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[Windows & Linux Tutorial] How to Use FFmpeg to Rip DVD to MP4, MKV, MOV, WebM, etc.

Author by Oswald

Updated on Feb 27, 2024

Want to use FFmpeg to rip DVD to MP4 but don’t know how? This post will show you how to operate the FFmpeg DVD to MP4 conversion process.

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Part 1. How to Rip DVD to MP4 with FFmpeg?

Install FFmpegInstall FFmpeg

Step 1. Go to the FFmpeg download site and click the Linux, Windows, or Mac logo according to your computer system below the “Get packages & executable files” section.

The following will take Windows as an example.

Step 2. Select a Windows EXE file, then scroll down to the “git master builds” section. Click to download the “ffmpeg-git-full.7z”.

Step 3. Right-click on the file you downloaded and select “Extract Here” to unzip the downloaded file.

Step 4. Cut and paste the FFmpeg folder into the root of your hard drive, namely “System (C:)” or “Windows (C:)”.

Set FFmpegSet FFmpeg

Step 5. Type cmd in the search box to open the Command Prompt.

Step 6. Type setx /m PATH "C:\ffmpeg\bin;%PATH%" to set the environment path variable for ffmpeg.

Step 7. Restart your computer and open the Command Prompt, running ffmpeg-version to verify the installation.

Step 8. Open the DVD you want to rip and the VIDEO-TS directory, and find the .VOB files. The DVD video content is usually saved in the VOB files. You can verify them by playing them directly with a player.

Step 9. Take the VTS_01_1.VOB file name as an example. Type the ffmpeg -i VTS_01_1.VOB -b:v 1500k -r 30 -vcodec h264 -strict -2 -acodec aac -ar 44100 -f mp4 convert.mp4.

If you have multiple VOB files to convert, you need first combine them.
The command line is: ffmpeg -i "concat:VTS_01_1.VOB|VTS_01_2.VOB|VTS_01_3.VOB" -b:v 1500k -r 30 -vcodec h264 -strict -2 -acodec aac -ar 44100 -f mp4 convert.mp4.

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Step 1. Load DVD into the Ripper

Insert your recorded or copy-protected DVD you intend to rip into DVD drive. Launch WonderFox DVD ripper pro, define the destination path at the “Output Folder” box underneath, and click the blue “DVD Disc” button to load DVD into the program, the program will start the automatic copy protection decryption and main movie recognition. The main title will be automatically selected afterward.

Rip your DVD

Step 2. Rip DVD to MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, etc. Videos

Click on the output format section on the right side, select the preferred video format by clicking the corresponding format icon from 300+ formats and devices. Then, if needed, hit the small “Settings” button at the lower-right corner for detailed parameter settings. Click “Run” to start ripping when you're ready.

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Extra Reading: Convert DVD to MP4 with FFmpeg-Based Tool on Windows & Linux

Besides using the FFmpeg command line to rip DVD to MP4, there is a great GUI for FFmpeg-FFmpegYAG that can also help you rip DVD to MP4 for free. It is easier to operate and doesn't require a command line.

Launch FFmpeg GUILaunch FFmpeg GUI

Step 1. Download and install FFmpeg GUI - FFmpegYAG from SourceForge:

Step 2. Install the program, no worry, the program and its installation packs are both safe and clean.

Step 3. Insert the DVD you intend to rip into the DVD drive that is well-connected to your PC. If everything goes well, you’ll be able to enter the DVD folder from “DVD Drive” and open DVD Video_TS folder within.

Step 4. Run FFmpegYAG, if a dialog pops up saying “Multiple video converters have been found in the application inventory. Please select your preferred video converter”, the one with “ffmpeg-h10-heaac” suffix stands for the full-featured version. The “ffmpeg.exe” one will be sufficient for our matter, select it and click “OK” to proceed.

Wish you luckWish you luck

Step 5. Click “Add Task(s)” button to add DVD movie into the program. But FFmpeg GUI doesn’t help to single out the main movie of your DVD, according to our experience, the largest VOB file with the longest length could be the main movie, select it to add into the program. If you have some digital DVD videos like VOB/ISO/VIDEO_TS, follow the exact procedure to convert them to MP4, MKV, etc. with this FFmpeg-based app.

Step 6. Crop/trim, transcode video/audio codec if needed.

Export the DVD ripping in FFmpegExport the DVD ripping in FFmpeg

Step 7. At the “Format” box, choose the preferred video format to rip DVD to. As you can see, Matroska, MP4, MOV, WebM, FLAC, OGG, MP3, AC3, WAV, MPEG, Image2, ASS, SRT are provided as output format.

Step 8. Go to the folder that you wish to save the output video, copy its address.

Step 9. At last, paste the address into the “File” box, then hit “Encode” to start the FFmpeg DVD ripping process. Hit “Abort” anytime for second thoughts.

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