Summary: In this post, we have highlighted the detailed tutorial on how to use VLC rip DVD to MP4, FLV, iPad, etc.on Windows/Mac and also uncovered the fixes to most possible errors during or after ripping DVD with VLC.

To this day, video streaming subscription has surpassed physical media as a more popular choice for home entertainment. If you have lots of DVDs being stored on shelves, in boxes, or somewhere else in house, or your laptop doesn't even have a disc drive anymore, it's time to digitize your DVD collection for backup, achiving or watching them on any device without limitation. When it comes to ripping DVD, VLC is an easy and free method. Well, how to rip DVD with VLC? What if you encounter VLC DVD ripping errors such as A/V out of sync, no audio, choppy, etc.? All these you can find answers in this article. The most comprehensive guide with pictures and fixes to VLC DVD ripping errors are already presented below.

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Rip DVD with VLC

Part 1: How to Rip DVD with VLC [Step by Step Guide]

First of all, make sure your computer has an optical drive. If your computer or laptop doesn't have an internal DVD drive, you can google search to get a reliable external DVD drive for your laptop.

Step 1. Install VLC & Get Started

Most users may have VLC on their computer. If not, click here to download the right version of VLC according to your computer OS. After that, open VLC.

Insert the disc you want to rip and click Media drop-down menu and select Convert/Save. Then you should see the picture in Step 2.

Open VLC

Step 2. Load the disc

Click Disc from the top tab and enable DVD option and select the DVD to rip in Disc device.

Important Note: Don't forget to check the "No Disc Menus" box. It can help avoid possible errors. If you don't check it, VLC may get stuck ripping the DVD titles over and over until you manually close it.

What if DVD won't load?

After you select a DVD from the Disc device, VLC just won't load the DVD. Sometimes, it goes with an error message saying MRL 'dvd:///D:/' (though this error happens more often when VLC plays DVDs or videos) or "There is no disk in Drive D." while there is a DVD in Drive D. This error happens when libdvdcss in VLC won't support the encryption of a DVD. You need to:

1. Update VLC to the latest version.
2. Remove DVD copy protection with other DVD decrypter software
3. To rip DVD with VLC in Ubuntu, you should know that the libdvd applications are not installed by default. Open a terminal window: sudo apt install libdvdcss2 libdvdread4 libdvdnav4 ubuntu-restricted-extras

Load DVD to VLC

Step 3. Select an output format

Click the Convert/Save button and now you can set the output format for the DVD rip. Click Profile drop-down menu and find the format you want. You can use VLC to rip DVD to MP4, WMV, MPEG-4, iPod, Android, YouTube, and a few others. Select the output you need.

In the Destination section, click Browse and select a folder for the DVD converted video file and give the output file a name.

select output formats in VLC

Tips: Click the wrench (Edit selected profile) icon besides the drop-down list, then you're able to cutomize video details like video / audio codec, subtitles as per your needs.

Step 4. Start DVD ripping

When you're done, click Start button to start ripping the DVD with VLC. You can see the Converting progress bar at the bottom. Simply wait for VLC to finish the rip.

VLC DVD ripping process

Part 2. Common VLC DVD Ripping Errors and Troubleshooting

Error 1. VLC crashes during the ripping

Sometimes, after you click the Start button, the VLC DVD ripper titlebar briefly says converting and then crashes. Some other times, it can't start at the feature track without first going through the DVD menu. In fact, VLC crahes is a common problem when converting DVD to MP4 or other formats.

Possible Fixes:

1. In most cases, VLC crashes is caused by the copy protections on commercial DVDs. Though VLC has libdvdcss to let it access DVDs with some of the encryptions, copy protection strategy changes with practically every new high profile release. You need to seek for other DVD rippers to rip these protected DVDs on Mac/Windows.
2. Disable hardware-accelerated decoding for a try. ("Tools" > "Preferences" > ""Input/Codecs", find "Hardware accelerated decoding" and change the default from "Automatic" to ""Disable", finally click "Save" button )

Error 2. VLC DVD rip loop

Another common problem after you start the ripping is that VLC DVD ripping stuck in a loop. For example, a message pops up saying "the output file already exists" with a choice of [Overwrite] or [Keep Existing} buttons to click even if there is no such file. Or "Tried to convert a 30 minute DVD to MP4 but VLC media player showed the message 'Streaming - VLC Media Player' and got endless loops of 2 minutes 14 seconds."

Possible Fixes:

1. Downgrade VLC back to the previous version.
2. Check if you have left the playback on repeat by turning the loop button for playback on. Set it to no loop.

Error 3. VLC DVD ripping is tool slow

The VLC DVD conversion is exceptionally slow? It ran overnight and after 10 hours it was still running this morning. The file it produced was 3.5GB and still growing. VLC is using about 12% CPU -- partially using one of 8 cores. The system is otherwise idle.

