How to Rip a DVD with VLC Media Player

Rip DVD with VLC Media Player

VLC media player is capable of ripping DVD disc to regular video. For example, ripping DVD to MP4, MKV, AVI, WebM, OGG, etc. that you can play the video on most popular devices. I will teach you how to do that below, but I’ll also give some solutions if you find no audio after DVD conversion.

Simple Guide on How to Use VLC to Rip DVD

Step 1. Open VLC and Click on Convert/Save

Your DVD disc should have been inserted in the DVD drive. Now open VLC media player, tab Media > Convert/Save….

The shortcut is Ctrl+R.

Click on Convert/Save in VLC Media Player

Step 2. Go to the Disc Tab to Convert

Tap Disc, your DVD disc and its name will show up in the box of Disc device. If you have more than one DVD drive, you can select the drive where you want to rip the DVD disc from the drop down.

Here’s an important setting: remember to check on ☑ No disc menus. I have tried ripping a DVD disc without checking it, and VLC will get stuck in ripping DVD menu over and over – if you don’t close VLC manually, it will never stop by itself.

After all these are set, click on Convert/Save.

Rip DVD in VLC No Disc Menus

Step 3. Set the Profile and Destination

In this step, you are going to choose an output profile and select a destination. VLC provides more than 20 profiles includes:

  • Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4)
  • Video – VP80 + Vorbis (Webm)
  • Video – H.264 + MP3 (TS)
  • Video – H.265 + MP3 (MP4)
  • Audio – MP3
  • Video for MPEG4 1080P TV/device

H.264 + MP3 (MP4) is the most versatile option that works great for videos.

To select the destination, you will need to click on Browse, select a location to save the file, and input a file name by yourself.

Convert DVD to MP4 with VLC

Step 4. Press the Start Button

The last step is to press the Start button to begin the DVD ripping process. The upper left corner of VLC media player will display “Converting dvdsimple”. After done, you can browse to the destination path on your computer and view the ripped DVD video.

How to Solve “There is No Audio after DVD Conversion”

I see people discussing various issues on the forum about ripping DVDs with VLC. For example, no audio after conversion, this is the issue most people have experienced, or, the video ratio is inconsistent with the original, the picture is abnormal and pixelated, etc. What’s more troublesome is that it’s hard to find a definitive solution. VLC is really not a worry-free software in ripping DVDs or converting videos.

If your DVD disc does have audio and plays fine with audio in VLC media player, it just doesn’t have audio after converting with VLC, you can have a look at the solutions below.

Solution 1: Change an output profile. Some containers cannot hold certain formats.

Solution 2: Ensure that the conversion audio bitrate matches.

  1. Check source video audio information: Tools > Codec information, and check the audio sample rate.
  2. Click on the Edit selected profile icon in Step 3, and change the sample rate from whatever number to the one that matches the source file.

Change Output Audio Sample Rate in VLC Media Player

Solution 3: Change the audio sample rate to 48000HZ and change the audio codec to MPEG 4 audio (AAC).

Solution 4: Update VLC to the latest build, or downgrade VLC to 2.0 version.

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How to Rip a DVD with VLC Media Player
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