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This article will show you how to “rip” video content from a DVD, using free software called Handbrake. Please Note: We do not endorse unauthorized capturing or duplication of copyrighted material. Unauthorized duplication of copyrighted material from DVD, VHS, or other media is prohibited under federal copyright laws, unless the content qualifies as Fair Use. Please act responsibly.

1. Download and install DVD Ripping software.

We recommend Handbrake because it’s free and it works well. Go to the Handbrake website, and select the appropriate link for your operating system. When the download is complete, install the Handbrake software .

2. Insert the DVD you want to rip into your PCs optical drive, then open Handbrake.

3. Click the Source button located in the top left of the window.

Locate and select the DVD drive and click Open.

4. Set a destination folder for the ripped content to be saved in.

This can be done by clicking on the Browse button on the right-hand side of the window.

5. Choose the file preset for your ripped DVD.

Handbrake comes with a good list of standard presets for you to chose from, so you can rip a DVD to the correct format for popular desktop and mobile devices. If you’re not sure which setting to choose, we recommend using mp4/h.264 with AAC audio.

Here are some video settings we’ve used in the past:


Here are some audio settings we’ve used in the past:


6. Hit the Start button at the top of the Window and let Handbrake do the rest.

7. Upload to Ensemble!