How to Rip DVD to Your PC


Say you have a movie on DVD, but you want to watch it on your phone, tablet, somewhere else. You can “rip” that DVD—or turn it into a movie file on your computer—to play it wherever you want. Here’s how to do it. Ripping a movie to your hard drive can seem like a complicated task, but it’s actually pretty simple. There are a lot of ways to do it and a lot of different programs out there, but our favorite method uses a program called Xinfire DVD Ripper. It’s easy to use, it’s available for Windows, Mac, and it’ll convert your file into compatible formats for any device, like an iPad or Android phone. The video above should walk you through the process, but you can follow along with these instructions.

1. Head to Xinfire DVD Ripper’s homepage and download the program. Install it to your computer as directed. By default, Xinfire DVD Ripper can rip protected DVDs. If you’re on a Mac, download DVD Ripper for Mac and double-click to install it.

2. Insert the DVD you want to rip, and open Xinfire DVD Ripper.

3. Click the Source button in the upper left-hand corner and choose your DVD drive from the list. 4. It will start scanning your DVD, which could take a few minutes.

4. When it’s done, head to the “Title” This is where you’ll select which part of the DVD you want to rip.

5. Click the Output Path button on the right side of the window. Navigate to where you want to save your movie file.

6. Next, head to the bar on the left labeled “Output Format”. This is where you’ll choose what format the resulting file will be in. If you just want to watch it on your computer, the “Normal” or “HD Video” preset is fine. If you want to watch it on something like your iPod or iPhone, though, pick the correct preset from the list.

7. Hit the Start button. This will take awhile, so you’ll probably want to grab a cup of tea.

When it’s done, you’ll get a popup notification. From there, you can double-click on your movie file to watch it, or sync it to your device of choice. Enjoy! It seems like a lot of steps at first, but it really isn’t very difficult—especially after your first time through. It’s just a matter of picking the right chapter from the DVD and ripping it to the right format.