How Not To Turn DVD Backup Into Torture

Jan 21st 2015 at 11:21 PM

Watching movies is popular pastime for all generations. Though online video watching is extremely popular nowadays, old school DVDs are still alive and flourishing. Often DVD amateurs face one well-known problem: DVD discs can easily be corrupted when kept too long. So users can’t without an effective and fast software for DVD backup. Ideally, a digital copy of a DVD disc should not weigh too much not to take precious HDD storage place and should retain original DVD quality. The best solution is to transform DVD movie to AVI, MKV or MP4 format. Those video containers feature the most progressive H.264 video codec, which allows video fans to achieve best quality results.

As usual, DVD to video conversion is a time-consuming process, since DVDs have complex structure. However, with Free Video Converter from Freemake every user can easily back up his favorite DVD discs without much hassle. Just follow the detailed guide below.

Step 1. Install Free Freemake Video Converter
Go to Freemake Video Converter webpage on, download, and install it. Run software.

Note that the converter works only on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and requires .Net 4 or higher being installed.

PRO tip: if you have a PC with a modern Intel or nVidia graphics card, you may benefit from CUDA and DXVA acceleration technologies, which are supported by Freemake Video Converter. Go to File>Options>Acceleration and make sure that CUDA and DXVA are enabled.

Step 2. Insert DVD disc
Insert the DVD disc with a movie you want to back up. Click the blue "+DVD" button and browse for VIDEO_TS folder on your DVD recorder. Normally, a DVD folder has several titles (the movie itself, promo videos, etc.), tick only those you are going to rip.

Make sure the video has the needed audio track (language) by playing it in the inbuilt video player. If you want to change the language, click the audio info menu and choose a new track. You can also change the subtitles in the same way. Note that you can leave only one audio track and one subtitles file for the output file.

Step 3. Select a video format
As I already mentioned, AVI, MP4, MKV are the best output video options. Find the respected button on Freemake Video Converter formats panel and click the button. Then you have to select the preset "Same as source" and set up the file destination.

The software will predict the output file size. If you find it too high, you can reduce it by clicking the “plummet” icon. However, keep in mind that such a change may affect the video quality, because the bitrate will be automatically lowered. When you have everything done, click "Convert" to launch the backup process.

If you have a modern graphics card and a powerful processor, your one hour DVD will be converted to another video format in less than 17 minutes. If you convert several DVDs at once, you may tick the option “Shut down my PC after conversion” and go to sleep.

So DVD backup is not so time- and effort-consuming process as it may seem. I hope that with Freemake Video Converter none of your favorite DVD movies will be lost.

Good luck!

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