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How to Use Handbrake to Rip DVD to AVI

This is a tutorial about how to Rip DVD to AVI with Handbrake.

Handbrake is well-known as a video encoder but what you might not know about it is that it can also be used to rip DVD. It's a free and open-source video converter as well as a DVD ripper. As a video converter, it supports converting videos in a lot of different formats. But there are only two video formats that Handbrake supports converting videos to and they are MP4 and MKV. To rip DVD to AVI Handbrake might not be sufficient. So if you want to rip DVD to AVI with Handbrake, you are going to need a video converter to convert the output video you get from the DVD to AVI format. The content below shows you how to rip DVD with Handbrake and convert the ripped DVD to AVI.

How to Rip DVD with Handbrake?

Here you are going to need to download a .dll file with the file name libdvdcss because Handbrake can only rip unprotected DVDs but with this file, it would be able to rip copy protected DVDs as well.

Go search the libdvdcss.dll flie online and download it to your computer. And then put it in Handbrakes folder, which, by default, is in C:\Program Files\Handbrake. And then we can get on with our DVD ripping process.

Handbrake Folder

1. Fire up Handbrake and click Open Source. If you've entered your DVD to your optical drive, you will see disc in the sidebar. Click on it and Handbrake will start to scan your disc.

Load DVD

2. When the scanning is done, Handbrake will show you all the titles in the disc, select those you need and click Add to Queue to add them to the ripping list. If you want to import more than one title, you can only add one title to the queue at a time, so you will have to add all the titles you need to the queue one by one. After adding the needed titles to the program, you will need to set the output path for the output file. Click Browse which sits to the right of the File box under Destination label to set the output path, and you will also have to name the file.

Choose DVD title

3. As is mentioned above, Handbrake only supports creating MKV and MP4 videos. But it does offer a lot of presets to help you get a video with better quality. For DVDs, I would suggest that you go with the 576p profiles because that's basically the highest resolution you can get from a DVD movie. Going for profiles of 720p or even 1080p will only make the size of the video larger, the video quality won't be improved.

Choose video preset

4. To start ripping the DVD disc, click on the Start Encode button under the menu bar at the top. There will be a progress bar at the bottom showing you the progress of the process.

Start ripping

You will get an MP4 or MKV file after the process is finished depending on which format you chose previously. As our target is AVI, so we are going to need a video converter to help us. I would suggest that you use Leawo Video Converter. Like Handbrake it's also a well-known video converter but the difference is that it's not free and it's more powerful than Handbrake. It supports way more input and output formats than Handbrake and you can easily get your ripped DVD converted to AVI with it.

How to Use Leawo Video Converter to Convert Your Ripped DVD to AVI

Leawo Video Converter got integrated into a software suite that's called Prof.Media. This software suite also includes a module called Leawo DVD Ripper that can directly rip DVD to AVI, which we will talk about later. First let's learn how to convert the ripped DVD to AVI with it.

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Step 1. Open Video Converter

Start Prof. Media and choose Video Converter.

Enter video converter

Step 2. Add the original video into this program

Drag the video you need to convert to the blank area of the program to load them.

import video

Step 3. Select the output format for the video

Click the button next to the Add Photo button and click Change to open Profile page. Find AVI from this page and click on it to select it as the default output format for the video.

Select output format

Step 4. Tweak the parameter of the video

Click on the button next to the Add Photo button again and click Edit to open Profile Settings. Change the video and audio parameters if you need. Click OK to get back to the video list.

Change video paremeter

Step 5. Start to convert

Click Convert and click "…" next to the output path to reset the output directory. And then click Convert to start converting the video to AVI.

Start converting

How to Use Leawo DVD Ripper to Directly Rip DVD to AVI

Now let's talk about Leawo DVD Ripper. It's one of the best DVD ripping programs out there that can rip copy protected DVDs and DVDs with region code. And it supports more output format than MKV. You can directly rip DVD to AVI with it. Here's how:

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Step 1. Launch Prof. Media and then click DVD Ripper

Launch DVD Ripper

Step 2. Import source DVD file(s)

Click Add UHD/Blu-ray/DVD to add the DVD content to the program.

Add DVD content

Step 3. Select one importing mode to import content to the program

Choose Full Movie to load all content in the disc. Select Main Movie to load the movie only. Go with Custom Mode to choose the titles you need.

Select DVD title

Step 4. Choose the output format

Click the button on the left of the Convert button on top of the file list and click Change. Select AVI from the following format list.

Choose output format

Step 5. Adjust the parameters of video

Click on the button from Step 4 again and click Edit. Change the video and audio parameter on the following page and click OK to go back to the file list when you are done.

Set video parameter

Step 6. Start converting

Click Convert on top of the file list and click "…" to change the output directory if you need. If you are okay with the output path, directly click the Convert button below to start to rip DVD to AVI.

Start ripping

This tutorial involves two ways to rip DVD to AVI. To rip DVD to AVI handbrake is not enough and you will need help from another program. But with Leawo DVD Ripper, you would be able to rip DVD to AVI directly. You can choose which way to go according to your needs.

Leawo DVD Ripper Video Guide

Leawo DVD Ripper vs. Handbrake

We have made a comparison table to tell what's difference between Leawo DVD Ripper and Handbrake, check it out if needed!


Leawo DVD Ripper


Decrypt DVD protection



Convert DVD to other videos



Get rid of disc region restriction



Edit DVD movies



2D DVD to 3D video conversion



Select subtitles and audio tracks



Select chapters and titles



Merge files into one



Play back DVD movies



Adjust output video parameters



GPU acceleration



Conversion speed

6X faster than HandBrake


Quality lossless output



Henry Peng

Henry Peng

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