Despite the fact that streaming and Blu-ray have become the most popular way for watching a movie, DVDs are still being sold. Even the latest movies will release a DVD edition for buyers. DVD could be a great choice for people with limited budget for physical media. After getting a DVD, users can also choose to rip DVD to MP4 and play it on mobile devices or PC. By ripping DVD to MP4, users can make playback of the DVD movie a lot more convenient. But with movie studios continuing to release DVDs, the copy protection on them is also getting upgraded. It’s not an easy task to rip protected DVD to MP4. But there are programs that are capable of getting the job done nicely. Check out this post and see what programs you can use to rip protected DVD to MP4 and how to use them.

How to Use Leawo DVD Ripper to Rip Protected DVD to MP4

To make sure you have a great experience watching the DVD movie on your mobile device, you are going to need a proper DVD ripper that can rip protected DVD to MP4 with high quality. Of all those DVD ripper programs out there, Leawo DVD Ripper is one of the best. Not only can it perform 1:1 lossless DVD to MKV conversion that can keep all the audio tracks and subtitles in the MKV video, it can also rip DVD to MP4 and other common video formats for you to conveniently play on different devices. Below is the step to step guide to show you how to rip protected DVD to MP4 with the program. Note that Leawo DVD Ripper is not an independent program but a module packed inside a program called Leawo Prof.Media.


Step 1. Run Leawo Prof.Media. When it’s fully launched, you would see 8 different shortcuts for different modules. Find the shortcut to DVD Ripper and click on it.

Load DVD Ripper

Step 2. If you notice the sign in the center, you would see Drop Files Into Me. That tells you to drag the DVD folder to the program. In order to do so, you need to open the DVD folder in Windows File Explorer first and then, when you get to the interface of Leawo DVD Ripper, drag the folder and drop it to the blank area where the sign is. If that seems a bit too complicated to you, just use the Add Blu-ray/DVD button and select Add from CD-ROM to load the DVD. This would be an easier way to import the DVD content.


Step 3. The next step is to decide what content in the disc you want to rip. You will have 3 choices. Usually a DVD would contain more than just the movie itself, it might have some unseen footages or deleted scenes or something else, so you need to decide what content to include in the MP4 video. If you don’t need anything else other than the main movie, choose Main Movie. If you want all the videos in the disc to be included in the output video, just choose Full Movie. And you can use Custom Mode to manually select the content you need. If you are not sure what videos you need, you can play the video in the video player first to make sure you’ve chosen the right video to rip. Click OK and the program will have the content you just chose added to the video ripping list.

Select content to rip

Step 4. Find the MP4 Video button above the video list and click on it. On the menu that appears below the button, choose Change to select a video format for the video(s) you are ripping from the disc. When you find a format you think is suitable, click on it and it will be set as default and you will return to the video list as well. And the MP4 video will change to the format you just chose. Click on this Format button again and there’s an Edit button on it that can get you to the Profile Settings page and change the parameters of the format you just chose.

Set output format

Step 5. Next to the Format button is the Convert button with a green background. Click this button to call out the sidebar for the final step. Under Save to is the default output path which can be changed to whatever location you need. Click the button next to it to reset the location if you want. And then start ripping the protected DVD to MP4 by clicking the Convert button at the bottom.

Start ripping

Leawo DVD Riper is probably one of the best solutions you can have for ripping protected DVD to MP4. It’s easy to use and it works great. But it isn’t the only choice you have. There are other ways to convert protected DVD to MP4. For example, many of you should have heard of MakeMKV and Handbrake. With the combination of MakeMKV and Handbrake, you can also convert protected DVD to MP4.

How to Convert Protected DVD to MP4 with MakeMKV and Handbrake

The whole process is about ripping the protected DVD to MKV with MakeMKV and converting the MKV video to MP4 with Handbrake. Here’s how.

Rip protected DVD to MKV with MakeMKV

  • 1. Have MakeMKV downloaded and installed on your computer, have the DVD disc put in your DVD drive and launch MakeMKV.
  • 2. Click the DVD drive icon that appears after MakeMKV detects the disc and MakeMKV will start to load the disc automatically.
  • 3. Click DVD disc on top of the left column to view all the content in the disc. There will be a box in front of every video title, audio track and subtitles. Check the box of the content you want and they will be included in the output video.
  • 4. Click the file folder icon next to the Output folder box to set a location for the MKV video that we are about to create.
  • 5. Click the MakeMKV button next to Output Folder to start ripping the protected DVD to MKV.

Rip DVD with MakeMKV

Convert MKV to MP4 using Handbrake

  • 1. Have Handbrake downloaded and installed on your computer. Run it and click Source>File to select the MKV video you get from MakeMKV and import it to Handbrake.
  • 2. Click Browse next to the File box to select a location for the MP4 video and enter a name for the video as well.
  • 3. Select a preset profile for the output video from the list of presets on the right.
  • 4. Click Start to start the MKV to MP4 conversion.

Convert MKV to MP4 with Handbrake

Both two solutions should work nicely. Leawo DVD Ripper is not free, but the combination of MakeMKV and Handbrake is. But the conversion process with Leawo DVD Ripper is actually a lot simpler than MakeMKV and Handbrake. You can use Leawo DVD Ripper to easy convert DVD to play on Apple TV or other devices within a few steps. If you want to keep things as simple as possible, Leawo DVD Ripper is your best bet.

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