We live in a world where we want all movies and TV shows to be available at the fingertips of all electronic devices in our arsenal. Those shelves full of DVD boxes now seem outdated, and they are also an unnecessary waste of space that can be better used for other things. Besides that, for those who don't like reading, a flight or a train trip without having access to a solid library of entertainment can be quite boring. The good thing is that, if you have a collection of DVD movies that you don't want to throw away, there is more than one way to convert them to a format compatible with a wide range of devices. Therefore, here is our guide on how to convert DVD to MP4. The process is easy and free, whether you are using the latest version of Windows or MacOS Mojave.
Note: It is important that you take into account that copying and distribution of copyrighted material is illegal and could have criminal consequences.
The HandBrake platform is one of the most popular DVD to MP4 converters available today. With wide compatibility because it is an open and free source, the application is a powerful and versatile option. We should mention that HandBrake had a recent problem with malware, but that has already been resolved. This is how you can use it.
Step 1: Download and install HandBrake
Go to the HandBrake website, choose your operating system and then click on the appropriate download link to obtain the software. When you're done, you can start the program.
Step 2: Choose a DVD to convert
HandBrake is quite simple and very easy to use, and as such, keeps most of the advanced options behind the scene until you need them. Fortunately for those who are not comfortable with complicated features, there are only three options you should worry about to convert your DVD to an MP4. To start, choose a DVD through the Open Source button in the upper left corner of the application window.
Step 3: Choose a format and press Start
Next, choose the location where you want to save the resulting file to your computer, and select MP4 from the drop-down box located at Output settings. Then, press the button Start and wait until the software performs the conversion. And that's it!
Movavi Video Converter
Step 1: Download and install Movavi
Go to the Movavi Video Converter page and click on the blue button Download to download it for free, making sure you select the correct operating system. Then open the installer and follow the instructions on the screen. Start the application once installed.
Step 2: Add a DVD
Once the platform is open, click on the DVD format of your file, and then click on the button Add Media at the top of the window. Then select the DVD you want to convert into an MP4.
Step 3: Choose a configuration and convert the DVD
Click on the gear-shaped cone next to the Output format, at the bottom of the window, for a list of presets and customizable settings. Select MP4 (* .mp4) from the list of available formats. Then, click on Save, find the location where you want to save the resulting file, and click on the Convert button in the lower right corner to start the conversion process.
If you want a faster and more professionally optimized conversion method, you can try downloading Movavi premium packages at an additional cost.
DVDVideoSoft Free Video Converter
Step 1: Go to the DVDVideoSoft website and select to download to get the free software. Once the download is complete, start the converter. It is very easy to use: everything you need is in a single window. Start with the top bar that says DVD input and choose your DVD file by selecting the correct drive to search and pressing Examine (Browse).
Step 2: The software detect any title connected to the DVD file. Under the title Title #, you can select To choose to see the available titles and languages. Make your selection here and choose To accept to continue. In Output File, select Examine and choose the location where you want to save your converted file when you're done.
Step 3: See the section Formats and presets below. This allows you to choose the format (MP4) and then choose a preset, if desired, which optimizes the MP4 file for specific devices, which is useful if you know in which device the file will be played. It is worth mentioning that the DVDVideoSoft converter is especially suitable for playing files on iOS and MacOS devices.
When you're done, select Convert, and the software will do the rest!
* Updated on December 18, 2019 by Daniel Matus.