How to Convert DVD to MP4 with HandBrake?

HandBrake is an open-source transcoding program favored by many people for video conversions and DVD ripping. If you plan to back up your homemade DVDs, choosing HandBrake to be your DVD ripper is a good start. In the following guide, we will walk you through how to convert DVD to MP4 with HandBrake in detailed steps. Read on!

Michelle | June 25, 2021

How to Use HandBrake to Convert DVD to MP4?

HandBrake Won’t Rip DVD? How to Fix it?

Disclaimer: WonderFox doesn't advocate any illegal duplication and distribution, and all information provided in this article is presented for general informational purposes and personal fair use only. Please refer to the DVD copyright laws in your country before you rip any DVDs. Ripped content CANNOT be used for unauthorized reproduction, distribution, or any commercial use.

Related read: Is It Legal to rip a DVD for Backup and Private Use in Your Country?

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How to Use HandBrake to Convert DVD to MP4?

Before we begin, please note that HandBrake can only rip non-protected DVDs. The discs you purchased from the store or online are mostly commercial DVDs and cannot be converted by HandBrake. You can check the next part to see solutions to it.

Also Read: HandBrake Tutorial | HandBrake VOB to MP4 | HandBrake AVI | HandBrake ISO | HandBrake VIDEO_TS

Step 1. Insert the DVD into the disk drive on your computer.

Step 2. Run HandBrake. If you don’t have it on your computer, download the latest correct version of HandBrake from, and open it.

Step 3. When HandBrake first comes up, it should ask you to select the source. You should select the DVD source. HandBrake will then load the DVD.

Tips: If the “Source Selection” page didn’t show up, click “Open Source” and repeat the rest.

Step 4. Click the bottom “Browse” button to set a destination folder for your converted DVD.

Step 5. By default, HandBrake has already set the ideal settings for DVD ripping, with output format as MP4 and preset as Fast 1080P30. There’s no need to change the settings yourself. You can click the green “Start Encode” button to start converting DVD to MP4 with HandBrake.

HandBrake Won’t Rip DVD? How to Fix it?

You might encounter many errors when trying to use HandBrake to convert DVD to MP4, such as Handbrake “no valid source found” or HandBrake won't rip the entire DVD. The common causes are as follows:

  • The DVD is damaged or scratched.
  • The DVD is copy-protected.
  • For the latter issue, the cause could also be an overloaded CPU.

But don’t worry, there are ways to fix these problems. For the first cause, you can seek solutions from this article How to Fix a Scratched DVD. If the DVD is DRM-protected, you can remodel HandBrake with libdvdcss for DVD decryption. Relevant tutorials are given in our previous articles Rip Encrypted DVDs via HandBrake Libdvdcss on Windows and How to Solve HandBrake Copy Protection Ripping Fail. For the third cause, you can try to underclock the CPU to the standard.

These are working solutions for many people. But some others also complain that they are not as effective as expected, especially for solving DVD decryption problems, and the workarounds are too complicated for new beginners to get started. In this case, we recommend you try a HandBrake alternative directly.

WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro is the best DVD ripper that we highly recommend. It can copy almost any DVD, even slightly scratched ones, to digital in easy steps. Moreover, it can engage GPU during the ripping process and hence relieve the burden on the CPU for faster speed. We will illustrate how to convert DVD to MP4 with this software below.

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Step 1. Insert your DVD into the DVD-ROM.

Step 2. Launch WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro. Click on “DVD Disc” and load your DVD. When the software scanned all the titles, it will auto mark the main title of the DVD.

Step 3. Click on the right-side format image to open the format library. Under the Video tab, choose “MP4” as the output format. (Tips: It has 500+ other formats and device presets to choose from as well)

Step 4. The program will smart fit the best settings for the DVD ripping after you chose the output format. So what is left for you is to click the three-dot at the bottom to specify an output folder. When everything is ready, click “Run” to start the ripping process.


That’s all for how to convert DVD to MP4 with HandBrake and solutions to HandBrake not working properly. If you have any questions during the DVD conversion, please feel free to contact me via Twitter, and I’ll be glad to help. Thanks for reading!

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