Physical DVD discs are indeed not as convenient as digital files. And video streaming subscription has surpassed physical media as a more popular choice for home entertainment. Nowadays many people don't or rarely buy new DVDs. If you own a big collection of movies and TV shows on DVDs and don't want to leave your DVDs idle to gather dust and become obsolete, you can consider converting DVDs to digital files to give them a second life.

There are many programs and services (e.g. VUDU, DVDWalmart) out there that can help you turn your DVD collection to digital files. In this article, we will share you with 5 best DVD to digital converter software and service that can convert protected/Disney/home video DVDs to digital files in MP4, H.264, HEVC, MKV, etc. for using on NAS, Plex, TV, hard drive, mobiles, etc. Check them now.

Way 1. Best Software to Convert All DVDs to Digital Files

There are numbers of paid or free programs that claim to digitize and rip DVD discs. If you do not want to be held back by slow processing, various types of disc copy-protection and you want to make full video copy of a DVD disc without limits, EaseFab DVD Ripper is highly recommended. It's a totally clean, fast, easy-to-use yet poweful DVD to digital converter that you're looking for. It allows you to:

● Convert DVD to digital copies in all mainstream formats, including but not limited to MP4, MKV, AVI, HEVC, M4V, H.264, MOV, etc. without quality loss visually, up to 98% original quality reserved and 90% smaller than the source DVD.
● Any DVDs with regions and copy-protections you have are supported, incl. encrypted DVD movies, old DVDs, damaged discs, TV shows, workout DVDs, etc.
● Digitize DVD discs for Plex, NAS, TVs, phoes, tablets, hard drive, PC/Mac, iTunes, cloud, etc. with high quality and small size.
● Remove ads/trailers, select subtitles/audio tracks, adjust settings (resolution, frame rate, 4:3/16:9 aspect ratio, etc.)
● Finish DVD digitizing and conversion at ultra-fast speed using hardware acceleration, multi-core CPU, and Hyper-threading technology. 5X faster than similar programs.

Free download EaseFab DVD Ripper Windows or Mac version to convert DVD to digital files:

[Tutorial] How to Convert DVD to Any Digital File with EaseFab DVD Ripper

In this guide we take EaseFab DVD Ripper Windows version as an example. Mac version shares the same steps.

Step 1. Load DVD movies

Insert the DVD disc into your computer's hard disk and launch EaseFab DVD Ripper. Then click "Load DVD" to add the DVD files. As you can see, you can select the titles you want to rip and merge them into one big file. At the bottom, you can select your desired subtitle and audio track.

Load DVD

Step 2. Select output format

Then click "Profile" and select the format you prefer. you can see all popular formats devices divided into various categories.

Which is the best format for DVD Disc to Digital?

• To save a digital copy of DVDs on the computer, you can convert DVD disc to MP4, AVI, WMV, MKV (Windows 10 already supported);
• To play DVD movie on Apple TV/iPhone/iPad/Mac and other Apple devices, choose to digitize DVD to MP4, MOV, M4V;
• To watch DVDs on Android/Xbox/PS4, convert DVD to MP4, H.264, 3GP, WebM, MKV;
• To copy DVD disc to digital files on the hard drive or other storage in 1:1 with all intact DVD videos/audios/subtitles, copy DVD to VIDEO_TS folder or DVD to lossless MKV file.

The most commonly-used DVD movie digital format is MP4, as it works well with almost all players, mobiles, NAS, Plex, web sites, cloud services, etc. with good compression and excellent quality. So here we take ripping DVD to MP4 digital video file as an example. Choose MP4 from Common Video Category.

Choose output profile

Step 3. Start ripping

The last step is to click Convert button to being ripping your DVD to digital videos. When the conversion finishes, click Open to get the ripped videos and enjoy them anywhere you like.

Before creating a digital copy of DVD movie, you can click the Settings icon to adjust the video/audio settings, for instance, adjust output file bit rate, aspect ratio, frame rate, sample rate, etc.. You can also click Edit to add subtitles, adjust the volume, crop & expand the video to remove black bars, trim the video to rip episode from DVD if the TV series are combined into a single file.

Way 2. Convert DVD to Digital MKV/MP4 Free with Handbrake

Handbrake is a popular free DVD ripper among users running Windows, Mac, and Linux. Handbrake is free to rip CSS and region-locked discs to MP4 and MKV, if with libdvdcss installed. There are advanced options available for precise encoding settings, effects, parameter adjustment, etc, which, though, are something of a learning curve.

※ Note: HandBrake can't handle DVD copy protection schemes on its own. Even with libdvdcss being installed, HandBrake may also fail to rip some strictly encrypted DVDs. In that case you need a more powerful alternative like EaseFab DVD Ripper.

