This is the basic process for ripping a film or tv show from an encrypted DVD to a computer. For more advanced topics, check out Video.

Things You'll NeedEdit

  • A DVD decryption program. This page assumes you have AnyDVD version
  • A DVD ripping program. This page assumes you have Handbrake version 0.9.3.

The instructions and screenshots below are specific to the above program versions. If other programs or versions are used, they may not apply.


1) Insert the DVD you want to rip into your DVD drive and load AnyDVD. Wait until AnyDVD is ready. Your DVD will now be decrypted of all DRM.
2) Load up Handbrake and you should see the following screen.
3) In the top left hand corner, click on the "Source" button. On the drop down menu, click your DVD.
4) A window will pop up whilst Handbrake reads your DVD. Wait for it to finish.
5) The source box will now have loaded your DVD. Handbrake will automatically select the longest video from the disc. If this is incorrect, you will have to manually select the right "Title". If there are multiple videos on the DVD (such as with a TV show) you will need to repeat the process for each one.
6) In the destination box, click on Browse.
7) Choose a location and filename but don't worry about the filetype. This will be determined by your "Preset" in the next step.
8) A preset is a ripping configuration that controls what kind of file is created from your DVD. These are necessary because you will want a very different kind of file if you are putting a film on an ipod than if you were putting it on an HD TV. For now, just choose "Classic" which will rip quickly, has okay quality and a small file size. If you don't want to mess around with presets in the future but want better quality, choose "Normal". More information can be found at Ripping Video in other Formats
9) If you are just ripping a single video from the DVD (such as with a film), click on "Start" in the top left hand corner. If you are ripping multiple videos from the DVD (such as with a TV show), click on "Add to queue" in the top left hand corner and then repeat the process until you have set up all the videos. Then click on "Start" and a window will open as in the screenshot. This will give you an estimate of how long the process will take. Typically, this can be quite a while and will vary massively with the speed of your computer. As a rough guide, however, a Classic preset on a film of 1 hour and 48 minutes took 40 minutes on my computer.

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