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Posted by Chris Ellison - October 17, 2023 | Contact Author

How to Convert DVD to MP4 VLC on Mac & Windows

Summary: Here we will show you a detailed guide on how to rip DVD to MP4 with VLC on Windows (11) & Mac. Also we'll share you with an easy solutions to fix VLC DVD to MP4 conversion errors.

Like most people, you may like using the VLC converter as your media player, for the free player can play various audio & video formats, as well as DVDs, etc. Ever thought of using VLC as a disc ripper to convert your DVDs to MP4 or other digital file format for playback anywhere you like? Well, that's one of the cool features in VLC. If you have no idea about converting DVD to MP4 with VLC, you can read this article to get a step-by-step guide. Also you'll learn the VLC DVD ripping problems and possible solutions.

Rip DVD to MP4 with VLC

Part 1. How to Convert DVD to MP4 with VLC on Mac

For your Mac computer, VLC works as a decent disc ripping tool as it facilitates converting DVD contents into for MP4 format. Once converted, the files can be played on a wide range of devices and players without any need for a DVD player.

Steps for DVD to MP4 Conversion on Mac:

1: Insert the DVD into your Mac drive and then open VLC on your Mac. From the drop-down menu at the File tab, choose the Open Disc option.

Convert DVD to MP4 with VLC on Mac

2: A window with your disc information will open. Click the box for Disable DVD menus. At the bottom left corner, check the box for Stream output.

Convert DVD to MP4 with VLC on Mac

3: Hit the Settings button that will allow you to a new window. Here check the File option to get the ripped disc as a file on your Mac. Hit Browse to select the location where you want to save the converted disc. A pop-up window, choose file name and location at Save As and Where tabs respectively. Click the Save button to confirm.

Convert DVD to MP4 with VLC on Mac

4: Next, Open the drop-down menu at the Encapsulation Method and choose MPEG 4. Make the needed video and audio settings. Click OK to confirm all the settings.

Convert DVD to MP4 with VLC on Mac

5: Finally, click Open to start to convert DVD with VLC Mac.

Convert DVD to MP4 with VLC on Mac

Part 2. How to Use VLC to Rip DVD to MP4 on Windows

VLC also works great on the Windows system and just like its Mac version support changing your disc content into MP4 format.

1: Open VLC Media Player on your Windows 10 PC. From the main menu, click the Media tab on the top-left corner to open a drop-down menu and choose Open Disc. A new pop-up window will open. Alternatively, you can also select the Convert/Save option from the Media tab and then select the Disc tab from the pop-up window.

Convert DVD to MP4 with VLC on Windows

2: Under Disc Selection, check the box for No disc menus. At Disc Drive, browse and choose the DVD location.

Convert DVD to MP4 with VLC on Windows

3: Open drop-down menu next to the Play button on the bottom-right corner. Choose Convert from the list.

Convert DVD to MP4 with VLC on Windows

4: A new Convert window will open from where choose MP4 as Profile format under Settings and location of the converted file and its name at the Destination File: tab.

Convert DVD to MP4 with VLC on Windows

5: Finally, click Start to turn DVD to MP4 with VLC.

Convert DVD to MP4 with VLC on Windows

Part 3. What to Do If VLC Won't Rip DVD (to MP4 or other Formats)?

VLC is undoubtedly a robust media player that also supports video conversion and DVD ripping features. Since the player is not a professional DVD tool, a number of issues may encounter like these:

1. I'm trying to convert a DVD with VLC, but it generates a weird error message that says DVDRead could not open the disk. It's especially weird as VLC plays the DVD fine... If anyone can offer any help that will be great!

2. I'm following the instructions from How-To Geek: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/2696/how-to-rip-dvds-with-vlc/, and anytime I click "start", it just shuts out and looks like how it does when you first open VLC, no special recording or streaming message or moving anything.

If you failed to convert DVD to MP4 or VLC, you're recommended to check the steps and other settings. Below are some fixes:

First of all, check VLC ripping DVD steps in case it's your misoperation that leads to VLC won't rip DVD to MP4.

If all steps are right and VLC still cannot rip DVD, do the following troubleshooting tips:
● Take the DVD disc out of the DVD-ROM drive and put it in again, or alter a DVD disc to have a try.
● Restart your Windows PC or Mac OS X.
● Reset VLC to default settings, or unistall and reinstall the VLC player, better the latest version (currently V.3.2.11).

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3 Simple Steps to turn DVD to MP4 with the VLC alternative:

Step 1: Input the DVD disc to DVD-ROM. Launch DumboFab DVD Ripper and click the Load DVD button to import the original DVDs you want to put into Plex.

Load source DVD

Step 2: From Fomrat drop-down list, you're recommended to choose H.264 encoded MP4 from Common Video category as the output format because H264 MP4 is is the most popular video format for almost all devices and media players. You can choose to rip DVD to H.265 MP4 to get a smaller size.

Select MP4 for ripping DVD to Plex

Step 3: Hit the Convert button to rip DVD for Plex at lightning speed with best quality.

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Chris Ellison

Chris Ellison, an English Copywriter of DumboFab Studio, has 6 years of writing and marketing experience. Love writing and always provide thoughtful how-to guides and tips related to video processing, physical discs ripping and backup, recent hot topics, new digital devices, hit movies, music, etc. She is a life-enthusiast who is independent, persistent, enthusiastic, energetic, and interested in music, exercise, travel, dance, painting.

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