How Can I Download Videos From DVDs Onto My Computer?
Submitted by Andrew Schrader
In The Beginning
Downloading DVD file contents onto your computer requires software that can convert a DVD's file structure into a simple, readable file type or disc image. Although your computer does not come with a standard program that can copy (or rip) your DVDs, programs are available online that you can purchase or try for a free trial, including software like PavTube DVD Ripper, Any DVD Cloner and 123 DVD Converter. These programs will rip your DVD movies to any number of formats, including AVI, MP4 or MOV. If you simply want to copy your DVD to your hard drive (leaving the file structure intact), use Any DVD Cloner. This program also allows users to copy their DVDs to an ISO disc image.
The Main Steps
Run PavTube DVD Ripper and wait for the main interface to open. Insert your DVD and click the "DVD Folder" button at the top of your screen. Double-click your DVD's icon and highlight its "Video TS" folder. Open the whole folder in PavTube and wait for your DVD's chapters or tracks to load.
Click the "Format" drop-down menu and choose your video's output format. Options include MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV and other popular formats. (For storing for playback on PC computers, choose an AVI or WMV setting).
Press the "Open" button next to the "Output" field to set a file path (save location) on your computer's hard drive.
Press the "Convert" button to begin ripping your DVD. You may track each chapter's progress in the "State" column of the "Ripping" window.
Download Any DVD Cloner and install. Run the program after agreeing to the licensing terms and insert the DVD you want copied into your computer's disc drive. Wait for Any DVD Cloner to recognize the disc.
Select your DVD from the "Input Device" field. Click the "Open DVD" button in the upper left of your screen. Navigate to your DVD's contents and choose the largest "Title" (this is the feature film). Highlight all the chapters in the "Title" menu you want copied.
Select "DVD Folder" or "ISO Image File" from the "Output Device" drop-down menu, depending on your needs. (For storing your DVD on your computer to later burn to disc, choose "ISO Image File").
Choose an output destination on your computer's hard drive for your copied DVD, so you can easily find it later. Click the "Start Copy" button on the right side of the screen to begin copying your DVD to your computer.
Launch 123 DVD Converter after download and installation are complete. Insert your DVD into your computer and click "Load DVD." Highlight your DVD's contents and choose to open its "Video TS" folder. Click "OK."
Select an output format from the drop-down list. Options include MPEG-1, MPEG-2, AVI and WMV, among others. (For playback on a PC computer, choose the "AVI (DivX, Xvid...)" option, as this will ensure a high quality output) (see Tips).
Click the "Output Directory" arrow to define a save location on your computer for your converted video. Rename your movie, if desired.
Make sure the main video you want converted is highlighted in the program's interface and click the "Start" button on the right side of the screen to begin copying your DVD to your computer.

THINGS YOU'LL NEED

  • PavTube DVD Ripper (see Resource 1)
  • Any DVD Cloner (see Resource 2)
  • 123 DVD Converter (see Resource 3)

TIPS & WARNINGS

  • If using 123 DVD Converter, click the "Options" button next to the "Output Format" menu and select "Xvid MPEG-4 Codec" for highest quality AVI output.
  • Please allow several minutes for your DVD to copy, depending on your computer's processing speed.

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