Possible Reasons:

1. Literally, VLC is streaming the video from the DVD during the rip. Therefore, it will take as long as the movie length to finish the rip.
2. VLC supports GPU decoding only. Namely, it will be faster for decoding H.264, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, WMV3, VC-1 (Windows) and H.264 (macOS). Make sure you have enabled GPU decoding for DVD MPEG-2 (Tools > Preferences > Input & Codecs > Set Hardware-accelerated decoding to Automatic). If you want a faster DVD rip, use a ripper (e.g. EaseFab DVD Ripper) that supports GPU encoding & decoding

VLC GPU decoding

Error 4. DVD rip video but no audio

"I tried to rip a Movie DVD to mp4 (H.264 and mp3) and it plays perfectly in the VLC player. But after converting, I get an MP4 video with only video and no audio." No audio problems come in different forms. Sometimes, you will find all the options under the Audio toolbar are grayed out, the audio is corrupted or stutters or there is audio in VLC but not on any other platforms.

To get the audio, you can try:

1. When selecting the output codec under the output profile option, click the setting button and try MP3 instead of AAC.
2. In the audio settings, try to change the audio sample rate to 48000HZ and select the MPEG 4 audio (AAC) audio codec.

Error 5. VLC rips DVD audio out of sync

It seems the video is fine and the length is correct. But when you play the video, you may find the audio is out of sync with the video.

Possible Fixes:

1. If you use VLC to play the streamed video, you can fix the VLC audio/video out of sync error with its own Tools built-in: click Tools > Effect and Filters > click Synchronization > under Audio/Video option, enter a numerical value to speed up or slow down the sound. However, this doesn't fix the VLC DVD rip A/V out of sync problem permanently, which means the error will continue on another device or player.
2. Rip DVD to other formats, like DVD to MP4.
3. Try another DVD ripper.

Error 6. VLC won't rip full DVD

The output file turns to be full of disappointment in some cases. "I get a 1K file of nothing in the destination folder", "when it comes to DVD transcoding, I get either a really small file (80-100 MB) or a really large file (1.12 GB) that won't open at all", "the output mp4 file ends up being corrupted with 32 minutes only"...

Possible Fixes:

1. Check if there are any fingertips or scratches on the DVD. 2. If it's a store bought DVD, Disney X-project, and other newer DVD protections that prevent VLC to access the DVD. VLC is a player, not a ripper after all and can't defeat new DRMs. You will need a DVD decrypter to rip protected DVDs.

Error 7. VLC ripped DVD video has a choppy playback

The DVD works perfectly but not after the conversion. "When I copy the file to my internal SSD hard drive and open in VLC player it is very choppy."

Possible Fixes:

Choppy and stuttering video converted from DVD with VLC player has something to do with the frame rate. For example, the DVD frame rate is 29.97fps while the ripped MP4 video shows a frame rate of 39.61fps. In the setting section for the convert, click the setting button under Profile option > Video codec > set the Frame Rate as Same as source.

Part 3. FAQs about Ripping DVD with VLC

Q1: How long does it take to rip a DVD with VLC?

Generally, it will take around 30 to 50 minutes to rip a DVD with VLC. Then why does VLC rip a DVD too slow? This is because VLC doesn't make efficient use of your system's resources. That's not a huge surprise, given that it's primarily designed to be a media player. Not a media encoder/transcoder. VLC does reveal a hardware acceleration page in preferences, but it's really meant for video playback acceleration.

That means VLC will rely on the computer CPU for the DVD ripping. In other words, the DVD ripping speed will depend on the performance of your computer system, the DVD size, DVD-ROM reading speed, output format, and etc.

Q2: Can I rip DVD with subtitles using VLC?

Yes. If you want to convert DVDs in VLC while keeping the built-in subtitles, firstly you can choose the subtitle track on the window when you load your disc.

select subtitle in VLC

If the ripped DVD video still gets no subtitle track, you need to go to the VLC DVD ripping settings, select the Subtitles tab, check both the Subtitles check box and the Overlay subtitles on the video check box. Then press Save. Then your DVD will be converted to desired format and the subtitles will be embedded in the output video file.

select subtitle in profile settings

Q3: Can VLC rip copy protected DVDs?

It depends. VLC has built-in libdvdcss to help decrypt and rip some drmed DVDs. For strictly encrypted DVDs, VLC probably cannot rip them.

Q4: Can VLC rip DVDs with multiple episodes?

Yes, VLC can help rip TV shows DVDs with many titles. After your DVD is loaded into VLC, you simply need to choose the title and chapter you want to rip in the Starting Position.

Q5: Why won't VLC rip my DVDs?

VLC is a media player not a DVD ripper. It's not as stable and powerful as a dedicated DVD ripper program. It may fail to rip a DVD due to different reasons such as:

● DRM and copy protections
● Non-standard DVD format
● Wrong settings or hardware decoding
● Older versions

Q6: Which is better for ripping DVD: Handbrake or VLC?

When it comes to ripping a DVD, Handbrake is a better choice than VLC. Handbrake or VLC are two top free programs designed for different tasks. And Handbrake is the one dedicated to transcoding videos and DVDs. However, HandBrake requires VLC (or the libdvdcss built in VLC) to read and then transcode encrypted DVDs.

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