Free tools to copy DVD and Blu-ray to your pc


Check out the 7 best free tools to copy DVD and Blu-ray to your PC and digitize all your discs without any hassle.

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Despite the prevalence of free and paid streaming services, DVDs and Blu-ray still exist. So if you have a shelf full of DVDs and Blu-rays waiting to be digitized, check out the tools you need for that.

1. MakeMKV
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Available for free on: Windows, Mac, Linux

At MakeMKV, you will find an excellent Blu-ray and DVD backup utility. It has DVD and Blu-ray decryption functions.

To copy a DVD or Blu-ray to your computer, all you have to do is put the disc in the disk-player and select MakeMKV as the medium. The program will execute some initial loading information and then you will see the titles and subtitle and audio information.

From here, select the subtitles and audio tracks you want to copy, along with the titles you want to transfer. Generally, the title with the largest size is the movie, while the smallest titles are bonuses, deleted scenes or anything else on the disc. However, this varies depending on the drive. Uncheck everything you do not need, and then click MakeMKV.

Now, let MakeMKV work. DVDs usually rip in less than 20 minutes. Blu-rays can range from 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on the length of the movie and the add-ons you want.

MKV files are slightly smaller than the original disc images. DVD backups are about 10% smaller, with Blu-ray copies about 40% smaller than their respective discs. Copying a Blu-ray Disc provides a much larger file than a DVD, well over 4 GB. A Blu-ray MKV rip provides maximum quality and takes up more space. Converting MKV to another format, such as MP4, can produce a smaller file, albeit at the expense of audio and video quality.

2. Handbrake

Available for free on: Windows, Mac, Linux

The Handbrake is a very good open source ripper. In addition to copying DVD and Blu-ray, Handbrake can do a lot of smart things like convert video, add subtitles to movies and more.

Simply select a profile depending on the device or quality you want, decide whether to use Handbrake to attach subtitles, and then click Start Encode.

Defaults range from device options such as iPad and iPod to high quality 1080p options and more. Additionally, you can select different output formats, such as MP4, H.265 and H.264.

Since you can modify too many settings or just select a default and start coding, Handbrake is as intuitive or complex as you want it to be. Overall, it is one of the best free DVD rippers that you can download.

The program has frequent updates, which ensures that it offers a set of cutting-edge features.

3. Freemake Video Converter
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Available for free on: Windows

Freemake Video Converter remains Top Choice for DVD Copy Software In its replica arsenal, it also has editing capabilities.

Using Freemake, you can join files together to have a large merged file. Videos can also be converted to Flash or HTML5, as well as MP4. Among the many file output formats, you can copy DVDs to MP4, AVI, MKV, 3GP and more.

A great feature is that when you copy a DVD, you can also add a menu of clickable chapter titles. With the ability to copy videos in various formats as well as edit videos, Freemake is a great free DVD ripper.

4. WinX DVD Ripper
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Trial available on: Windows, Mac

WinX is one of the best DVD rippers. Comes in two versions: there is the free but trial DVD ripper as well as WinX DVD Ripper Platinum Edition. WinX DVD ripper trial software is basically a trial version of the Platinum version. However, once the trial period ends, it continues to work and just loses some premium features.

The free trial version will copy a DVD to MP4, WMV, AVI, FLV, MOV, MPEG, H.264, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, Android, Samsung, HTC and PSP. With this, you create an accurate 1: 1 clone without losing quality. WinX DVD Ripper has a fast backup speed, as it takes about five minutes to make an MPEG2 copy of a DVD.

The Platinum version adds additional output formats, such as creating ISO files. You will see faster copy speeds as well as video editing capabilities. WinX DVD Ripper is a great alternative to Handbrake and Freemake.

5. WonderFox Dvd Ripper Lite
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Available for free on: Windows

WonderFox DVD Ripper Lite is easy to use, making DVD copying easy. Just insert a DVD, select your preferred output format and start digitizing your DVDs.

WonderFox DVD Ripper Lite lets you quickly back up DVDs in just five minutes and can create 1: 1 backups for top quality.

6. VLC Player
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Available for free on: Windows, Mac, Linux

While there are many video players, VLC remains one of the most popular and feature-rich multimedia players.

VLC Player has rightly gained a reputation for being able to play almost any video format you want to watch. Although commonly considered the media player, you can also use VLC to copy a DVD or Blu-ray.

Read your computer's drive with VLC, and then click Convert / Save (Ctrl + R). The rip can take a long time. Some users reported that it takes up to two hours. Options like MakeMKV or Freemake can do it in 15-20 minutes.

7. DVD Decrypter
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Available on: Windows

DVD Decrypter is an awesome free dvd ripper. While its official website closed in 2005, it is still available through an unofficial mirror. Incredibly easy to use, DVD Decrypter loads title information making it easy to back up all or part of the disc.

The biggest point of the application (and the reason it is still on our list despite its age), is the ease with which it can remove area restrictions from your disks. It can get rid of CSS (Content Scrambler System), user operating bans and Macrovision content protection with a single click. These are just some of the goal setting shareware that you can use.

These are the best DVDs and Blu-ray rippers available, which are FREE. Of course there are many other options for copying a DVD or Blu-ray to your computer. With a little searching you will find enough but basically everything depends on whether you want to copy Blu-ray or DVD, which file formats you prefer, your ideal quality etc.


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