How to Record Video from a DVD to Your Computer

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

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Record video from a DVD to your computer.

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Navigate to the HandBrake Download page (handbrake.fr/?article=download).

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

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

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Open HandBrake.

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

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

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In the list of video files that displays, scroll down until you see the first video file whose memory is around 1,023MB. In other words, you're looking for the first large video file.

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

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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 use extensive computer memory.

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In the Destination section at the top of the HandBrake window, click the "Browse" button to indicate where to save the video file. For ease of use, it's recommended to save the video file to the desktop.

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