs 109,00 euros one-off or has prices starting from 59,00 euros / year), but it is available in a free trial version that allows you to test all its functions for a period of 20 days.

If you want to download the free trial of AnyDVD HD on your PC, connect to the program's website and click on the button Download that you find on the left and on the other button Download present accanto alla voce RedFox AnyDVD HD.

A download complete, apri il .exe file obtained and, in the window you see appear on the desktop, click on the buttons Si, Accept, NEXT e Install. Then press the buttons Yes e Close and click on the button again Yes but I will complete the setup.

After completing the above steps, Windows will restart. At the next access to the system, press the button Proof required in response to the notice that is shown to you on the desktop, then click on the buttons Yes e OK, wait for the AnyDVD HD main window to be visible and click the buttons again Yes e OK

AnyDVD HD will then "stay" in the Windows notification area and you can use it by inserting the copy-protected diskette on which you want to act in the burner connected to your computer, by right clicking onprogram icon and choosing from the menu that opens the option Decrypt the disk to the hard drive.

In the window that will subsequently open, click on the icon with the folder to indicate the location on your computer in which to save the contents of the disk and press the button Disc copy to kick off the procedure.

Later, you can "rip" the DVD as I indicated in the previous lines. If something goes wrong, try copying the folder to your computer VIDEO_TS of the DVD and feed it to the chosen program.

Other solutions to convert DVD to protected MP4

They also exist other solutions thanks to which it is possible to convert DVD to MP4 bypassing the anti-copy system present on diskettes. If you are interested, in the list below you will find some alternative tools that you can consider using.

  • MakeMKV (Windows / macOS) - is a program available for both Windows and macOS, which allows you to "rip" the disks that are given "to eat" going around even the most recent implementations of AACS and BD + systems and transforming them into videos compressed in MKV format. It is paid (it costs just over 60 euros), but you can download and use it in a free trial version (it is a beta with variable expiration).
  • DVDFab DVD Copy (Windows / macOS) - this is a software that can be used on both Windows and macOS, which allows both to download to a computer and burn DVDs and is also able to bypass the most recent protection systems present on diskettes. It is paid (it costs 84,99 euros one-off or has prices starting from 39,99 euros / month), but you can download it in a free trial version that works for 30 days.
  • DVDFab Passkey for DVD (Windows) - Windows-only software that acts in real time as a driver to unlock DVDs. It supports all major copy protections. It is paid (it costs $ 74,99 one-time or has prices starting at € 28,99 / month), but it is available as a free trial that works without limitations for 30 days.

For more details about the programs I mentioned earlier, you can consult my guide focused specifically on how to decrypt a DVD.

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