How to Copy Movies to a Laptop

By Alexis Lawrence

Storing movies to your laptop computer can be useful for entertainment on the go, especially when traveling. If you would like to store movies that you have in your DVD collection on your laptop, there is a free program that makes it easy to copy movies on DVD onto your laptop computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Laptop with DVD drive

DVD Decrypter

Step 1

Download and install DVD Decrypter. DVD Decrypter is a free program that rips the video information from a DVD. Though the program is no longer being made, there are still several locations online where the program can be downloaded.

Step 2

Insert a DVD into the DVD drive of your laptop computer. Open DVD Decrypter and wait for the DVD information to populate automatically in the window.

Step 3

Go to the mode menu and select “File.” This setting will rip the individual movie files off of the disc; you must have these files to convert the movie into a digital copy that can be stored on your computer.

Step 4

Click on the folder in the “Destination” box and navigate to the folder where you would like to save the video files from the DVD. Once you have selected a folder, click “OK” to designate it as the save folder.

Step 5

Use the “Decrypt” button, which appears as a DVD disc with an arrow pointing to a hard drive, to begin ripping the DVD video file into a digital movie file. The progress will be monitored in the DVD Decrypter window.

DVDx

Step 1

Download and install DVDx. DVDx is a program that converts IFOs, the standard video file type used on DVDs, into widely-recognized digital video formats, including AVI and MPEG.

Step 2

Go to the “File” menu and choose “Open IFO.” When the search window opens, browse to the folder where you have saved the ripped DVD files. Double-click the IFO file that you want to open. There will be numerous IFO files created from one DVD. The largest file in the list will be the actual movie file the majority of the time. The other IFOs are the menus, titles and other videos included on the DVD.

Step 3

Click on the button that looks like a film reel to set the input settings. Set the “Output Frame Rate,” which appears on the right-side of the “Input Settings” window to the proper frame rate. Standard DVDs in the US have a frame rate of “23.976 (NTSC).” Click “OK” to confirm the settings.

Step 4

Open the “Output Settings” window by clicking the film strip button. Select the format that you would like the movie to save as from the drop-down in the top left corner of the “Output Settings” dialog box. In the “Export Settings” section, click the “Whole” button next to “Max frame.” Click “Apply” to save the changes.

Step 5

Press the button with the red dot on it at the bottom of the screen to begin converting the file from IFO into the format you selected. The progress of the conversion will be monitored on the DVDx screen. Once completed, the file will be saved to your laptop.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once copied into digital format, movies can also be converted to be stored and played on MP3 players.