How to Rip a DVD, Blu-Ray, Audio or Video CD and Save it using VLC Media Player

You must have noticed that you can’t always use copy and paste for your DVD/CD/Blu-Ray disk drives. Have you wondered how you can take all the contents like music, songs, and videos and store it in your computer for backup? VLC can do that. It can easily rip a DVD, Blu-Ray, Audio CD and even those Video CDs (SVCD or VCD). With the help of VLC Media Player, you can copy the contents of a Blu-Ray or DVD and even an Audio CD. The contents of a disk can be saved to your laptop or desktop.

These circular disks aren’t popular like they used to be but they are still in use. If your laptop has one of those drives and you have old music CDs, movie Blu-Rays, DVD or VCD lying around, back them up to your computer safely. It’s like downloading online video but from CDs and DVDs instead. VLC will rip and extract them in a modern and popular digital format like MP3, MP4 (H.264). You can store these MP3 and MP4 files forever in your PC or Mac as a backup.

So, here are the detailed steps to rip a DVD, Blu-Ray, Audio CD or SVCD/VCD and save them to your computer (desktop or laptop) using VLC Media Player:

First, insert your DVD, CD, Blu-Ray Disc, Audio CD or Video CD to the disk drive in your laptop, PC or Mac

  • Open VLC and access Media > Convert/Save [CTRL + R].
    Media Convert/Save
  • Click on the Disc
  • Select a disc type: DVD, Blu-ray, Audio CD or SVCD/VCD.
  • Check on ☑ No disc menus.
  • Select your disc from the drop-down or Browse to choose it.
    RIP Disc VLC
  • Click on Convert/Save.
  • Next, choose a Profile: (a) Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4) works great for videos and (b) Audio – MP3 works great for ripping audio CDs.
  • Click Browse and choose a Destination file.
    Convert & Save Media
  • Hit Start to begin the Audio/Video ripping.

The progress bar in VLC’s player interface will show you how much of the ripping and copying is done. If the progress bar doesn’t move, click on the Play button. You can, of course, pause it in the middle but it isn’t recommended. Once the process completes, browse to the destination folder and get all the ripped MP3s (Audio) or MP4s (Video + Audio) files. You can now copy them to any location—hard drive on your system, external storage, and cloud locations. You can also convert them into different formats using VLC. They will be saved forever and won’t get lost because the circular disc has been damaged or scratched.

15 thoughts to “How to Rip a DVD, Blu-Ray, Audio or Video CD and Save it using VLC Media Player”

  1. Not sure what I’m doing wrong, but I am using updated software and trying to backup a CD to MP3. I keep getting a single mp3 file with 0 bytes…?

  2. I have some old videos, originally recorded one-at-a-time on VCR tape, later transferred to a CD-R. (I played CD-R on my VCR and DVR a while ago.) I want to transfer individual tracks onto my PC (running Windows 10) and thence to a webpage. Will the VLC Media Player “rip” individual tracks so I can identify each with a tag on the webpage later?

  3. This works most of the time for me but when ripping TV shows from DVD (with several episodes) it will only rip the first episode. How do I make sure ALL of the content/episodes are being ripped?

  4. When I playback using VLC everything is fine, but when I playback using Windows Media Player or any other media app I don’t get any of the audio. Did I miss a setting when I ripped if from the DVD?

  5. after converting the vcd disc , the video is playing fine but the audio did not get recorded/downloaded. where did i go wrong

  6. When I playback using VLC everything is fine, but when I playback using Windows Media Player or any other media app I don’t get any of the audio. Did I miss a setting when I ripped if from the DVD?

  7. When I ripped the DVD I had, it looked like it was ripping the whole thing in the activity bar but once it was done it only saved the first 3 minutes. What did I do wrong?

  8. I ripped my DVD but is there any way to make it so that the ripped copy keeps the audio settings? I made the audio settings a little higher pitched and higher tempo than the original DVD.

  9. To Kelly:
    Do a Google search for “subtitle download”, pick a website.

    Find your movie and download the file. Most sites have options for the sub track you need. Like, if you only want the subs for foreign language scenes. That way you don’t have to read the entire movie.
    Then when playing back the movie go to “Subtitle” in the menu bar, click “Add Subtitle File…” find where you saved it when downloaded and Voila. You have subs.

    You can also add the downloaded subtitle file to the folder of that particular movie once converted. Then it should show up in the “Subtitle” drop down menu while playing it back. Then you have the choice to turn it on or off whenever you like.
    Hope that helps.

  10. Didn’t work for me. I got all the way up to last step, and when I clicked “Start” it threw up an error message… This Blu-ray Disc needs a library for AACS decoding, and your system does not have it.

    Any suggestions where one would get a library for AACS decoding???

  11. The example here is Blu-Ray. For DVDs, there’s a subtitle option that makes it sound like you can download those with the video. So far, I can’t make that work, and see no help or instructions about them. Any ideas?

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