How to Convert a DVD Movie to MP4

By Miguel Cavazos

Video transcoding changes recorded digital content from one compressed format to another. Transcoding enables video transmission across different types of media and video playback on various devices. Many video transcoder application software packages enable conversion of a DVD movie to an MP4 (or MPEG4) file. Some transcoder applications are downloadable on the Internet.

Things You'll Need

  • DVD movie
  • Computer with DVD drive
  • Internet
  • Video transcoder software application

Using a Video Transcoder Application

Step 1

Download a video transcoder software application such as HandBrake. Some applications have different versions for Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems, so verify that the version of the application that you download is compatible with your operating system.

Step 2

Install the video transcoder software application on your computer by following the instructions for your operating system provided by the application developer.

Step 3

Insert a DVD movie into your computer's DVD drive.

Step 4

Launch the video transcoder software application on your computer.

Step 5

Locate the file source settings on your video transcoder application. Configure the source settings by selecting the DVD that appears on the computer's DVD drive and selecting the Video_TS folder that is stored on the DVD. Some applications require users to select the the specific chapters of the DVD's movie that the user wants to convert to MP3. To convert an entire feature, select all the chapters.

Step 6

Locate the file destination settings on your video transcoder application. Configure the destination settings by selecting a location on your computer or on an external drive connected to the computer where you want to store the MP4 file created from your DVD.

Step 7

Locate the video transcoder application's output settings. Configure the output settings by selecting the MP4 file type. Check your transcoder application's documentation for more specific instructions if you are unable to find or select the MP4 output command.

Step 8

Start transcoding by clicking on the video transcoder application's start command, which is usually located on the application's primary interface, or File drop-down menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • Transcoding will take about as long as it would take to watch the movie.
  • Transcoding applications are imperfect and may result in losing some aspects of the original movie, such as subtitles. See your video transcoder application's manual and other literature.
  • Always download the most up-to-date version of the video transcoder application and regularly check for updates.
  • Use open-source software applications that are popular, because these are the most reliably up-to-date tools.