Thursday, January 7, 2010

Ripping DVDs to Other Formats in Windows 7 64-Bit

After I migrated my main laptop to Windows 7 64-bit, I noticed that most DVD ripping applications no longer worked.  After trying several replacements, I finally found a free app to rip the DVDs into MKV format where HandBrake can transcode them into an iPhone compatible format.  There are several tutorials online if you needed to convert the MKV files back to DVDs, but for my purposes that was unnecessary.

MakeMKV - "MakeMKV is your one-click solution to convert video that you own into free and patents-unencumbered format that can be played everywhere. MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise called "transcoder". It converts the video clips from proprietary (and usually encrypted) disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way. The MKV format can store multiple video/audio tracks with all meta-information and preserve chapters. There are many players that can play MKV files nearly on all platforms, and there are tools to convert MKV files to many formats, including DVD and Blu-ray discs."

HandBrake - "HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows."

1 comment:

Sean Clark said...

Thanks, Matt. Pulled this out again today so I could burn my howto brewing DVD for iPad format.