[Tutorial] How to Convert DVD to Digital MKV/MP4 with Handbrake

1. Click Open Source to load the DVD. Note that you can rip unprotected DVDs only.
2. The main title will be selected for non-commercial DVDs. For protected DVDs, you can find the title via VLC and manually select it.
3. Click the Presets drop-down menu and choose the MP4 or MKV format.
4. Click Browse and select a destination folder to save the resulted MP4 file. Then click Start Encode on the above toolbar.

For a complete tutorial, go to How to use Handbrake to rip protected DVDs to learn more.

Free Convert DVD to Digital using Handbrake

Way 3. Convert DVD to Digital Files Free with VLC

VLC proves itself a solid choice with its simplified interface and powerful DVD decoder feature. Besides a popular media player, it offers an easy way to convert DVD to digital MP4 H.264, H.265, WMV, Webm, and several device profiles. However, it comes with a few trade-offs. You can't decrypt a protected DVD with VLC and you have no control over the conversion - resolution, bitrate, frame rate, deterlacing, aspect ratio, volume and more.

[Tutorial] How to Convert DVD to Digital Files with VLC

1. Open the converter and click Convert/Save under Media. Click the Disc button to load the disc.
2. Once the DVD in the Disc Device is loaded correctly, click the Convert/Save button.
3. In the next page, select MP4 from the Profile dropdown menu. Then click the Start button and convert DVD to MP4.

For a complete tutorial, go to How to rip DVD free with VLC to learn more.

Way 4. DVD to Digital Service near You - DVDWalmart

Walmart offers a more one-size-fits DVD to digital service through DVDWalmart, a.k.a. YesVideo. Its digital media transfer service is $15.96 for the first 30 minutes of footage, and $5.46 for each additional 30 minutes. Footage can be saved to a USB for $12.96 and is stored online for 60 days in MemoryCloud. Media can be mailed in or dropped off in-person.

DVD to Digital Service near You - DVDWalmart

How to use DVDWalmart to transfer DVD to digital copy

Step 1. Create your order online or at Walmart.

Step 2. Bring your DVD and order confirmation printout (if you created your order online) to Walmart Photo near you or mail your order.

Step 3. Pick up the digital copy at Walmart if you dropped off your DVD at Walmart and wait for it to be delivered to you if you sent your media directly to Walmart. You may need to wait 3-4 weeks to get th e digital copy.

Way 5. Use Disc to Digital Service - VUDU

If you are looking to digitize commercial DVDs or Blu-ray discs — basically anything protected under copyright law — a service like Vudu is going to be your best option. VUDU's disc to digital service allows you to scan the UPC of your existing DVDs and Blu-Ray discs, convert to a digital format, which is then downloadable or can be viewed through the Vudu app. The conversion service costs $2 per disc and works with iOS or Android. Keep in mind that not every movie is going to be supported by Vudu, but it does have a search tool on its website to check eligibility.

How to convert DVD to digital with VUDU disc to digital service?

VUDU disc to digital service

On iPhone:

Step 1. Visit vudu.com/disc on your iPhone and click Convert Disc.
Step 2. Sign in.
Step 3. Allow app permissions.
Step 4. Scan barcode, select output quality, and watch the digital copy.

On Android:

Step 1. Download VUDU app from your app store.
Step 2. Sign up if you don't have an account. And then, sign in.
Step 3. Select Disc to Digital and grant the app access.
Step 4. Scan the UPC barcode on your DVD case, pay for the DVD to digital conversion (DVD to SD: $2 per disc; DVD to HDX: $5 per disc), and then watch instantly.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Each DVD to Digital Method

Which way to choose for converting DVD to digital? Below we've listed the the advantages and disadvantages of each method to help you determine which one is best for you.

DVD to Digital Methods

Advantages

Disadvantages

EaseFab DVD Ripper

  ● It provides over 500 output profiles to choose.
● It helps users to convert DVD to digital at home.
● It is easy to use, even for beginners. No technology skill needed.
● It is more cost-effective than other methods.
● It works fast. A DVD can be converted to digital within minutes.
● Support both home DVD and copy-protected movie DVDs.
● It allows editing video before ripping.
  ● Need to download and install software on your PC or Mac.
● Need DVD drive.

Handbrake

  ● It is totally free.
● It provides dozens of output presets.
  ● It can't bypass copy protections.
● Some settings are confusing for beginners.

VLC

  ● It is free of charge.
● It can do more than DVD to digital.
  ● It requires quite a long time to digitize DVD.

DVDWalmart

  ● You don't need to do the conversion by your self.   ● It is troublesome.
● It is expensive.
● Users will wait long time to get digital copy.

Vudu

  ● You can process DVD to digital right from your mobile.
● There is no need to use DVD drive.
  ● It costs much if you have a large DVD collection.
● It sets limit on maximum conversions per year.
● It is only available in US and Mexico.
Not all DVDs are supported to convert.