Nowadays, video streaming subscription has surpassed physical media as a more popular choice for home entertainment. Many people don't or rarely buy new DVDs now. However, there are still many people who have possessed quite a big collection of old home videos, movies, and TV series on DVDs being stored on shelves, in boxes, or somewhere else in house. With physical DVD players being gradually out of fashion - quite a lot of computers even don't get a DVD drive nowadays, many people have been looking for solutions to digitize DVD discs to digital files for storing on computer or cloud service. Physical DVD discs are indeed not as convenient as digital files. In this guide, we would like to introduce you a detailed guide on how to digitize DVD discs with the best DVD digitizer software.

The Definition of Digitization

As is defined, digitization is the process of converting information into a digital format, i.e. file that is readable by computer, in which the information is organized into bits. Strictly speaking, digitizing simply means the conversion of analog source material into a numerical format (From Wikipedia). Since digitized files can be easily played on computer and mobile devices, more and more users are looking for a way to convert their DVD files to digital copies, so as to freely enjoy those media files even without a DVD player.

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For example, if you are a fan of Kristen Stewart, you probably want to digitize Personal Shopper DVD movie, with her being the protagonist, into any other file formats which can be supported by your computer or simply mobile device, so as to enjoy them without any restrictions. To digitize this DVD movie, you need to get a professional DVD ripper like this Leawo DVD Ripper to help you.

Is It Legal to Digitize DVD Movie for Personal Use?

Since digitizing DVD discs has something to do with your physical DVD discs, while some physical DVD discs are copy protected, is it legal to digitize DVD movies? DVD copyright laws are enforced to protect the rights of the people who create the original work. In the United States, the copyright laws make it clear that it's violating the law when using any technology to break the DVD copy protection mechanism (DRM) applied to the commercial DVDs during ripping in Title 1 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMAC), and it is unlawful to rip DVDs for the purpose of commercial use without the consent of the copyright owner in Title 17. So if you are going to rip a DVD encoded with DRM, such DVD ripping is certainly unlawful.

However, the Fair Use Doctrine allows for the use of copyrighted materials without acquiring permission from the original copyright holder. You are entitled to the privilege to create copies or rip DVDs or other media you legally purchased for personal use, as long as they are not redistributed publicly. So it is legal to rip DVD movies in case of any DVD damage or loss, traveling overseas or during flight or for educational purposes.

Best Software to Digitize DVD Movie

With this all-in-one Leawo DVD Ripper, you can effortlessly digitize DVD movies and various file formats can be supported by this software including MKV, MP4, MPEG, AVI, FLV, RMVB and many more. In addition, this professional software allows you to easily customize the output file by adjusting the settings to your own preference such as resolution, frame rate and so on. And that's not all! The best part of this software is that the editing features within the software allows you to freely edit the output files as desired. For example, you can crop or trim it to just cut your preferred excerpt or you can add 3D effect if you want. Best of all, sophisticated as this software may be, it is not difficult to operate at all. Its simple user interface makes it as easy as pie even for computer novices to digitize DVD movies in one click.


Detailed Steps to Digitize DVD Movie with Leawo DVD Ripper

Step 1. Run the software & Load source file

To start with, open the installed software on the computer and then click on the Convert option on the top panel to enter the main interface of Leawo Blu-ray Ripper. Or you can hit the DVD Ripper on the first interface to continue. After that, click on the Add Blu-ray/DVD option to load the source file, i.e. Personal Shopper or just directly drag it.

Note: While loading the file, you will be given three options: Full Movie, Main Movie and Custom Mode. Here, the Full Movie option means all detailed contents including subtitles will be loaded; Main Movie means the longest part of DVD file will be loaded and Custom Mode means that you are free to decide the clip that you want to convert.

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Step 2. Set the output file format

Then hit the HD MKV Video option next to the green Convert icon on the top panel to enter the Change section. And then go to Format tab to continue, as shown in the below. Under the Format tab, select the wanted output file format as liked such as MKV Video.

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Step 3. Customize settings of output file

Once you have selected the wanted output file format, hit the pencil-shaped icon on the top right corner of the target box. You will reach an interface as displayed in the below. Set such settings like codec, channel and many more as you wished. And after that, remember to hit the OK option to save these settings.

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Step 4. Edit output file as wished

After hitting the OK option in the last step, you will reach the interface as pictured in the step 1. Now, hit the pencil-shaped-icon next to the target file to edit more details. Here, you will see the interface as pictured in the below. You can then trim, crop, add watermark or 3D effect or remove noise if you want. And once it is done, hit the OK option to apply these new settings.

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Step 5. Start digitizing DVD movie

In this step, hit the green icon of Convert to continue and then specify the output location when you see a pop-up window as pictured in the below. Finally, click on the Convert icon at the bottom to start digitizing DVD movie in one click.

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Now, just wait for the process to get completed within a little while. After that, the DVD movie will be converted into MKV file as you wanted. And you can then play it on various different platforms including Plex Media Server, computers, Apple devices, Android devices and other mobile devices with ease!

What's more, if you are a fan of social media, here is another guide to teach you how to convert DVD to facebook video after digitization is completed.

Another Way to Convert Disc to Digital with Paid Service

You could also use Vudu's Disc to Digital service to help you digitize DVD disc to video files if you don't want DVD ripper software tools yourself. The VUDU in-home Disc to Digital service offers really effective solutions for you to convert DVDs easily and quickly for storing in the clouds or replaying without limits. It's now even available on your smartphones. It's easy to sign up.

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The below guide would show you how to make use of the Disc to Digital service to help you digitize your DVD discs.

1. Digitize DVD discs on iPhone and iPad with VUDU Disc to Digital:

  • 1. Launch the Vudu app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • 2. Log in your account.
  • 3. Tap the menu icon in the upper left corner.
  • 4. Tap Disc to Digital from the menu.
  • 5. Tap Scan Barcode.
  • 6. Scan the barcode on your DVD or Blu-ray cover.
  • 7. Select the quality format from SD or HDX (Blu-ray is HDX).
  • 8. Tap Submit List to begin the digitizing process.
  • 9. Tap Continue scanning to digitize another movie.
  • 2. Digitize DVD discs on Mac or PC with VUDU Disc to Digital:

  • 1. Make sure you have DVD drive connected to your computer.
  • 2. Navigate to and sign in.
  • 3. Click on Services in the menu at the top.
  • 4. Click on Disc to Digital.
  • 5. Scroll down and click on Download under Convert In-Home (with a computer).
  • 6. Once the app is downloaded and installed onto your computer, open it and Sign in.
  • 7. Click on Disc to Digital.
  • 8. Click on Add Disc.
  • 9. Insert your DVD to convert it to digital.
  • 10. Select the quality format from SD or HDX (Blu-ray is HD)
  • 11. Once finished, you'll receive an email with the next steps to finish.
  • These are the detailed guide on how to use Disc to Digital service to digitize DVD discs. Click if you have any Disc to Digital service not working issue.