How to Record Video from a DVD to Your Computer

By Techwalla Contributor

If you want to record video from a DVD to post on YouTube or other video sharing website using your computer, how to accomplish this task is a mystery with the factory-installed software in your computer. The answer lies in a nifty little open source software program that resides on your computer desktop - and best of all, it's free. Here's how to record that video to post up on YouTube.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer connected to the internet

Step 1

Point your web browser to to go to the HandBrake video compression software download page.

Step 2

If you would like to read about HandBrake's video compression components and technical specifications, click Details from the left-hand navigation menu. Note that you can also subscribe to the website's RSS feeds to get the latest news in video compression technology.

Step 3

Select your platform (Windows, Mac, or Linux) and click Download to download the HandBrake video compression software on your computer.

Step 4

When the software download process is complete, insert DVD video into the DVD drive on your computer.

Step 5

Open HandBrake.

Step 6

In the list of devices on the left-hand side of the HandBrake window, select your DVD player.

Step 7

In the middle column, select VIDEO_TS to display a list of video files.

Step 8

In the list of video files that displays, scroll down until you see the first video file whose memory is around 1023 MB. In other words, you're looking for the first large video file.

Step 9

Click the Open button in the lower right. HandBrake software will initially scan all DVD titles.

Step 10

In the Source section at the top of the HandBrake window, select the DVD chapter(s) you'd like to record. Not selecting the to/from chapters will result in recording the entire video which could take over three hours and lots of computer memory.

Step 11

In the Destination section at the top of the HandBrake window, click the Browse button to tell HandBrake where to save the video file. For ease of use, saving the video file to the desktop is recommended.

Step 12

Click the green Start button in the left-hand area of the HandBrake top menu to begin recording your video.

Tips & Warnings

  • HandBrake is a free open-source video compression software program otherwise known as a DVD Ripper.
  • HandBrake is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
  • HandBrake records and compresses video for posting on popular video websites including YouTube and Google.
  • Adjusting video settings in HandBrake is not necessary for the average user. If you are experienced in video editing, advanced video options are available.
  • Be aware of video copyright rules when performing this task.
  • Some production companies have requested YouTube immediately remove video content from certain of their films. If you run into this situation, YouTube will notify you that your video has been rejected for this reason.