Discussion: DVD Ripping

Discussion: DVD RippingRipping DVDs is one of the most common tasks when using a home theater PC. There have been many methods for ripping movies from the discs, and possibly even more methods for converting them once they have been ripped. It’s been a while since we’ve discussed DVD ripping at the Digital Media Zone, and we’ve been wondering what people have been doing lately to archive their DVD collection. We’re primarily interested in what everyone is using for ripping their DVDs, but if you’ve already moved on from DVD to Blu-ray, then feel free to mention that too. Just be to sure to specify whether your method is for DVD or Blu-ray.

Just to get the ball rolling I’ll discuss what I use. I’ve primarily only archived DVDs, not Blu-rays. I don’t use Windows Media Center Extenders very often either. That, combined with the fact that I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to install extra codecs without ruining my computer, has led me to using MakeMKV. I just rip the primary tile. I don’t want the extras, or the menus. I just want my movie collection to contain the actual movie content so that my family can immediately start watching the title they are interested in.

So, what are you using? Please leave a comment below, and describe why you’ve chosen the option that you have.


About the author

Josh Pollard

Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.